Top-notch tequilas always make a great holiday gift

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Raise a glass to top-notch tequilas for the holiday season.

Looking for a last-minute holiday gift? Top-notch tequilas are always a great choice. Whether you prefer to mix up a tasty tequila cocktail or prefer an aged tequila as a slow sipper, there are many options for everyone this holiday season. It is time to say salud and feliz navidad with tequila.

With so many options on the shelf, narrowing down the tequila options can be a little overwhelming. Although some people have preferred brand, the holiday season can be a great time to introduce a new option. Even if the bottle is a different variety from a brand you love, stepping outside of the norm can be a good thing.

For example, Jose Cuervo has a Jose Cuervo Reserva de la Familia Platino. While it isn’t a tequila to mix in your traditional margarita, this reserve tequila is meant to be savored.

Made via the “Esencia de Agave” process, the flavor has a more intense agave note. Combined with flavors of clove, hints of vanilla and even a touch of white pepper, this nuanced tequila deserves a moment to be celebrated.

The Jose Cuervo Reserva de la Familia Platino retails for $65 and is available at various retailers including Reserve Bar and Drizly.

While Jose Cuervo might be a classic, Teremana has taken over as a hot tequila. Whether it was The People’s Margarita or even that ice cream collaboration for the holidays, the tequila brand from Dwayne Johnson has quickly become a favorite choice.

The Teremana Reposado makes a great gift. Whether sipped neat or combined into a cocktail, it is well worth a purchase.

If you are looking to support smaller businesses, Tanteo Tequila makes a great choice. The only distillery owned by its co-op of agave farmers, this tequila has a variety of flavor expressions.

For a little different flavor experience, the Chipotle Tanteo tequila makes for a great holiday gift. The smokey notes are apparent without being too overpowering.

Consider pairing the Tanteo Chipotle with a Fresca or even some pineapple juice. It could replace your Bloody Mary at brunch.

In a different variation on top-notch tequilas, the Santo Mezquila offers a blend of agaves. Created by Guy Fieri and Sammy Hagar, the Santo Mezquila is a unique offering.

The mezquila has a little smokiness that highlights the complexity of the herbs. A touch earthy with some floral hints, this mezquila deserves to be on the home bar shelf.

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These top-notch tequilas are just a few of the many, many options that would make a great holiday gift. Life is too short to not toast the good life.

What is your favorite tequila to enjoy? Do you drink it neat or mixed into a cocktai