Many of us spent our early days shooting less-than-premium tequila for fast fun making for a rough next day. But much like tequila, as we age, our tastes become a little more refined.
Don’t worry, we’re not going to tell you that you can’t have a shot. But, know “shots” also means “neat,” a straight, uncut, civilized pour of premium tequila. We’ve broken down the four expressions of Azuñia to determine which is the best tequila for shots and for sipping.
Begin with Blanco
The best tequila for shots done “neatly” isn’t necessarily the least expensive and shouldn’t be short on flavor. Unaged 100% Blue Agave tequilas, like USDA-certified organic Azuñia Blanco, makes one of the best tequilas for shots. The clean floral nose and the bright citrus and peppery finish welcome a smooth finish. Enjoy Blanco, the best tequila for shots, neat. Pour 1 to 1 1/2 ounces of tequila into a snifter or a rocks glass savor slowly, tasting, and enjoying the subtle nuances of the spirit.
Enhance the flavor of the tequila with a squeeze of lime (or lemon) over ice. It’s like a simple margarita with its focus on the tequila. Or dream up your own concoction. There is no limit to the shot combinations.
Rise to Reposado
If you want to elevate your tequila game, try the World’s Best Reposado. What makes Reposado a good choice for sipping neat? It’s well-rested. The 8-month aging process brings out a light butterscotch and woody aroma. Warm vanilla notes finish the tequila.
The rule of thumb for tequila shots is salt, tequila, and then citrus. With a good Reposado, there’s no salt or lime necessary. That ritual started when people were drinking mixto tequila, not 100% pure agave tequila. The flavor of the mixto was so sharp and undesirable that distilleries added citrus and salt as flavor enhancers.
Advance to Añejo
Añejo tequila is one of the best expressions for sipping tequila neat. Premium Azuñia Añejo is like a fine wine – aged to perfection a few months longer than the Reposado, emboldening the flavors. The extra months in the barrel bring out the fruity and caramel notes of the tequila. As it rests for 12 months, a smooth buttery finish develops. This Añejo begs you to slow down, relax, enjoy, and sip it.
Best of the Best with Black
There is only one choice when it comes to the best tequila for shots savored slowly, Azuñia Black. Black is our premium, 2-year Extra-Aged special reserve Añejo tequila. Black is best served in a snifter to allow your nose to taste the up-front vanilla aroma first. Luxuriate in the full-bodied caramel, cocoa, and spices as you linger over a glass.
Know the Best Tequila for Shots and Sipping
If you aren’t into sipping tequila straight, ask your bartender for some inspiration. They’re the experts so ask them to make their favorite craft cocktail. And if your plans include you behind the bar, try one of these recipes by our mixologist and friends.
Pick Up a Bottle
You can find Azuñia tequilas at fine restaurants, bars, and retailers across the country.white