They offered flights, but none of them looked interesting to us, so we decided to build our own flight. We settled on reposados, kind of arbitrarily:
Oro Azul: This is your bad uncle who drinks too much. He shows up at family holidays unshaven with his shirt untucked and hair uncombed. He kind of creeps you out and stands too close. We didn't like it, though we did finish it, because, hey, tequila.
Tierra: I have never had an organic tequila before this, but it's exactly what you would expect if you were imagining it. It had a clean, simple, straightforward taste, not smooth, not rough. This tequila doesn't lie to you and does wear rag wool socks with Berkenstocks on the back porch of the cabin in the woods.
Purasangre: How could we not try a tequila called "pure blood"? It was smoky like scotch and is the macho guy at the party who wears a lot of gold and puts on an attitude and an accent and struts around. Deep down, he's a good guy, and he would never hurt you, but he would definitely lie to you, and you know he's fooling around behind your back. But you don't really mind.
Lapis: This was among my favorites of the evening, smooth, caramelly, and incredibly cultured. This tequila sounds like Sade when it sings.
Casa Noble: Textured and prickly on the tongue, this tequila pushes you around a little bit, and you like it.
Chaya: Sweet, carmelly, and a little bit pokey, this tequila is the friend you go to when you need to have some sense talked into you, but nicely.
Tenoch: This is George Clooney in Ocean's Eleven, or Pierce Brosnan in The Thomas Crown Affair. It's smooth, stealthy, and incredibly smart. Stay on its good side and it will treat you extraordinarily well. Piss it off, and it will rob you blind with incredible panache.
Asombroso: I did not know that tequila could be pink! This tequila is pink. It is the gum-snapping, ditzy-seeming valley girl who tosses her hair and is secretly way smarter than you. This tequila is Reese Witherspoon in Legally Blonde, until you pair it with sangrita, when it also develops Buffy's fighting skills. It's gonna kick your ass, and you'll come back for more and love every minute of it, even though (or maybe because) it's so disorienting.