TEQUILA: Five to Try

Updated: Mar 25

Tequila curious? Here are five that span the spectrum. —INGRAIN, Winter/Spring 2020



STORY / Mike Smith


CORAZÓN SINGLE BARREL AÑEJO

Corazón Tequila

Distinct. Each of the blanco and añejo tequilas in Corazón’s Expresiones series is aged in whiskey barrels from Sazerac Co. brands. After 19 months in Buffalo Trace Thomas Handy rye whiskey barrels, this 2019 release is a straight sipper with unique spicy notes along with subtle mint and other herbal notes. Expect a medium, soft, sweet finish. $79



OLMECA ALTOS PLATA

Omeca Altos Tequila

Price- and cocktail-friendly. This silver plata tequila is pretty even-keeled, with slight vegetal and pepper notes, a subtle sweetness, and a light, dry finish. Use it in a mixed drink for added depth. $25




PARTIDO BLANCO

Tequila Partido

Nicely balanced. A good benchmark for novice tequila cocktail drinkers, Partido’s blanco has an agave-forward sweetness that becomes herbaceous and subtly spicy. When sipped straight, this tequila has a thinner body and subtle sweetness with a medium linger. $45




CLASE AZUL REPOSADO

Tequila Clase Azul

Unbelievably smooth. Another sipper (maybe add an ice cube), this reposado would be hard to peg as tequila in a blind taste test. Smooth with sweet flora and honeysuckle notes and a soft, coating mouthfeel, it tastes almost like drinking a pillow (in a good way). $110



CASA NOBLE JOVEN

Casa Noble Tequila

Unique. After six weeks in an oak barrel, the joven from Casa Noble has herbal and grain-forward notes. Though the alcohol can pack some heat, when backed by the sweet mouthfeel (vanilla), oaky character, and unique tangy finish, this one is worth another sip. $60






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