Tequilas to Gift This Holiday Season

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Tequilas to Gift This Holiday Season

Wondering what to get the Tequila aficionado in your life for the holidays? You're in luck. Our Tequila concierge pulled together the ultimate Tequila gift guide. From special bottles to a membership to the Sip Tequila Club to any of the must-have accessories to go on their bar car, we have you covered.

Check out our list of the perfect Tequila gifts for your friends and family this holiday season. This guide will help you select the right beverage for someone special in your life — or maybe you'll create your own Tequila gift set to make this year one to remember.

Types of Tequila - Best Accessories

Best Blanco - Best Rosa - Best Reposado - Best Añejo - Best Extra Añejo

Wine Clubs Are Out, and Tequila Clubs Are In!

 Tequila is the fastest-growing spirit in the world and just as diverse in flavors and experiences as wine or craft beer. With the Tequila Club from Sip Tequila, members receive three curated, premium, full-sized bottles delivered straight to them. Our in-house Tequila expert hand-selects bottles with unique flavor profiles, product styles and aging techniques for a truly special experience.

Not only that, but the savings when you subscribe to the club, compared to buying individually, can be up to 50% off. Plus, you get free shipping! Choose how often and how many deliveries you'd like to gift, and you're all set.

If you already know the favorite expression of your Tequila-loving friend, we also offer a Subscribe and Save feature on over 90 of the bottles in our portfolio. You'll save 5% on each delivery and get free shipping for subscriptions over $99! Look for Subscribe and Save on the product page when you're adding your cart.

Why Tequila Makes the Perfect Gift

When you purchase Tequila as a gift, you allow someone to cherish Mexican history. Think of a glass of Tequila as a little taste of Mexico. Each variety is unique, immersing those who drink it in specific notes derived from the soil in the highlands, lowlands and spaces in between.

Some believe Tequila may aid in digestion. The simple sugars in Tequila are easy for your body to break down compared to the contents of other alcohols.

Types of Tequila and How They Differ

Choosing a type of Tequila for someone you know requires thought. Review the details below to make the perfect selection for a loved one this holiday season.

Blanco or Plata Tequila

Blanco Tequila is called Silver, Plata or White Tequila and is created without aging in an oak barrel. This variety is pure in taste, as wood from barrels does not influence flavor.

Plenty of Tequila fanatics enjoy this unaged and distilled spirit. Blanco Tequila is usually clear since it is Tequila in its purest form. Blanco Tequila varieties are sometimes called Chefs' Tequilas because those working in restaurants commonly use them in original dishes.

Blanco Tequilas can have numerous flavor profiles — some Blancos have hints of citrus and spices, while others are reminiscent of vanilla or honey. Blancos are known as the most agave-forward Tequilas on the market. You can easily sip Blanco Tequilas, but they do call for an acquired taste. Most people make margaritas with Blancos, and some enjoy using them for Tequila shots.

 

 

Reposado Tequila

Traditionally, Reposado Tequila ages or rests in large barrels for anywhere from two months to a year. This variety takes on a slight yellowish tint due to the short aging period.

When you taste a Reposado Tequila, you may detect notes of oak. Tequila brands can enhance the flavor profile by burning the barrels before resting or using a fresh barrel instead of an old one. Reposado Tequilas pull tannins from the wooden barrels and often have hints of caramel or honey. It's common for Tequila handlers to request barrels that have been used for making bourbon or wine to further influence the flavor profile.

Many people add the spirit to cocktails like Palomas or margaritas, while others prefer to sip it over ice. Reposados are also excellent in cooking recipes that call for subtle notes of cinnamon, vanilla or wood.

 

 

Añejo Tequila

Añejo Tequila ages longer than Reposado Tequilas, sitting inside wooden barrels for anywhere from one to three years. These spirits take on a darker shade as a result of the lengthened aging process.

Brands making Añejo Tequilas must limit the amount of liquid inside wooden barrels to 600 liters or less. This restriction allows every drop of the Tequila to interact with the wooden surfaces for exceptional flavor.

