1. El Tesoro Extra Añejo Tequila

    Proof80 (40% ABV)
    Size750mL
    Rating:
    84%
    (3)
    El Tesoro tequila was founded in 1937 by tequilero Don Felipe Camarena. His grandson, Master Distiller Carlos Camarena is now at the helm. El Tosoro is crafted from handpicked, 8-year-old 100% estate-grown blue agave sourced from La Alteña Distillery, an area with a highlands climate and mineral-rich soil.

    The piñas are slow-roasted for three days in an old-fashioned, hornos oven, before being crushed by a two-ton volcanic rock tahona. For this El Tesoro 80th Anniversary Limited Edition, the agave juice was extracted and distilled to 850 proof at a low temperature, with no sugar or water added, in bespoke copper stills crafted to Don Felipe’s specifications.

    El Tesoro Extra Añejo honors Carlos Camarena’s father Felipe J. and their shared passion for aging tequila. This unique tequila blend is slowly aged in American oak ex-bourbon barrels for four to five years, delivering rich flavors of chocolate and coffee. This incredible tequila earned a solid 98 points, Extraordinary, Ultimate Recommendation at the 2019 Ultimate Spirits Challenge and a Double Gold medal at the International Spirits Challenge.

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    Coffee, cinnamon and butter with notes of caramel. The palate is a balanced blend of coffee, dark chocolate, dry fruits and roasted almonds. The finish is peppery with hints of oak.
    $126.99
  2. Patron Gran Platinum Tequila

    Proof80 (40% ABV)
    Size750mL
    The Patrón Spirits Company was launched in 1989 by John Paul DeJoira and Martin Crowley. With its inception, came the world’s first ultra-premium tequila. A new state-of-the-art facility was constructed in Jalisco in 2002, to facilitate its profound reception. It became the first spirits brand in its class to sell one million cases. 

    Francisco Alcaraz is the Master Distiller & Blender behind the recipe for the Mexican spirit. Produced at the Hacienda de Patrón, the distillery sources agaves from Los Altos in Jalisco. Their signature line up is created using a hybrid technique: half of the agaves are traditionally tahona-crushed, while the other half are modern roller-mill crushed agaves. The freshly milled desert succulents are slow-roasted in an oven, before being fermented in wooden vats.

    Produced by Master Distiller Francisco Alcaraz Gran Patrón Platinum is crafted from the finest 100% Weber Blue Agave, only those with the highest sugar content are selected. The agave is triple distilled before being rested in oak tanks for 30 days at Hacienda Patrón distillery in Jalisco, Mexico. Bottled in an elegant crystal vile each bottle of this silver tequila is hand-numbered. Expect refined notes of toasted algae, citrus, and cracked black pepper.

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    Fresh toasted agave on the nose with fresh agave, fruit, and citrus. The palate is extremely smooth with light notes of citrus and fruit. The finish is long lasting with cracked black pepper.
    $234.99
  3. Herradura Ultra Anejo Tequila

    Proof80 (40% ABV)
    Size750mL
    In 1870, Félix López began cultivating blue weber agave from the fields of the San José del Refugio Hacienda, situated in Jalisco, Mexico. Since then, expert jimadores have been nurturing the crop at the hacienda, which ultimately came to be known as Casa Herradura. Today, the agave growing Casa Herradura, which can take up to ten years to mature, grow up 2 meters high and weigh nearly 500 pounds, are descendants of the original agave growing on the estate in 1870.

    Herradura Seleccion Suprema Extra Añejo Tequila is crafted using agaves harvested exclusively from the Casa Herradura estate. Once the agaves have been harvested, the heart of the plant (the piña) is stripped away from its leaves using a special knife called a coa and cooked for approximately 26 hours in ovens made of stone and brick. During this cooking process, the once-white piñas turn a deep orange color, and reveal an incredibly sweet and intense aroma (the piñas are so sweet that chunks of cooked agave are often sold as candy in the street markets of Jalisco).

    Once the piñas have been cooked, they are crushed and then fermented for up to seven days using natural, airborne yeasts. Then, the wash is twice distilled and the Herradura Añejo tequila is matured for 25 months in American white oak casks. As a result of this long aging process, the tequila is extra-smooth with cooked agave, toasted oak, and dried fruit notes.

    Herradura Ultra Añejo Tequila is based on the Añejo that is blended with the bourbon barrel-aged Selección Suprema Extra Añejo. It's special in that it's an aged expression that has been charcoal-filtered to remove any impurities, producing a clear spirit. Before filtration a dash pure agave nectar is added, which brings additional cooked agave notes to the finished tequila.

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    The fruity and sweet profile opens with gentle cooked agave notes, along with spice, vanilla, and citrus. More agave is on the palate, along with caramel, honey, and toasted almonds. Finishes super smooth with light spice and a lingering sweetness.
    $56.99
  4. Adictivo Tequila Extra Anejo

    Proof80 (40% ABV)
    Size750mL
    Rating:
    100%
    (2)
    Tequila Adictivo is founded by Gildardo Partida, who comes from a legacy of tequileros, which have been dedicated for over a century to "The art of making tequila." Their Tequila is produced in El Arenal Jalisco, the gateway to the blue region of tequila. The agave landscape and ancient distilleries are distinctive to this region, forging a distinct identity and a style rooted in tradition.

