Top 5 Best Tequila Brands To Try Next, Ranked

Forget the sombreros and clichés – tequila is having a moment! But, let’s be honest, when has it not? Once relegated to rowdy shots and margaritas, this agave-based spirit is now celebrated for its diverse flavor profile, rich cultural heritage, and versatility in cocktails. From the crisp, citrusy notes of blancos to the complex oak-aged character of añejos, there’s a tequila to tantalize every taste bud. Whether you’re a seasoned tequila aficionado or just dipping your toe into the world of agave spirits, this guide is your passport to sipping success. We’ll explore the different types of tequila, delve into the production process, and unveil the best bottles to suit your palate and budget. So, grab your favorite salt shaker (or ditch it altogether!), because it’s time to discover the true depths of the best tequila beyond the shot glass!

Alcohol, of course, is far from good for you, but pure tequila is considered a “healthier” option compared to some other liquors due to its relatively low sugar content and nutritional makeup. Misleading headlines claiming tequila can improve your health are medically unproven, but many doctors agree that occasionally indulging in quality tequila is OK for individuals in good health.

Just make sure to grab a healthy snack on the side! A recent study found that booze could actually help people shed extra pounds — as long as you’re nosing on nuts and other healthy bar snacks. Scientists found that high-protein foods soak up alcohol without leading to pot bellies and love handles. The more you know, right?

As all tequilas are not created equal, when looking for the best tequilas you want to focus on agave content, flavor profile, and how they’re produced. StudyFinds visited 10 of the leading expert websites to see which tequilas were rated the highest. Our list is ranked based on the most-recommended tequilas across these sites. Salud!

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A tequila shot, salt, and a lime
A tequila shot, salt, and a lime (Photo by Francisco Galarza on Unsplash)

The List: Best Tequila, According to Master Taste Testers

1. Fortaleza Blanco 

Fortaleza Blanco Tequila
Tequila Fortaleza Blanco (

Produced in the heart of Tequila, Mexico, Fortaleza Blanco Tequila packs a quality punch with notes of citrus, olives, and black pepper. Insider says agave experts consider Fortaleza one of the most revered brands in the world of tequila. This all comes down to their reputation that has been built up since 2005. But its roots dig deeper, with lineage tracing back all the way to Don Cernobio, the first to export tequila to the U.S., Insider adds. Plus, their value of tradition flows strong in each bottle. They have been utilizing practices like open-air fermentation and stone rolling with a tehona since the beginning. 

The Fortaleza Blanco is also extra-proof with 40 percent ABV, making it a great pick for any celebration. Rolling Stone describes it as more complex than competitors. They also are impressed by the hand-blown, hand-painted glass bottle. 

2. Don Julio 1942

Don Julio 1942 Tequila
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If you enjoy a side of luxury with your tequila on the rocks, Don Julio 1942 is known as one of the most highly rated tequilas on the scene. You may recognize this bottle popping up on celebrity social media stories on nights out. How is it made? It rests for two and a half years in American white-oak barrels. The agave used for production is cooked in a brick oven, roller-milled, and distilled with deep, mineral well water in a stainless steel pot with a copper coil. Liquor says that the mixture of tradition and modern gear makes for a smooth, flowery potion with notes of caramel, vanilla, salt, and spice.

While Don Julio is a hugely successful tequila company, the company is also commended for its charitable efforts, with the The Don Julio Fund pledging $1 million to help local communities in Mexico. Why is it called 1942? Tasting Table explains that that is the year that founder Don Julio González started making his spirits. They say to expect sweet vanilla flavors with a touch of oakiness.

3. Casamigos Blanco

Casamigos Blanco
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You may be skeptical of celebrity-founded tequila, is it really worth the hype? Whether you’re a fan of actor and co-founder George Clooney or not, tequila aficionados say Casamigos is a safe bet. Every batch is distilled for at least two months in stainless steel barrels and is made in the Jalisco highlands from 100 percent agave.

