In August, both Details and GQ did big tequila stories. Yum.
In Details tequila piece, they recommend El Tesoro Anejo, Siete Legua Blanco, El Jimador Reposado, and Sombra Mezcal. They also write about Phil Ward's bar Mayahuel (using the spelling mezcal), Bittermens Xocolatl Mole Cocktail Bitters, and list drink recipes for classic and improved versions of the Paloma, plus a strawberry drink called La Vida Rosa and a mezcal-beer cocktail called A Beer and a Smoke. The entire story is online here.
Let's compare that with Esquire, where they did their own big tequila story. In this one they have Things we think we know about tequila, which was sort of a waste of space if you've ever had 100% agave tequila. (Wondrich didn't write it.) They also have a sidebar on mescal (spelled mescal), and quick recipes for the Paloma and Margarita. Then they list ten tequilas as the best examples within their category- Highland and Lowland in each aging category. The reviews are online here in slideshow format to make you click a lot. Here's the short answers though:
|Blanco||El Tesoro Platinum||Arette Blanco Suave|
|Reposado||Siete Leguas and Gran Centenario||Partida and Cuervo Tradicional|
|Extra Anejo||Gran Centenario Leyenda||Cabo Uno|