Tequila’s reputational makeover is driven by design

Tequila brands that look as good as they taste, and the perfect tequila glass to serve them up

A bottle of Agua Mágica tequila on a green surface next to shot glasses and various other items pictured against a brick wall
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Gone are the days when an order of tequila meant the night was about to take a different (potentially debaucherous) turn. A new breed of tequila and mezcal brands are investing in sleek packaging and quality agave, transforming the liquors' reputation from the drink of the decadent to the drink of the debonaire. While heritage brands, like glassware makers Riedel, are creating speciality designs to meet the demand for quality tequila drinking experiances.

Savour, don't shot, what they have to offer here.

Riedel tequila glasses

Riedel tequila glasses

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The success of Austrian glassware company Riedel, which has existed since 1756, can be put down to timeless designs that adapt to the trends or innovations of the moment. Their signature grape varietal-specific stemware, which they pioneered in 1958, is a perfect example; as is their latest innovation— tequila-specialised glassware designed to enhance the taste of your drink. 

Their classic coup is ideal for cocktail lovers; while their set of four tequila glasses is ideal for those that enjoy sipping their tequila straight. Like all drink specific glassware Riedel produces, it was specially designed following tasting workshops led by Georg Riedel and attended by more than twenty tequila producers. It was even designated the Official Tequila Glass by the Consejo Regulador del Tequila.


Mijenta Reposado

View from above of a bottle of Mijenta Reposado tequila, a bottle of Mijenta Blanco tequila and three filled glasses against a light coloured background

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Mijenta Reposado is a small batch tequila brand with a sustainable mindset. By working with Climate Partner, Mijenta has managed to run a completely carbon-neutral operation since 2021 with every aspect of its highly aromatic tequila produced within the Altos Planos Collective in Mexico. 

Available in two varieties, Mijenta Blanco tequila is characterised by warm notes of vanilla and caramel, alongside bright hints of peach, melon, and pineapple that make it perfect for cocktails, while the richer Mijenta Reposado tequila is best served neat.


Agua Mágica

A bottle of Agua Mágica mezcal next to its black, white and gold box pictured against a brown background

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Agua Mágica mezcal is made from agave farmed in San Juan del Río, a mythical village said to be blessed by the gods with its fertile land. 

The agave is made in partnership with a local farm run by a father and son team, who use traditional methods- cooking the agave with banana leaves, using a stone tahona to mash the piñas, and fermentating with water from the river- to create an agave with a stronger sugar concentration and richer depth of flavor.



A bottle of VIVIR Café VS coffee tequila pictured against a black background

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Lovers of espresso martinis will be smitten with the latest release from VIVIR Tequila. The VIVIR Café VS is made using the brand's signature Tequila Blanco and is flavoured with coffee beans sourced from the distillery in Jalisco, Mexico.

The result is a liquor that blends the richness of coffee with the kick of tequila for an eye-opening drinking experience.



Three bottles of Tepozan tequila in Blanco, Reposado, and Anejo flavours. The bottles are surrounded by orange and brown flowers

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All of Tepozan's tequilas are hand-crafted, estate-grown, and made in small batches to create a remarkably smooth and easy-to-sip liquor. The brand offers three different flavours: Blanco, a straight from the field blend best suited to those who prefer a clean agave taste; Reposado, a honeyed tequila that has been aged in bourbon barrels and finished with pineapple sage; and an even richer Anejo blend, which has been aged in bourbon barrels for 14 months and topped off with notes of butterscotch and pepper.


Maestro Dobel

A bottle of Maestro Dobel 50 tequila on a light coloured reflective surface with candles, two filled glasses and small flowers

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Luxury tequila brand Maestro Dobel has elevated their premium tequila blend to a new level with their ultra-premium Dobel 50 tequila. This Extra Añejo tequila is matured casks selected from the private cellar of eleventh generation Master Blender, Juan Domingo Beckmann Legorreta. The result is a complex and warm tequila that finishes off with an intense flavour.


OAX Original mezcal

Three ceramic bottles of OAX Original mezcal in different colours on a marble table next a crystal glass and black vase with a green plant

Interiors by Olly Mason; Styling by Melina Keays. As originally featured in the June 2021 issue of Wallpaper*

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OAX’s sculptural mezcal bottles are sure to be the standouts of any drinks table. The ceramic bottles are designed by Brooklyn-based Bardo Industries, who were inspired by monolithic architecture of pre-Hispanic Mexico and the Modernist style of later innovators like Luis Barragán.The mezcal itself is made from wild, single-origin foraged agave ranging from 12 to 25 years old. All of the mezcal’s three flavours, Arroqueño (woody with hints of sweet coffee), Tobalá (with floral and herbal hints), and Tepeztate (an intense, smoky citrus) are created in limited quantities of about 900 bottles each.


Solento tequila

Three bottles of Solento tequila stacked on top of one another on a light coloured surface outside during the day

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Solento is a new tequila designed to be sipped and savoured, rather than mixed or taken as a shot. The brand offers three distinct flavours: Solento Añejo, with rich maple and toasted hazelnut undertones, Solento Reposado, with sweet caramel and ginger, and Solento Blanco, a light vanilla and lemon blossom flavor.The bottle’s elegant design is inspired by men’s cologne bottles and features curved ribbed glass meant to refract rays of the sun. Even better, the glass is 100 per cent recycled and labelled using FSC-certified recycled paper with 100 per cent recycled cardboard for shipping.


Volcan de mi Tierra tequila

A bottle of Volcan de mi Tierra tequila on a light coloured marble surface. Next to the bottle is a hand holding a glass of a tequila cocktail with ice and a piece of fruit in it

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A volcano named Tequila erupted in the Jalisco region of Mexico 200,000 years ago, creating the ideal conditions for the growth of blue agave. For its first foray into tequila, luxury liquor distributor Clos19 is returning to the origins of agave and harvesting the plant that still grows at the base of Tequila Volcano.The result is Volcan de mi Tierra tequila, a unique blend of the liquor that contains herbal, citrus, spicy and floral notes for a one-of-a-kind taste. Unlike many other brands which use industrial factor methods, Volcan de mi Tierra’s small Mexico-Based team use traditional extraction methods to get an unrivalled quality of tequila.


Writer and Wallpaper* Contributing Editor

Mary Cleary is a writer based in London and New York. Previously beauty & grooming editor at Wallpaper*, she is now a contributing editor, alongside writing for various publications on all aspects of culture.