10 of the Best Sipping Tequilas Made for Savoring

Updated 09/08/19
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While we’re all about the quest to find the perfect tequila for a margarita, we've come to the conclusion that some of the best things in life are best when savored. Tequila is a Mexican liquor made from the fermented sap of the blue agave plant, which takes roughly five-to-12 years to grow to maturity before it can be harvested to produce tequila. Because tequila is as complex flavor-wise as high-end scotch (and can be as time-consuming to make), it’s no wonder the best tequilas are made for sipping.

Served neat, on the rocks, or simply with a squeeze of fresh lime, a tipple of tequila is also a low-calorie way to party without packing on extra pounds. So take it slow, and dive into this list of 10 expert-approved tequilas made for throwing back one quaff at a time.

Tequila is also the ideal drink choice for those on a gluten-free diet.

Fortaleza Añejo

A glass bottle of Tequila Fortaleza Anejo tequila with an agave cork.
Fortaleza Añejo $97
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Beautifully bottled and exquisitely flavored, Fortaleza Añejo is the perfect addition to any tequila lover’s stash. This favorite from Tequila Fortaleza is defined by notes of butterscotch, hazelnut, toffee, citrus, and vanilla.

Cazcanes Organic Blanco

A glass bottle of Cazcanes Blanco tequila.
Cazcanes No.9 Blanco $89
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Cazcanes is crafted in small batches, using some of the oldest distilling methods on earth. Combining tradition with true artistry, this ultra-smooth, delicately nuanced, organic tequila is one of the best sipping tequilas around.

Tequila Ocho Plata

A clear bottle of Tequila Ocho Plata tequila with a blue and white label and cork.
Tequila Ocho Plata $55
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Best enjoyed neat, this luscious tequila is aged in American oak barrels, previously used for aging whiskey, for just over eight weeks. Plata delivers a refreshing, clean taste with notes of citrus, cinnamon, dried fruit, and almonds.

Don Julio 1942

A tapered glass bottle of honey-colored tequila.
Don Julio 1942 $150
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For top-notch entertaining, celebrating a special occasion, or simply enjoying a high-level tequila experience, Don Julio 1942 is one of the best. This small-batch tequila is aged for a minimum of two-and-a-half years and features rich notes of dark chocolate, caramel, and oak.

Clase Azul Reposado

A white ceramic bottle of tequila with blue hand-painted Mexican designs featuring an agave plant in the center.
Clase Azul Reposado $70
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If you're someone who appreciates the finer things but also occasionally buys something based on the look of the bottle, Clase Azul Reposado doesn't disappoint. This award-winning tequila is defined by notes of cream soda, caramel, and spice, with a delectably sweet, lingering finish.

Tapatio Excelencia

Tapatio Excelencia Extra Añejo $163
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A tequila with an understandably higher pricepoint is Tapatio Excelencia—it's perhaps one of the best sipping tequilas ever produced. Each bottle is aged for four years, then stored for more than 13, and utilizes a combination of American and French oak barrels to achieve a uniquely rich yet remarkably smooth flavor profile. Tasting notes include brown sugar, caramel apples, and gorgeously pronounced agave.

Espolòn Reposado

A stout glass bottle of tequila with a black and orange label depicting day of the dead characters.
Espolòn Reposado $25
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Beyond its design-forward label, Espolòn Reposado is irresistibly bold inside and out. This tequila carries flavors of caramel fudge, white peppercorn, nutmeg, vanilla, and toasted tropical fruits.

Casa Dragones Blanco

A clear bottle of tequila with a blue label.
Casa Dragones Blanco $65
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Casa Dragones Blanco is known for its incredible quality, which shines through a perfectly balanced flavor profile of pear, spice, and vanilla. This exceptional liquor is one of the best sipping tequilas to enjoy year-round and is beautifully packaged in a cornflower-blue box for next-level gift giving.

Qui Platinum Extra Añejo

Qui Platinum Extra Añejo $49
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Qui has the distinction of being both meticulously aged and exceptionally pure. The result is an ultra-smooth, clean taste that's lightly nutty yet delicately sweet, making this a tequila to enjoy neat and on the rocks.

La Gritona Reposado

A glass blue-green bottle of tequila with a pressed-glass label.
La Gritona Reposado $35
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Crisp and refreshing, this must-try session tequila is a favorite among tequila enthusiasts and connoisseurs. Each bottle of this small-batch tequila is handmade from recycled glass and makes the perfect addition to your tequila repertoire.

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