With the holidays just around the corner, you may be looking for the perfect gift to give to the special people in your life. And if you know someone who loves the taste of tequila or who enjoys sipping and savoring classy alcoholic beverages, we’ve got you covered. In this article, we’ll show you eight of our favorite tequilas for the holiday gift-giving season, so you won’t have to struggle to come up with something to give to your friends, family, coworkers, or boss when the time comes. These are all excellent tequilas from a variety of different price points, so pick the one that works best for your needs and get prepared for the holidays.
Don Julio 1942
If you’re looking for a very high-end tequila you can feel great about serving in a sophisticated setting, look no further than this label. The tequila is aged for at least two and a half years, and sometimes longer, depending on the batch. Since this tequila is made in small batches, it can be controlled precisely for flavor. This tequila has notes of caramel and chocolate throughout as well as subtle but decadent oak in every sip. This stylish bottle is sleek, streamlined, and sure to look impressive on any alcohol shelf.
Qui Platinum Extra Anejo
If you’re looking for a tequila that’s sure to make any recipient stand up and take notice—but you don’t want to spend a fortune to make that happen—consider trying the Qui Platinum Extra Anejo tequila. This unique bottle is cut to look like crystals at the top and bottom with a crystal-clear stopper to finish off the appearance.
The tequila itself is unique, too; it’s the first extra-Anejo tequila to be made that is completely clear when it’s finished production. Anejo and extra-Anejo tequilas are usually amber colored, but thanks to a specific filtration system, this tequila returns to its clear state in the end. This filtration also changes the flavor, so that even though it’s aged for longer than most tequilas, the end result is light, sweet, and honey-floral in its fragrance. This is an excellent tequila for those looking for something special and those who like a lighter flavor.
This is a medium-range tequila in terms of price, and since it’s a Blanco, it’s a little bit more approachable for those who are new to the world of drinking tequila rather than putting it in margaritas or doing shots with it. This is an organic tequila, so the ingredients are fresher and higher-quality than the might be in some of the other options out there. The tequila is made in traditional small batches with an attention to the old methods used throughout generations of brewing. The end result is smooth, beautifully clear, and stylish in its pristine bottle.
This tequila is a higher-end option and falls into the Anejo category, which makes it one of the nicest types of tequila on the market. Anejo tequila has been aged for longer than other types, making it more refined, complex, and bold in terms of flavor and appearance both. This specific Anejo tequila comes in an elegant bottle that looks great on any shelf and is adorned with a classic old-fashioned style label and stopper. The tequila has flavors of toffee, hazelnut, and vanilla, with a slight citrus note throughout as well.
When you want to give a quality Anejo tequila but you don’t want to break the bank doing it, you should go for the Casamigos label. This easy and accessible label was founded by George Clooney and focuses on bringing high-quality tequilas to the public at reasonable prices. Although the blanco is the more prominent and well-known tequila from this line, all of the different options are good choices. The Anejo, however, is the best when it comes to gift-giving, as it has a nice amber appearance in the bottle and is aged a bit longer to give it a more thorough, complex, and intricate flavor profile than some of the others under the same label.
Reserva de la Familia Extra Anejo
This is a pricey tequila, but with good reason. It’s an extra-Anejo, meaning it’s been aged much longer than any other types of tequila available on the market. Unlike the other extra-Anejo on our list, however, it does not undergo any unique filtration processes, and is therefore still a dark, rich, amber color when the end result is produced. This was the first label to create an extra-Anejo tequila, which is aged for at least three years in oak barrels. The end flavor is a rich, deep, thorough oak taste with dark notes throughout every sip.
The tequila is bottled under the Jose Cuervo line, but it is much higher-quality and more sophisticated than most bottles of Jose Cuervo you’re likely to encounter on the shelves of most liquor stores.
Now that you’ve had a chance to choose the right tequila for your gift-giving needs, consider the person who will be receiving the tequila. Are they new to tequila drinking? If so, you might want to stick to something lighter and more approachable. Are they a long-term fan of tequila? If so, you should choose something higher-end, darker, and more complex in terms of flavor. No matter what type of person they are, don’t choose low-end tequila, and don’t go with anything that has an insect in the bottle—this is just a marketing tactic and doesn’t do anything for the drink itself.
With a little planning and understanding prior to shopping, you’ll be well on your way to choosing an excellent tequila bottle to give away as a gift to anyone on your shopping list.