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When we heard George Clooney and his best buds had for years been drinking a private tequila which is now finally available to the rest of us, we rolled our eyes a little bit. But once we got past the celebrity backstory and actually tasted Casamigos Reposado Tequila ($50), it didn't matter much who signed the bottle — because it's just good. The agave nose leads to a smooth peppery taste with an easy finish. Try it neat or on the rocks. It's mild and laid-back, bringing to mind having a round with ol' Georgie boy himself.
Not all tequila is made to shoot — instead, it's made to sip like a fine scotch. Peligroso Anejo Tequila ($60) falls into the latter category. Aged for 12-18 months, it's exceptionally smooth, with flavors of nut, pumpkin, oak, and spice, and is bottled at 84 proof instead of 80 for an extra boost of flavor. Arrives in a satin black glass bottle that's corked and numbered by hand before it's individually boxed, just another sign that it's not your average worm juice.
Hand crafted and aged in Tequlia, Mexico — no, really — and featuring one of the most bizarre packages we've even seen for a premium liquor, it should go without saying that Jose Cuervo Reserva De La Familia ($159) isn't your typical party-time tequila. The box was created by Mexican artist Marco Arce, while the tequila is made from hand-selected agaves, and aged a minimum of three years in French Limousin and American oak barrels. With notes of pepper, caramel, vanilla, green pepper, and dried herbs, amongst other flavors, Reserva De La Familia has more in common with a great brandy than its namesake's cheapest booze.
Handmade in small batches, Casa Dragones Tequila ($330) is not your average booze. Each bottle is finished by a Maestro Tequilero, mixing platinum tequila with a dab of extra añejo for an incredibly smooth taste. Delivered in a handcrafted, reusable crystal decanter, it's meant for sipping, not shooting, and although it may taste great, it'd be a damn shame for it to wind up in a margarita mix.
If you're ready to take your celebratory boozing to the next level, Gran Patrón Burdeos Tequila ($740) is just the stuff. Distilled from the finest blue agave, this ultra-premium dark tequila is matured in a blend of American and French oak barrels and aged for a minimum of 12 months. It's then distilled again in vintage Bordeaux barrels from France. Each unleaded crystal bottle comes in a black walnut box with a special corkscrew and a crystal bee stopper. Be sure to sign up for the Uncrate-approved Patrón Social Club.
Celebrate Cinco de Mayo in style with Jose Cuervo Especial Silver ($18). This premium silver tequila was blended with smoothness in mind, is bottled directly after distillation, and contains light Agave notes and a smooth, clean finish, without the harsh bite of your normal tequila shot. Pick up a bottle on your way home and have a couple shots for us.
If you've got a passion for tequila, you can't do much better than Maestro Dobel Tequila ($75). This hand-crafted tequila is the first-ever diamond-clear tequila, thanks to a proprietary blending and filtration technique. Made from hand-selected agave (picked from the volcanic lowlands of the Jalisco region), Maestro Dobel is actually the combination of three different aged tequilas — Reposado (rested 15 months), Anejo (rested 24 months), and Extra-Anejo (rested for 36 months). For a special feel, each sleek, metallic-bottomed bottle is filled and labeled by hand and then individually numbered.
Touted as "the world's smoothest 100 proof, 100 percent Agave super premium Tequila," 1800 Select Silver Tequila ($69) can definitely be called crisp, clean and, yes, smooth. 1800 Select Silver is double-distilled for clarity and blended with a touch of aged tequila (a process unusual for a silver tequila). It comes packaged in a great glass bottle with a glass stopper that doubles as a shot glass.
We here at Uncrate are very picky about our tequilas — while we enjoy a fine tequila, the lesser quality brands are a sure fire ticket to hangover-ville. This is certainly not one of those lesser brands. Patrón Silver Tequila ($88) is a light, clear tequila that goes down smooth and makes nearly perfect tequila-based drinks. Each bottle is handmade, which only adds to the warm, elegant feeling of the spirit. Save the lemon and salt for the cheap stuff — you won’t need it (or want it) for this.