What comes to mind when you mention Casamigos Tequila is George Clooney. However, these drinks are more than just the famous celebrity association because it has truly made a mark in this business. Its tequila prices are higher than the usual, but they claim that these are just right for the liquor you are getting.
Let’s find out if these are just rumors or not.
The Story Behind Tequila Casamigos
As mentioned, the friends George Clooney, Rande Gerber, the entrepreneur/husband of supermodel Cindy Crawford, and property developer Mike Meldman had the idea to create their own tequila that “didn’t burn going down.” They found a master distiller in Jalisco, Mexico, Productos Finos de Agave, and after trying multiple times and over 2,000 samples, the trio launched it in 2013.
The words Casa and Amigos in Spanish, which translates to home and friends, became their company’s name. And now, Casamigos Blanco Tequila is among the favorites of tequila connoisseurs and regular drinkers.
How It’s Made
Casamigos are made using the blue weber agave of Jalisco which is the best piñas for tequila because of the soil, clay, and climate. They used the same fruits in creating these high-quality bottles. The fermentation process lasts for 80 hours only after the agaves are slow-roasted in brick ovens for 72 hours.
It did not alter the flavors because they used traditional pot stills during aging. Diageo PLC bought it in 2017 for an estimated $700 million. The company continued to serve the same tequila enjoyed by everyone.
Casamigos Mezcal Joven
This is the most recent addition to the line of spirits from Casamigos. Oaxaca’s Espadin agave is used with Casamigos Mezcal, where it is split, cooked in volcanic rocks (1) within four to six days. The “aguamiel” or pulp is fermented for two to eight days after the stone wheels crush it.
The Mezcal is double distilled with the color and flavors similar to Casamigos Blanco Tequila that has hints of lemon and vanilla but a stronger touch of peppery taste of oak and agave. It contains 40% ABV. Its savor is not far from high-quality tequila.
These bottles are best served to those who just started with this brand. Blue Weber agaves are still used but were aged for a short while, just about two months inside stainless steel tanks. The creamy smell and the sweet taste are evident with hints of lemon meringue, apples, and vanilla.
The agave piñas are roasted, but many claim that the fruity sweetness is more than peppery. However, these are just words since this bottle from Diageo is top-shelf and an in-demand Spanish tequila.
It is aged to perfection. This is exactly how Casamigos Tequila is described as soon as the flavors of spices blended with succulents and mixtures of citrus, papaya, and touches of toffee penny, dark chocolate, and the peppery taste of roasted agave.
The quantity of each component is just right that it complements each flavor. They stored it inside oak barrels to give the spirit more character and smoky taste stronger than the Blanco but not overpowering the rest.
Casamigos Reposado is aged almost the same as the Blanco, but this one is longer. It stays inside American white casks made of oak that just gives a hint of its flavor but not too much to overcome the taste of roasted blue agave. Casamigos Reposado is a mixture of touches of cocoa, caramel, and tobacco which offers a different savor compared to any other product from this company.
How to Drink It
The bottles from Casamigos are cured inside oak barrels to have such a taste that you can drink neat, as what its founders want to experience. The Casamigos Tequila can also be a good mix for cocktails or a splash of soda water.
Common Casamigos Prices
|Casamigos Mezcal Joven||750 ml||40%||$49.99-$54.99|
|Casamigos Blanco||750 ml||40%||$39.99-$41.99|
|Casamigos Anejo||750 ml||40%||$49.99-$51.99|
|Casamigos Reposado||750 ml||40%||$42.99-$45.99|
Casamigos Añejo vs Other Añejo Brands
1800 Añejo is not one of the old brands in the industry, but this Añejo has been applauded a lot of times. It has a taste of candied pears and cinnamon with a hint of toasted oak with a smooth finish of cocoa and banana bread which gives you a chance to remember the savor of fancy wines like cognac, perhaps. The tequila prices of the two Añejos differ as 1800 is roughly $37.99 – $39.99.
Patron is a premium brand, and this pride of Mexico has been providing high-quality wines since 1989. Bottles of Patron Añejo contain 40% ABV and the smoothness up to the very end, which tugs drinkers to choose them despite costs about $49.99 – $52.99, not far from Casamigos tequila prices. An edge for Patron Añejo is that they have centuries of experience passed on where the consistency of flavor originates, which is not the case for other brands.
Don Julio Añejo
Don Julio Tequila is considered an institution, the same case with Patron, where the company has existed for decades. Its taste can rival scotch because of the smoothness and elegance from nose to finish. Hints of vanilla, fruits, oak, spices, and the black pepper taste of the roasted piñas are all present but not overlapping the other. With costs, roughly $48.99 – $51.99, almost the same as Casamigos, the liquor is still superior to the latter.
Popular Casamigos Añejo-Based Cocktails
- 50 ml Añejo Tequila
- 3 drops Lemon Bitters
- 10 ml Vanilla Syrup
- Orange Twist (for garnish)
- Luxardo Cherry
Place all ingredients inside glass. Along with ice, stir the contents. Strain on old fashioned glass on the rocks. Garnish with orange twist and top with Luxardo Cherry. Serve.
- 1 1/2 ounces Tequila Blanco
- 1/3 ounce Agave Nectar
- 3/4 ounce Fresh Lime Juice
- 1/3 ounce Orange Liqueur
- 1/4 ounce Fresh Orange Juice
- 1/4 cup coarse salt
- 1/4 cup sugar
Place all ingredients inside a cocktail shaker with ice (except sugar and salt). Shake very well(10 counts). You can choose to rim your glass with mixed salt and sugar. Strain contents into a glass on the rocks. Garnish with lime.
Añejo New Fashioned
- 2 ounces Casamigos Añejo
- .25ounce Agave Nectar
- 2 Dashes Angostura Bitters
- 2 Dashes Orange Bitters
Prepare a glass mixer. Place all ingredients inside the mixer and add ice. Stir for 30-40 seconds. Strain contents into rock glass. Add a large ice cube. Garnish with a lime wheel. Serve.
- 1 1/2 ounces Casamigos Reposado
- 3/4 ounce fresh grapefruit juice
- One splash of grapefruit soda
- 1/4 ounce agave nectar
- ⅓ ounces fresh lime juice
Place all ingredients inside the shaker. Shake vigorously with ice. Strain contents into an ice-filled tall rock glass. Garnish with mint leaves. Serve.
Is Casamigos tequila top shelf?
Yes. Casamigos Anejo is top shelf, particularly Casamigos Blanco. The clear color of this liquor has the perfect texture to drink neat, but it is also spectacular when mixed with fruit juices and orange bitters that blend well with black pepper and vanilla.
Which Casamigos is best for shots?
The best Casamigos for shots is none other than the Blanco. This product is smooth from the nose to finish. But if you want something stronger to have with your friends, the Añejo is also a good choice.
To Sum It Up
Mike Meldman and his amigos were absolutely right in having their own line of liquors. Luckily for drinkers of tequilas, it’s not only in their homes and everyone’s homes now and clubs and stores. A bottle of Casamigos Añejo or Reposado has already established a name in the United States and worldwide.
The type of Añejo tequilas George Clooney and company drink can also be your bottle. A bottle of Añejo or shot may cost a bit, but with a good friend, that wouldn’t matter.
Lydia Martin hails from Redmond, Washington, where you’ll find some of the best cocktail bars and distilleries that offer a great mix of local drinks. She used to work as a bar manager in Paris and is a self-taught mixologist whose passion for crafting unique cocktails led her to create Liquor Laboratory. Lydia can whip up a mean Margarita in seconds!