The flavor profile of an Añejo Tequila will range from smokey to buttery. It depends on the type of barrel used to create the Tequila and how long the spirit was exposed to wooden surfaces.

This spirit is popular with individuals who have a fine appreciation for whiskey. In fact, Tequila companies often repurpose barrels used for whiskey to age their Añejo Tequila.

 

 

Extra Añejo Tequila

For fans of rich and complex flavors, an Extra Añejo Tequila is a wonderful option. These Tequilas mature for a minimum of three years — often much longer — inside oak barrels. The prolonged aging process creates Extra Añejo Tequila's deep amber color. Additionally, this spirit gives off strong aromas.

It takes a dedicated Tequila maker to produce Extra Añejos, but the results are worth the effort. Once the aging process is over, the spirit showcases significant hints of vanilla, caramel and cinnamon. An Extra Añejo is a delicacy in the Tequila world since it takes several years for the spirit to age and reach the glasses of those who savor it.

 

 

Cristalino Tequila

Cristalino Tequila is a form of Añejo or Extra Añejo Tequila. Unlike other varieties, Cristalino Tequila undergoes a filtering process to alter its color. Charcoal strips the Añejo or Extra Añejo Tequila of its color, giving the final product a clear appearance that other aged Tequilas lack.

People confuse Cristalino Tequila for Blanco Tequila due to its color. The taste of Cristalinos is similar to unrefined Añejo and Extra Añejo Tequilas, but the mouthfeel is lighter. You can expect a Cristalino to give off a caramel or vanilla aroma. Enjoy Cristalino Tequilas like you would an aged spirit, mixed into a cocktail or served on the rocks.

 

 

Joven or Gold Tequila

Joven Tequila is a blend of Blanco (clear) Tequila and an aged variant. Aged Tequila is more expensive to produce, so a minuscule cut of Reposado, Añejo or Extra Añejo is included in the mixture. Joven Tequila is rare and provides the best of both worlds — the citrus taste of Blanco with a hint of caramel or vanilla from the aged ingredient.

Gold Tequila is frequently confused with Joven varieties. A Gold Tequila contains color or flavor additives. The Tequila is made with sugars, oak extracts or glycerin to copy the flavor profile of aged spirits but sells at a lower price point, making it another popular option for Tequila shots.

 

 

Best Blanco or Plata Tequilas to Gift

Blancos are versatile and the purest form of Tequila. Sipped or mixed into a cocktail, this is the closest you'll be able to get to gifting a true piece of Mexico. You likely won't see these brands on the shelf at your local liquor store because these are the true up-and-comers of Tequila, making them unique gifts.

 

Wild Common Blanco

Wild Common has foundations on both sides of the Mexico-U.S. border as a collaborative project from the Rosales family at the renowned Cascahuin distillery in El Arenal and owner and founder Andy Bardon, contributing National Geographic photographer and athlete, of Jackson Hole, Wyoming. Wild Common Blanco is a bestseller here at Sip, with luscious flavors of cooked agave, sweet limes and apricots.

Volans Blanco

Named after the constellation of the flying fish, Volans Tequila has truly found its place amongst the stars in the world of Tequila. It is made at the El Pandillo Distillery in Jesus Maria, Jalisco, by Master Distiller Felipe Camarena, from a blend of rain, spring and well water. Another bestseller here at Sip and amazing for Tequila lovers and those new to the Tequila world. This Blanco is light and fresh with great minerality and light pops of floral and fruit.

Laud Organic Blanco

Laud Tequila represents the established and world-renowned brand that is Costa Careyes. Ecological conservation and sustainability are at the forefront of their mission which is clearly represented in the care taken to architect their beautifully designed bottle and packaging. The Tequila itself is organic, with a creamy mouthfeel and notes of citrus, herbs and cinnamon.

