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
Puerto Angel
Organic Blanco Rum
Pale slivery straw color. Bright, creamy, earthy aromas of plantain custard, rubber leaf, and coconut water and husk with a silky, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a peppery, engaging, medium-length Coleman’s fuel, white pepper, and green tobacco leaf finish. A rustic, somewhat fiery, cachaça like white rum that will add a lot of character to craft cocktails.
93 points $26.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
Puerto Angel
Organic Amber Rum
Hazy straw color. Delicate, creamy, nutty toasty yeasty aromas of almond nougat, creme brulee, and spice bread with a soft, crisp, fruity light-to-medium body and a tingling, complex, medium-length pepper, mocha cream, toasted marshmallow, and fuel-like minerals finish. A flavor packed gold rum that will stand out well in cocktails.
92 points $29.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
Ron Caribe
Silver Premium Rum
Opaque clear color. Aromas of dried coconut flakes, peanut brittle, crushed chocolate wafer cookies, and vanilla creme with an soft, dryish light-to-medium body and a tingling, refreshing, medium-length coconut Oreo cookies finish. A unique white rum with a chocolate kick.
89 points $19.95 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
Ron Caribe
Añejo Superior Ocho Años Rum
Amber color. Candied aromas and flavors of chocolate covered caramel, butterscotch chips, vanilla custard, and barbecue sauce with a round, lively, off-dry medium-to-full body and a peppery, long Indian rice pudding and orange blossom water finish. A sweet, caramelly rum with tons of vanilla character.
87 points $32.95
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
Ron Caribe
Blanco Rum
Clear. Fairly neutral on the nose with hints of whole pistachio, moss, and custard. Softly textured with a dryish, oily medium body an sweet cream, grassy earth, mint cookie, and gently peppery finish. A solid, understated mixing rum.
85 points $12.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
1873 Ron Solera Rum
Bronze color with an olive cast. Aromas of molten plastic and shellacked wood with a soft, dryish medium body and a burnt sugar, pesticide, and charred nut finish. Weird.
81 points $22.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab