Best Tequila

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Whether you’re raising a glass to a special occasion or just enjoying a quiet evening, the right tequila can turn any moment into something memorable. But with so many options out there, how do you find the perfect bottle? Don’t worry, tequila lovers! We’ve done the tasting for you and rounded up the best tequilas around. From smooth reposados to bold añejos, these picks are sure to impress both newbies and seasoned sippers. So, grab a glass, slice up some lime, and let’s dive into the world of top-notch tequila. Cheers to finding your new favorite!

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 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!

The List

1. Fortaleza Blanco 

Fortaleza Blanco Tequila
Tequila Fortaleza Blanco (tequilafortaleza.com)

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
Don Julio 1942 Tequila (donjulio.com)

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 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
Casamigos Blanco (casamigos.com)

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
Tequila Ocho Plata (ochotequila.com)

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
Herradura Silver (herradura.com)

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.”

Sources used to find these consensus picks

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About Meaghan Babaker

Meaghan Babaker is a journalist and freelance writer previously based out of New York City while working for CBS New York, CBS Local and MSNBC. After moving to Geneva, Switzerland in 2016, she went on to write for Digital Luxury Group, The Travel Corporation and other international publications before joining the editorial team at StudyFinds.

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66 Comments

  1. Tim says:

    This list lost me when it mentioned Casmigos.

    1. Rae says:

      ABSOLUTELY! Instantly not credible

    2. Jaime says:

      I couldn’t agree more. Fortaleza and ocho are the only ones worthy imo.

    3. Charles says:

      There are no sweetners, or additives in 1942. Don Julio, and Fortaleza are the best on the list.

      1. David says:

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

  2. Karyn Usher says:

    Can you tell me about Riazul Reposorda and LA Gritonia.

    1. Chris says:

      What and how were these selected? Adictivo should be on this list or are these all blanco?

  3. Chris says:

    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.

  4. Juan Samuel-Emmiliez says:

    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.

    Ratings

  5. Scott Steffen says:

    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..

  6. CJ says:

    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.

  7. Heidi Milla Anderson says:

    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. pdenorte says:

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

    2. Josh Lawrason says:

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

  8. Chris says:

    What experts?
    Fortaleza, Tequila ocho and Herradura are the only quality tequila’s listed here.

    1. LC says:

      Y’all lost me at Casa Amigos. What’s next, 818 by Kendall Jenner!?. SMH.

  9. Chris says:

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

  10. Kevin s buff says:

    I really enjoy the fortaleza brand tequilas. I also enjoy the G4 108 . Just my preference.

  11. John Marraffa says:

    I do enjoy the 1942 but my personal favorite is casa dragones jovan

  12. Tequila Travis says:

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