Fortaleza Blanco

The Fortaleza Blanco is becoming a favorite in the industry thanks to its traditional production process involving copper stills and natural fermentation. Drawing inspiration from past centuries, owner and operator Guillermo Erickson Sauza continues on a family legacy that dates back to 1843. Enjoy notes of cooked agave, yeast, butter and citrus with a Blanco you can sip slowly.

Cascahuin Tahona Blanco

The Cascahuin Tahona Blanco offers savory notes, as the Tequila is made using a traditional stone tahona and copper pot distillation process. This favorable Blanco variety is considered high-proof with a 42% ABV. Each sip leaves you with an earthy aroma, honeyed mouthfeel and crisp finish. The Cascahuin Tahona Blanco contains less methanol than other Blancos.

Shop All: Blanco / Plata Tequilas

Best Rosa Tequilas to Gift

Rosas are one of the hottest categories of Tequila and finally, we are seeing Rosas that have flavors similar to the wines they're inspired by instead of just Tequila that's dyed pink. The Rosas below are hands-down the best on the market and will put a smile on any of your "rose-all-day" friends.

Compoveda Rosa

Compoveda's smooth, sippable Tequilas impress and win over wine lovers. They've sought the most distinctive family NOMs and Master Distillers across Jalisco to bring each unique bottle's signature character to life. Distilled twice in copper stills, oxygenated and rested for 45 days in California red wine barrels, this Rosa is perfect poolside with ice on a toasty day.

Codigo Rosa

Created with wine lovers in mind, Codigo 1530's Rosa Blanco has subtle hints of the California Cabernet barrels it's rested in. The Tequila is rested for one month in Napa Valley Cabernet French White Oak wine barrels and develops flavors of white flower bouquets and hints of red fruit backed by richly cooked agave, making this an ideal sipping Rosa Tequila.

Komos Rosa Reposado

Tequila Komos Reposado Rosa is rested in French oak Napa Valley red wine barrels for two months and tastes like cooked agave, vanilla, butterscotch and dark cherries. It's a groundbreaker in the Rosa Tequila realm, incorporating the know-how of founder and former Master Sommelier Richard Betts.

The wine barrels soften the Tequila and give it a deep and unique red hue reminiscent of a French rose. Reserve this one for sipping and toasting to something special.

Shop All: Rosa Tequila

Best Reposado Tequilas to Gift

Purchasing a Reposado Tequila is a fantastic idea for the holiday season. Pair your selection with a Tequila glass set your recipient will look forward to using. Reposados are affordable for gift-givers shopping on a budget, as the aging process is less complicated than other Tequilas on the market. Check out the Reposados below to get inspiration for your next gift exchange party.

El Tequileño Reposado Gran Reserva

El Tequileño's Reposado Gran Reserva is 100% additive-free and a 2018 and 2020 Silver Medal Winner at the San Francisco World Spirits Competition. This Reposado is a great deal and comes from a lineage of Tequileros in the town of Tequila that has access to the volcanic spring that comes from the Tequila volcano. Great for sipping or making cocktails with friends and family.

Solento Organic Reposado

Filmmaker Taylor Steele has partnered with the leaders of organic Tequila making (the Montes family) as well as all-star investors from the surf world to pull together this special Organic Reposado. Aged nine months in used American oak barrels, this is easily sipped or served with a big cube and a twist of lemon.

The gorgeous glass bottle is designed by Javas Lehn and will linger around your bar cart as decor, even after the delicious liquid is gone.

123 Organic Reposado

One of our favorite Organic Reposados comes from 123 Organic Tequila, where they practice biodynamic and organic farming practices and used materials for bottling. This Reposado is full of cooked agave flavor with tinges of butter, dry oak and cinnamon. It is a beautiful gift meant to be savored in a tasting glass with someone special.

Best Añejo Tequilas to Gift

Plenty of Tequila enthusiasts enjoy a serving of Añejo Tequila, It is a well-liked Tequila variety, meaning there's a great chance your loved one will look at your gift as a favorite this season. Try these Añejo Tequila to ensure your friend or family member loves what you get them.

