Ocho

A partnership between famed tequilero Carlos Camarena (of Tequila Tapatio, also on our list) and Tomas Estes, dubbed Europe's "ambassador of Tequila" by the government of Jalisco, Ocho is the rare brand that asserts the importance of terroir. The idea is that, as with wine, the unique natural characteristics of different ranchos in the same general area produce tequilas with very different flavor profiles. Thus, each bottling (or so-called vintage) features agaves sourced from a different rancho, with the precise location and year of manufacture noted on each bottle. The reposado and añejo are aged in barrels that have already held several tequila batches, to minimize the oak's effects. [$45; bevmo.com]