Día de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead, events begin today throughout Mexico and with it, the two-day celebrations honoring the departed also bring a flurry of events around the world. While it’s one of the most culturally appropriated holidays, therefore the true significance is often misunderstood, recent years have seen brands use Día de los Muertos to educate and bring awareness to Mexican artists, musicians and designers with limited edition collaborations.
This year is no different. Espolòn Tequila released a limited edition streetwear collection in collaboration with Stadium Goods and Mexican artist, Saner. "Dia de los Muertos is a holiday with such rich tradition, and I really wanted the artwork for this collection to bring a piece of Mexico to the US," said Saner in a statement. "The four designs mix together prehispanic art techniques and feature traditional Mexican symbolism for a streetwear collection that celebrates culture with a modern edge." Royal Scepter Crystal
Modelo also tapped into clothing with a customized jacket designed by Mister Cartoon. Tequila Mandala released a limited edition ceramic añejo this year, designed by Jesiel Rubio and Fer Arias, two creatives from Guadalajara. Mezcal Amaras celebrated with four new releases. Patrón established a two day parade in London. And for the second year in a row, Clase Azul released 6,500 exclusive decanters to honor the holiday.
“Día de Muertos is one of the most important celebrations in Mexican culture, it’s a time of remembrance and gathering, so creating a decanter that embodies so much meaning and nuance is no easy feat,” explained Miguel Hernández, Clase Azul’s creative director. This year’s edition is deemed Colores, translating to colors, and depicts the vibrant hues of the marigold flowers, sugar skulls and bright papers with cutout designs, otherwise known as ofrenda, offerings to the deceased, which is one of the most important traditions surrounding Day of the Dead. The final touch is a silver-plated ornament, each handmade over 12 days by Mexican artisans.
As brands celebrate regionally, with cocktail demonstrations, special prices and bar-takeovers, if you’re simply looking to recognize the holiday with a handcraft tequila this year, that’s responsibly sourced and honoring authentic traditions, these beautiful bottles are an ode to Mexico’s number one spirit to celebrate Mexican heritage today and everyday throughout the year.
Though the limited edition bottle features tequila aged in American whiskey casks and finished in artisanal rum casks from the island of Martinique, Clase Azul’s unmissable decanters in its traditional reposado, añejo and mezcal make a show stopping centerpiece for any special occasion year round.
This year’s special añejo for Day of the Dead was aged for seven years in French oak before being bottled in a jet black decanter accented by skeletal hands and marigolds. However, Tequila Mandala’s primary line of blanco, reposado and añejo are also stunningly presented in circular ceramic liter bottles with designs that are rooted in traditional Mexican designs.
Presented in a ceramic globe, Grand Mayan’s designs are eye-catching from their silver variety straight through to the recently released ultra aged limited tequila slow cooked in traditional brick and stone ovens, rested in both American oak and French ex-cognac barrels. From white glaze with colorful patterns to royal blue, these globes could double as vases once you savor the last drop.
The otherworldly glass decanters that house Patsch’s rare tequilas (blanco, reposado, añejo and extra añejo) utilize centuries-old glass molding techniques, featuring a resin top that’s hand painted and sanded until smooth. The brand says it’s a reflection of the spirit—striking, full of character and brimming with flavor.
Beauty Crystal Both the blanco, añejo and extra añejo from Señor Artesano are bottled in beautiful ceramics of white, ruby and dusty black. The square bottom evolves to a rounded neck that’s topped with a square stopper that’s truly a visual masterpiece. Not to mention the textured sides and gold etchings.