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August 07, 2013

Covet-Worthy Tequila

By Stan Parish | Drinks

Covet-Worthy Tequila
Andrew Macpherson

George Clooney’s signature is barely legible in the lower left-hand corner of the Casamigos label, which is fine because his involvement in this excellent tequila is sort of beside the point. In fact, that is the last time I’ll mention Clooney and his Casamigos cofounder, Rande Gerber, entrepreneur and husband of Cindy Crawford (whose signature is on the right-hand side of the label). It’s for the good of the brand’s reposado and blanco tequilas: Neither deserves to be grouped with celebrity-backed booze like Danny DeVito’s Limoncello and Diddy’s Cîroc coconut-flavored vodka.

You can taste the agave in both the oaked an un-oaked versions—rich, sweet and slightly vegetal, extending through a long and uncommonly smooth finish. The reposado in particular is the kind of bottle that disappears at parties, spirited off the bar by a discerning drinker who takes one sip, understands they’ve hit the jackpot and finishes whatever is left in a corner with a friend or a significant other. I’ve watched this happen twice, followed, on both occasions, by an inquiry from the offenders asking where they could get more of “that George Clooney tequila.” So I’ll invoke Gerber and Clooney just once more, this time with a humble request: Please send more. casamigostequila.com.