Seven high-end tequilas that are worth the price

Supreme beverages: The best tequilas should be savored, not pulled, says our beverage expert (Aidy Smith)

It seems that we have finally reached a turning point: the nation is beginning to appreciate Tequila like a liquid to be sipped and kissed rather than spilled with lime and salt.

Considering this agave drink originated around 250 AD, I’d say it was about time. Tequila can be elegant and smooth on the palate, making it the perfect drink to start your sipping journey. A good quality bottle should almost feel like you’re drinking straight from the plant itself, with a little bit of vanilla and chipotle. No burning, no grimacing cheeks, and no need for anything else to change the flavor.

For beginners and connoisseurs, check out these premium tequilas – and skeptics, prepare to be converted.

Maestro Dobel Diamante

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Here’s one for those looking to venture away from the norm. This unique blend of Extra Añejo, Añejo and Reposado tequilas, which has been aged in European oak barrels, is double-filtered to remove color, leaving a sparkling diamond-like glow in every bottle. It is an expertly crafted tequila that exhibits exceptional sweetness alongside creamy butterscotch, agave and black pepper. For home bartenders, Dobel has also released a limited edition luxury bar set.

£57.25, The Whiskey Exchange

José Cuervo Family Reserve

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Something quite special. The Jose Cuervo family opens their private cellar every year to create a special reserve, and what I love about this magical blend is that it contains reserves of agave aged between three and thirty years, giving you a real appreciation of their craft spanning three decades. . The result is a rich and appealing blend of vanilla, oak, toasted almonds and cinnamon with a glaze of baked pineapple and cracked black pepper caramel.

£96.90, Amazon

Code 1530 Origin Extra Anejo

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This Código family icon is aged for six years in beautiful French white oak barrels, each charred by hand. The result is a tequila that has many undertones of darker alcohols like cognac or scotch, highlighting a spice of vanilla, caramel and cinnamon. Not only is each bottle hand-dipped in wax, it also comes in a spectacular wooden box to really enhance the presentation. Tequila martinis are a thingand it couldn’t be a better choice.

£229, Amazon

Clase Azul Tequila Gold

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This all-new release from the world-renowned tequila house is a Tequila Joven, a unique Reposado aged in French oak, intertwined with an eight-year-old Extra Añejo that has been aged in American whiskey casks before being finished in sherry casks. It is reminiscent of darkness capturing its first glimmers of sunlight at dusk. Fresh apple, orange zest and agave syrup harmonize with raisins, fig and toasted almonds, before the taste offers you dark chocolate, ginger, green olive and a distinct vanilla oak.

£450, The Whiskey Exchange

Mijenta Reposado

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I discovered Mijenta this year and quickly fell in love with it. The liquid speaks for itself: an elegant Reposado, aged six months in a blend of American white oak and European acacia barrels. This unusual barrel aging creates a distinct flavor, offering notes of roasted agave, cocoa nibs, bergamot, vanilla honey and orange blossom with dried apricots. It comes from one of the few haciendas supporting female distilling talent, and the brand is committed to minimizing its environmental impact, ensuring that every step of the process is sustainable, from sourcing to packaging. A win-win for all the right reasons.

£65, Berry Bro & Rudd

Prospero Tequila Anejo

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When celebrities make tequilas, they’re usually pretty average. Prospero, however, is anything but. Turns out Rita Ora did her homework by partnering with Stella Anguiano, one of the hottest names in the tequila business. The result is almost spectacular, and their Añejo is my drink of choice, aged for at least 12 months to allow deep, moody flavors to emerge. Think earthy baked agave, chocolate vanilla and baking spice with a twist of orange and a slight floral element. It hits all the right notes. There’s a joke about Ora’s voice somewhere, but it might be mean to make it.

£36.49, The bottle club

Tequila Casamigos Anejo

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This passion project of George Clooney and friends has come a long way since its inception in 2013. The name, which stands for ‘House of Friends’, encompasses a love for agave, and it’s something that really shines through in the drink itself. Blue Weber Agave is aged between seven and nine years before being slow roasted for 72 hours to ensure maximum flavor retention. They are then fermented for 80 hours (instead of the usual 48 hours), blended with a single strain and aged for 14 months. Basically, it’s a process that ensures there’s plenty of flavor in every sip. Rich caramel in color, you can expect to experience caramel and vanilla with juicy smoky agave, rich spice and sweet, slow-cooked pineapple. Still a celebrity winner, even if it took a few years to get there.

£60.99, The bottle club

Aidy Smith is an award-winning drinks expert, writer and presenter of The Three Drinkers TV series on Amazon Prime. follow him @Sypped

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