For years, the oldest official tequila classification was añejo, which defined tequila that had been barrel-aged for 12 to 35 months.
Small batch, boutique, artisanal, and subtle are not words one typically associates with tequila, but Casa Dragones ($250) is deserving of them all.
The mere mention of mezcal—a distillate made from agaves roasted in rock-lined earthen pits—often conjures up images of smoky cantinas and even smokier liquids being poured into dusty glasses.
Tasting Notes An exceptional bouquet and a palate of roasted agave, dried fruit, butterscotch, vanilla, dark chocolate, brown spices, and smoky wood.
Tasting Notes This ultra-premium, dark-copper-color añejo shows strong wood flavors with notes of vanilla and dried fruit.
Tasting Notes Honey-like flavors laced with toasted oak, vanilla, spice, cinnamon, curry, and butter.
Tasting Notes Thick, silky, creamy, fresh agave. Worth Knowing This blanco is triple distilled and then slightly aged to round off the edges.
Tasting Notes Apples, almonds, and rich vanilla, with a seductive herbaceous sweetness in the finish.