Tequila is often labeled as a party liquor, but there’s so much more to this complex spirit. When you want to up your agave game past cheap shots, check out this list of the best top-shelf tequilas over $50.
Too many people are marred by cheap tequila-fueled binge; these budget buys are often mixtos, tequilas that contains at least 51-percent blue agave but the rest made up of other sugars. Real, 100-percent tequilas, however, are one of the easiest drinking spirits and can have some of the most creative flavors.
Whether your’re looking for something to make a margarita, whip up another cocktail, or pour on the rocks, these are some of the best top-shelf tequilas over $50.
Casamigos – $50-$55
Fun fact: This brand was formerly owned by George Clooney. Oh, but the tequila is good, too. While Casamigos blanco often finds itself under $50 (about $45, to be exact), the brand’s reposado ($50; hints of caramel and cocoa ) and añejo ($55; more spicy and oaky) options can both can be counted among the great value tequilas over $50.
Tequila Fortaleza Blanco Still Strength – $60
Handmade by the Sauza family, Tequila Fortaleza boast several decades of heritage (five generations, to be exact). The Sauza brand was sold in 1976, but the family continues its craft today. The Still Strength version of the Fortaleza’s Blanco varietal boasts an intense vegetal profile with earthy notes of butter, olive, and black pepper. Since it comes straight from the still, it also has a higher ABV.
Kah Tequila Reposado – $50-$60
This tequila’s fire-eyed skull bottle is a perfect representation of the strength of the vanilla and caramel accompanying the agave character. Awesome flavors and packaging aside, Kah’s reposado comes in at 110 proof following a 10-month stint in French Limousin Oak casks.
Maracame Tequila Añejo – $60
The makers of Maracame, Casa Camarena, have more than 250 years of tequila-making experience. Aged for 18-months in American Oak barrels, the añejo varietal is a full-bodied spirit reminiscent of a whiskey. Dried fruits, pepper, and cola are some of the flavors you can expect from this tequila, which has received several accolades from the industry.
Tequila Código 1530 Rosa – $60
The rosé trend is here to stay, and Código‘s Rosa hits all the high notes. Aged one month month in uncharred Napa Cabernet French White Oak barrels, this unique tequila leads with the usual agave flavor you find in a blanco with a hint of floral notes
Article originally published by Pat Evans on July 27, 2017. Last updated by Nicole Raney on February 22, 2018.
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