Holiday Gift Guide

tequila rackBy Ryan Kelley | 11.23.10

The Thanksgiving turkey will come and go, and looming ahead is the kick-off of holiday gift buying madness:  the dreaded and feared, yet wildly popular “Black Friday.” It’s always great to give (or get) the latest gadget, the newest electronics , and, of course, a shake weight, but here are a few spirited and uplifting gift ideas for tequila lovers which don’t require a potentially deadly trek to the nearest mall or superstore.

Explore diversity with the TequilaRack Tasting Kit

The perfect gift for any true tequila aficionado, the TequilaRack Micro Tequila Tasting Kit provides novices and experts alike with a unique way to explore fine tequila and expand the palate. Three wonderful and robust reposados showcase the diversity of tequila’s flavors and aromas in three rare, aged tequilas. Beautifully packaged in an easy-to-wrap gift box accompanied by a proper tasting jigger, the TequilaRack facilitates a journey to three different tequila-producing regions. Paired with educational material provided on the TequilaRack website, including spirit-specific tasting notes, a food pairing guide, videos showcasing how tequila is made and much more, the TequilaRack kit has everything you need to host a tequila tasting. This ultimate at-home tequila gift (a value at around $100) has just been released and is not widely available. Go to the TequilaRack Facebook page for up-to-date information on retail outlets that will have it in stock. (And if you have a question or are having trouble finding the item, just ask – TequilaRack provides quick and speedy answers.)

Here are the details on what’s included:

  • From the Highlands: Don Celso 100% Agave Reposado Tequila (375ml), aged in new white oak barrels
  • From the Lowlands: Arette Unique 100% Agave Reposado Tequila (375ml), aged in used Jack Daniels barrels
  • From Sayula, Jalisco: Penacho Azteca: 100% Agave Reposado Tequila (375ml), aged in used Cognac barrels
  • 1/4 oz and 1/2 oz Stainless Steel Tasting Jigger to measure out your correct tasting pours
  • Tequila education and Tequila tasting information via TequilaRack.com

"Milagro'sMake the ‘world’s freshest margarita’ with Milagro Tequila

If you like to mix your tequila into cocktails, Milagro Tequila’s “world’s freshest margarita” gift set is back to inject not only freshness but fun into the holiday season. The box contains two ingredients required by the recipe: Milagro Silver Tequila (750ml), an excellent 100% agave tequila to mix with, accompanied by Milagro’s agave nectar. The only things not included are fresh lime juice and a glass. The recipe itself is right on the box! This product is widely available and is a great gift that’s under $50, so check your local liquor retailer if you’re interested in purchasing the set.

You can add more variety to this gift by pairing it with Milagro Reposado Tequila. This reposado, aged 6 months in oak barrels, recently won highest accolades at the 2010 Ultimate Cocktail Challenge for the Best Margarita with Cointreau. You can’t go wrong with the world’s freshest and the world’s best!

Don’t just taste it, live it and Experience Tequila

The ultimate way to explore tequila, and a must for every tequila aficionado, is, naturally, a trip to where the spirit originates: the town of Tequila in Jalisco, Mexico. Instead of wasting your time by leafing through guidebooks, visiting a myriad of travel-oriented websites, calling distilleries, arranging transportation, and learning Spanish you can make it all very easy (and still affordable) by touring Tequila country with Experience Tequila.

Experience Tequila offers small, unique guided tours (with a knowledgeable, enthusiastic bilingual guide) and is one of the best ways to explore how to tequila is made. There are in-depth tours to distilleries as well as opportunities to explore the food, art, and culture of Jalisco, Mexico. Each trip is unique, but every trip is a blast. You can get the details on the different trips (there are two 5-day journeys as well as a 10-day “total Jalisco experience”) on their website. Only the most recent trips are listed on the site, but you’ll get a quick response when you inquire about future trips.

Visit ExperienceTequila.com or “like” on Facebook for updates on tour schedules and more information.

Lisa Pietsch is the Chief Operations Officer of Tequila Aficionado Media, a USAF veteran, a multi-published novelist and freelance writer, a social media marketing consultant, and the mother of two boys. She has a passion for good tequila, foreign languages, and travel in all forms. Lisa currently makes her home in San Antonio, Texas.

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