Tequila is one of the fastest-growing spirits in the U.S., with America consuming even more than they do in its homeland of Mexico. The biggest growth is in the premium and super-premium categories, as drinkers discover the pleasure of sipping rather than slamming good tequila. Tequila is in fact a type of mezcal, but one that has a specific “domain of origin” status and which must be made from a single species of agave, the blue agave. Tequila must be made in certain designated areas in Mexico, the biggest being the state of Jalisco, where the town of Tequila is located. Rack “tequila” must contain at least 51% blue agave sugars, and the remainder can be just about anything, including corn syrup. However, quality tequila will state on the bottle that it is made from 100% blue agave. Anything less than this (think Cuervo Gold) is called a mixto. Within Mexico, tequila can be bottled at anything from 62 to 110 proof, but within the U.S. it must be at least 80 proof. Blanco (silver or white) tequila is sold unaged, reposado tequila must be aged at least two months in white oak barrels, and añejo (aged) tequila are aged for twelve months minimum. Finally, extra añejo must be aged for at least three years. A new variety of tequila, generally called cristalino, is aged tequila that has been filtered to remove color, giving it the appearance of a blanco but the flavor of an añejo.

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Review: Dos Hombres Espadin Mezcal

By Christopher Null | July 30, 2022 |

Celebrity spirits don’t get much cooler than last year’s launch of Dos Hombres, which was a collaboration between Bryan Cranston and Aaron Paul, stars of one of the coolest TV shows ever, Breaking Bad. Adding to the street cred, it wasn’t a boring tequila or a whiskey but a mezcal, which is arguably the coolest spirits category…

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Review: Los Sundays Tequila, Blanco and Reposado

By Robert Lublin | July 28, 2022 |

There isn’t much information available about Los Sundays Tequila. It is double distilled from a blend of highland and lowland, 100% Blue Weber agave and it is said to be sustainably made, sugar free, and gluten free. That’s about it. The website provides little more data, but it does offer for sale a whole bunch…

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Review: Tequila Komos Reposado Rosa and Anejo Cristalino

By Christopher Null | July 27, 2022 |

Tequila Komos comprises three unusual selections — a pink reposado, an anejo cristalino, and an extra anejo — and that’s it. No blanco. Curious. “Inspired by the Mediterranean,” as the cristalino notes, these tequilas undergo unorthodox aging processes, using wine barrels across the lineup in lieu of (or in addition to) standard bourbon barrels. Other…

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Review: Mile High Spirits Cuidado Imported Tequila Blanco

By Drew Beard | June 30, 2022 |

Colorado’s Mile High Spirits claims to eschew all pretension when making and selling their diverse portfolio of craft spirits. To that end, the distillery really wants its customers to know that their Cuidado Imported Tequila Blanco is no celebrity-backed tequila brand. Just read the label: We’re so sorry. We called everyone we knew but at the…

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Review: Bosscal Mezcal Joven and Conejo

By Christopher Null | June 27, 2022 |

Bosscal is a new mezcal made in the Mexican state of Durango. Three varieties are on available; we received two of them. Details on each product can be found below in their particular writeups. Thoughts follow. NOM D248G. Bosscal Mezcal Joven – Unaged distillate of an unstated agave variety (or varieties). Agave is ground by…

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Review: Compoveda Tequila Reposado

By Christopher Null | June 26, 2022 |

Compoveda — the house brand of online tequila retailer SipTequila — previously existed only as an extra anejo, aged five years in Napa red wine barrels. Over a year ago I had the good fortune to be part of a focus group that tested three expressions of a new Compoveda release, a reposado. These tequilas…

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Review: Xicala Mezcal, Complete Lineup

By Christopher Null | June 22, 2022 |

Xicala Mezcal has been on the market for some time, but it’s recently expanded its line beyond a joven, adding a reposado and anejo to its repertoire. All three are made with traditional methods at Tlacolula Distillery in Oaxaca from 100% espadin agave, but the barrel regimen on the two aged mezcals is where things…

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Review: 818 Tequila – Blanco and Reposado

By Christopher Null | June 16, 2022 |

Kendall Jenner’s ownership of 818 Tequila is an understandable turnoff for many drinkers and a sign that celebriquila has finally reached a tipping point… or so I thought, at least, until 818 started winning a bunch of awards, including the top spot in a blind tasting of celebrity-owned tequilas (which, admittedly, may not be the…

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Review: Tequila Codigo 1530 Rosa Reposado George Strait Edition and Mezcal Codigo 1530 Artesanal

By Christopher Null | June 15, 2022 |

The George Strait-owned Tequila Codigo is back with two new expressions, a “rosa” reposado rested for 3 months in uncharred Napa Valley Cabernet French White Oak wine barrels (then finished in sherry casks), and a mezcal. Let’s give them both a try. Tequila Codigo 1530 Rosa Reposado George Strait Edition – The light pink color…

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Review: Duke Tequilas – Reposado and Extra Anejo

By Christopher Null | June 10, 2022 |

Well, pilgrim. You thought John Wayne would be satisfied with just a bourbon bottled in his name? Well guess what, now The Duke has lent his signature to tequila, which is available in three (unexpected) expressions, reposado, anejo, and extra anejo. No blanco here, folks. John Wayne only consumes oak-aged spirits, it seems. A slight…

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