Tequila's flamboyant, fun-loving, party image is a great start. But when the party's over tequila gets (often unfairly) blamed for the worst hangovers. Nowadays, though, the message is finally getting through: tequila deserves to be sipped and savoured, with a host of brands now enthralling connoisseurs as readily as enticing newcomers. Read More »
A lightly smoky, citrus laden mezcal from Ven a Mi - unaged, sweet and packed full of agave flavour. Mezcal is kind of like tequila's older brother and has remained true to small scale production and traditional methods, producing a spirit with the authentic taste of roasted Mexican agave.
Del Maguey single-village mezcals are very rare and highly sought-after, having picked up the title of World's Best Mezcal at the World Spirits Competition every year from 1999-2002. This Santo Domingo is named after its village of origin.
Herradura Double Barrel Reposado was created for El Pinto restaurant in Albuquerque. Distilled from 100% blue weber Agave which was first rested in a toasted oak barrel for 11 months, before being transferred to a new oak barrel for the final month to add complexity and richness. A truly hand crafted Tequila.
Del Maguey single-village mezcals are very rare and highly sought-after, having picked up the title of World's Best Mezcal at the World Spirits Competition every year from 1999-2002. This bottle of Chichicapa was made in the village of the same name, and scored a hugely impressive 94 points from WIne Enthusiast.
Del Maguey single-village mezcals are very rare and highly sought-after, having picked up the title of World's Best Mezcal at the World Spirits Competition every year from 1999-2002. This San Luis Del Rio is named after its village of origin and is from the 2002 vintage.
A bottle of Papadiablo Especial Mezcal. Produced in Miahuatlan in the highlands of Mexico, this is distilled using a copper still heated by log fire. Four types of agave are used - Madrecuishe, Bicuishe, Mexicana and Espadin. This is a very high quality artisanal Mezcal.
This is a single varietal Mezcal using 100% Espadin Agave. Real Minero is now in its fourth generation of family ownership and the distillation is a traditional one in terracotta pots. Pear notes in abundance here.
A rare single barrel bottling of Ocho's Añejo tequila, bottled at an almost unheard of cask strength. This is about as close to drinking tequila straight from the wood, and is a great example of the brand's spirit focused style.
A high strength edition of Enmascarado's tequila, bottled at still strength. It's made from espadin agave, cooked in traditional earth ovens and pot distilled before bottling, giving it a powerful smoky taste.
The Extra Anejo tequila from Ocho, made by the famed Camarena family who are also behind Tapatio and El Tesoro. It's aged for 3 years and a day using a mix of refill casks and new French oak to give a tasty and easy drinking tequila with a slab of woody complexity.
El Tesoro Paradiso combines the expertise of Don Felipe Camarena and Alain Royer of Fussigny to create a cognac cask aged extra anejo tequila packed full of elegant woody flavours. An incredible tequila. San Francisco WSC - Best Ultra-Aged Añejo Tequila
Berrueco Rock is a small batch anejo tequila. Each batch is aged in a single American Oak barrel charred to the max. This results in a toasty style of tequila that's proving especially popular with whisky lovers.
A really sumptuous anejo taken, as the name suggests, from the private stocks of the Cuervo family. This tequila has been aged five years for exceptional smoothness. The box for this 2012 edition was designed by Ricardo Pinto.