    Made in Jalisco, Mexico, this tequila was distilled from 100% blue agave tequila before being aged for seven years in French oak casks and bottled at 80 proof. Adictivo Extra Anejo has deep complex flavors of dried fruits, roasted flavors, fruity aromas and toasted oak with a sweet character. The finish is lingering with a hint of vanilla sweetness.

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    Complex dried fruits and toasted oak. The palate is smooth with a lingering finish and hint of sweetness.
    $119.99
  5. Jose Cuervo Reserva De La Familia Extra Añejo Tequila

    Proof80 (40% ABV)
    Size750mL
    In 1758 José Antonio de Cuervo y Valdés was given a plot of land by King Fernand VI to plant agave for producing tequila. By 1795, José María Guadalupe de Cuervo, son of José Antonio de Cuervo y Valdés, began selling the very first Vino Mezcal de Tequila de José Cuervo after receiving the first official charter from the King of Spain to produce tequila commercially. And by 1852 the first barrels of José Cuervo reached the United States in California.

    The agave used in José Cuervo is maturated for seven years in the fields that surround the Tequila Volcano. After the agave plants are harvested their cores, which contain the most flavorful portions are extracted and sent to the La Rojeña distillery, the oldest operating distillery in Latin America. The agave cores are roasted, grinded and smashed with the resulting extract placed into tanks to ferment.

    After fermentation, the resulting liquid is aged for a minimum of three years in new French and American oak barrels. José Cuervo Reserva de La Familia has a nose full of oak and fruit with a hint of cinnamon. The palate is a rich and nutty that leads way to sweet cinnamon with a long, silky finish that warms the back of the palate.

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    José Cuervo Reserva de La Familia has a nose full of oak and fruit with a hint of cinnamon. The palate is a rich and nutty that leads way to sweet cinnamon with a long, silky finish that warms the back of the palate.
    $165.99
  6. Del Maguey Tobala Mezcal

    Proof90 (45% ABV)
    Size750mL
    Agave Type: Tobalá
    Region: Sierra Norte, Oaxaca
    Maestro Mezcalero: Unkown
    Proof: 90 Proof, 45% ABV
    Tasting Notes: Sweet, fruity nose, with a mango and cinnamon taste and long, extra smooth finish.
    Details: Crafted from agave Tobalá, roasted for 30 days using oak wood. Distilled using a copper pot still.
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    Sweet, fruity nose, with a mango and cinnamon taste and long, extra smooth finish.
    $140.99
  7. Rey Campero Tepextate Mezcal

    Proof96 (48% ABV)
    Size750mL
    Crafted from Tepextate agave or agave Marmorata, Rey Campero Tepextate Mezcal is distilled in a copper pot still under the watchful eye of Rómulo Sánchez Parada. The agave has been cultivated by the family for decades; it’s harvested after a long period of 15-18 years. Bottled at 96 proof, expect to taste coriander, citrus, banana leaf, tobacco, pepper, and sweet smoke after the bouquet greets with white flowers and yellow pepper. Best savored neat.

    Rey Campero means "King of the Countryside." Its story is tied to Mezcalero Rómulo Sánchez Parada, who learned all about producing mezcal from his father and grandfather, but the family tradition actually started with his great grandmother Clara Manzano Rios. She was the one who built the family’s palenque — the first in Candelaria Yegolé —in 1870 and started distilling with her husband Nicolas Sanchez. Initially, Rómulo Sánchez Parada emigrated to North Carolina but returned to Candelaria Yegolé, Mexico, in 2003 and started making Mezcal again with his family. This is a family with a rich history in making mezcal that spans more than 7 decades and 4 generations of Mezcaleros. Today, Rey Camepro is produced in Candelaria Yegolé, a tiny village of 150 people in the Oaxacan Highlands just as it once was, according to tradition and with sustainability in mind. They focus on producing the finest quality mezcal, finding new markets for the spirit, as well as creating job opportunities.

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    The nose opens up with white flowers and yellow pepper while the palate brings coriander, citrus, banana leaf, tobacco, pepper, and sweet smoke. Expect a smooth finish.
    $117.99
  8. Sombra Ensamble Mezcal Tepeztate & Tobala

    Proof103.2 (51.6% ABV)
    Size750mL
    Sombra Mezcal's new distillery was built in 2017 in Santiago Matatlan, Oaxaca, Mexico. It's an eco-friendly operation that produces artisanal small-batch mezcal. Every step of the process is geared toward sustainability, starting with 7 to 10-year-old organic agaves. After the harvest, these are roasted in underground stone pits using sustainably-harvested wood. They are then crushed in a traditional tahona mill which is solar-powered, instead of donkey-pulled.

