About Mexican SPIRITS

Mexican spirits are all about beverages made from the agave plant, with the two most famous products being tequila and Mezcal. These products range from rustic and rough to polished and world-class; they are enjoyed by the common man as well as celebrities and they are consumed throughout Mexico as well as in the United States and many other countries.

While both tequila and mezcal are made from the agave plant, mezcal can be produced from many varieties from several area, while tequila can only be made from the blue agave and only from the Jalisco district.

There are several types of tequila, from the most basic, clear examples that can be sipped or serve as the base of numerous cocktails, all the way up to aged (añejo) versions that have gold or amber colors, smoky, caramel and honeyed aromas and a long, elegant finish that are meant for after dinner enjoyment on their own or with a cigar.

Tequila had become an enormous industry in Mexico and today the product is made by small family-owned companies as well as large multimillion dollar beverage giants.

There is also a small amount of liqueurs made in Mexico, such as those made from honey, coconut and even local flowers such as the Xtabentun; production is limited, but quality is quite high.
Top Picks for Mexico
212097
Arrogante
Damiana Liqueur
Pale slivery straw color. Bright, exotic, spicy herbal aromas of peppered lime an prickly pear, grassy herbs, grilled pepper, and figs with a velvety, vibrant, off-dry light-to-medium body and a tingling, elegant, medium-long coriander, grains of paradise, ginseng cola, and mint-lilac syrup finish. An elegant and stimulating herbal tequila based liqueur that will be great on it’s own or in a wit beertail.
93 points $22.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
212077
Herencia de Plata
Coffee Tequila Liqueur
Opaque brown black color. Bright, attractive, roasted fruity aromas of roasted coffee, baked prickly pear, coconut, and chocolate with a glycerous, vibrant, petillant, moderately sweet medium-full body and an involved, long roasted pineapple, dates, honeyed nuts, and herbs finish. A delicious tequila based coffee liqueur with great texture and flavor.
92 points $29.90
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
205033
D’Aristi Xtabentún
Honey and Anise Liqueur
Pale emerald green color. Bright aroma and flavor of licorice with a syrupy sweet medium-to-full body and a long, pure anise and Good and Plenty candy finish. A great anise liqueur for sipping or mixing.
90 points $19.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
217240
Kova
Coffee Liqueur
Clear brown black color. Aromas and flavors of chocolate covered espresso beans, nuts, and dried fruits, brown sugar roasted nuts, and cappuccino with a glycerous, soft, very sweet medium body and a smooth, interesting, medium-length banana flan and latte finish. A nice creamy, fruity coffee liqueur.
89 points $13.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
208043
Kahlúa
Salted Caramel Coffee Liqueur
Dark brown bronze color. Rich aromas and flavors of coffee, caramel, chocolate covered figs, and delicate peppery spice with a glycerous, soft, sweet medium-to-full body and a silky, interesting, medium-length finish with accents of sea salt, honey, and flan. A tasty combination of coffee and caramel flavors.
89 points $18.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221801
Kalani
Coconut Rum Liqueur
Pale clear color. Aromas of coconut flake, almond oil, and lemon balm with a glycerous, bright, sweet medium body and a smooth, medium-length coconut creme, powdered sugar, and Italian almond cookie finish. A sincere coconut liqueur to add pure flavor to tropical cocktails.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220494
KAPALI
Coffee Liqueur
Brown black color. Aromas of coffee yogurt, espresso, and dark chocolate with a thick, soft, cloying medium-to-full body and a stimulating, medium-length coffee hard candy, charred coffee beans, and orange liqueur finish. A richly flavored coffee liqueur.
88 points $12.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
217416
Kahlúa
Chili Chocolate Liqueur
Dark brown black color. Aromas and flavors of fresh coffee, chocolate cake and cacao nibs, and toasted raisin nut bread with an oily, vibrant, moderately sweet medium-to-full body and a peppery, intriguing, long ancho pepper jelly, chili powder, and cinnamon red hot candy finish. A fun, peppery coffee and chocolate liqueur that will be fun to play with in cocktails.
88 points $18.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
206397
Cabo Diablo
Tequila Coffee Liqueur
Opaque dark brown color. Aromas and flavors of sweet pickle, candied yams, roasted pineapple, and latte with a silky, soft, moderately sweet medium body and a peppery, delightful, breezy finish with notes of grilled pepper, chili pepper, chocolate espresso bean, and herbs. A well made coffee liqueur with fun, peppery green agave center.
88 points $22.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
212078
Reserva del Señor
Almond Tequila Liqueur
Copper color. Buttery, citrusy confected nutty aromas of almond frosting on caramel cake with a velvety, moderately sweet light-to-medium body and a smooth, engaging, medium-long almond brittle, maraschino, and roasted coffee beans finish. A solid, candied almond flavor for cocktails.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab