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Beoordeel die beste van blanco, reposado, añejo en ekstra añejo tequilas

Kyk na die tequila -wenners in die Ultimate Cocktail Challenge.

Vir ons vierde aflewering van die Ultimate Spirits Challenge, bring ons u 'n vurige en vurige tequila. Sommige van die swaarste treffers in die bedryf is deur die beoordelaars geproe, en hulle het almal hoë lof ontvang. Slegs een tequila per kategorie (blanco, reposado, añejo en ekstra añejo) kon egter gekies word, en die voorsitterstrofee het onderskeidelik aan niemand minder as Milagro, Ambhar, Siete Leguas en Jose Cuervo gegaan nie. Kyk hier wie al die wenners was!

Kyk wie die Voorsitterstrofee vir tequila -cocktails huis toe geneem het in die Ultimate Cocktail Challenge!

Klik hier om die wenners te sien.

- Sara Kay, The Spir.it

(Foto gewysig: Flickr/Luigi Guarino/CC 4.0)


Stel u nie belang in die hele oorsig nie? Klik op elke handelsmerk om meer te lees oor die voordele, pryspunt en meer. Vir margaritas, kyk gerus na Espolon of Gran Centenario (of lees hoe u die beste margarita en die beste tequila kan maak).

Hierdie lys bevat slegs 100%-tequilas. Ek beveel geen mengsels hier aan nie. Die verskil tussen die twee is dit: 'n ten volle agave tequila word gemaak deur die gefermenteerde sappe van agave te distilleer. Dis dit. Niks word by die fermentor gevoeg nie, net agavesappe en gis.

Mixto, aan die ander kant, begin met 'n mengsel van agavesap en ander suikers - glukose of fruktose, of albei - gewoonlik in die vorm van 'n suikerstroop. Mixtos is uitgevind as 'n manier om die aanbod van agave uit te brei en die produksiekoste te verlaag. Volgens wet moet hulle 51% agave wees. Die meeste van ons het meer as genoeg van hierdie goed op die universiteit gedrink.

My oortuiging is: Tequila moet soos agave proe, nie soos suiker nie. Daar is baie tequilas van 100%wat beskikbaar is teen 'n goeie prys-vandag wou ek u 'n handjievol van my gunstelinge voorstel wat beskikbaar is vir $ 25 en minder.

Alhoewel wettiglik tequila in verskeie Mexikaanse state gemaak kan word, kom die meeste daarvan uit Jalisco, 'n deelstaat in die weste van die land, ongeveer halfpad langs die kus. Tequilas van Jalisco word oor die algemeen verdeel in tequilas van die laagland en tequilas op die hoogland. Die dorpie Tequila self lê in die laaglande, in die valleie wat gevorm is toe vulkane in die middel van Mexiko ontstaan ​​het. Alhoewel die vulkane nie meer aktief is nie, het hulle hul merk op die grond in die laagland gelaat, wat tequila's produseer wat meer kruidagtig, pittig en aards is. Die hooglandstreek (ook bekend as Los Altos) het ysterryke rooi kleigrond, dit kry meer reën en koeler nagte, en dit lewer tequilas wat mineraler is en meer blomme bevat.

As jy die verskille tussen hooglande en laaglande wil proe, is dit die beste om silwer- of blancotekilas te proe. Omdat hulle nie in hout verouder word nie, word die geure van die terrein nie gemasker deur die eikehout vanielje -note wat afkomstig is van vatveroudering nie.

Hierdie tequilas is almal 80 proof (40% alkohol in volume), en die pryse is vir 750 ml bottels (met een uitsondering). Die pryse is vir die blanco/plata/silver weergawe, tensy anders vermeld, en dit is die blanco releases wat ek hier hersien. Pryse wissel natuurlik na gelang van u ligging.

El Jimador ($ 22)

Jimador is die Spaanse woord vir die veldwerker wat die agave-plant met die hand oes. Die merk El Jimador is 'n tequila van die laagland wat deur Herradura vervaardig word. Die eienaar van die handelsmerk, Brown Forman, haal 'n Nielsen-peiling aan wat aandui dat El Jimador die topverkoper-handelsmerk van 100%in Mexiko is. As dit waar is, is dit maklik om te sien hoekom. El Jimador se blanco is glad en skerp, proe van vars agave en sitrus. Dit is nie 'n super-komplekse slukkie nie, maar as jy uiteindelik wil klaarmaak met plastiekbeker-tequila, behoort El Jimador jou eerste stop te wees.

Espolon ($ 23)

Espolon, 'n tequila van die hoogland, is 'n bietjie aardser as El Jimador, en nie so skerp en lig nie. Dit is pittig en effens blommig, en bevat 'n paar gegrilde pynappels en swartpeper. Ek hou daarvan om hierdie een op ys te drink, hoewel ek dit verkies in cocktails, veral margaritas. Espolon is vir my altyd 'n bietjie verrassend, omdat ek altyd die blanco bo die reposado verkies.

Gran Centenario ($ 22)

Alhoewel Jose Cuervo veral bekend is vir sy reeks mixto-tequilas, is Gran Centenario een van sy 100%-handelsmerke. (1800 Tequila is nog 'n 100%-uitgawe van Cuervo.) Cuervo-produkte is volgens my almal tequilas van die laagland, en eintlik is die belangrikste Cuervo-distilleerdery in die stad Tequila in die Jalisco-laaglande geleë. Soos El Jimador, is Gran Centenario Plata nie regtig 'n komplekse tequila nie; dit is glad en verfrissend, met sitrus -boventone en 'n bietjie gras. Alhoewel dit 'n eenvoudige tequila is, is dit bevredigend en smaaklik, net vir 'n margarita.

Lunazul ($ 17)

Grasagtige agave ontmoet 'n bak gemengde tropiese vrugte in hierdie laagland blanco. Die geur het 'n sweempie peper en kruie -note, en die afwerking is effens pittig. Alhoewel dit nie my gunsteling drankie is nie, is dit heerlik in cocktails. Probeer dit in 'n Paloma, in Mexikaanse styl, met 'n knippie sout, vars lemmetjiesap (as jy dit kan bekostig) en pomelo -frisdrank.

Milagro ($ 23)

Milagro, 'n tequila van die hoogland, is ryk en romerig, effens kruie- en plantaardig, en vars sitrus. Dit drink goed, en dit meng beter. Milagro is verrassend goed vir sy prys, en dit is maklik een van my top drie. Milagro sal lekker saam met Sangrita gedrink word (nee, nie Sangria nie, dit is baie verskillende dinge). Die subtiele kruidagtige note van die tequila sal goed pas by die geure van Sangrita.

Olmeca Altos ($ 21)

Waarskynlik my tweede gunsteling hier. Altos is nog 'n hooglander, met 'n ryk toegang en 'n lang, gladde afwerking. Dit het grasagtige, kruie -agave -geure aan die voorkant en sappige sitruskleur agter. Dit meng goed in cocktails en dit is heerlik op sy eie, hetsy op die rotse of netjies. Die handelsmerk versterk sy teenwoordigheid in die VSA, hoewel dit moontlik nog nie in u omgewing is nie, maar verwag dat dit sal verander namate die jaar vorder.

Tapatío ($ 30 vir 1 liter)

Ja, ek het die begroting 'n bietjie gestrek vir hierdie een, maar dit is 'n wonderlike tequila - my gunsteling op hierdie lys - en teen 30 dollar vir 'n literbottel is dit ongeveer dieselfde prys per ons as die ander drankies wat hier gelys word. Tapatío is baie geliefd in Mexiko, veral in die hooglande van Jalisco. (Ry deur die platteland, en u sien oral tekens hiervoor - advertensieborde, geverfde bordjies aan die kante van geboue, plakkate, handbrekers.) Dit is nou uiteindelik beskikbaar in die staat, alhoewel u moontlik daarvoor moet soek. (Vreemd genoeg is dit makliker om die 110-bewys bottel met 'n hoë sterkte te vind.)

