Siete Leguas
Credit: Photograph by Michael Pirrocco

Aside from excellent agave sourcing, one of the keys to the clean, rustic flavor of Siete Leguas is the complex process used to produce the liquor – some of the agave hearts are crushed using the ancient donkey-pulled tahonas, or stone-wheel mills; some are crushed using modern sugar-cane shredders. The secret is the mix, and it varies from batch to batch, depending on any number of factors. The result is wildly complex: You might smell or taste spearmint, pine, earth, and cinammon – but it's always smooth and perfectly balanced. [$40; bevmo.com]