Tequila is one of those wonderful polarizing drinks that people either love of they hate!
What are the top ten tequila rankings? We will look at the top seven brands in regard to volume and the manufacturers as well as some high-quality brands that are growing in popularity but first lets looks at how is tequila made?
What is Tequila made from?
Tequila is not actually made from cactus like most people think, its actually made from blue agave and is only produced inside the Mexican state of Jalisco and in some municipalities in Guanajuato, Michoacan, Nayarit, and Tamaulipas, and product outside these regions is called Mezcal which has similarities to Tequila. We have recommended some other brands not made in these Mexican regions however still a great product even though not authentically Mexican. Tequila’s origins can be traced back to a beverage called pulque, produced in Central America before the region was colonized by Spain in the 16th Century.
There are several categories of tequila that include white, silver, gold, reposado, añejo and extra añejo each one has its special characterization and differences of which is detailed below.
Top brands by sales volume
The following is a list of the top selling brands many of which you have no doubt heard of, seen or even tasted.
- Sauza Tequila produced by Suntory Holdings LTD
- Patrón produced by Bacardi & Co Ltd
- Don Julio produced by Diagiao
- El Jimador produced by Brown Foreman
- Hornitos produced by Beam Suntory
- Olmeca Altos produced by Pernod Ricard
- Jose Cuervo produced by Cuervo La Rojena, S.A.
This is the top seven Tequila by sales so before we move on look three more tequilas as well as some other suggested brands lets look at first the different types of tequila there are.
The most popular and well-known color for tequila which is Blanco of course Spanish for white.
The following are some recommended good quality tequila not generally found in you everyday liquor store and can be ordered so you can enjoy in the comfort of your own home.
Properly the most widely known type of tequila as known by the color of the product which comes from the coloring used or when it was aged in barrels it is usually a mix and not 100% algave.
Reposado means “rested” and is aged for approx. anything from 60 days to one year in oak barrels.
Tequila añejo is aged for one to three years in oak. It is designed for sipping and savoring and has the attributes of flavors of algave and rich vanilla and floral aromas.
Similar to white tequila silver is a clear liquid however it is not aged for as long as the higher end tequilas and therefore some people think that the taste in harsher and often the prices are more budget friendly in this category.
This handcrafted pure silver award-winning tequila is a twice distilled product and has peppery aromas of agave and intense herbaceous flavors. One not to be missed.
Producer: Heaven Hill Distilleries
Producer: Mezacal Delirio
This great example of a mezcal (a different process in producing this product than tequila) is artisanal produced and naturally fermented with a robust profile with an agave aroma and smooth fruity notes.
Producer: El Toro
This medium-bodied gold tequila has flavors of pear, honey, oil and charcoal and is a harsh drink for those that can take that flavor punch.
Producer: Montezuma Tequila
Size: 1.75 Ltrs
Named after the famous Aztec civilization from the heart of Mexico.
Producer: Tequila Clase Azul
Region: Mexico Jalisco
A great looking hand crafted and hand painted bottle that is sure to impress your friends. The product is produced from blue weber agave and is twice distilled which gives it a much smoother flavor.
Or alternatively the glass option is also available for $79.99
Producer: El Tesoro Tequila / Beam Suntory
Region: Mexico Jalisco
This golden yellow colored tequila has a rich spice with caramel and anise and deep and complex aromas.Kah Tequila Añejo
Producer: FABRICA DE TEQUILAS
A full-bodied tequila añejo with the flavor of agave with chocolate, tobacco and coffee.
Producer: Don Julio / Diagio
What a special treat this Don Julio 1942 añejo is as is served in beautiful decanters with pewter agave leaf accents this ultra premium tequila represents Tequila Don Julio’s top of the line. Rich golden color. Sweet creamy vanilla, melted butter, and brown spice aromas. A round silky entry leads to a dry yet fruity full-bodied palate with sweet tropical fruits, rich brown spices, buttered nuts, and tasty rum and bourbon barrel notes. Finishes with a long spicy caramelized nut and wood fade. A great gift for a that friend or companion that is a tequila lover.
Roca Patron Añejo Tequila
Producer: Patron spirits / Bacardi brands
This higher ABV añejo tequila is aged for around 14 months and a smooth feel with tastes of nut, wood, raisins, and grapefruit.
Producer: Compania tequila de arandas
Producer: The Patrón Spirits Company
The perfect white spirit made from the finest Weber Blue Agave.
I hope that you enjoy working you way through these wonderful tequilas and please feel free to leave your comments below on any of the tequilas mentioned in the article or indeed if you have any recommendations on others that should be mentioned.