Cinco de Mayo may have come and gone, but that doesn’t mean that you still can’t enjoy quality tequila.
From Margaritas to Palomas, a party-ready tequila soda, or even some quality stuff for sipping, there are no shortage of ways to imbibe. Fortunately for tequila fans, we’re in the midst of an avalanche of new and noteworthy tequila companies. From humble varieties to the fancy stuff, celebrity-driven to fiercely artisan. There’s enough tequila flooding the market you can make it Cinco de Mayo regardless of what the date says on the calendar.
A new company blooms: Tequila Dahlia, from Fausto Zapata (the mastermind behind Mezcal El Silencio), is one of the very latest to hit the market; unveiling itself in March 2021. Its name, much like its bright flavor, is taken from the name of Mexico’s national flower.
An extra step: What sets Tequila Dahlia apart is the fact that its agave is finished with what they call “advanced charcoal filtration technology.” It’s another level of care that impacts the liquor’s smooth taste. As a result, forget about margaritas with Tequila Dahlia: this stuff is good enough to be sipped neat.
An authentic heritage: In a market full of non-Mexican founders of one of the country’s most popular exports, IZO is actually founded by a native. Born and raised in Durango, Mexico, Gaston Martinez is behind IZO, which is aged three years in wooden barrels. While IZO is known for its mezcal, don’t sleep on the company’s tequila.
To top it all off: Each glass bottle is plugged with a sleek and unique onyx cap. And yes, the onyx is locally sourced in Mexico, too.
A can-do attitude: We know what you’re thinking. A canned tequila concoction, whether a Margarita and Paloma, is probably awful. In fact, right now, you’re probably remembering one particularly terrible one you bought at a gas station. Well, let Tequila Cazadores allow you to burst any preconceptions with a cocktail-quality line of canned libations tasty enough for you to imagine they were just mixed up for you at a tropical bar.
Sweet deal: What sets the company apart is its use of fresh ingredients, including agave syrup. While other varieties might be completely loaded with sugar, Tequila Cazadores employs the syrup, allowing for a subtly sweet taste.
Notable people: This artisan tequila which also hails from the Jalisco Highlands boasts major street cred. Co-founded by former Bacardi CEO Mike Dolan and the brainchild of Maestra Tequilera Ana Maria Romero (see: 25 years of industry experience), Mijenta is a tequila-drinker’s tequila made with Blue Weber agave grown in red clay soil.
Super-premium qualities: Aside from its exemplify process and taste, the company has a major focus on sustainability whether it’s the fact that all company paper and labels are made from agave waste to locally sourcing stock glass for their bottles, among other bold initiatives.
Notable names: Does the name Michael Jordan ring a bell? Yes, the basketball God, subject of ESPN’s hit docuseries The Last Dance, and former CHILLED cover star makes a boozy slam-dunk off the court with this classy tequila. Legend has it, Jordan and his co-founders, including Lakers star Jeanie Buss, Milwaukee Buck Wes Edens, along with Emilia Fazzalari and her husband, majority owner of the Boston Celtics, Wyc Grousbeck had the idea for the company while meeting for dinner at New York’s Pasquale Jones.
Elegance in a glass: Available in a slender glass bottle that screams super chic and a price tag that makes Cinco worthy for special occasions, the tequila is sourced from both the Jalisco highlands and lowlands and is aged in whisky barrels for double the time compared with similar brands.