If your experience with tequila stops at ordering margaritas at your favorite Mexican restaurant, discovering the world of craft tequila is about to change your life. But don’t get us wrong — while tequila cocktails are delicious and deserve their place in the lineup of party drinks, craft tequilas take you somewhere else entirely.
The term “craft” typically refers to products that are made in small batches with traditional methods. Tequila is currently the fastest-growing spirit in the U.S. and craft tequila is taking the lead.
So what makes tequila so special? Vodka, gin, and most other liquors can be made pretty much anywhere and from a variety of ingredients. Almost anything that ferments can potentially become hard liquor. Tequila is unique in that it can only be made from one plant, the blue agave, which is native only to certain regions of Mexico.
Our Rare Craft Tequila
At Curiada, we make it easy to find high-quality craft and rare tequila. We carefully curate the finest spirits from around the globe so you can explore the intriguing world of craft tequila without even leaving home. We offer small-batch and rare tequila for sale from makers your local bottle shop might not even be aware of.
Identifying True Craft Tequila
Price alone doesn’t define the quality of an artisanal tequila. Some distilleries take shortcuts like adding colorants or artificial flavorings to their products. To help boost your confidence when shopping for tequila online, consider these production elements in helping you determine the hallmarks of a true craft product:
- Pure blue agave tequila, not “mixto” products
- No additives
- Agave that is slowly baked, not quickly processed in a pressure cooker
- Agaves that are crushed with stone mills or wooden mallets, which releases more flavor than roller mills and wood chippers
- Barrel aging
- Single estate agave
- Balanced aging (blanco has little aging, reposado is aged for at least two months, and añejo is aged for at least one year)
Serious tequila connoisseurs will also consider the region and terroir in which the agave is grown. Terroir refers to all aspects of the environment where a product is grown, including the type of soil, the microclimate, and the amount of sunlight.
Agave grown in the highlands is sweeter than that grown in the lowlands, which is earthier and more herbal. Both products are excellent for producing artisanal tequila. The subtle differences in flavor can be compared to the differences in wine grapes from different regions.
Artisan tequila has a touch of something special that basic brands don’t provide. The clear notes of agave in Fortaleza Tequila or the hints of spice and white chocolate in Tapatio Blanco are two intriguing examples.
While craft tequila is revered for subtle flavors and often served as a sipping liquor, don’t let it sit on the shelf for special occasions only. Just as a fine bottle of craft whiskey can enhance your enjoyment of a classic Old-Fashioned, a superior tequila will also take your Paloma from good to fantastic.
Rare Tequila Bottles
Many rare tequilas are made in such small batches that not many bottles make it on to the open market, and they are crafted using unique techniques that many distillers don’t have the patience, resources, or knowledge to apply.
Rare tequila brands are also known for their attention to detail. Sourcing rare tequila is a challenge. Any rare tequilas featured below are likely available in extremely limited quantities.
Clase Azul Reposado Tequila is one that many people enjoy gifting. Each ceramic bottle of Clase Azul Reposado is hand-sculpted and painted by local artisans. The beauty of the presentation mirrors the delicious taste of the inside.
Clase Azul Reposado is considered one of the most premium sipping tequilas in the world. It is both sweet and woodsy with notes of caramel, and it has a rich amber color that’s as lovely to sip as the handmade vessel it is poured from. It’s unusual to find this type of rare tequila for sale online, but at Curiada, you can expect the unexpected.
Curiada Tequila Delivery Services
Ordering spirits online is still a new concept to many. At Curiada, we understand you may feel hesitant when placing your first order for tequila delivery. To make sure you feel confident about ordering tequila online, here’s how our process works.
You must be at least 21 years old to purchase liquor from Curiada. Only adults with proper photo identification can receive delivery, and all deliveries require a signature. If no one is available to sign, the carrier will attempt delivery two more times before returning the order. To streamline this process, most carriers will call shortly before attempting to make a delivery.
We are committed to making the tequila delivery process hassle-free for our members. Once your order is received, we will keep you up to date with shipping and tracking information.
If you experience any difficulties with delivery, we encourage you to let our customer service department know as soon as possible. All orders are insured in case of breakage or nondelivery. If you’re looking for a tequila online delivery service that is dedicated to excellent customer service, count on Curiada.
One of the most frequently asked questions about buying tequila online is about shipping costs. Check out the free shipping offer page to see which featured bottles of craft tequila are available at the moment. When you order just one bottle from this collection, your entire order ships for free! A flat shipping fee will apply to all other orders.
Curiada deliveries are currently available across 80% of the U.S., but availability varies by product. If you’re looking for rare tequila for sale online or want to learn more about craft tequila and other high-quality spirits, let Curiada be your guide. We’re more than just a place to order liquor online — we are a resource for finding artisanal and rare tequila brands, delicious cocktail recipes, and more.
Bonus Cocktail Recipe
Our añejo-inspired version of the classic old-fashioned is a modern twist on familiar flavors. The floral spices and crisp citrus are both warming and refreshing, while the gorgeous golden color will remind you of a winter sunset.
- 1 1/2 ounces añejo tequila (We recommend Cazadores Añejo, which has notes of citrus and caramel and a rich golden color.)
- 1/4 ounce cinnamon-infused simple syrup
- 2 dashes bitters
- Orange peel for garnish
Add the tequila, simple syrup, bitters, and a large ice cube to a rocks glass and stir well. Cut a wide slice of orange peel. Flame the peel over the glass and drop it into the drink. Serve and enjoy.Want more inspiration? Check out our premium cocktail recipes!
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