Dit is heerlike goed: ryk aan die agave gras wat jy met blanco tequilas verbind, met 'n skerp vrugtigheid en 'n sweempie speserye. Tapatío is ideaal om te meng, alhoewel ek dit regtig geniet om netjies daarvan te geniet.


Stel u nie belang in die hele oorsig nie? Klik op elke handelsmerk om die voordele, pryspunt en meer te lees. Vir margaritas, kyk na Espolon of Gran Centenario (of lees hoe u die beste margarita en die beste tequila kan maak).

Hierdie lys bevat slegs 100%-tequilas. Ek beveel geen mengsels hier aan nie. Die verskil tussen die twee is dit: 'n ten volle agave tequila word gemaak deur die gefermenteerde sappe van agave te distilleer. Dis dit. Niks word by die fermentor gevoeg nie, net agavesappe en gis.

Mixto, aan die ander kant, begin met 'n mengsel van agavesap en ander suikers - glukose of fruktose, of albei - gewoonlik in die vorm van 'n suikerstroop. Mixtos is uitgevind as 'n manier om die aanbod van agave uit te brei en die produksiekoste te verlaag. Volgens wet moet hulle 51% agave wees. Die meeste van ons het meer as genoeg van hierdie goed op die universiteit gedrink.

My oortuiging is: Tequila moet soos agave proe, nie soos suiker nie. Daar is baie tequilas van 100%wat beskikbaar is teen 'n goeie prys-vandag wou ek u 'n handjievol van my gunstelinge voorstel wat beskikbaar is vir $ 25 en minder.

Alhoewel wettiglik tequila in verskeie Mexikaanse state gemaak kan word, kom die meeste daarvan uit Jalisco, 'n deelstaat in die weste van die land, ongeveer halfpad langs die kus. Tequilas van Jalisco word oor die algemeen verdeel in tequilas van die laagland en tequilas op die hoogland. Die dorpie Tequila self lê in die laaglande, in die valleie wat gevorm is toe vulkane in die middel van Mexiko ontstaan ​​het. Alhoewel die vulkane nie meer aktief is nie, het hulle hul merk op die grond in die laagland gelaat, wat tequila's produseer wat meer kruidagtig, pittig en aards is. Die hooglandstreek (ook bekend as Los Altos) het ysterryke rooi kleigrond, dit kry meer reën en koeler nagte, en dit lewer tequilas wat mineraler is en meer blomme bevat.

As jy die verskille tussen hooglande en laaglande wil proe, is dit die beste om silwer- of blancotekilas te proe. Omdat hulle nie in hout verouder word nie, word die geure van die terrein nie gemasker deur die eikehout vanielje -note wat afkomstig is van vatveroudering nie.

Hierdie tequilas is almal 80 proof (40% alkohol in volume), en die pryse is vir 750 ml bottels (met een uitsondering). Die pryse is vir die blanco/plata/silver weergawe, tensy anders vermeld, en dit is die blanco releases wat ek hier hersien. Pryse wissel natuurlik na gelang van u ligging.

El Jimador ($ 22)

Jimador is die Spaanse woord vir die veldwerker wat die agave-plant met die hand oes. Die merk El Jimador is 'n tequila van die laagland wat deur Herradura vervaardig word. Die eienaar van die handelsmerk, Brown Forman, haal 'n Nielsen-peiling aan wat aandui dat El Jimador die topverkoper-handelsmerk van 100%in Mexiko is. As dit waar is, is dit maklik om te sien hoekom. El Jimador se blanco is glad en skerp, proe van vars agave en sitrus. Dit is nie 'n super-komplekse slukkie nie, maar as jy uiteindelik wil klaarmaak met plastiekbeker-tequila, behoort El Jimador jou eerste stop te wees.

Espolon ($ 23)

Espolon, 'n tequila van die hoogland, is 'n bietjie aardser as El Jimador, en nie so skerp en lig nie. Dit is pittig en effens blommig, en bevat 'n paar gegrilde pynappels en swartpeper. Ek hou daarvan om hierdie een op ys te drink, hoewel ek dit verkies in cocktails, veral margaritas. Espolon is vir my altyd 'n bietjie verrassend, omdat ek altyd die blanco bo die reposado verkies.

Gran Centenario ($ 22)

Alhoewel Jose Cuervo meestal bekend is vir sy reeks mixto-tequilas, is Gran Centenario een van sy 100%-handelsmerke. (1800 Tequila is nog 'n 100%-uitgawe van Cuervo.) Cuervo-produkte is volgens my almal tequilas van die laagland, en eintlik is die belangrikste Cuervo-distilleerdery in die stad Tequila in die Jalisco-laaglande geleë. Soos El Jimador, is Gran Centenario Plata nie regtig 'n komplekse tequila nie; dit is glad en verfrissend, met sitrus -boventone en 'n bietjie gras. Alhoewel dit 'n eenvoudige tequila is, is dit bevredigend en smaaklik, net vir 'n margarita.

Lunazul ($ 17)

Grasagtige agave ontmoet 'n bak gemengde tropiese vrugte in hierdie laagland blanco. Die geur het 'n sweempie peper en kruie -note, en die afwerking is effens pittig. Alhoewel dit nie my gunsteling drankie is nie, is dit heerlik in cocktails. Probeer dit in 'n Paloma, in Mexikaanse styl, met 'n knippie sout, vars lemmetjiesap (as jy dit kan bekostig) en pomelo -frisdrank.

Milagro ($ 23)

Milagro, 'n tequila van die hoogland, is ryk en romerig, effens kruie- en plantaardig, en vars sitrus. Dit drink goed, en dit meng beter. Milagro is verrassend goed vir sy prys, en dit is maklik een van my top drie. Milagro sal lekker saam met Sangrita gedrink word (nee, nie Sangria nie, dit is baie verskillende dinge). Die subtiele kruidagtige note van die tequila sal goed pas by die geure van Sangrita.

Olmeca Altos ($ 21)

Waarskynlik my tweede gunsteling hier. Altos is nog 'n hooglander, met 'n ryk toegang en 'n lang, gladde afwerking. Dit het grasagtige, kruie -agave -geure aan die voorkant en sappige sitruskleur agter. Dit meng goed in cocktails en dit is heerlik op sy eie, hetsy op die rotse of netjies. Die handelsmerk versterk sy teenwoordigheid in die VSA, hoewel dit moontlik nog nie in u omgewing is nie, maar verwag dat dit sal verander namate die jaar vorder.

Tapatío ($ 30 vir 1 liter)

Ja, ek het die begroting 'n bietjie gestrek vir hierdie een, maar dit is 'n wonderlike tequila - my gunsteling op hierdie lys - en teen 30 dollar vir 'n literbottel is dit ongeveer dieselfde prys per ons as die ander drankies wat hier gelys word. Tapatío is baie geliefd in Mexiko, veral in die hooglande van Jalisco. (Ry deur die platteland, en u sien oral tekens vir dit - advertensieborde, geverfde bordjies aan die kante van geboue, plakkate, posbusse.) Dit is nou uiteindelik beskikbaar in die staat, alhoewel u moontlik daarvoor moet soek. (Vreemd genoeg is dit makliker om die 110-bewys bottel met 'n hoë sterkte te vind.)

Dit is heerlike goed: ryk aan die agave gras wat jy met blanco tequilas verbind, met 'n skerp vrugtigheid en 'n sweempie speserye. Tapatío is ideaal om te meng, alhoewel ek dit regtig geniet om netjies daarvan te geniet.


Stel u nie belang in die hele oorsig nie? Klik op elke handelsmerk om die voordele, pryspunt en meer te lees. Vir margaritas, kyk gerus na Espolon of Gran Centenario (of lees hoe u die beste margarita en die beste tequila kan maak).

Hierdie lys bevat slegs 100%-tequilas. Ek beveel geen mengsels hier aan nie. Die verskil tussen die twee is dit: 'n ten volle agave tequila word gemaak deur die gefermenteerde sappe van agave te distilleer. Dis dit. Niks word by die fermentor gevoeg nie, net agavesappe en gis.

