About Mexican Spirits

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

Tears Of Llorona Scotch, Sherry And Cognac Barrel-Aged Extra Añejo Tequila
98 points
A luxuriously aged example of agave that retains the base spirit and exemplifies the cask management that puts this in the pantheon of other finally aged spirits.
Fuenteseca Reserva 7 Year Aged Extra Añejo Tequila
98 points
Somehow manages to be both richly barrel-aged while expressing fresh green tones; perplexing, contemplative, well-executed, but most importantly decadently delicious.
Cazcanes No. 10 Blanco Tequila
97 points
Complex and refreshing, this is great on its own but would make amazing cocktails; it is rich and pure making this truly an excellent example and a delight to taste.
Del Maguey San Pablo Ameyaltepec Single Village Blanco Mezcal
97 points
Funky and fruity with light smoke and nice heat, this is exceptionally delicious.
Alquimia Reserva De Oro XIV Cask Strength Extra Añejo Tequila
97 points
A rich and inviting barrel aged spirit with a touch of warming agave spice; such a powerful and delicious barrel character.
Mezcal de Leyendas Verde San Luis Potosi Mezcal
97 points
A sweet, savory, salty, juicy display of complexity and finesse; enjoy this Blanco Mezcal liberally.
Awards: 2021 Best Mezcal
97 points $49.99
El Tesoro Paradiso Tequila Extra Añejo
97 points
A tantalizing melange of complex flavors that reward each sip.
Awards: 2021 Best Tequila
Mezcal Vago Mezcal Ensamble En Barro
96 points
Sweet and herbaceous and surprisingly subtle for the higher proof with a very warming roasted nut sweetness on the palate; enjoy frequently.
Del Maguey Minero Single Village Blanco Mezcal
96 points
Cocoa nibs, smoked leather, citrus, roasted berries, grilled nuts... so much complexity and deliciousness; nom nom nom.
Fuenteseca Cosecha Blanco Tequila
96 points
Incredible red fruits on the nose and palate with an interesting interplay of fresh savory herbs; bursting with flavors but not overwhelming.