The Top Community Rated Agave Spirits From Last Week

The Distiller community gave these agave spirits the most ratings last week.
Jun 22, 2020
  • 10
    10 Avión Reserva 44 Extra Añejo
    94
    Rich & Spicy
    This extra añejo tequila uses agaves matured from 7-10 years harvested from Los Altos in Jalisco. The agaves are roasted for 72 hours in brick ovens before crushing, fermenting, and distilling. Uniquely, after distillation, the spirit goes through Avión's proprietary ultra-slow filtration method before it enters the barrel. It's aged a total of 44 months--43 months in large oak barrels and the final month in specially selected "petite barrels", which are rotated daily. Each bottle is hand-numbered and signed by Avión founder, Ken Austin.
  • 9
    9 Casa Dragones Sipping Tequila Joven
    91
    Fruity & Sweet
    This joven tequila is the result of MTV and AOL co-founder Bob Pittman’s dream of making a world-class sipping tequila. Teaming up with leading tequila expert Bertha González Nieves, he settled on a unique blend of unaged spirit and an extra-aged spirit matured for five years in new American oak barrels. The two components were married together before being charcoal-filtered, in order to give the resulting spirit with the freshness and color of a blanco, but the additional layers of complexity that result from barrel aging.
  • 8
    8 Don Julio Añejo Tequila
    95
    Rich & Spicy
    The añejo from Don Julio is aged for 18 months in American oak from agaves sourced in the Highlands of Jalisco. Don Julio is named for its founder, Don Julio González Estrada who founded the distillery in 1942.
  • 7
    7 Riazul Añejo Tequila
    86
    Fruity & Sweet
    Riazul, founded in the late 1990s by Iñaki Orozco, is located in the highlands of Jalisco, where the agave achieves its most ripened and fruity character. This twice-distilled añejo is aged 2 years exclusively in French oak barrels, made from wood sourced from the Citeaux forests of Burgundy that are given a medium toast.
  • 6
    6 Milagro Silver Tequila
    87
    Herbal & Fruity
    Milagro (translated to "miracle") is a tequila which uses only agaves grown on the estate of Juan de la Torre, now a partner in the brand. His agaves were unaffected by the bacteria which caused a shortage in agave and tequila production in the mid '90's. Most tequilas are distilled twice, but Milagro is distilled three times, twice in a pot still and once in a stainless steel column still.
  • 5
    5 Avión Silver Tequila
    87
    Spicy & Salty
    Avión Tequila revamped its packaging in mid-2018 to reflect the single origin for its agave. All agaves used in the production of the tequila is sourced from the town of Jesus Maria, located at 7,000 ft. above sea level in the Los Altos region of Jalisco, Mexico. The tequila is distilled in small batches and finished with a "proprietary" ultra-slow filtration. Each bottle is hand-filled and labeled with batch number and a bottle code.
  • 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 Clase Azul Reposado Tequila
    97
    Rich & Fruity
    Bottled in a beautiful handmade and hand painted ceramic decanter. Inside is a distillate that is carefully aged for eight months in second-use oak barrels. It is then triple micro-filtrated to ensure the highest purity.
  • 2
    2 Don Julio 1942 Tequila
    92
    Rich & Sweet
    Don Julio 1942 is technically an añejo as it is aged for only 2 1/2 years in used American oak barrels, though it misses the extra añejo qualification by only 6 months. 1942 is the year that Don Julio Gonzáles established his distillery, Tequila Tres Magueyes. This Highland tequila, along with their Real bottling, is distilled a 2nd time in a smaller stainless steel pot still that has a maximum capacity of 3 barrels per distillation.
  • 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.