The hand-blown worm bottle may strike some as little more than a conversation piece, but to tequila enthusiasts, the spirit inside is something of a find. Casta Pasion reposado is an elegant 100-percent agave tequila distilled in Guadalajara at Tequilera Newton e Hijos. The bottle is crafted in Mexico, requiring 8 workers and 15 minutes to fabricate a single, worm-shaped bottle. Each is hand-numbered and signed.
The reposado is aged just short of a year in new white oak casks. The tequila has a lush, medium body and is unusually aromatic for a reposado. The fresh barrels impart the tequila with a pronounced oaky character, as well as a palate rich with the flavors of sweet spice, citrus fruit and ground black pepper.