The Best Luxury Tequilas
If you are a real tequila drinker, you skip the lime and salt and head straight for the blends that age for years, have complex flavor profiles and a long, smooth finish.
Good things come to those who wait and this is especially true when talking about tequila. Most luxury bottles of tequila age for some time, meaning that they sit for a multitude of years in various types of barrels. As all of these bottles are pure and smooth, they are meant to be sipped slow, savored, and indulged in. Although there are currently many high-end bottles of tequila on the market, here are our favorites at the moment.
Clase Azul Ultra
It takes five years of aging in ex-Sherry casks to produce Clase Azul Ultra, and it’s well worth the wait. This extra añejo tequila has a dark amber color, a full body, and a powerful nose. It features scents of fruit, Sherry, and vanilla. Not to mention, it comes in a spectacular decanter that takes two weeks to handcraft and features three precious metals. Artisans hand-paint the decanters with liquid platinum, the label is made from 24K gold, and it is topped with the company’s signature sterling silver agave medallion.
Código 1530 Origen
Código 1530 Origen puts the ‘extra’ in extra añejo. It ages for six years in ex-Cabernet Sauvignon French white oak barrels. This is three years longer than required, making it one of the oldest tequilas there is. This extra time aging gives it a refined and smooth taste with notes of sweet oak, vanilla, caramel, and cinnamon.
Drink like a superstar with Sean Combs’ Deleón Leóna tequila. It comes from the house’s private reserves and ages in American oak for five years before resting in French Sauternes casks for another year. The combination gives Leóna a unique flavor profile with notes of crème brûlée and baking spices, in addition to a long and smooth finish.
Don Julio 1942
The go-to for many connoisseurs, Don Julio 1942 is a small-batch tequila that ages for a minimum of two-and-a-half years. It rests in American white oak barrels, which gives it a rich flavor with notes of vanilla as well as baked caramel. The name is an homage to the year when Don Julio Gonzalez first began making tequila at just 17 years old. If you’re looking for something with a more intense flavor, Don Julio’s Real anejo tequila ages for five years in American white oak, which adds chocolate and almond undertones.
Gran Patrón Burdeos
Gran Patrón, not to be confused with classic Patrón tequilas, is a range of four luxury tequilas crafted in limited quantities. Burdeos comes in a striking bottle with a bee-shaped crystal topper. The blend matures in American and French oak barrels, before finishing in vintage Bordeaux wine barrels. The añejo tequila has notes of vanilla and raisins and is silky smooth.
Herradura Selección Suprema Tequila
Supreme selection, indeed. Herradura Selección Suprema Tequila spends 49 months in American white oak barrels. Casa Herradura naturally ferments all of its tequilas as well as hand-crafts its own barrels. Selección Suprema has a delicious and complex flavor profile, consisting of cooked agave, floral notes, and a smooth finish with a touch of sweetness.
Casa Dragones Joven
Casa Dragones limited edition, small-batch Joven tequila uses 100% blue agave in a beautiful combination of silver tequila and extra-aged tequila. It rests in new American oak barrels which gives the sipping tequila its complex taste. It has notes of vanilla and hazelnut with the aroma of sweet roasted agave and subtle hints of citrus. In addition, the finish is rich, yet soft, leaving you wanting more.
Tears of Llorona
Tears of Llorona is an extra extra añejo tequila using 100% blue agave, hand-picked from the volcanic highlands of Jalisco. It also rests in three different barrels, giving it a very distinct and complex flavor. What makes this tequila different from others of the like is that Master Distiller Germán Gonzalez bottles at 43% specific gravity to balance the flavors, resulting in a high-level of osmotic loss.