Cimarron Tequila Blanco ($28.99): Made by none other than tequila legend Enrique Fonseca, this is designed to be simply the greatest tequila for the value in the world. After tasting Cimarrón, it is hard to argue with that. The high elevation, complete control over cultivation, proprietary yeasts, and methods of crushing the agave, followed by a long, slow distillation imbues this excellent tequila with layers and layers of bright character.
123 Dos Tequila Reposado ($55.99): The reposado in the certified organic Uno Dos Tres line is a perfect balance of youth and aged tequila. It shows the bright grassy fruity and vegetal notes balanced with touch of caramel and Vanilla from it’s 6 months in white oak. The palate is both herbal and sweet in perfect balance.
Union Mezcal ($35.99): A collaboration between a group of Oaxacan families who have been making hand-crafted, artisanal mezcal for generations, this version of the Casa Uno is a blend of Espadin and Cirial agaves, some as old as 20 years. The use of traditional fire pits for roasting the pinas gives this joven its characteristic smokey, almost peaty character, that does great with citrus, or even as a substitute for gin in a classic negroni.
Few Rye ($42.99): Few Rye is a renaissance of rye that transcends mere resurgence. Blend of 70% Midwestern rye, 20% local corn and 10% two-row malted barley. Fermented with a wine yeast from France’s Loire Valley. Aged in air-dried oak barrels. Crisp grain, caramel, and honey on the nose, with luscious whiskey sweetness on the palate. Spiciness is accented by notes of pepper, ginger, and vanilla. The long, satisfying finish emphasizes toasted oak, cherry, plum, and pear flavors. Perfect for sipping neat or mixing in a Manhattan.