Rolling Stone describes it as smooth and natural tasting. They say to expect sweet agave, ight citrus, and just a touch of vanilla flavor. Due to its smooth and approachable flavor, Casamigos makes for a great tequila to buy if you’re just getting into drinking the spirit.

According to Delish, this bottle is classy without being a try-hard. They love its long, smooth finish. 

4. Tequila Ocho Plata

Tequila Ocho Plata
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If you’re looking for an agave-centric tequila that shines through in margaritas but doesn’t overpower, Tequila Ocho Plata is a top choice. “As the winner of the Best of Class Silver/Gold (unaged) Tequila award, Ocho Plata bested 110 other tequilas to take home. Developed by third-generation tequilero Carlos Camarena and industry legend Tomas Estes, this tequila is made from premium overripe agaves in Jalisco, Mexico. Complex with a hint of its home terroir, it exhibits both mineral and fruit flavors,” says Forbes.

The spirit is full and complex with notes of grass and earthiness. GQ says this is a bartender favorite for making margaritas. They commend them for being the first brand to be transparent with the year of production and the field the agave was taken from. 

5. Herradura Silver

Herradura Silver
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Herradura Silver is ranked as the best overall tequila according to Delish. They say it “packs a punch” with vanilla, citrus, and distinct sweet agave flavors. Apparently, the longer you leave it sitting out, the better it tastes.

“This tequila has one of the bolder flavor profiles you will find, yet it retains the smoothness that defines great tequilas,” writes The Spruce Eats says this bottle has a bolder flavor profile than competitors. That means it won’t get lost in cocktails. That being said, it is also not cringe-worthy in shot form either, they write.

GQ adds a bit about the production process behind this bottle: “Herradura Blanco tequila is barrel-aged for 45 days—which goes beyond the industry standard for blanco tequilas—giving subtle oak and vanilla notes, which mesh well with Cointreau or agave syrup.”


Note: This article was not paid for nor sponsored. StudyFinds is not connected to nor partnered with any of the brands mentioned and receives no compensation for its recommendations. This is an updated version of a pos first published November 8, 2022.

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      1. Incorrect. If fact, Don Julio 1942 is heavily suspected by most experts to contain sweeteners and additives due to the flavor notes and profiles.

  1. Fortaleza ,Tequila Ocho and Herradura are the only good tequila’s listed here.
    I dont who decides the lsit but they dont know crap about tequila.
    The rest are nothing but additives.

  2. All I am seeing in this tequila ratings article are clear, straight from the kettle rough tasting plata’s-blanco’s. Ugh!
    Aged, 100% blue agave reposado’s are far superior to what you have listed.
    Not to mention anejos which have the characteristics of any world class whiskeys.


  3. It’s hard to beat Tequila Ocho.. it’s made the right way, no additives, clean and agave forward at a fair price.. it’s ok to like a Reposado or an Anejo, but an additive free Blanco Tequila is Tequila..

  4. I don’t know what “expert “ made this list, but there is literally 2 bottles on here that any respectable tequila drinker would choose (Fortaleza and Tequila Ocho) the rest are absolute trash additive bombs.

  5. I don’t agree with this article. 40% ABV is not “extra proof.” That is the standard for the United States. In Mexico it can be as low as 35%. Also, how are Don Julio and Casamigos recommended before Tequila Ocho? Fortaleza and Tequila Ocho are the only two Tequilas that should be on this list. Don Julio, Casamigos, and Herradura, although marketed as 100% agave Tequila’s, are actually manipulated with additives. For a list of additive, free tequilas that are made with fully mature Agaves check out the Tequila Matchmaker app. It’s free and would be very useful before writing your next article.

    1. I think they used the two authentic good brands to lend credibility to their marketing push for the others. 🙄

    2. I 100% agree with this. I was coming to say the exact same thing. Only Fortaleza and Ocho belong on this list

  6. Fortaleza, tequila ocho and Herradura are the only 3 good tequila’s listed here.
    The rest clearly paid to be put there.

  7. don julio is full of additives… is casa amigos….bad stuff….herradura is diffused garbage….bad list for sure. go to tequila matchmaker at look at the additive free tequilas

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