The first defining moment in many people’s tequila timelines often involves a shot glass, a lime wedge and salt. While the classic shooter is a fine way to dive gullet-first into the agave spirit, real tequila lovers know that the spirit is best served in a rocks glass—neat.
As more and more tequila brands make their way into the U.S., it’s becoming a heck of alot easier to find good sipping tequila, ranging from the young and spicy blanco tequilas to the rich, matured añejos. Here are five readily available bottles that will make your taste buds sing.
If you’re a fan of the super crisp and peppery unaged tequilas, you’ll swoon for this blanco. It’s not all bite, though. The blue agave’s natural sweetness shines through, and the tequila also has a floral quality that many other blancos lack.
Aged for eight months in white oak barrels, this reposado tequila from Siete Lequas is silky on the palate and super-sippable neat or over ice. While it retains some of the punch of an unaged tequila, its time spent in the oak creates more baking spice and caramel flavors.