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Listen, some people are really tough to buy for, and we’ve found the best gifts for this group are ones they’ll consume and want again the following year. Sure, you could get them wine or perhaps some whiskey, but for the growing legion of agave lovers out there, you’ll want to give them them tequila. Yet, with more than 1,680 different tequilas currently on the market and encompassing the five different Consejo Regulador del Tequila (CRT)-certified agave distillations—blanco, reposado, añejo, extra añejo, and cristalino—deciding which bottle, set, or accessory to buy can make your head spin. So we’ve done an ample amount of sampling to find the best gifts for tequila lovers out there. Here are our 15 favorite tequila gifts.
Flecha Azul Blanco With Rocks Glasses
This single estate-grown, ultra-premium, additive-free tequila was founded by Mexican-born Aron Marquez along with his first-generation Mexican-American friend, Abraham Ancer, as they both wanted a tequila possessing the heritage and taste of their homeland. With the enthusiastic assistance of actor Mark Wahlberg, they have achieved this goal, especially in its purest blanco form, which may now be enjoyed as an exclusive ReserveBar gift set that includes two non-leaded crystal Rocks Glasses.
Buy Now: $94
Don Ramón 25th Anniversary Edition Extra Añejo
Talk about a tequila that sparkles! This triple-distilled copper-toned elixir, which has been barrel-aged for more than three years, comes in a limited-edition artisan bottle embellished with 301 golden Swarovski crystals, each hand-placed by Mexican artisans who dedicate up to four hours per bottle. With a limited production of just 450 bottles per day, each represents a work of art only matched by the tequila inside. With sophisticated notes of berries, cherries, and a hint of peppery vanilla, this tequila becomes even more celebratory when sipped from one of the two diamond-shaped Swarovski crystal glasses that come with this gift set.
Buy Now: $898
Marques de Casa Noble Añejo
This elegantly sculptured bottle heralds the excellent, richly textured añejos inside, created by blending no less than 21 different aged tequilas—nine añejos and 12 Extra añejos—which have been matured between one and five years. Casa Noble’s Founder and Maestro Tequilero Jose “Pepe” Hermosillo is a perfectionist, so it is not surprising that, in addition to composing this rare blend, he traveled to the Allier region of France to personally select the trees to create the handcrafted barrels for this limited edition. With flavors of cooked agave sweetness mingled with vanilla, ripe fruits, and roasted nuts, it is, as Hermosillo says, “Something to be enjoyed alongside life’s best moments.”
Buy Now: $170
Casa Dragones Sipping Tequila Gift Set
Looking for a conversation starter for your next holiday get-together? How about a comparative tasting flight with this three-bottle set from one of Mexico’s most revered small batch tequila producers and featuring a trio of their most unusual tequilas? The handsomely packaged gift box includes a 375 ml. bottle of Casa Dragones Añejo Barrel Blend, Reposado Mizunara, and Blanco. Or you can wrap each bottle individually and use then as “spirited” stocking stuffers.
Buy Now: $197
Riedel Ouverture Tequila Glasses
The finest, most skillfully crafted tequilas demand the finest, most skillfully crafted glasses to channel the bouquet and concentrate the flavors with each sip. To meet this objective, this graceful, lead-free machine-made crystal glass is the result of two tasting workshops led by Georg Riedel and assisted by over two dozen tequila producers and industry officials. As a result, it has since been designated as the official tequila glass by the Consejo Regulador del Tequila. Packaged as a set of four—a separate carrying bag, with over-the-shoulder carrying strap and adjustable inserts—is also available as a $250 option.
Buy Now: $65
Reserva de la Familia Limited Edition
Every year since 1995, Jose Cuervo has worked with internationally recognized Mexican artists to create an exclusive presentation box for individually numbered, limited-edition Reserva de la Familia Extra Añejos. This year’s box was designed by the Mexico-based Tercerunquinto Collective, which includes notable past artists such as Gonzalo Lebrija (2022) and Jorge Pardo (2020). To create the 2023 box, the Collective visited the town of Tequila, Mexico to study the agave landscape. The artists then interpreted what they saw, using geometric patterns of the colors and shapes that make up the agave fields. The resulting abstract cubism design invokes the brightness of the volcanic obsidian and the roughness of tequila’s volcanic soil mixed with the texture of the agave plant itself, making this box—and the tequila it houses—a collector’s item that’s only available for a limited time.
Buy Now: $175
El Tesoro Mundial: Knob Creek Rye Edition
This is the second release of the Mundial Collection Limited Edition Cask Finishing Series, featuring special bottlings of El Tesoro tequilas that have been matured in casks that previously have held some of the best premium spirits in the world. For this latest edition, El Tesoro añejo has been aged for 12 months in charred American white oak Knob Creek Rye Whiskey barrels that had previously matured Knob Creek Rye Whiskey for seven years. With crisp agave, black pepper, cinnamon, dark chocolate, and a hint of citrus and vanilla, this is a tequila to sip and savor by the fireplace.
