The Most Collected Agave Spirits From Last Week

These were the top 10 agave spirits that users added to their Collections last week in Distiller!
Jan 27, 2020
  • 10
    10 Casa Noble Crystal Tequila
    84
    Sweet & Rich
    Blue Weber agave patiently allowed to mature 10-14 years are used to create this distillate. After harvest the agave are steam-roasted in stone ovens for 38 hours and then shredded and squeezed to extract the sweet aguamiel (aka honey water or sweet agave syrup). This is then allowed to ferment for 5 days before it is triple-distilled.
  • 9
    9 Fortaleza Blanco Tequila
    94
    Fruity
    Guillermo Erickson Sauza, a fifth-generation tequila maker and a descendant of THAT tequila family resurrected his family-owned distillery in 2005. The tequila is produced in a traditional manner using brick ovens to cook the agaves which are then crushed with a tahona (large stone wheel). They are then allowed to naturally ferment in open air wooden tanks. The tequila is known in México as Tequila Los Abuelos, named to honor his great-great grandfather, great-grand father, and grandfather who did so much to promote the tequila industry. Outside of México, the brand is known as Fortaleza ("fortitude").
  • 8
    8 Don Julio Blanco Tequila
    94
    Spicy & Fruity
    Don Julio's distillery in Atotonilco, Jalisco (NOM 1449) utilizes Highland agaves that are steam-cooked for 72 hours. After crushing the cooked agave, the aquamiel (honey water) is collected, fermented, and then double-distilled in stainless steel pot-stills. The tequila is bottled immediately afterward without further resting or aging.
  • 7
    7 Olmeca Altos Plata Tequila
    86
    Herbal & Fruity
    Olmeca Altos is the result of a unique collaboration between master distiller Jesús Hernandez, a team of engineers from Kentucky, and two acclaimed UK bartenders, the late Henry Besant and Dre Masso. The distillery is located 6,900 feet above sea level in the heart of Los Altos. Olmeca Altos is produced using the traditional tahona method with agave from the Highlands - 60% comes from Olmeca Altos' own estates and 40% from third party sources.
  • 6
    6 Sombra Mezcal
    90
    Rich & Smoky
    Sombra was created as a passion project of famed sommelier and wine negociant Richard Betts of Betts & Scholls. Created as a stance against the “Vodka-ization” of Agave spirits, this is meant to jump out in a cocktail. It is 100% espadín that are first grown in the villages of San Juan del Rio and San Juan before being uprooted and planted on the slopes of the Sierras in Oaxaca. After roasting for 2 days in a stone pit with an oak fire source, the agaves are crushed in a tahona (stone wheel) and then allowed to ferment naturally for 8 days.
  • 5
    5 Espolòn Blanco Tequila
    80
    Fruity & Umami
    Distiller Cirilo Oropeza claims that playing rock music to his vats of fermenting agave helps to "inspire" the yeast. Back on the US market after a multi-year hiatus, this tequila's eye-catching new packaging is based on 19th century engravings and depicts Ramón the rooster, as well as the skeletal figures of Guadalupe and Rosarita, legendary heroes of Mexico's struggle for independence. After all, who doesn't love skeletons?
  • 4
    4 Casamigos Añejo Tequila
    90
    Spicy
    Produced at the Productos Finos de Agave (NOM 1416), this tequila is produced from agaves from the Highlands of Jalisco. This añejo tequila has been aged for 14 months in reconditioned whiskey barrels. And yes, this is George Clooney's tequila.
  • 3
    3 Don Julio Reposado Tequila
    88
    Fruity & Spicy
    Don Julio Tequila sources its agaves from the Highlands of Jalisco. After harvesting, they are then steam-cooked for 72 hours. The juice is fermented and double-distilled in stainless steel pot-stills. For the Don Julio Reposado, it is aged for eight months in American white oak. The reposado is then bottled in the characteristic, square-shaped bottle at 80 proof.
  • 2
    2 Casamigos Blanco Tequila
    90
    Rich
    Casamigos is a tequila brand created by friends George Clooney, Rande Gerber, and Mike Meldman. They have chosen NOM 1416 (Productos Finos de Agave) to be where this tequila is made and agaves from the Highlands of Jalisco are chosen for distillation. Their blanco rests for 2 months in stainless-steel before bottling at 80 proof.
  • 1
    1 Casamigos Reposado Tequila
    92
    Rich & Sweet
    Casamigos (loosely translated to "house of friends") is indeed the tequila brand created by George Clooney and Rande Gerber. The agaves are sourced from the Highlands of Jalisco and this reposado is aged for 7 months in reconditioned whiskey barrels and is bottled at 80 proof.