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Best Luxury Tequila Brands

To celebrate Margarita day we thought it only appropriate to share our all-time favourite Tequila choices. A distinctive and expressive spirit, this Mexican tipple can be enjoyed in some many different ways. So salt and stirrers at the ready and join us on a tempting Tequila journey. 

El Rayo Tequila – Plata

Plata by El Rayo perfectly captures the vibrant flavours of Mexico’s majestic blue agave plant. Herbal aromas give way to bright citrus notes warmed by a hint of peppery spice.

VIVIR Tequila

VIVIR Tequila is made with 100% blue weber agave and allowed to mature in bourbon oak casks for at least 6 months before making its way into handsome bottles. The Reposado has earthy, vanilla, caramel and melted butter. Perfect as a Tequila Old Fashioned.

Empirical’s Ayuuk

Ayuuk was been nominated for ‘Best new spirit of the year 2020’ by the prestigious Spirited Awards. This distinguished spirit which has similarities to mezcal and can be used to make wonderfully exciting cocktails, including margaritas, to impress dinner guests and family members. Ayuuk, which means ‘people who speak the mountain language’, has Empirical’s most cherished flavour story as it is named after the Mixe people in Oaxaca, Mexico where the spirits core ingredient, Pasilla Mixe chilli is exclusively sourced.

El Sueno

El Sueño is a Tequila for the 21st century and is a new Mixto Tequila that’s affordable, sustainable and ideal for mixing. The new Tequila is specifically crafted to go perfectly in long drinks and cocktails such as margaritas, Tequila & tonic and Tequila & ginger ale, El Sueño is a Mixto like no other.

Doña Celia – Blanco Tequila

Doña Celia is a premium 100% agave tequila, and is presented in a bottle reminiscent of the famous Mexican Catrina. The Catrina, is used in Mexican folklore in the Dia de los Muertos Day of the Dead festivals. Catrinas are seen everywhere in Mexico, and this beautifully detailed ceramic bottle is a striking display piece with a great story. Produced at the Casa Maestri distillery, Dona Celia Blanco is an unaged tequila that is bottled after a second distillation in order to keep its natural characteristics together with transparency and brightness. Lifted, floral and savoury in character, this tequila is delicious to drink on its own or mixed in cocktails. A unique addition to any backbar or spirits collection.

Storywood – Storywood Tequila Añejo

Storywood is a tequila with the heart of Mexico and the soul of Scotland. Created by founder Michael Ballantyne who was born in Scotland and raised in Texas.  After an unexpected meeting with Master Distiller Luis Trejo at La Cofradia Distillery in Mexico, Michael began the journey of this delicious tequila by expertly aging 100% agave liquid in single malt whisky casks from Speyside and creating the world’s first sipping tequilas. The whisky-like characteristics drawn from the wood mean that Storywood Tequilas can be enjoyed neat or on the rocks. Award-winning Storywood Tequila Speyside 14 Añejo is smooth and hiding in every deep amber sip are notes of toasted oak, roasted nuts and treacle toffee.

Cazcabel – Tequila Blacno

Cazcabel Blanco is a classically-styled tequila from Jalisco, Mexico, evidently named after a legendary medicine man known as Don Cazcabel. Rich in earthy roasted agave with citrus notes shining through and black pepper bringing spice to the finish.

Satryna – Cristalino Tequila

Satryna dates back over 70 years, so it’s safe to say you can trust in its expertise when it comes to tequila. Made from the sweetest blue agave sourced from the volcanic soil of Jalisco, Guadalajara, and steam cooked for 24 hours before being triple distilled, Cristalino is aged for 18 months in oak barrels and filtered for a clear appearance. The result of this process means the liquid has the complexity and character of an añejo with the crisp nuances of a blanco; it’s certainly one to impress people with.

Don Julio – Blanco Tequila

Commonly referred to as ‘silver’ tequila, Don Julio Blanco uses a time-honoured distillation process to celebrate the finest raw agave in its truest form. It is blended with hints of citrus notes – lemon, lime and grapefruit – with undertones of black pepper and grass for a crisp, clean finish. Discover its subtle nuances when served neat or on the rocks.