I notice a big gap between high-quality ones and the more wallet-friendly picks. The cheaper tequila can do the trick for a mixed drink like a margarita, but for taking shots, only the top-shelf variety cuts. Shots are for enjoying the flavor, not just for the rush of drinking fast.
High-end tequilas, created from pure blue agave and aged in wood barrels, are far superior in taste and how smoothly they go down compared to the cheaper types. These top-shelf drinks have a rich blend of flavors. You can taste the sweet touch of agave, a little bite of citrus, and deep, spicy undertones. This kind of quality means shots are enjoyable and full of flavor, not rough on the throat like some of the less expensive options. For those who know their tequila well or are just starting to get interested, going for a top-shelf bottle for shots is a smart move.
What is Top-Shelf Tequila
Top-shelf tequila stands out because it's made with the best parts of the blue agave plant. Only this plant is picked to make the real tequila. In places like Mexico, they wait for the plant to be just right before they take it. Once picked, they cook the heart of the plant to get it ready for making tequila. The cooking takes time and care to make sure all the sweet tastes come out. After cooking, the sweet stuff from the plant turns into alcohol through fermentation, which is just a fancy word for letting it sit until it's ready. Then, they take this liquid and clean it up by distilling it, which is like boiling it to catch the good alcohol and leave the rest behind. The best top shelf tequilas are then left to age like fine cheese or wine in wooden barrels, and this wait gives them a taste that's rich and smooth.
It's a top-tier drink that's far better than cheaper options. If you try one of these tequilas, you'll see what I mean. The good ones have their own stories – who made them, where they come from, and what makes them unique. It’s these tales and tastes that make sipping a shot of this tequila a real experience.