Straight-up sipping tequila, a relatively recent arrival on the American spirits scene, just received some seriously high-caliber reinforcements by way of distiller Juan-Domingo “Dobel” Beckmann. Maestro Dobel Diamond Tequila is the crystal-clear result of a proprietary filtering technique and a blend of reposado (rested 15 months), añejo (rested 24 months), and extra-añejo (rested 36 months) tequilas.

Maestro Dobel Diamond opens with a relatively crisp taste reminiscent of Patrón plato, albeit backed with a deeper and more engaging agave complexity typical of an aged spirit. That said, the stuff is remarkably clean on the palate, finishing with a refreshing snap that lacks any of the burning, smokiness, or (in a best-case scenario) lingering agave typical of even top-shelf tequilas. Not only can it be consumed straight up, it probably should only be consumed straight up, or in relatively clean and elegant tequila cocktails such as an old-school margarita. That is to say: no crushed ice, and, for the love of all that is holy, no sour mix.

Maestro Dobel Diamond Tequila, $74.99 for a 750-milliliter bottle

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