14. Casa Noble Single Barrel Extra Añejo tequila
If you haven’t heard of Casa Noble yet and you consider yourself a tequila connoisseur (or are at least someone who knows that to get a halfway decent bottle of tequila it has to say 100% agave on the label), this small-batch distiller is the one to sample. Located in a 250-year-old hacienda, and built with seven generations of tequila-making knowledge, Casa Noble rebranded in 1996 and started making tequila rooted in tradition. Now fully USDA organic-certified (and with an operation based entirely on sustainable resources) and only made with 100% Blue Weber agave, it’s turning out some of the best tequila on the market.
Its Single Barrel Extra Añejo is particularly special because it’s a limited-edition expression that comes out of one unique, charred, French, white oak barrel. Not to mention it’s price won’t break the bank. It’s rare enough (and aged for five years) to impress a discerning crowd, yet so smooth and accessible that one sip on a cold winter night transforms into a sublime visit to a warm, central Mexican agave field. ($99.99, casanoble.com)
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