The competition between wine brands is tougher than what we see. Tequila is now very popular in the United States, and DeLeón Luxury Line is one of the brands that offer the best spirits.
Its classic logo and the sophisticated bottle say so much about this brand but let us find out more about its roots and how it affects DeLeon price lists.
History of DeLeón Tequila
DeLeón is not really an old-timer in the industry as it was launched only in 2009. Still, it was able to label itself as a luxury tequila, along with the likes of Patron, Jose Cuervo, and Casamigos. Its logo, ‘D,’ is hand-carved in their bespoke-style glass bottles, made totally of sterling silver, which is the perfect packaging for a high-quality liquor.
A proof of their superior product is the quote left by the judge in the World Beverage Competition, when DeLeón Diamante won the grand prize, “A whole new class of tequila has been realized.”
How It’s Made
Since this is an authentic spirit, it is only made of Highland Blue Weber agave found mostly in the Los Altos region of Jalisco, Mexico. The juices of the ripe piñas are distilled after it is roasted and crushed by stone mills, almost the same process with Mezcal. Depending on whether it is Anejo or Reposado, the aging process would differ as the fermentation varies for each product.
This is a limited edition release aged in Château d’Yquem barrels for 34 months, used to create French Sauternes wines. It influenced the flavors, giving it a hint of cherries and burnt orange peels with a note of floral petals. This is not colored silver like a Blanco. Two more months and this masterpiece can be classified as extra Anejo, which color would be darker than the deep amber tilt that it has.
DeLeón Reposado is from Blue Weber agave from the region of Jalisco, Mexico, just like the rest of the products from this brand. After the piñas are cooked, it is aged in used American Oak, and it ends with a French Oak Finish. You wouldn’t miss the French Oak combined with a touch of sawdust feel with a note of spices like dill and black pepper that offers flavors that are a bit bitter but creamy.
DeLeón Extra Anejo
DeLeón Extra Añejo has the best agave weber from the Tequila region. These are aged for 36 months to produce a flavor, far from Mezcal, that celebrates fruitiness and a number of other components. This Añejo wine from Deleon Tequila is a bit expensive when it comes to prices because of the complexity of its creation and all other factors that go as it is.
This is the first offering from DeLeón Luxury Line after Diageo and rapper Sean Combs bought it. It was released in 2014 and is a Joven Tequila, a blend of Blanco and Añejo.
All creations from Deleon Tequila have the black pepper flavor, and this has a taste of lime peel and cinnamon with a touch of vanilla. Stores keep this one regularly because of its standard cost, which is not usually high.
Common DeLeón Tequila Prices
|DeLeón Leóna||750ml||80||$649.99 – $699.99|
|DeLeón Reposado||750ml||80||$39.99 – $69.99|
|DeLeón Extra Anejo||750ml||120||$329.99 – $359.99|
|DeLeón Diamante||750ml||80||$129.99 – $159.99|
|DeLeón Platinum||750ml||80||$649.99 – $699.99|
Compared to Other Brands
Milagro products belong to the standard category, but they also have expensive bottles treated longer, offering more subtle flavors. Most of their creations are aged for a very limited time which is perfect as a cocktail mix. That is why their prices are around $21.99 – $27.99, except for Milagro Unico 2, with prices at roughly $269.99 – $299.99. All their wines are aged for a number of months to come up flavorful to the mouth.
Hornitos caters to the masses as the prices are very affordable. However, these are all flavorful tequilas, but the aging process is not that complex compared to how premium brands do it. Hornitos Plata has the lowest prices in stores at about $12.99 – $19.99 for every 375ml bottle. This type of drink is still good to the mouth, perfect for those who do not want to spend much money on tequila.
Brands like Patron and DeLeón are the inspiration of many manufacturers. This spirit particularly is created for the high-stakes rollers from the start. Tequilas bearing his name are only made of premium agaves and are processed through meticulous distillation. Bottles like Patron Gran Burdeo have prices at roughly $419.99 – $499.99, which are just slightly higher than the Extra Anejo of DeLeón Tequila.
How To Drink DeLeón Tequila
This liquor is aged for two to eight months in oak barrels with peppery roasted piñas and apple, which is very flavorful when taken neat. You can place a bit of ice and make it on the rocks or pour some fruit juices to make a cocktail.
Popular DeLeón-Based Cocktails
- 1.5 ounces DeLeón Reposado Tequila
- 1/2 ounce maple syrup
- Hot coffee (you can choose any brand name you like)
- Mezcal cream
Prepare a mixing glass for this cocktail. Mix Tequila and maple syrup first. Stir then fill the glass with hot coffee. Stir again. Top with mezcal cream. Place mint leaves on top as garnish.
- 1 1/2 ounce DeLeón Reposado or Silver
- 1-ounce Grapefruit Juice
- 3/4 ounce Lime Juice
- 1/2 ounce Simple Syrup
- Club Soda
- Pinch of Kosher Salt
Create simple syrup ahead before you create Platinum Paloma. Place half cup of sugar and half cup water in a saucepan. Put it on medium heat. Mix until sugar is dissolved and set aside. Place all components inside the shaker. Fill with ice. Shake well. Strain contents into a lowball glass and place fresh ice. Top with Club Soda. Garnish with a lemon wheel. Serve.
DeLeón Mexican Mule
- 1 1/2 ounces DeLeón Platinum Tequila
- 3/4 ounce Fresh Squeezed Lime Juice
- 1/4 ounce Simple Syrup
- Ginger Beer
Fill the martini shaker with ice. Put in all components except Ginger (1) Beer. Shake vigorously. Strain contents into a mule mug. Top with Ginger Beer. Garnish with a lemon wheel. Serve.
- 2 ounces DeLeón Platinum
- 1/2 ounce Palo Cortado Sherry
- 1-ounce pineapple juice
- 1/2 ounce lime juice
- 1/4 ounce Passion fruit (pureed)
- 2 Angostura Bitters
- A dash of Absinthe
Place all components inside the shaker. Place ice. Shake vigorously. Strain over rock glass filled with fresh ice. Garnish with orange peel.
Is DeLeón Tequila top shelf?
Yes, DeLeón Tequila is a top-shelf tequila as these 100% agave bottles are created to go head-to-head with Patron and the likes. The unaged and unrested Blanco bottles are very light to the tongue, which is also a good cocktail mix with reasonable prices.
Which DeLeón Tequila is the most popular?
DeLeón Platinum or the Blanco is the most popular tequila among their offerings. This is unaged and unrested, but it offers the taste of agave that is not that strong nor hidden. It has that touch of complexity but with subtlety, which suits any drinker, especially with its prices.
Mexico has greatly influenced the United States, including the world, regarding liquor and spirits. The DeLeón name also captured drinkers’ palates because of their quality tequila. All the brands that aspire to belong on the top shelf should offer a bottle that has a bit everything a tequila drinker is in search of.
DeLeón understood that the price of a bottle wouldn’t matter as one would spend money just to drink quality tequila. They already have good tequila, and the prices are not unreasonable, but they have more rooms to improve if they want to stay on top.
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!