Mixto, aan die ander kant, begin met 'n mengsel van agavesap en ander suikers - glukose of fruktose, of albei - gewoonlik in die vorm van 'n suikerstroop. Mixtos is uitgevind as 'n manier om die aanbod van agave uit te brei en die produksiekoste te verlaag. Volgens wet moet hulle 51% agave wees. Die meeste van ons het meer as genoeg van hierdie goed op die universiteit gedrink.

My oortuiging is: Tequila moet soos agave proe, nie soos suiker nie. Daar is baie tequilas van 100%wat beskikbaar is teen 'n goeie prys-vandag wou ek u 'n handjievol van my gunstelinge voorstel wat beskikbaar is vir $ 25 en minder.

Alhoewel wettiglik tequila in verskeie Mexikaanse state gemaak kan word, kom die meeste daarvan uit Jalisco, 'n deelstaat in die weste van die land, ongeveer halfpad langs die kus. Tequilas van Jalisco word oor die algemeen verdeel in tequilas van die laagland en tequilas op die hoogland. Die dorpie Tequila self lê in die laaglande, in die valleie wat gevorm is toe vulkane in die middel van Mexiko ontstaan ​​het. Alhoewel die vulkane nie meer aktief is nie, het hulle hul merk op die grond in die laagland gelaat, wat tequilas produseer wat meer kruidagtig, pittig en aards is. Die hooglandstreek (ook bekend as Los Altos) het ysterryke rooi kleigrond, dit kry meer reën en koeler nagte, en dit lewer tequilas wat mineraler is en meer blomme bevat.

As jy die verskille tussen hooglande en laaglande wil proe, is dit die beste om silwer- of blancotekilas te proe. Omdat hulle nie in hout verouder word nie, word die geure van die terrein nie gemasker deur die eikehout vanielje -note wat afkomstig is van vatveroudering nie.

Hierdie tequilas is almal 80 proof (40% alkohol in volume), en die pryse is vir 750 ml bottels (met een uitsondering). Die pryse is vir die blanco/plata/silver weergawe, tensy anders vermeld, en dit is die blanco releases wat ek hier hersien. Pryse wissel natuurlik na gelang van u ligging.

El Jimador ($ 22)

Jimador is die Spaanse woord vir die veldwerker wat die agave-plant met die hand oes. Die merk El Jimador is 'n tequila van die laagland wat deur Herradura vervaardig word. Die eienaar van die handelsmerk, Brown Forman, haal 'n Nielsen-peiling aan wat aandui dat El Jimador die topverkoper-handelsmerk van 100%in Mexiko is. As dit waar is, is dit maklik om te sien hoekom. El Jimador se blanco is glad en skerp, proe van vars agave en sitrus. Dit is nie 'n super-komplekse slukkie nie, maar as jy uiteindelik wil klaarmaak met plastiekbeker-tequila, behoort El Jimador jou eerste stop te wees.

Espolon ($ 23)

Espolon, 'n tequila van die hoogland, is 'n bietjie aardser as El Jimador, en nie so skerp en lig nie. Dit is pittig en saggies blommig en bevat tikkies gegrilde pynappel en swartpeper. Ek hou daarvan om hierdie een op ys te drink, hoewel ek dit verkies in cocktails, veral margaritas. Espolon is vir my altyd 'n bietjie verrassend, omdat ek altyd die blanco bo die reposado verkies.

Gran Centenario ($ 22)

Alhoewel Jose Cuervo veral bekend is vir sy reeks mixto-tequilas, is Gran Centenario een van sy 100%-handelsmerke. (1800 Tequila is nog 'n 100%-uitgawe van Cuervo.) Cuervo-produkte is volgens my almal tequilas van die laagland, en eintlik is die belangrikste Cuervo-distilleerdery in die stad Tequila in die Jalisco-laaglande geleë. Soos El Jimador, is Gran Centenario Plata nie regtig 'n komplekse tequila nie; dit is glad en verfrissend, met sitrus -boventone en 'n bietjie gras. Alhoewel dit 'n eenvoudige tequila is, is dit bevredigend en smaaklik, net vir 'n margarita.

Lunazul ($ 17)

Grasagtige agave ontmoet 'n bak gemengde tropiese vrugte in hierdie laagland blanco. Die geur het 'n sweempie peper en kruie -note, en die afwerking is effens pittig. Alhoewel dit nie my gunsteling drankie is nie, is dit heerlik in cocktails. Probeer dit in 'n Paloma, in Mexikaanse styl, met 'n knippie sout, vars lemmetjiesap (as jy dit kan bekostig) en pomelo -frisdrank.

Milagro ($ 23)

Milagro, 'n tequila van die hoogland, is ryk en romerig, effens kruie- en plantaardig, en vars sitrus. Dit drink goed, en dit meng beter. Milagro is verrassend goed vir sy prys, en dit is maklik een van my top drie. Milagro sal lekker saam met Sangrita gedrink word (nee, nie Sangria nie, dit is baie verskillende dinge). Die subtiele kruidagtige note van die tequila sal goed pas by die geure van Sangrita.

Olmeca Altos ($ 21)

Waarskynlik my tweede gunsteling hier. Altos is nog 'n hooglander, met 'n ryk toegang en 'n lang, gladde afwerking. Dit het grasagtige, kruie -agave -geure aan die voorkant en sappige sitruskleur agter. Dit meng goed in cocktails en dit is heerlik op sy eie, hetsy op die rotse of netjies. Die handelsmerk versterk sy teenwoordigheid in die VSA, hoewel dit moontlik nog nie in u omgewing is nie, maar verwag dat dit sal verander namate die jaar vorder.

Tapatío ($ 30 vir 1 liter)

Ja, ek het die begroting 'n bietjie gestrek vir hierdie een, maar dit is 'n wonderlike tequila - my gunsteling op hierdie lys - en teen 30 dollar vir 'n literbottel is dit ongeveer dieselfde prys per ons as die ander drankies wat hier gelys word. Tapatío is baie geliefd in Mexiko, veral in die hooglande van Jalisco. (Ry deur die platteland, en u sien oral tekens vir dit - advertensieborde, geverfde bordjies aan die kante van geboue, plakkate, posbusse.) Dit is nou uiteindelik beskikbaar in die staat, alhoewel u moontlik daarvoor moet soek. (Vreemd genoeg is dit makliker om die 110-bewys bottel met 'n hoë sterkte te vind.)

Dit is heerlike goed: ryk aan die agave gras wat jy met blanco tequilas verbind, met 'n skerp vrugtigheid en 'n sweempie speserye. Tapatío is ideaal om te meng, alhoewel ek dit regtig geniet om netjies daarvan te geniet.


Stel u nie belang in die hele oorsig nie? Klik op elke handelsmerk om die voordele, pryspunt en meer te lees. Vir margaritas, kyk gerus na Espolon of Gran Centenario (of lees hoe u die beste margarita en die beste tequila kan maak).

Hierdie lys bevat slegs 100%-tequilas. Ek beveel geen mengsels hier aan nie. Die verskil tussen die twee is dit: 'n ten volle agave tequila word gemaak deur die gefermenteerde sappe van agave te distilleer. Dis dit. Niks word by die fermentor gevoeg nie, net agavesappe en gis.

Mixto, aan die ander kant, begin met 'n mengsel van agavesap en ander suikers - glukose of fruktose, of albei - gewoonlik in die vorm van 'n suikerstroop. Mixtos is uitgevind as 'n manier om die aanbod van agave uit te brei en die produksiekoste te verlaag. Volgens wet moet hulle 51% agave wees. Die meeste van ons het meer as genoeg van hierdie goed op die universiteit gedrink.

My oortuiging is: Tequila moet soos agave proe, nie soos suiker nie. Daar is baie tequilas van 100%wat beskikbaar is teen 'n goeie prys-vandag wou ek u voorstel aan 'n handjievol van my gunstelinge wat beskikbaar is vir $ 25 en minder.

