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The Most Exclusive Tequila Tastings in Mexico

These immersive tasting experiences will suit any budding tequila enthusiast.

By Kim Ayling

Tequila is no longer confined to shot glasses and sticky nightclubs. In recent years, the liquor has gained a new reputation as a premium spirit to be enjoyed in a cocktail or even sipped neat. And, whether it’s your tipple of choice, or you’re new to the tequila game, one of the best ways to get a handle on the distinctive spirit and learn about its fascinating history, is through an immersive tasting.

Of course, if you’re doing things properly, the best – and only – place to embark on an authentic tequila tasting is among the blue-gray agave fields of Mexico. While most of the distilleries are located in Jalisco, tequila is also produced in some areas of Guanajuato, Michoacan, Nayarit and Tamaulipas.

With so many tequila producers in Mexico offering tastings, deciding where to begin can be tricky. To help, we’ve rounded up the very best experiences, from all-you-can-drink train journeys to exclusive blending sessions. Here are our favorites.

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Jose Cuervo Express

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The Jose Cuervo Express includes a visit to the agave fields with a harvest demonstration / ©Getty

If you’re looking for the ultimate tequila experience, this is it. Heralded by agave enthusiasts from around the world, the Jose Cuervo Express invites guests aboard the self-named ‘tequila train’ for an immersive journey through the spirit’s home region of Jalisco – with all-you-can-drink tequila onboard.

Traveling from Guadalajara to the town of Tequila itself, the Jose Cuervo Express offers a plethora of onboard activities and events, from traditional Mexican cuisine and live music to guided tequila tastings and cocktail making. There are plenty of stop-offs along the way too, including a visit to the agave fields with a harvest demonstration and a guided tour through the La Rojeña distillery.

The Jose Cuervo Express has a variety of carriages to choose from, but for the most exclusive experience, opt for the Elite Wagon, which features an artfully kitted-out lounge-style cabin, with a separate bar.

A Taste of Culture by Clase Azul

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Guests will be guided through the unique cultural traditions and practices that form the basis of the Clase Azul that we know today / ©Clase Azul

For an intimate and decidedly high-end tequila experience, look no further than the Taste of Culture offering by Clase Azul. Held in a discrete purpose-made space in The Shoppes at Palmilla’s Clase Azul boutique, the experience is aimed at tequila connoisseurs and experts with the aim of sharing some of the brand’s most prestigious iterations.

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Guests will be guided through the unique cultural traditions and practices that form the basis of the Clase Azul that we know today. Armed with a plethora of insider knowledge, attendees will then embark on a tasting of five of the most iconic examples of Clase tequilas and mezcals in the collection: Clase Azul Plata, Clase Azul Reposado, Clase Azul Añejo, Clase Azul Ultra and Clase Azul Mezcal Durango.

The tasting will be accompanied by a range of carefully selected dishes that embody the spirit of Mexican cuisine. With room for just eight guests per session, the experience is highly exclusive and must be booked in advance.

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Four Seasons Punta Mita Tequila Blending Experience

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Attendees will be able to use their newfound knowledge to blend their very own tequila / ©Four Seasons

Down in the ultra-luxe Punta Mita peninsula, tequila has had a fancy makeover. At the Four Seasons Resort Punta Minta, guests are invited to immerse themselves in the history of the area with a selection of carefully curated gourmet experiences including, you guessed it, tequila masterclasses.

One of the best ways to appreciate the world of tequila at the resort is through its super exclusive tequila blending experience. Throughout the course of the two-hour session, guests will be led through a guided tequila tasting in order to hone in on their individual preferences, while also gaining a better understanding of the spirit’s unique aromas, tastes and colors.

Next, attendees will be able to use their newfound knowledge to blend their very own tequila, acutely made to fit their tastes. Once blended, the tequila will be bottled in a traditional vessel, ready to be taken home to share with friends and family.

Tequila Highlands Day Tour and Tequila Tastings

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The tequila heartland is diverse and widespread, with distilleries and agave fields spread through Jalisco / ©Getty

The tequila heartland is diverse and widespread, with distilleries and agave fields spread through Jalisco – to truly get under its skin, a professional local guide is a must. At Experience Agave, the aim of the game is to give visitors an authentic taste of this part of the world through unrivaled access, ultimately connecting the culture with the product.

Among its portfolio of immersive tequila experiences is the private Highlands Tour, which takes guests on a guided journey through the Jalisco Highlands. Starting in the city of Guadalajara, the tour kicks off with a two-hour chauffeur-driven drive to the historic village of Arandas. Here, guests can enjoy an exclusive tour of the family-run Vivanco distillery, which is run by one of the oldest agave-growing families in the region, followed by a private tequila tasting in the distillery’s picturesque gardens.

Next on the agenda is lunch at one of the most highly regarded regions in the Highlands. Frequented by an impressive number of industry professionals, this lunch will give you a chance to rub shoulders with some of the most devoted tequila makers and gain invaluable insider knowledge. After lunch, take a walk around the main plaza of Arandas which is home to a magnificent neo-Gothic church. And, with a minimum of just two guests, the Experience Agave Highlands Tour is up there with one of the most intimate and exclusive tequila experiences in Mexico.

Maestro Dobel Blending Experience

To elevate the standard distillery tour to new heights of exclusivity, La Rojeña has launched an immersive Maestro Dobel Tequila tasting and blending experience that invites participants to create their own personalized spirit. Kicking off with a tour through the cellar and the distillery, the experience gives guests an unrivaled insight into the tequila-making process.

Armed with their newfound knowledge, participants will then be guided through an expert tasting of the Maestro Dobel line, including blanco, reposado and añejo tequila, before being invited to help a master blender create their own tequila.

When the perfect blend has been achieved, it will be poured into a one-liter damajuana ready to be taken away and enjoyed at home. While the experience is offered as a public tour and tasting, those looking for a more intimate event can book privately for a group size of their choosing.

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