It’s National Tequila Day on July 24th! This day is celebrated with plenty of cocktails, and one of my new favorite tequila’s I tried recently is Riazul Tequila. This spirit is smooth, from the dedication and quality they put into harvesting the agave plants all the way to distilling.

This 100% Blue Agave Tequila has three in the portfolio. What I first noticed was the bottle, which stands out in such a beautiful way. I’m definitely one of those spirits buyers who goes for the bottle, and I am happy this tequila is great tasting and comes in a great bottle.

The Plata is aged 15 days in neutral oak barrels, which makes it very pure tasting and smooth. The Plata is the most traditional form of tequila and is great for those who enjoy a Blanco tequila.

The Reposado is aged for 9 months in French and American oak barrels. It’s got quite some character and the Riazul Reposado honors the refinement of a traditional Reposado while providing an objective streak in its subtle complexity.

The Añejo goes through two distillations, and after the Añejo is aged for two years, which is longer than any tequila in its class. Riazul selected French oak barrels previously used for XO Cognac, made with wood from the Citeaux forests of Burgundy, France, which feature a medium toast and indigenous vanilla tannins. Overall this one is complex and has a lot of nice vanilla and spice characters while still maintaining its smoothness.

When the Añejo is mixed with blackberries and lime, this cocktail tastes like “Berries & Cream”! This is something fun I learned while sipping these creative cocktails at El Toro Blanco, where we celebrated a pregame of National Tequila Day.