Alhoewel wettiglik tequila in verskeie Mexikaanse state gemaak kan word, kom die meeste daarvan uit Jalisco, 'n deelstaat in die weste van die land, ongeveer halfpad langs die kus. Tequilas van Jalisco word oor die algemeen verdeel in tequilas van die laagland en tequilas op die hoogland. Die dorpie Tequila self lê in die laaglande, in die valleie wat gevorm is toe vulkane in die middel van Mexiko ontstaan ​​het. Alhoewel die vulkane nie meer aktief is nie, het hulle hul merk op die grond in die laagland gelaat, wat tequilas produseer wat meer kruidagtig, pittig en aards is. Die hooglandstreek (ook bekend as Los Altos) het ysterryke rooi kleigrond, dit kry meer reën en koeler nagte, en dit lewer tequilas wat mineraler is en meer blomme bevat.

As jy die verskille tussen hooglande en laaglande wil proe, is dit die beste om silwer- of blancotekilas te proe. Omdat hulle nie in hout verouder word nie, word die geure van die terrein nie gemasker deur die eikehout vanielje -note wat afkomstig is van vatveroudering nie.

Hierdie tequilas is almal 80 proof (40% alkohol in volume), en die pryse is vir 750 ml bottels (met een uitsondering). Die pryse is vir die blanco/plata/silver weergawe, tensy anders vermeld, en dit is die blanco releases wat ek hier hersien. Pryse wissel natuurlik na gelang van u ligging.

El Jimador ($ 22)

Jimador is die Spaanse woord vir die veldwerker wat die agave-plant met die hand oes. Die merk El Jimador is 'n tequila van die laagland wat deur Herradura vervaardig word. Die eienaar van die handelsmerk, Brown Forman, haal 'n Nielsen-peiling aan wat aandui dat El Jimador die topverkoper-handelsmerk van 100%in Mexiko is. As dit waar is, is dit maklik om te sien hoekom. El Jimador se blanco is glad en skerp, proe van vars agave en sitrus. Dit is nie 'n super-komplekse slukkie nie, maar as jy uiteindelik wil klaarmaak met plastiekbeker-tequila, behoort El Jimador jou eerste stop te wees.

Espolon ($ 23)

Espolon, 'n tequila van die hoogland, is 'n bietjie aardser as El Jimador, en nie so skerp en lig nie. Dit is pittig en saggies blommig en bevat tikkies gegrilde pynappel en swartpeper. Ek hou daarvan om hierdie een op ys te drink, hoewel ek dit verkies in cocktails, veral margaritas. Espolon is vir my altyd 'n bietjie verrassend, omdat ek altyd die blanco bo die reposado verkies.

Gran Centenario ($ 22)

Alhoewel Jose Cuervo veral bekend is vir sy reeks mixto-tequilas, is Gran Centenario een van sy 100%-handelsmerke. (1800 Tequila is nog 'n 100%-uitgawe van Cuervo.) Cuervo-produkte is volgens my almal tequilas van die laagland, en eintlik is die belangrikste Cuervo-distilleerdery in die stad Tequila in die Jalisco-laaglande geleë. Soos El Jimador, is Gran Centenario Plata nie regtig 'n komplekse tequila nie; dit is glad en verfrissend, met sitrus -boventone en 'n bietjie gras. Alhoewel dit 'n eenvoudige tequila is, is dit bevredigend en smaaklik, net vir 'n margarita.

Lunazul ($ 17)

Grasagtige agave ontmoet 'n bak gemengde tropiese vrugte in hierdie laagland blanco. Die geur het 'n sweempie peper en kruie -note, en die afwerking is effens pittig. Alhoewel dit nie my gunsteling drankie is nie, is dit heerlik in cocktails. Probeer dit in 'n Paloma, in Mexikaanse styl, met 'n knippie sout, vars lemmetjiesap (as jy dit kan bekostig) en pomelo -frisdrank.

Milagro ($ 23)

Milagro, 'n tequila van die hoogland, is ryk en romerig, effens kruie- en plantaardig, en vars sitrus. Dit drink goed, en dit meng beter. Milagro is verrassend goed vir sy prys, en dit is maklik een van my top drie. Milagro sal lekker saam met Sangrita gedrink word (nee, nie Sangria nie, dit is baie verskillende dinge). Die subtiele kruidagtige note van die tequila sal goed pas by die geure van Sangrita.

Olmeca Altos ($ 21)

Waarskynlik my tweede gunsteling hier. Altos is nog 'n hooglander, met 'n ryk toegang en 'n lang, gladde afwerking. Dit het grasagtige, kruie -agave -geure aan die voorkant en sappige sitruskleur agter. Dit meng goed in cocktails en dit is heerlik op sy eie, hetsy op die rotse of netjies. Die handelsmerk versterk sy teenwoordigheid in die VSA, hoewel dit moontlik nog nie in u omgewing is nie, maar verwag dat dit sal verander namate die jaar vorder.

Tapatío ($ 30 vir 1 liter)

Ja, ek het die begroting 'n bietjie gestrek vir hierdie een, maar dit is 'n wonderlike tequila - my gunsteling op hierdie lys - en teen 30 dollar vir 'n literbottel is dit ongeveer dieselfde prys per ons as die ander drankies wat hier gelys word. Tapatío is baie geliefd in Mexiko, veral in die hooglande van Jalisco. (Ry deur die platteland, en u sien oral tekens vir dit - advertensieborde, geverfde bordjies aan die kante van geboue, plakkate, posbusse.) Dit is nou uiteindelik beskikbaar in die staat, alhoewel u moontlik daarvoor moet soek. (Vreemd genoeg is dit makliker om die 110-bewys bottel met 'n hoë sterkte te vind.)

Dit is heerlike goed: ryk aan die agave gras wat jy met blanco tequilas verbind, met 'n skerp vrugtigheid en 'n sweempie speserye. Tapatío is ideaal om te meng, alhoewel ek dit regtig geniet om netjies daarvan te geniet.


Stel u nie belang in die hele oorsig nie? Klik op elke handelsmerk om die voordele, pryspunt en meer te lees. Vir margaritas, kyk na Espolon of Gran Centenario (of lees hoe u die beste margarita en die beste tequila kan maak).

Hierdie lys bevat slegs 100%-tequilas. Ek beveel geen mengsels hier aan nie. Die verskil tussen die twee is dit: 'n ten volle agave tequila word gemaak deur die gefermenteerde sappe van agave te distilleer. Dis dit. Niks word by die fermentor gevoeg nie, net agavesappe en gis.

Mixto, aan die ander kant, begin met 'n mengsel van agavesap en ander suikers - glukose of fruktose, of albei - gewoonlik in die vorm van 'n suikerstroop. Mixtos is uitgevind as 'n manier om die aanbod van agave uit te brei en die produksiekoste te verlaag. Volgens wet moet hulle 51% agave wees. Die meeste van ons het meer as genoeg van hierdie goed op die universiteit gedrink.

My oortuiging is: Tequila moet soos agave proe, nie soos suiker nie. Daar is baie tequilas van 100%wat beskikbaar is teen 'n goeie prys-vandag wou ek u voorstel aan 'n handjievol van my gunstelinge wat beskikbaar is vir $ 25 en minder.

Alhoewel wettiglik tequila in verskeie Mexikaanse state gemaak kan word, kom die meeste daarvan uit Jalisco, 'n deelstaat in die weste van die land, ongeveer halfpad langs die kus. Tequilas van Jalisco word oor die algemeen verdeel in tequilas van die laagland en tequilas op die hoogland. Die dorpie Tequila self lê in die laaglande, in die valleie wat gevorm is toe vulkane in die middel van Mexiko ontstaan ​​het. Alhoewel die vulkane nie meer aktief is nie, het hulle hul merk op die grond in die laagland gelaat, wat tequilas produseer wat meer kruidagtig, pittig en aards is. Die hooglandstreek (ook bekend as Los Altos) het ysterryke rooi kleigrond, dit kry meer reën en koeler nagte, en dit lewer tequilas wat mineraler is en meer blomme bevat.

