Embrace Agave Spirits at Home

Tequila and mezcal have cemented themselves in the annals of cocktail innovation. It’s time to embrace the diverse agave category at home. Choose between balanced barrel-aged añejo, complex ancestral mezcal, or zesty blanco for your next margarita.

Mal Bien Espadin Mezcal Artesanal $38.96

The Mal Bien Espadin may be described as ‘entry-level,’ but rest assured that what’s inside completely over-delivers. This bottle exemplifies the fresher side of the mezcal spectrum with a clean, almost minty profile. Not to be missed, especially at this price. – Bambi Ray, Sales Manager

Tequila Ocho Las Aguilas Tequila Plata $41.96

I love Tequila Ocho because they make Tequila as if it were wine (each bottle is vintage-dated and from a single village site). Their unaged bottles showcase real purity, with aromas of cooked agave, warming spice, and bright citrus. – Jon Miner, Wines & Spirits Consultant

El Tesoro Blanco Tequila $49.96

Silver tequila perfection from Master Distiller Carlos Camarena. Smooth agave sweetness, delicate salinity, and herbaceous notes of aloe and mint make for a top of the line Blanco that is not to be overlooked. – Marc Mousky, Wine & Spirits Consultant

Estancia Raicilla $49.96

Estancia Raicilla has become one of my favorite agave spirits. It can offer you earthiness, spice notes, and pink peppercorn. In this bottle leather and tobacco meet green, grassy flavors. Highly recommend pairing it with dark chocolate and sea salt. – Davit Kirtadze, Wine & Spirits Consultant

Rezpiral Abel Tobala Mezcal $99.96

Abel Martinez’s Tobalá is sourced from wild agave, and it shows. Notes of butter, pickled herbs, salted honey, and a beautiful wet stone quality that really shines in this bottling. A mezcal to truly savor and contemplate. – Vince Grace, Wines & Spirits Consultant

Cinco Sentidos Papalometl Mezcal $114.96

Amando Alvarez learned the art of making mezcal from his father. He is a young producer but he respects local traditions. All the milling is made by hand and wooden mallets are used. It’s sweet on the palate and slightly minty, but savory, vegetal notes soon follow. You get a little bit of everything in this mezcal! – Andrea Fraccari, Wines & Spirits Consultant

Farolito Horno Mezcal $169.99

Ulises Torrentera is a legend in Oaxaca, and with Farolito he’s created a line of some of the finest mezcals to grace our shelves. Horno is a rare bottling (only 808) from Alberto Montes in Nochixtlan. The Americana agave is desert-grown, fermented in wooden tubs, and distilled in clay pot stills. Heady aromas of lime, black pepper, and mesquite are echoed on the palate, along with a long stony finish that tastes like the desert. It’s one of the most remarkable mezcals I’ve tasted. – Amy Miller, Wine & Spirits Consultant