Mijenta Añejo Gran Reserva

Mijenta Añejo Gran Reserva is a special bottle to give, holiday season or not. This Añejo is aged for a minimum of 18 months in four different kinds of bespoke casks — American white oak, French oak, French acacia and cherry wood, making it unlike any other Tequila on the market.

The matte navy bottle with silver embellishments and its accompanying box will wow anyone. The juice itself is rich with notes of coffee, dried cherries and toffee.

Don Julio 1942

Often referred to as the “unicorn of premium Tequilas," you can't deny the staying power and popularity of Don Julio's 1942. Known for its smooth profile with hints of caramel and hazelnuts, all packaged into the one-of-a-kind bottle and case, this Tequila is sure to excite anyone on your gift list this holiday season. If you're looking for a gift to really open someone's eyes, this one also comes in a magnum 1.75L format.

Atanasio Añejo

Atanasio is a boutique brand from the Valley of Tequila, new to the U.S. Tequila market and a hidden gem in the burgeoning industry. Made in small quantities and rested for only 13 months, this is a true taste of the land where Atanasio is made. The juice has deep flavors of cooked agave, peppery oak and touches of vanilla.

The name Atanasio comes from Spanish and Greek roots meaning “immortal,” so maybe, just maybe, the fountain of youth lies within this bottle.

Shop All: Añejo Tequila

Best Extra Añejo Tequila to Gift

Consider buying a bottle of Extra Añejo Tequila for those fascinated by full-bodied flavors. Here are a few refreshing Tequila options you can stock up on and share.

Codigo 1530

Codigo boasts a wide breadth of special edition expressions, prime for unique gift-giving. All expressions are aged in used wine barrels and some of the limited releases are in partnership with founder/investor George Strait.

San Matias Rey Sol Extra Añejo

From the distillery that produced the world's first Extra Añejo and boasts the first female owner and operator comes Rey Sol Extra Añejo. Aside from being one of the best extra Añejos we've ever tasted (Lebron James would agree), the crystal decanter and case designed by famed Mexican artist Sergio Bustamante are something to behold all on their own.

This extra Añejo is well-balanced between oak and sweetness and has a superior value for the price.

Clase Azul Ultra Extra Añejo

If you really need to up your Tequila gifting this year, this bottle is for you. Clase Azul Ultra Extra Añejo comes in a hand-painted collectors decanter with three precious metals — platinum, silver and 24-karat gold. The juice is aged five years in American whiskey casks, finished in Spanish sherry casks and has prominent flavors of dried plums, caramel, cinnamon and vanilla.

Shop All: Extra Añejo Tequila

Best Accessories for Tequila Lovers

Once you find the Tequila right for your recipient, pick up much-needed Tequila accessories to make enjoying spirits even better. Consider these Tequila glasses and other products to help friends and family sip or take shots in style.

Sip Tequila Tequila Stones

Whiskey stones are a must-have for those Tequila aficionados who prefer their Tequila down a few degrees but without any watery dilution. Since agave grows in volcanic soil, what is better than volcanic stones? This beautiful set from Scandinavia will do the trick!

Sip Tequila Tasting Glasses

A proper tasting glass is a must when sipping premium Tequilas. At Sip, our Tequila glass sets are favorites in the Tequila community. We're going stemless and pinkies down with our glassware this year, which makes for a great addition to any bar cart. Our offerings come in sets of two.

Sip Tequila Turkish Beach Towel

Proudly display your love for Tequila on your tropical holiday getaway with these super soft and stylish Turkish beach towels. Each towel is made from 100% cotton for maximum absorption after diving into the resort pool.

Choose Sip Tequila for Incredible Gift Ideas

At Sip Tequila, we offer premium Tequila from Mexico's Jalisco region. Many of the items in our inventory are exclusive to Mexico, which means we sell the highest-quality spirits available on the market.

Browse our Tequila products by brand to seek out a splendid gift. We also provide a growing collection of tasting kits for your convenience. Shop with us now or contact us online to speak with a representative.

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