As jy die verskille tussen hooglande en laaglande wil proe, is dit die beste om silwer- of blancotekilas te proe. Omdat hulle nie in hout verouder word nie, word die geure van die terrein nie gemasker deur die eikehout vanielje -note wat afkomstig is van vatveroudering nie.

Hierdie tequilas is almal 80 proof (40% alkohol in volume), en die pryse is vir 750 ml bottels (met een uitsondering). Die pryse is vir die blanco/plata/silver weergawe, tensy anders vermeld, en dit is die blanco releases wat ek hier hersien. Pryse wissel natuurlik na gelang van u ligging.

El Jimador ($ 22)

Jimador is die Spaanse woord vir die veldwerker wat die agave-plant met die hand oes. Die merk El Jimador is 'n tequila van die laagland wat deur Herradura vervaardig word. Die eienaar van die handelsmerk, Brown Forman, haal 'n Nielsen-peiling aan wat aandui dat El Jimador die topverkoper-handelsmerk van 100%in Mexiko is. As dit waar is, is dit maklik om te sien hoekom. El Jimador se blanco is glad en skerp, proe van vars agave en sitrus. Dit is nie 'n super-komplekse slukkie nie, maar as jy uiteindelik wil klaarmaak met plastiekbeker-tequila, behoort El Jimador jou eerste stop te wees.

Espolon ($ 23)

Espolon, 'n tequila van die hoogland, is 'n bietjie aardser as El Jimador, en nie so skerp en lig nie. Dit is pittig en saggies blommig en bevat tikkies gegrilde pynappel en swartpeper. Ek hou daarvan om hierdie een op ys te drink, hoewel ek dit verkies in cocktails, veral margaritas. Espolon is vir my altyd 'n bietjie verrassend, omdat ek altyd die blanco bo die reposado verkies.

Gran Centenario ($ 22)

Alhoewel Jose Cuervo veral bekend is vir sy reeks mixto-tequilas, is Gran Centenario een van sy 100%-handelsmerke. (1800 Tequila is nog 'n 100%-uitgawe van Cuervo.) Cuervo-produkte is volgens my almal tequilas van die laagland, en eintlik is die belangrikste Cuervo-distilleerdery in die stad Tequila in die Jalisco-laaglande geleë. Soos El Jimador, is Gran Centenario Plata nie regtig 'n komplekse tequila nie; dit is glad en verfrissend, met sitrus -boventone en 'n bietjie gras. Alhoewel dit 'n eenvoudige tequila is, is dit bevredigend en smaaklik, net vir 'n margarita.

Lunazul ($ 17)

Grasagtige agave ontmoet 'n bak gemengde tropiese vrugte in hierdie laagland blanco. Die geur het 'n sweempie peper en kruie -note, en die afwerking is effens pittig. Alhoewel dit nie my gunsteling drankie is nie, is dit heerlik in cocktails. Probeer dit in 'n Paloma, in Mexikaanse styl, met 'n knippie sout, vars lemmetjiesap (as jy dit kan bekostig) en pomelo -frisdrank.

Milagro ($ 23)

Milagro, 'n tequila van die hoogland, is ryk en romerig, effens kruie- en plantaardig, en vars sitrus. Dit drink goed, en dit meng beter. Milagro is verrassend goed vir sy prys, en dit is maklik een van my top drie. Milagro sal lekker saam met Sangrita gedrink word (nee, nie Sangria nie, dit is baie verskillende dinge). Die subtiele kruidagtige note van die tequila sal goed pas by die geure van Sangrita.

Olmeca Altos ($ 21)

Waarskynlik my tweede gunsteling hier. Altos is nog 'n hooglander, met 'n ryk toegang en 'n lang, gladde afwerking. Dit het grasagtige, kruie -agave -geure aan die voorkant en sappige sitruskleur agter. Dit meng goed in cocktails en dit is heerlik op sy eie, hetsy op die rotse of netjies. Die handelsmerk versterk sy teenwoordigheid in die VSA, hoewel dit moontlik nog nie in u omgewing is nie, maar verwag dat dit sal verander namate die jaar vorder.

Tapatío ($ 30 vir 1 liter)

Ja, ek het die begroting 'n bietjie gestrek vir hierdie een, maar dit is 'n wonderlike tequila - my gunsteling op hierdie lys - en teen 30 dollar vir 'n literbottel is dit ongeveer dieselfde prys per ons as die ander drankies wat hier gelys word. Tapatío is baie geliefd in Mexiko, veral in die hooglande van Jalisco. (Ry deur die platteland, en u sien oral tekens hiervoor - advertensieborde, geverfde bordjies aan die kante van geboue, plakkate, handbrekers.) Dit is nou uiteindelik beskikbaar in die staat, alhoewel u moontlik daarvoor moet soek. (Vreemd genoeg is dit makliker om die 110-bewys bottel met 'n hoë sterkte makliker te vind.)

Dit is heerlike dinge: ryk aan die agave gras wat jy met blanco tequilas verbind, met 'n skerp vrugtigheid en 'n sweempie speserye. Tapatío is ideaal om te meng, alhoewel ek dit baie geniet om netjies daarvan te hou.


Stel u nie belang in die hele oorsig nie? Klik op elke handelsmerk om die voordele, pryspunt en meer te lees. Vir margaritas, kyk na Espolon of Gran Centenario (of lees meer oor hoe om die beste margarita en die beste chaser vir tequila te maak).

Hierdie lys bevat slegs 100%-tequilas. Ek beveel geen mengsels hier aan nie. Die verskil tussen die twee is dit: 'n ten volle agave tequila word gemaak deur die gefermenteerde sappe van agave te distilleer. Dis dit. Nothing else is added to the fermenter, just agave juices and yeast.

Mixto, on the other hand, starts with a blend of agave juice and other sugars—glucose or fructose, or both—usually in the form of a sugar syrup. Mixtos were invented as a way to stretch the supply of agave and lower production costs. By law, they must be 51% agave. Most of us drank more than enough of this stuff in college.

My belief is this: Tequila should taste like agave, not like sugar. There are plenty of 100%-agave tequilas available for a good price—today I wanted to introduce you to a handful of my favorites that are available for $25 and under.

Although tequila can legally be made in several Mexican states, most of it hails from Jalisco, a state in the west of the country, about midway down the coast. Tequilas from Jalisco are generally divided into lowlands tequilas and highlands tequilas. The village of Tequila itself sits in the lowlands, in the valleys formed when volcanos arose in central Mexico. Though the volcanos are no longer active, they left their mark on the soil in the lowlands region, which produces tequilas that are more herbaceous, spicy, and earthy. The highlands region (also called Los Altos) has iron-rich red clay soil it gets more rain and has cooler nights and it yields tequilas that are richer in minerality and have more floral notes.

If you want to taste the differences between highlands and lowlands, you're best off tasting silver or blanco tequilas. Because they're not aged in wood, the flavors of the terrain aren't masked by the oaky vanilla notes derived from barrel aging.

These tequilas are all 80 proof (40% alcohol by volume), and the prices quoted are for 750-mL bottles (with one exception). The prices are for the blanco/plata/silver release, unless otherwise stated, and it's the blanco releases that I'm reviewing here. Of course, prices vary depending on your location.

El Jimador ($22)

Jimador is the Spanish word for the fieldworker who hand-harvests the agave plant. The brand El Jimador is a lowlands tequila produced by Herradura. The brand owner, Brown Forman, cites a Nielsen poll that indicates El Jimador is the top-selling 100%-agave brand in Mexico. If that's true, it's easy to see why. El Jimador's blanco is smooth and crisp, tasting of fresh agave and citrus. It's not a super-complex sipper, but if you're looking to finally graduate from plastic-jug tequila, El Jimador should be your first stop.

