Everyone's got a bottle of this somewhere. It's got to be one of the most famous, and notorious, bottles of drink around. In 1758, José Antonio de Cuervo received a land grant from the King of Spain in the Mexican state of Jalisco. In a small factory on this land his descendant, José María Guadalupe Cuervo, used the land to build a distillery for tequila production in 1795. The distillery was later named Fabrica La Rojeña. The tequila was exported to the United States for the first time in 1873. In 1900, José Cuervo Labastida decided to brand the tequila as José Cuervo. The company is now owned and run by heirs of the Cuervo family, the Beckmann family.

During an afternoon of sunshine and.....well, very little else.....a friend and I were making our way through a bottle of this. It was so good that by the end of the afternoon the bottle was gone and I had completely forgotten to prepare dinner for my in-laws that were arriving later that evening. It probably goes without saying that I was in trouble.

Don Julio Reposado is 100% Blue Weber Agave , double distilled, and rested in charred oak bourbon barrels for up to 11 months. Each agave is hand selected at maturity and only the heart of the distillation is used, as it is the purest part, free from most impurities. This is up there on my list as one of the best.