It’s an exciting time to be a fan of agave-based spirits – more high-end tequila brands than ever are making their way to the back bar; here are the ones you need to try next.
Established in 1924, Tequilera Don Roberto is one of two remaining Mexican-owned heritage tequila businesses and this year, they’re launching their Severo tequila in the US for the first time. Made from a 100-year-old recipe, each batch is hand-crafted in small batches the line includes four expressions: Plata, Reposado, Añejo, and Añejo Cristalino. The ultra-premium spirit is currently available in New Jersey and California, with roll-out to more states expected later this year.
Thoughtfully handcrafted from 100% Blue Agave, Espanita has quickly made waves in the industry thanks to its impeccable quality and stunning packaging. The line of three tequilas are velvety smooth, sophisticated, and accentuated by the distinctive aromas and notes from traditionally slow-baked Blue Agave. All of Espanita’s tequilas are aged in lightly charred American white oak ex-bourbon barrels.
In 1707, founder Diego Osorio’s great-great-grandfather began transporting sherry wine barrels filled with tequila back to his native Spain. Just over 300 years later, Lobos 1707 breathes new life into the Osorio family tradition with the launch of their tequila, all finished in Pedro Ximénez wine barrels from Spain. The brand currently offers a Joven, Reposado, Extra Añejo, and a Mezcal.
This sustainable, artisanal spirit is crafted by Maestra Tequilera Ana Maria Romero. The brand recently won multiple awards for its Tequila Blanco, and a 99-point score for its Tequila Reposado. The line currently carries two expressions, both with stunning packaging.
Looking for a tequila that’s a little different? Ghost Tequila is a newer launch on the scene with their spirit made from top-quality, sustainably farmed Weber Blue agave infused with a hint of Bhut Jolokia pepper. The spice from the pepper pairs with the natural agave sweetness for a surprisingly versatile and smooth alcohol. It can be sipped alone or enjoyed in a wide range of cocktails including a Bloody Maria.