Espolon ($23)

Espolon, a highlands tequila, is a bit earthier than El Jimador, and not as crisp and light. Spicy and mildly floral, it carries hints of grilled pineapple and black pepper. I like sipping this one on ice, though I prefer it in cocktails, especially margaritas. Espolon is always a bit surprising to me because I always find myself preferring the blanco over the reposado.

Gran Centenario ($22)

Though Jose Cuervo is known mostly for its line of mixto tequilas, Gran Centenario is one of its 100%-agave brands. (1800 Tequila is another Cuervo 100%-agave release.) Cuervo products are all, I believe, lowlands tequilas, and in fact the main Cuervo distillery is located in the town of Tequila in the Jalisco lowlands. Like El Jimador, Gran Centenario Plata isn't really a complex tequila it's smooth and refreshing, with citrus overtones and some grassiness. Though it's a simple tequila, it's satisfying and tasty, just right for a margarita.

Lunazul ($17)

Grassy agave meets a bowl of mixed tropical fruit in this lowlands blanco. The flavor has a hint of pepper and herbal notes, and the finish is mildly spicy. Though this isn't my favorite sipper of the bunch, it's great in cocktails. Try it in a Paloma, in the Mexican style, with a pinch of salt, some fresh lime juice (if you can afford it), and grapefruit soda.

Milagro ($23)

A highlands tequila, Milagro is rich and creamy, slightly herbal and vegetal, and freshly citrusy. It sips well, and it mixes better. Milagro is surprisingly good for its price, and it's easily one of my top three. Milagro would be nice sipped alongside Sangrita (no, not Sangria they're very different things) the subtle herbaceous notes of the tequila would play well with the flavors of Sangrita.

Olmeca Altos ($21)

Probably my second favorite here. Altos is another highlander, with a rich entry and a long, smooth finish. It has grassy, herbal agave flavors up front and juicy citrus tones in the back. It mixes well into cocktails and it's delicious on its own, either on the rocks or neat. The brand is ramping up its US presence, so though it might not be in your area just yet, expect that to change as the year progresses.

Tapatío ($30 for 1 liter)

Yes, I stretched the budget a bit on this one, but it's a great tequila—my favorite on this list—and at 30 bucks for a liter bottle, it's about the same price, per ounce, as the other spirits listed here. Tapatío is much loved inside Mexico, especially in the highlands of Jalisco. (Drive around the countryside, and you'll see signs for it all over the place—billboards, painted signs on the sides of buildings, posters, handbills.) It's now finally available Stateside, though you might need to hunt for it. (You might actually have an easier time finding the high-strength 110-proof bottling, strangely enough.)

It's delicious stuff: rich in the agave grassiness you associate with blanco tequilas, with a crisp fruitiness and a hint of spice. Tapatío is great for mixing, though I really enjoy just savoring it neat.


Not interested in the whole rundown? Click on each brand to read about its advantages, price point, and more. For margaritas, check out Espolon or Gran Centenario (or read up on how to make the best margarita and the best chaser for tequila).

This list includes only 100%-agave tequilas. I don't recommend any mixtos here. The difference between the two is this: a fully agave tequila is made by distilling the fermented juices of agave. Dis dit. Nothing else is added to the fermenter, just agave juices and yeast.

Mixto, on the other hand, starts with a blend of agave juice and other sugars—glucose or fructose, or both—usually in the form of a sugar syrup. Mixtos were invented as a way to stretch the supply of agave and lower production costs. By law, they must be 51% agave. Most of us drank more than enough of this stuff in college.

My belief is this: Tequila should taste like agave, not like sugar. There are plenty of 100%-agave tequilas available for a good price—today I wanted to introduce you to a handful of my favorites that are available for $25 and under.

Although tequila can legally be made in several Mexican states, most of it hails from Jalisco, a state in the west of the country, about midway down the coast. Tequilas from Jalisco are generally divided into lowlands tequilas and highlands tequilas. The village of Tequila itself sits in the lowlands, in the valleys formed when volcanos arose in central Mexico. Though the volcanos are no longer active, they left their mark on the soil in the lowlands region, which produces tequilas that are more herbaceous, spicy, and earthy. The highlands region (also called Los Altos) has iron-rich red clay soil it gets more rain and has cooler nights and it yields tequilas that are richer in minerality and have more floral notes.

If you want to taste the differences between highlands and lowlands, you're best off tasting silver or blanco tequilas. Because they're not aged in wood, the flavors of the terrain aren't masked by the oaky vanilla notes derived from barrel aging.

These tequilas are all 80 proof (40% alcohol by volume), and the prices quoted are for 750-mL bottles (with one exception). The prices are for the blanco/plata/silver release, unless otherwise stated, and it's the blanco releases that I'm reviewing here. Of course, prices vary depending on your location.

El Jimador ($22)

Jimador is the Spanish word for the fieldworker who hand-harvests the agave plant. The brand El Jimador is a lowlands tequila produced by Herradura. The brand owner, Brown Forman, cites a Nielsen poll that indicates El Jimador is the top-selling 100%-agave brand in Mexico. If that's true, it's easy to see why. El Jimador's blanco is smooth and crisp, tasting of fresh agave and citrus. It's not a super-complex sipper, but if you're looking to finally graduate from plastic-jug tequila, El Jimador should be your first stop.

Espolon ($23)

Espolon, a highlands tequila, is a bit earthier than El Jimador, and not as crisp and light. Spicy and mildly floral, it carries hints of grilled pineapple and black pepper. I like sipping this one on ice, though I prefer it in cocktails, especially margaritas. Espolon is always a bit surprising to me because I always find myself preferring the blanco over the reposado.

Gran Centenario ($22)

Though Jose Cuervo is known mostly for its line of mixto tequilas, Gran Centenario is one of its 100%-agave brands. (1800 Tequila is another Cuervo 100%-agave release.) Cuervo products are all, I believe, lowlands tequilas, and in fact the main Cuervo distillery is located in the town of Tequila in the Jalisco lowlands. Like El Jimador, Gran Centenario Plata isn't really a complex tequila it's smooth and refreshing, with citrus overtones and some grassiness. Though it's a simple tequila, it's satisfying and tasty, just right for a margarita.

Lunazul ($17)

Grassy agave meets a bowl of mixed tropical fruit in this lowlands blanco. The flavor has a hint of pepper and herbal notes, and the finish is mildly spicy. Though this isn't my favorite sipper of the bunch, it's great in cocktails. Try it in a Paloma, in the Mexican style, with a pinch of salt, some fresh lime juice (if you can afford it), and grapefruit soda.

Milagro ($23)

A highlands tequila, Milagro is rich and creamy, slightly herbal and vegetal, and freshly citrusy. It sips well, and it mixes better. Milagro is surprisingly good for its price, and it's easily one of my top three. Milagro would be nice sipped alongside Sangrita (no, not Sangria they're very different things) the subtle herbaceous notes of the tequila would play well with the flavors of Sangrita.

Olmeca Altos ($21)

Probably my second favorite here. Altos is another highlander, with a rich entry and a long, smooth finish. It has grassy, herbal agave flavors up front and juicy citrus tones in the back. It mixes well into cocktails and it's delicious on its own, either on the rocks or neat. The brand is ramping up its US presence, so though it might not be in your area just yet, expect that to change as the year progresses.

Tapatío ($30 for 1 liter)

Yes, I stretched the budget a bit on this one, but it's a great tequila—my favorite on this list—and at 30 bucks for a liter bottle, it's about the same price, per ounce, as the other spirits listed here. Tapatío is much loved inside Mexico, especially in the highlands of Jalisco. (Drive around the countryside, and you'll see signs for it all over the place—billboards, painted signs on the sides of buildings, posters, handbills.) It's now finally available Stateside, though you might need to hunt for it. (You might actually have an easier time finding the high-strength 110-proof bottling, strangely enough.)

It's delicious stuff: rich in the agave grassiness you associate with blanco tequilas, with a crisp fruitiness and a hint of spice. Tapatío is great for mixing, though I really enjoy just savoring it neat.