    The juice is then left to ferment for 8 days in vats using wild yeast, after which the mash is distilled twice using copper-pot stills, using clean-burning natural gas instead of wood fire. At the end of the process, the leftovers are used to produce adobe bricks that are donated and used to rebuild houses in earthquake-prone Oaxaca. Sombra Mezcal is bottled at 90 proof using recycled glass.

    Sombra Mezcal Ensamble is handcrafted in Santiago Matatlán, Oaxaca in Sombra's very own distillery using rare wild Tepeztate and Tobalá agaves from the Oaxacan Sierra. The first adds citrusy and peppery notes, the latter a distinct earthiness. The limited-edition and ultra-premium spirit employs all the traditional techniques, upgraded with modern sustainability practices. It's bottled at an unusually high 103.2 proof.

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    The rich profile opens with vegetal, citrus, honey, and pepper aromas on the nose. There is cake icing, tobacco, orange zest, and salted caramel on the palate and the finish is satisfyingly long.
    $194.99
  9. Erstwhile Henequén Mezcal

    Proof90 (45% ABV)
    Size750mL
    Erstwhile Mezcal is an importer from Brooklyn, New York, specializing in artisanal mezcal. Founded in 2017 by Yuan Ji and Kevin J. Brown, they are laser-focused on helping smaller, family-operated mezcal producers reach the US. This involves education, curation, and extensive research — all in order to bring the best traditional small-batch mezcal to the consumer while enabling the producers to expand.

    They never meddle with the mezcaleros' production process and always pay them fairly, only stepping in when and where their help is needed. This includes fronting legal fees, finding a suitable bottling facility, and any similar hurdles which are overcome at the beginning of every partnership they make. Transparency plays a huge role in the way they operate, always stating where the mezcal is sourced from and actively communicating with the mezcal-loving community.

    Their very first release was the Erstwhile Mezcal Espadín from Rancho Blanco Güilá. While the founders were scouring the Oaxaca countryside for a flagship Espadín Mezcal, they came upon master mezcalero Silverio García Luis. They immediately knew they'd found what they were looking for. Complex, elegant, balanced, as well as versatile and good value, it was the perfect fit for their first shipment from Mexico. Since then they have been partnering with some of the finest traditional mezcal producers.

    Erstwhile Henequén Mezcal was made by maestro mezcalero Juan Hernández Méndez & Hortensia Hernández Martínez in Santiago Matatlán, Oaxaca in December 2017. A total of 500 bottles of the 90-proof spirit were made using natural open-vat fermentation and alembic copper-pot stills. The mezcal was originally made for the Méndez' personal collection before entering into a partnership with Erstwhile. It is the first mezcal that is crafted with cultivated fast-maturing Henequén agaves to be imported into the US.

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    It's a fresh, smooth, and savory profile with green, mineral, and earthy notes. There's a pleasant sweetness to it, along with cornmeal notes and citrus. Finishes with a touch of spice and a lingering tingling with a Sichuan peppercorn note.
    $139.99
  10. Pluma Negra Tepeztate Mezcal

    Proof104 (52% ABV)
    Size750mL
    Pluma Negra Mezcal hails from the town of San Juan del Rio in Oaxaca, Mexico. It is there, in the cradle of the famous Mexican spirit, that Maestro Mezcalero Rodolfo Hernández crafts the delicious drink. Himself belonging to the 3rd generation of mezcaleros, the Hernández family has been in the business for 45 years, employing traditional methods. The tahona mill is pulled by a donkey, the juice ferments in pine barrels, and copper pots are used in distillation. The Pluma Negra or "black feather" lineup consists of 4 expressions: the white and black label Mezcal Espadín, the Tobalá, and the Tepeztate.

    The tepeztate agave grows particularly high in the rocky, limestone-rich mountainous regions of Oaxaca. The ones that are used in Pluma Negra Tepeztate Mezcal come from an elevation of 5,000-8,200ft and take a whopping 25 to 35 years to mature fully. Harvested by hand with machetes and carried by donkeys, the hearts are then cooked underground in earth ovens. After the cooked agaves are ground using a donkey-pulled mill, the pulp is left to ferment for 8 to 15 days (depending on the temperature) in pine barrels using wild fermentation, before being double-distilled in 250-300l copper-pot stills. This mezcal is bottled at 104 proof and is meant to be enjoyed on its own, sipped neat. Herbal, green, and minty, it's an intense and complex spirit.

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    Soft, minty, and green, this expression opens with fresh herb, cut grass, and eucalyptus notes on the nose. It's warm and herbal on the palate that culminates in a long and complex finish.
    $138.99
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For sipping or mixing, neat or on the rocks upgrade your bar and explore these top ten tequila and mezcal bottles that will wow your palate.

These agave spirits are close cousins. Technically any spirit distilled from agave is considered mezcal making tequila a type of mezcal. The first tequilas were actually called Vinos de Mezcal, which translates to Mezcal Wines!

Explore the vast realm of tequila and mezcal. They have both earned themself a rightful place in your collection.

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