From mezcals to blancos and beyond, here are the best tequilas that make for the tastiest sip (or shot!)
Five NBA owners, Michael Jordan, Wes Edens, Jeanie Buss, Wyc Grousbeck and Emilia Fazzalari, came together to launch Cincoro, the slam dunk of tequilas. Available in blanco, reposado, anejo and extra anejo, Cincoro is aged to offer a naturally rich and delicious portfolio of tequilas that are smooth on the palate with a complex, long finish. Its craft is unrivaled, carefully distilling handselected and slow-cooked 100% blue Weber agave from the highlands and lowlands of Jalisco separately for maximum taste. Rich, smooth and complex, this bottle captures everything you could want in a tequila.
2. CLASE AZUL GOLD TEQUILA
Because drinkers gloried over Clase Azul’s 2020 Limited Edition bottle, the brand wisely and thankfully brought it back, giving consumers the opportunity to enjoy its exceptional taste year-round. Clase Azul Gold Tequila, crafted by the world’s first luxury tequila brand from Mexico, draws on its Mexican heritage and legacy while capturing the magical Mexican sunsets to create the perfect drink. Utilizing joven tequila as its secret weapon, this aged and unmatched bottle attracts drinkers with aromas from agave syrup, green apple, orange peel and toasted wood to fig, green olive, ginger, cocoa and dark chocolate. Its packaging stands out on every shelf, beautifully crafted with a black ceramic base and shimmering glass, secured by 24K gold ribbons.
3. DANO’S TEQUILA
Whoever said new is always better clearly has not had a sip of Dano’s Tequila. Crafted by hand at the world’s second-oldest tequila distillery in the world, Hacienda De Reyes, Dano’s Tequila is aged with both experience and good taste. Striving for utmost purity, the spirit is made with 100% blue Weber agave harvested at the peak of ripeness and zero additives. In partnership with Silvia Reyes, a fourth-generation family craft tequila distiller, the bottle delivers four exceptional tequilas in its blanco, reposado, anejo and its signature pineapple and jalapeno fresh fruit-infused tequila.
4. LOBOS 1707
There is not a shot that NBA All-Star LeBron James is not exceptional at, whether it be on the court or at the bar. In partnership with CEO Dia Simms and founder and CCO Diego Osorio, James was an early investor in Lobos 1707, which uses state-of-the-art methods for its tequila and mezcal expressions. This expertise and technique have been in the Osorio family since the 16th century, fueled by a passion for making a flavorful and high-quality drink. Crafted with 100% blue Weber agave from the region of Los Altos de Jalisco, Lobos 1707’s joven and reposado tequila bursts with flavor and excellence.
Off the set, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson channels his passion for tequila into his very own label, Teremana. This ultrapremium, small-batch bottle stems from the highest peaks of the Jalisco highland mountains, its name directly translating to “spirit of the earth.” Available in both a blanco and a reposado, this wholesome liquid uses pure ingredients, such as 100% mature blue Weber agave, to produce a transparent and tasteful bottle. The brand’s latest initiative, the Mana Mobile, is traveling the length and breadth of the country, visiting towns, communities and cities, stopping by military bases, firehouses, hospitals and other locations as a token of gratitude for frontline workers.
6. HIATUS TEQUILA
Founded by Kristopher DeSoto, Hiatus Tequila embeds experiences from DeSoto’s seven-year Mexican residency into a beautifully packaged bottle of premium tequila. Because one is never enough, Hiatus is available in blanco, reposado and anejo, catering to all flavor and cocktail needs. While the blanco bursts with aromas of agave, fresh-cut grass and tropical fruit, the reposado and anejo are aged to radiate unique aromas. Served at some of the Hamptons’ favorite places to clink at, including Ruschmeyer’s, Surf Lodge and K Pasa, this award-winning brand truly captures the essence of authentic tequila.
7. ESPOLÒN TEQUILA
For those who could not take the annual trip to the beaches of Mexico, a bottle of Espolòn Tequila will fill the void, sharing the 19th century history of the country through a beautifully crafted drink. Produced in the Los Altos region of Jalisco through the method of master distiller Cirilo Oropeza, Espolòn’s flavorful composition of 100% blue Weber agave is the perfect way to celebrate Mexico’s rich heritage. To taste the delicious sip nearby, Westlake Fish House’s Main Squeeze cocktail combines Espolòn with light agave, fresh lime and a splash of soda.
8. ESPADÍN CAPÓN
Doña Vega is living proof that there is no force (or taste) stronger than girl power. Founder Sonya Vega Auvray infuses her Mexican heritage into Espadín Capón, a mezcal that bursts with a light smoke and a white pepper finish. Triple-distilled and handcrafted to perfection, this female-owned and -produced spirit is smooth, organic and simply delicious. Given its versatile nature, this bottle has become the preferred mezcal on cocktail menus at the Surf Lodge, Topping Rose House, Montauk Beach House and other Hamptons hot spots.
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