Not interested in the whole rundown? Click on each brand to read about its advantages, price point, and more. For margaritas, check out Espolon or Gran Centenario (or read up on how to make the best margarita and the best chaser for tequila).

This list includes only 100%-agave tequilas. I don't recommend any mixtos here. The difference between the two is this: a fully agave tequila is made by distilling the fermented juices of agave. Dis dit. Nothing else is added to the fermenter, just agave juices and yeast.

Mixto, on the other hand, starts with a blend of agave juice and other sugars—glucose or fructose, or both—usually in the form of a sugar syrup. Mixtos were invented as a way to stretch the supply of agave and lower production costs. By law, they must be 51% agave. Most of us drank more than enough of this stuff in college.

My belief is this: Tequila should taste like agave, not like sugar. There are plenty of 100%-agave tequilas available for a good price—today I wanted to introduce you to a handful of my favorites that are available for $25 and under.

Although tequila can legally be made in several Mexican states, most of it hails from Jalisco, a state in the west of the country, about midway down the coast. Tequilas from Jalisco are generally divided into lowlands tequilas and highlands tequilas. The village of Tequila itself sits in the lowlands, in the valleys formed when volcanos arose in central Mexico. Though the volcanos are no longer active, they left their mark on the soil in the lowlands region, which produces tequilas that are more herbaceous, spicy, and earthy. The highlands region (also called Los Altos) has iron-rich red clay soil it gets more rain and has cooler nights and it yields tequilas that are richer in minerality and have more floral notes.

If you want to taste the differences between highlands and lowlands, you're best off tasting silver or blanco tequilas. Because they're not aged in wood, the flavors of the terrain aren't masked by the oaky vanilla notes derived from barrel aging.

These tequilas are all 80 proof (40% alcohol by volume), and the prices quoted are for 750-mL bottles (with one exception). The prices are for the blanco/plata/silver release, unless otherwise stated, and it's the blanco releases that I'm reviewing here. Of course, prices vary depending on your location.

El Jimador ($22)

Jimador is the Spanish word for the fieldworker who hand-harvests the agave plant. The brand El Jimador is a lowlands tequila produced by Herradura. The brand owner, Brown Forman, cites a Nielsen poll that indicates El Jimador is the top-selling 100%-agave brand in Mexico. If that's true, it's easy to see why. El Jimador's blanco is smooth and crisp, tasting of fresh agave and citrus. It's not a super-complex sipper, but if you're looking to finally graduate from plastic-jug tequila, El Jimador should be your first stop.

Espolon ($23)

Espolon, a highlands tequila, is a bit earthier than El Jimador, and not as crisp and light. Spicy and mildly floral, it carries hints of grilled pineapple and black pepper. I like sipping this one on ice, though I prefer it in cocktails, especially margaritas. Espolon is always a bit surprising to me because I always find myself preferring the blanco over the reposado.

Gran Centenario ($22)

Though Jose Cuervo is known mostly for its line of mixto tequilas, Gran Centenario is one of its 100%-agave brands. (1800 Tequila is another Cuervo 100%-agave release.) Cuervo products are all, I believe, lowlands tequilas, and in fact the main Cuervo distillery is located in the town of Tequila in the Jalisco lowlands. Like El Jimador, Gran Centenario Plata isn't really a complex tequila it's smooth and refreshing, with citrus overtones and some grassiness. Though it's a simple tequila, it's satisfying and tasty, just right for a margarita.

Lunazul ($17)

Grassy agave meets a bowl of mixed tropical fruit in this lowlands blanco. The flavor has a hint of pepper and herbal notes, and the finish is mildly spicy. Though this isn't my favorite sipper of the bunch, it's great in cocktails. Try it in a Paloma, in the Mexican style, with a pinch of salt, some fresh lime juice (if you can afford it), and grapefruit soda.

Milagro ($23)

A highlands tequila, Milagro is rich and creamy, slightly herbal and vegetal, and freshly citrusy. It sips well, and it mixes better. Milagro is surprisingly good for its price, and it's easily one of my top three. Milagro would be nice sipped alongside Sangrita (no, not Sangria they're very different things) the subtle herbaceous notes of the tequila would play well with the flavors of Sangrita.

Olmeca Altos ($21)

Probably my second favorite here. Altos is another highlander, with a rich entry and a long, smooth finish. It has grassy, herbal agave flavors up front and juicy citrus tones in the back. It mixes well into cocktails and it's delicious on its own, either on the rocks or neat. The brand is ramping up its US presence, so though it might not be in your area just yet, expect that to change as the year progresses.

Tapatío ($30 for 1 liter)

Yes, I stretched the budget a bit on this one, but it's a great tequila—my favorite on this list—and at 30 bucks for a liter bottle, it's about the same price, per ounce, as the other spirits listed here. Tapatío is much loved inside Mexico, especially in the highlands of Jalisco. (Drive around the countryside, and you'll see signs for it all over the place—billboards, painted signs on the sides of buildings, posters, handbills.) It's now finally available Stateside, though you might need to hunt for it. (You might actually have an easier time finding the high-strength 110-proof bottling, strangely enough.)

It's delicious stuff: rich in the agave grassiness you associate with blanco tequilas, with a crisp fruitiness and a hint of spice. Tapatío is great for mixing, though I really enjoy just savoring it neat.


Not interested in the whole rundown? Click on each brand to read about its advantages, price point, and more. For margaritas, check out Espolon or Gran Centenario (or read up on how to make the best margarita and the best chaser for tequila).

This list includes only 100%-agave tequilas. I don't recommend any mixtos here. The difference between the two is this: a fully agave tequila is made by distilling the fermented juices of agave. Dis dit. Nothing else is added to the fermenter, just agave juices and yeast.

Mixto, on the other hand, starts with a blend of agave juice and other sugars—glucose or fructose, or both—usually in the form of a sugar syrup. Mixtos were invented as a way to stretch the supply of agave and lower production costs. By law, they must be 51% agave. Most of us drank more than enough of this stuff in college.

My belief is this: Tequila should taste like agave, not like sugar. There are plenty of 100%-agave tequilas available for a good price—today I wanted to introduce you to a handful of my favorites that are available for $25 and under.

Although tequila can legally be made in several Mexican states, most of it hails from Jalisco, a state in the west of the country, about midway down the coast. Tequilas from Jalisco are generally divided into lowlands tequilas and highlands tequilas. The village of Tequila itself sits in the lowlands, in the valleys formed when volcanos arose in central Mexico. Though the volcanos are no longer active, they left their mark on the soil in the lowlands region, which produces tequilas that are more herbaceous, spicy, and earthy. The highlands region (also called Los Altos) has iron-rich red clay soil it gets more rain and has cooler nights and it yields tequilas that are richer in minerality and have more floral notes.

If you want to taste the differences between highlands and lowlands, you're best off tasting silver or blanco tequilas. Because they're not aged in wood, the flavors of the terrain aren't masked by the oaky vanilla notes derived from barrel aging.

These tequilas are all 80 proof (40% alcohol by volume), and the prices quoted are for 750-mL bottles (with one exception). The prices are for the blanco/plata/silver release, unless otherwise stated, and it's the blanco releases that I'm reviewing here. Of course, prices vary depending on your location.

El Jimador ($22)

Jimador is the Spanish word for the fieldworker who hand-harvests the agave plant. The brand El Jimador is a lowlands tequila produced by Herradura. The brand owner, Brown Forman, cites a Nielsen poll that indicates El Jimador is the top-selling 100%-agave brand in Mexico. If that's true, it's easy to see why. El Jimador's blanco is smooth and crisp, tasting of fresh agave and citrus. It's not a super-complex sipper, but if you're looking to finally graduate from plastic-jug tequila, El Jimador should be your first stop.

Espolon ($23)

Espolon, a highlands tequila, is a bit earthier than El Jimador, and not as crisp and light. Spicy and mildly floral, it carries hints of grilled pineapple and black pepper. I like sipping this one on ice, though I prefer it in cocktails, especially margaritas. Espolon is always a bit surprising to me because I always find myself preferring the blanco over the reposado.

