Lately I have been getting asked, what brands to buy. Obviously I don't list brands I have not tasted and rated. I try new tequila's all the time, and keep in mind that as time goes by, people's taste may change (including mine), and for that reason...... this list WILL occasionally change. If you don't see a tequila brand on this list, it's either because I haven't tried it, or it didn't make this list, for a lack of quality or unnatural features.
................... THIS LIST GETS UPDATED FREQUENTLY ..........................
I own each tequila here, and have compared and tested each one according to Aroma, Flavor, Easy Drinkability, Enjoyability, and Overall Balance. Remember SMOOTH and SWEET is NOT what you always want..... that can get boring real fast, and is often artificial.
I do NOT like additives, Cristalinos or diffuser use, as they are all inferior
My choices may NOT be yours exactly, and that is to be expected, but if you try each of these 160+ brands, I think you'd agree the top half belongs where it is, compared to the bottom half. It's a guideline.... and remember brands change also, so one you remember being great years ago.... may not be so great now. If I hit a flavor profile that I don't like, or think it may have additives....it goes lower on this List. "Blanco IS Tequila", so if a brand has a great blanco... the chances are very good that the rest of the line will follow.
Don't be fooled by 'word of mouth', BS Celebrity brands, advertising and promotion, and most importantly..... pretty bottles. I have always said that "85% of tequila in pretty bottles is crap." Watch out for gimmicks like the bland and overly filtered Claro tequilas, Celebrity Tequilas (for the most part), or especially the inferior additive-laced diffuser made junk. I recommend Blind Tastings to know your real favorites, as I often do.
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They are ALL good on this list, and you can't go wrong with ANY of these
I truly believe THESE ARE THE WORLDS TOP PRESENTLY MADE OVERALL TEQUILA BRANDS. Some of these brands only make a blanco or another expression, so keep that in mind, as I would only recommend the expression I listed. In that case, that brand would NOT be an "Overall Best Brand" in that spot... but just for that expression listed.
REMEMBER, IF YOU DON'T SEE A BRAND ON THIS LIST, I EITHER HAVEN'T TRIED IT .... OR IT SUCKS in my opinion
********* THESE CAN ALL BE SIPPED *********
THESE ARE MY FAVORITE TOP 'OVERALL' TEQUILA BRANDS (In Basic Order)
Calle 23 Criollo (blanco only)
2013/2018 Fuenteseca Cosecha (blanco)
El Gran Legado De Vida (blanco)
Don Valenti (blanco)
Primo 1861 (blanco)
Sauza Tres Generationes Cenobio Batch (made by Cascahuin-blanco)
Volcan de Mi Tierra
Los Dos (blanco)
General Gorostieta (orig blanco/Joven)
San Matias Tahona (blanco) Tanteo (blanco)
PM Spirits Projects (blanco)
Hermosa Casagave (blanco)
Tequila El Mexicano
Pasote (NOM 1584 to be determined)
Francisco J. Gonzalez
Los Tres Tonos
El Bandido Yankee
Uno Por Favor
Oro de Lidia
Dos Almas (blanco only)
Reserva de Don Alberto
Sangre De Vida (blanco only)
Astral (blanco only)
El Sativo (blanco only)
Reserva del Senor
Juan More Time
Milagro Select Barrel
Cruz Del Sol
Fubar (blanco only)
One With Life (OWL)
Alma de Agave
La Reyna Y Yo
The Bad Stuff
IF YOU DON'T SEE A BRAND ON THIS LIST, I EITHER HAVEN'T TRIED IT, or IMO... IT DOESN'T DESERVE TO BE HERE
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