Looking for the best tequila to buy? Want to try new varieties of the popular agave spirit? Check out our round up of the best tequilas brands to try this summer…
Tequila is a distilled spirit made from the cooked and fermented juice of blue agave. Most tequilas fall into three categories.
- Blanco tequila is unaged and bottled within two months, and is typically used in cocktails. It usually has strong agave and earthy flavours.
- Reposado tequilas have been aged in wooden casks for at least two months – which mellows the spirit and imparts oaky notes. Try them in cocktails like margaritas, or drink them neat.
- Añejo tequilas are barrel-aged for at least one year and are typically very smooth to drink, with spice, vanilla and caramel notes – they’re perfect for sipping.
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A winning marriage of blanco tequila with Yucatán and New Zealand manuka honey, this is a fragrantly rich but not sickly sweet flavoured tequila – a good entry-level option for those new to the spirit, or those who prefer liqueurs.
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Aged in wood for 11 months, this tequila has a really mellow burn, more like a fine whisky than a tequila. Smoky, smooth and a little sweet.
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A single-estate tequila (meaning all the agave used was taken from the same field) rested for two months in oak barrels: this is extremely smooth and balanced, with restrained vanilla notes.
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Ageing for 18 months in oak gives this tequila a rich and almost creamy character, with subtle spice and caramel notes that complement a delicate herbaceousness.
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This blend of aged tequilas is charcoal filtered, resulting in a bright, light and sweet spirit with an appealingly soft and silky character.
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Silver tequilas are usually seen as a great base for drinks such as margaritas, but this delicate number, with its herbal and fruity notes, is just as enjoyable sipped neat. If you do want to mix it, try pairing with tonic water.
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