Gran Centenario ($22)

Though Jose Cuervo is known mostly for its line of mixto tequilas, Gran Centenario is one of its 100%-agave brands. (1800 Tequila is another Cuervo 100%-agave release.) Cuervo products are all, I believe, lowlands tequilas, and in fact the main Cuervo distillery is located in the town of Tequila in the Jalisco lowlands. Like El Jimador, Gran Centenario Plata isn't really a complex tequila it's smooth and refreshing, with citrus overtones and some grassiness. Though it's a simple tequila, it's satisfying and tasty, just right for a margarita.

Lunazul ($17)

Grassy agave meets a bowl of mixed tropical fruit in this lowlands blanco. The flavor has a hint of pepper and herbal notes, and the finish is mildly spicy. Though this isn't my favorite sipper of the bunch, it's great in cocktails. Try it in a Paloma, in the Mexican style, with a pinch of salt, some fresh lime juice (if you can afford it), and grapefruit soda.

Milagro ($23)

A highlands tequila, Milagro is rich and creamy, slightly herbal and vegetal, and freshly citrusy. It sips well, and it mixes better. Milagro is surprisingly good for its price, and it's easily one of my top three. Milagro would be nice sipped alongside Sangrita (no, not Sangria they're very different things) the subtle herbaceous notes of the tequila would play well with the flavors of Sangrita.

Olmeca Altos ($21)

Probably my second favorite here. Altos is another highlander, with a rich entry and a long, smooth finish. It has grassy, herbal agave flavors up front and juicy citrus tones in the back. It mixes well into cocktails and it's delicious on its own, either on the rocks or neat. The brand is ramping up its US presence, so though it might not be in your area just yet, expect that to change as the year progresses.

Tapatío ($30 for 1 liter)

Yes, I stretched the budget a bit on this one, but it's a great tequila—my favorite on this list—and at 30 bucks for a liter bottle, it's about the same price, per ounce, as the other spirits listed here. Tapatío is much loved inside Mexico, especially in the highlands of Jalisco. (Drive around the countryside, and you'll see signs for it all over the place—billboards, painted signs on the sides of buildings, posters, handbills.) It's now finally available Stateside, though you might need to hunt for it. (You might actually have an easier time finding the high-strength 110-proof bottling, strangely enough.)

It's delicious stuff: rich in the agave grassiness you associate with blanco tequilas, with a crisp fruitiness and a hint of spice. Tapatío is great for mixing, though I really enjoy just savoring it neat.


Not interested in the whole rundown? Click on each brand to read about its advantages, price point, and more. For margaritas, check out Espolon or Gran Centenario (or read up on how to make the best margarita and the best chaser for tequila).

This list includes only 100%-agave tequilas. I don't recommend any mixtos here. The difference between the two is this: a fully agave tequila is made by distilling the fermented juices of agave. Dis dit. Nothing else is added to the fermenter, just agave juices and yeast.

Mixto, on the other hand, starts with a blend of agave juice and other sugars—glucose or fructose, or both—usually in the form of a sugar syrup. Mixtos were invented as a way to stretch the supply of agave and lower production costs. By law, they must be 51% agave. Most of us drank more than enough of this stuff in college.

My belief is this: Tequila should taste like agave, not like sugar. There are plenty of 100%-agave tequilas available for a good price—today I wanted to introduce you to a handful of my favorites that are available for $25 and under.

Although tequila can legally be made in several Mexican states, most of it hails from Jalisco, a state in the west of the country, about midway down the coast. Tequilas from Jalisco are generally divided into lowlands tequilas and highlands tequilas. The village of Tequila itself sits in the lowlands, in the valleys formed when volcanos arose in central Mexico. Though the volcanos are no longer active, they left their mark on the soil in the lowlands region, which produces tequilas that are more herbaceous, spicy, and earthy. The highlands region (also called Los Altos) has iron-rich red clay soil it gets more rain and has cooler nights and it yields tequilas that are richer in minerality and have more floral notes.

If you want to taste the differences between highlands and lowlands, you're best off tasting silver or blanco tequilas. Because they're not aged in wood, the flavors of the terrain aren't masked by the oaky vanilla notes derived from barrel aging.

These tequilas are all 80 proof (40% alcohol by volume), and the prices quoted are for 750-mL bottles (with one exception). The prices are for the blanco/plata/silver release, unless otherwise stated, and it's the blanco releases that I'm reviewing here. Of course, prices vary depending on your location.

El Jimador ($22)

Jimador is the Spanish word for the fieldworker who hand-harvests the agave plant. The brand El Jimador is a lowlands tequila produced by Herradura. The brand owner, Brown Forman, cites a Nielsen poll that indicates El Jimador is the top-selling 100%-agave brand in Mexico. If that's true, it's easy to see why. El Jimador's blanco is smooth and crisp, tasting of fresh agave and citrus. It's not a super-complex sipper, but if you're looking to finally graduate from plastic-jug tequila, El Jimador should be your first stop.

Espolon ($23)

Espolon, a highlands tequila, is a bit earthier than El Jimador, and not as crisp and light. Spicy and mildly floral, it carries hints of grilled pineapple and black pepper. I like sipping this one on ice, though I prefer it in cocktails, especially margaritas. Espolon is always a bit surprising to me because I always find myself preferring the blanco over the reposado.

Gran Centenario ($22)

Though Jose Cuervo is known mostly for its line of mixto tequilas, Gran Centenario is one of its 100%-agave brands. (1800 Tequila is another Cuervo 100%-agave release.) Cuervo products are all, I believe, lowlands tequilas, and in fact the main Cuervo distillery is located in the town of Tequila in the Jalisco lowlands. Like El Jimador, Gran Centenario Plata isn't really a complex tequila it's smooth and refreshing, with citrus overtones and some grassiness. Though it's a simple tequila, it's satisfying and tasty, just right for a margarita.

Lunazul ($17)

Grassy agave meets a bowl of mixed tropical fruit in this lowlands blanco. The flavor has a hint of pepper and herbal notes, and the finish is mildly spicy. Though this isn't my favorite sipper of the bunch, it's great in cocktails. Try it in a Paloma, in the Mexican style, with a pinch of salt, some fresh lime juice (if you can afford it), and grapefruit soda.

Milagro ($23)

A highlands tequila, Milagro is rich and creamy, slightly herbal and vegetal, and freshly citrusy. It sips well, and it mixes better. Milagro is surprisingly good for its price, and it's easily one of my top three. Milagro would be nice sipped alongside Sangrita (no, not Sangria they're very different things) the subtle herbaceous notes of the tequila would play well with the flavors of Sangrita.

Olmeca Altos ($21)

Probably my second favorite here. Altos is another highlander, with a rich entry and a long, smooth finish. It has grassy, herbal agave flavors up front and juicy citrus tones in the back. It mixes well into cocktails and it's delicious on its own, either on the rocks or neat. The brand is ramping up its US presence, so though it might not be in your area just yet, expect that to change as the year progresses.

Tapatío ($30 for 1 liter)

Yes, I stretched the budget a bit on this one, but it's a great tequila—my favorite on this list—and at 30 bucks for a liter bottle, it's about the same price, per ounce, as the other spirits listed here. Tapatío is much loved inside Mexico, especially in the highlands of Jalisco. (Drive around the countryside, and you'll see signs for it all over the place—billboards, painted signs on the sides of buildings, posters, handbills.) It's now finally available Stateside, though you might need to hunt for it. (You might actually have an easier time finding the high-strength 110-proof bottling, strangely enough.)

It's delicious stuff: rich in the agave grassiness you associate with blanco tequilas, with a crisp fruitiness and a hint of spice. Tapatío is great for mixing, though I really enjoy just savoring it neat.


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Kommentaar:

  1. Janko

    Bravo, watter woorde ..., 'n wonderlike idee

  2. Ramirez

    Jy is nie reg nie. Ek nooi jou uit om te bespreek.

  3. Aodhfionn

    Bravo, 'n pragtige sin en betyds



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