Mexico

Walk into any decent cocktail bar these days and it’s virtually guaranteed there’ll be a bottle of Luxardo displayed prominently. The premium Italian maraschino liqueur, which has won over bartenders...
Once distilled exclusively for Royalty in the 18th Century under the order of King Carlos III, Mezcal Marqués is a premium sipping spirit perfect on the rocks or neat, ideal for grand celebratory...
Mezcal is sometimes referred to as “Mexico’s other spirit,” since it is not as well-known as tequila and its occasionally sweet or spicy and always smoky flavors can be off-putting to the uninitiated...
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The search for artisanal mezcal begins and ends in Oaxaca.
For years, the oldest official tequila classification was añejo , which defined tequila that had been barrel-aged for 12 to 35 months. And yet many of Mexico’s maestros tequileros— master...
Small batch, boutique, artisanal, and subtle are not words one typically associates with tequila, but Casa Dragones ($250) is deserving of them all. Soft and luxurious, its flavor is reminiscent of a...
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. Not so...
Combining spirits of various ages requires as much care and dexterity of the blender as, say, weaving together disparate melodies does of the master musician. It is with such adroitness that Juan...
This distillery was one of the first to recognize the importance of the extra añejo category. Real, their most recent expression, is a much fuller, more rounded aged tequila with the texture of a...
When the Ritz-Carlton, Cancun opened their tequila bar some years ago, their tequilier held a glass of this just-introduced extra añejo aloft and proclaimed to an attentive group of customers, "This...
In December 2006, Chinaco—a connoisseur’s tequila even as a blanco—was released as an extra añejo called Chinaco Negro. Of the original 12 casks, seven were extraordinary enough to be bottled in...
In the world of tequilas, there are blancos, which require no aging; reposados, aged from two to 12 months; and añejos, aged for one to three years. Then there are extra añejos, a relatively new...
This double distillation of agave from Oaxaca, Mexico, brings credibility to mezcal’s former “bad boy” image, which usually evokes a sour, smoky flavor. The smoke is still there (the result of...
Tasting Notes An exceptional bouquet and a palate of roasted agave, dried fruit, butterscotch, vanilla, dark chocolate, brown spices, and smoky wood. Worth Knowing This organically certified, triple-...
Tasting Notes This ultra-premium, dark-copper-color añejo shows strong wood flavors with notes of vanilla and dried fruit. Its Bordeaux-like characteristics are reminiscent of a finely aged Cognac...
Tasting Notes Honey-like flavors laced with toasted oak, vanilla, spice, cinnamon, curry, and butter. Worth Knowing This super-premium tequila is cellared for five years in sherry oak barrels,...
Tasting Notes Thick, silky, creamy, fresh agave. Worth Knowing This blanco is triple distilled and then slightly aged to round off the edges. The etched crystal decanter comes encased in a handmade...
Tasting Notes Apples, almonds, and rich vanilla, with a seductive herbaceous sweetness in the finish. Worth Knowing One of the most elegant of the new extra-añejo classification, this tequila is a...