Casa Dragones

Headed by Bertha González Nieves – the first woman afforded Maestra Tequilera status by the Mexican government – Casa Dragones clearly isn't afraid of breaking with convention. So unlike most of our favorite brands, which embrace every aspect of traditional production in all its primitive charm, the company developed an elaborate and modern multiple-distillation process to eliminate impurities and harsh flavors. It then added a tiny bit of extra-añejo for complexity and put it in handblown bottles with hand-numbered, signed labels – all to reiterate that this tequila is meant to be the premium to end all premiums. A careful savor – at this price you'd better savor it – uncovers a stunning array of aromas and flavors, and all the softness that Casa Dragones's process promises. [$270; bevmo.com]