Buy Now: $170
Tequila Don Julio 1942 Illumination Bottle
This is the ultimate centerpiece for your holiday party, and one that your guests won’t soon forget: a bottle of Don Julio 1942, the brand’s ultra-premium extra añejo aged for at least two-and-a-half years in American white oak barrels. To add to the show, this tequila-filled masterpiece also lights up with a soft glow at the press of a button concealed on the bottom of the bottle. Two versions are available, but we opt for the bottle marked “2024,” to brighten your New Year’s celebration in style. So let the countdown begin, but you must purchase this limited-edition bottle by December 15 to ensure delivery before the end of the year.
Buy Now: $181
Solento Music to Drink Tequila By
It’s hardly surprising that surfer, filmmaker, music producer, and tequila maven Taylor Steele would choose to launch his new, small batch, single estate, organically certified 40-month-old extra añejo by pairing it with a curated playlist on a vinyl record. Toss in a couple of tapered rocks glasses and you have all the makings for a relaxing, away-from-the-shopping-frenzy experience with this smooth butterscotch, vanilla, and oak-laced libation, while listening to a mixed bag of jazz, blues and country music. A limited edition of only 480 boxed sets containing a hand-labeled bottle of Solento Extra Añejo, a vinyl record (music selections will vary), and two ribbed glasses are available for the complete sipping experience.
Cristalino Is Forever Tasting Box
Anyone receiving this squat, cylindrical container as a wrapped gift might erroneously assume it’s a candle. The surprise will be when it is discovered that this is an exclusive tequila tasting kit, curated by the experts at Flaviar in conjunction with 11th-generation Cuervo family member, Juan Domingo Beckmann. This unique collection features five individual vials containing seemingly identical clear liquids, labeled A through E, but each one is distinct. The kit includes reposado and añejo cristalinosamples from Maestro Dobel Tequila, Gran Coramino, Gran Centenario, 1800 Tequila, and Jose Cuervo. Lifting out the coaster on the cylinder top reveals, among other things, which tequilas are which, and provides a link on how to taste tequila like a pro.
Buy Now: $60
Patrón Silver Limited Edition 2023 Mexican Heritage Tin
Patrón tequila has teamed up with Red Bull Racing F1 driver Sergio Pérez to commemorate the stories, traditions, and culture of Mexico through this year’s commemorative tin—the eighth in an annual series. The tin, which has a bottle of Patrón Silver tequila nestled inside, was unveiled during the Las Vegas F1 Grand Prix this year and features a vibrant design inspired by Pérez’s Mexican heritage, his life on and off the racetrack, and with a nod to the production of Patrón tequila.
Buy Now: $43
Cenote Ahumado Tequila
For those gift givers who can’t decide between a tequila and a mezcal, we’ve got you covered with this small batch reposado tequila that undergoes a unique mezcal-inspired roasting of the agave piñas over a wood fire. Supervised by Elena Nuñez of Mujeres del Mezcal y Maguey de Mexico, the open pit oven she uses is a re-creation of the ancient mezcal pit ovens and is a crucial element in achieving Cenote Ahumado’s distinctive smokiness. Rested over two months in oak barrels, Cenote Ahumado develops a rich character and a golden hue, with aromas of hickory, clover, honey, and ginger and a complex palate, featuring dark caramel, fire-roasted peppers, cinnamon, and, of course, a faint but delicious whiff of sweet smoke.
Buy Now: $121
Grand Marnier Grand Margarita Kit
If you want to make a better Margarita, you simply must ditch the triple sec and replace it with Grand Marnier—or in this case, Grand Marnier Cordon Rouge, the original classic French liqueur composed of 51 percent Cognac and 49 percent percent distilled essences of macerated orange peels. Your holiday Margarita making will be made even easier with this ReserveBar Kit, which includes a 375 ml bottle of Cordon Rouge, similar-sized bottles of Espolòn Reposado and Hella Classic Margarita mixer (no need to slice limes or search for agave nectar), plus a shaker, strainer, muddler, jigger, bar spoon, and tongs.
Buy Now: $103
In 2016, a group of friendly NBA rivals—Jeanie Buss, co-owner of the Lakers; Milwaukee Bucks co-owner Wes Edens; Celtics co-owner Wyc Grousbeck and his future wife Emilia Fazzalari (who now serves as CEO of Cincoro Tequila), and Michael Jordan—created this award-winning tequila. Although Cincoro now produces all four tequila expressions—blanco, reposado, añejo, and extra añejo—this rare, limited edition combines all four into one elegant golden bottle, which contains generous amounts of Cincoro 40-month aged extra añejo. But because tequila must be labeled according to the youngest in the blend, this is technically a blanco. With intertwined flavors of toasted oak, vanilla, cinnamon, roasted nuts, and raisins, it’s the most complex, Cognac-textured blanco you’ll ever drink.
Buy Now: $330
Ravella Extra Añejo
Created by Michael Zaretsky, a successful tabletop game manufacturer who had been searching for the “ultimate” luxury tequila, this cask-strength extra añejo is aged a minimum of 36 months in American white oak barrels before being bottled at 108 proof. To further accent its exclusivity, this full-bodied tequila comes in a hefty, gold-topped, triangular-shaped bottle made in France, with a closure from Bulgaria, and labels printed in Spain. While most new brands usually launch with a blanco and then gradually introduce older tequilas, Zaretsky has done the reverse. “We decided to release our extra añejo first,” he says, “to set a benchmark for our brand, and to capture thetop tier of the tequila market.”
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