Milagro Select Barrel Reserve

Milagro makes ultra-smooth, triple-distilled tequilas, and though it opts for modern, spiffy bottles, its product remains steeped in traditional production methods. Its blanco is one of our top choices for use in margaritas, but we recommend a step up to this special stash (a steal compared with similar offerings from other top-shelf producers), which spends a month in French oak, said to impart spicier and less vanilla-like flavors than American oak does. The results walk the sweeter side of blanco – the spice is clove, not jalapeño – but with a sharp, tangy edge. [$56; milagrotequila.com]