Some adult beverages are merely refreshing, while others are truly legendary. The alcoholic creation called tequila clearly belongs in the latter category.
There is just something special about tequila. No matter how you choose to enjoy it, the distinctive flavor and aroma are like nothing else. From the beautiful simplicity of a tequila shot, complete with a dash of salt and a wedge of lemon, to the icy goodness of a flavored margarita on a hot day, tequila has a special place in the beverage hall of fame.
To the uninitiated, it is easy to think that all tequila brands are the same and that there is little distinction between one bottle and another. In fact, many first-time tequila buyers simply choose the most attractive bottle or search for the lowest price.
Serious tequila lovers know better. They know that brand matters, and that the quality of their favorite adult beverage is a critical part of the decision making the process. Those serious tequila aficionados work hard to find the best brands for their home bars, and they actively seek out the highest quality tequila when they go out. Here is our list of the 10 best tequila brands the world has to offer.
Best Tequila Brands
Raise a Glass to the World’s Best Tequila
Hailing from Mexico, the home of tequila, is the Tequila Herradura, named best Añejo in the world. If you are ready for something truly exceptional, only the best will do, and that is exactly what you get with this distinctive brand.
The Expresiones del Corazón is a true standout in a crowded and highly competitive category, with a smooth yet fiery taste and a unique flavor all its own. This Sazerac Rye Añejo is a true standout, and the perfect choice for your home bar or local pub.
There is a lot of competition in the modern tequila market, yet year after year the Blanco variety remains one of the hottest sellers. For some dedicated tequila drinkers, Blanco is tequila, but not all brands are created equal.
The clear winner in this increasingly popular category is Tequila Herradura, a highly sought after Mexican import with a distinctive taste and a unique flavor all its own. If you love tequila, you need to stock this concoction in your bar, restaurant or home.
Best Extra Añejo
Tequila Herradura Seleccion Suprema
The extra Añejo variety is another popular choice for tequila lovers around the world, and another area in which there is fierce competition. Year after year the best tequila makers in the world pull out all the stops, hoping to be named the best in the category.
This year the crown goes to Tequila Corazon, With intense flavors ranging from vanilla and orange to pineapple and roasted agave, this fine tequila is a delight for all the senses. The unique flavors make Tequila Corazon perfect for cocktails, but its smooth flavor makes it great for single shots as well.
Best Flavoured Tequila
Flavored – Pineapple
Tequila has a unique flavor all its own, but it can still be improved through infusion with additional elements. As a result, the flavored tequila category is always one of the highlights of the World Tequila Awards, with the best makers competing for their chance to shine.
This year the honor of Best Flavoured goes to Playa Real, specifically their pineapple and mandarin creations. With just a hint of sweetness to set off the tartness of a fine tequila, it is clear this brand is one of the best in the world. Even if you think you do not like tequila, you might want to pour a glass of Playa Real or mix it into your favorite cocktail.
Best Joven Abocado
Diego & Maria
This is another highly competitive category and another favorite with tequila lovers from around the world. This year the competition for best in the world was particularly deep, but in the end, Diego & Maria Gold emerged victorious.
With its clean crisp taste and the delicious aroma of cooked agave, Diego & Maria Gold quickly shot to the top of the list. As the judges at the World Tequila Awards sampled each entry, they eventually settled on this one as the clear winner.
The Reposado category is another area of fierce competition, with distilleries far and wide competing for the right to call their brand the best in the world. This year the honors went to Tequila Herradura Reposado, and a number of factors helped tip the odds in its favor.
The judges loved Tequila Herradura for its notes of vanilla, rye and wheat, noting that it brings a crisp clean flavor to cocktails and shots alike. Whether you enjoy it on its own or in a delicious margarita, this one definitely deserves your attention.
Tequila is one of the best-loved alcoholic beverages on the market, perfect for cocktails or to enjoy on its own. The next time you head to the liquor store or local bar, be sure to ask for these award winners by name.