Best Craft Tequila Brand (2016)


In order to be called tequila, this spirit distilled from the juices blue agave must be made in specific regions of Mexico, most prominently Jalisco and the town of tequila. While no tequilas are produced in the United States, we wanted to find the best craft tequila brands available in the country, and to do so, we asked a pair of tequila experts to nominate their favorites for our readers to vote on.

  • T1 Tequila Uno

    T1 Tequila Uno

    Master distiller Germán Gonzalez, the man behind T1 Tequila Uno, uses only mature blue agave from the Jalisco highlands to craft his spirits – a process he oversees from harvest to bottle. There are four tequilas in the line, ranging from an Ultra Fino Blanco to a 24 month-aged Añejo.
    Photo courtesy of T1 Tequila Uno

  • Embajador Tequila

    Embajador Tequila

    The agave fields, distillery and bottling facility for Embajador Tequila are all located Atotonilco in Los Altos de Jalisco, where a blend of traditional and modern techniques produce double-distilled Blanco, Reposado and Añejo tequilas. Embajador has an Extra Añejo, aged for a minimum of three years, in the works.
    Photo courtesy of Embajador Tequila

  • Suerte Tequila

    Suerte Tequila

    Suerte Tequila purchased their own distillery to hand-make their distinctive tequilas using many old-world processes, such as low temperature cooking and juicing with a traditional stone mill, called a Tahona. Suerte produces four tequilas, from the Blanco rested in stainless steel tanks to the EXTRA Añejo, double-distilled and aged in charred American oak for six years.
    Photo courtesy of Suerte Tequila

  • DesMaDre Tequila

    DesMaDre Tequila

    DesMaDre Tequila crafts their spirits from 100-percent mature blue weber agave grown in the highlands of Jalisco. Relatively new to the scene, this double-distilled tequila comes un-aged as a Blanco or barrel-aged as a Reposado or Añejo. The tequilas are distilled at Casa Ramirez Distillery (NOM 1519).
    Photo courtesy of DesMaDre Tequila

  • Tequila G4

    Tequila G4

    Tequila G4 is currently being produced by third and fourth generation distillers in El Pandillo distillery in Jalisco. The owners tend their own agave plantations, ensuring only the best quality product makes it into the bottle.
    Photo courtesy of Tequila G4 / Facebook

  • Tequila Gran Dovejo

    Tequila Gran Dovejo

    Tequila Gran Dovejo shares a distillery in Jalisco, but their master distiller, Leopoldo Solis Tinoco, often takes over the whole affair to ensure the exact flavor profile he's looking for is achieved.
    Photo courtesy of Tequila Gran Dovejo

  • Siete Leguas

    Siete Leguas

    Widely available yet little known in the United States, Siete Leguas works from their own distillery where they craft five distinctive tequilas using a combination of old and modern techniques. After being slow-steamed and cooked in custom ovens, juice from the agave "piñas" is extracted using a traditional stone mill pulled by mules. 
    Photo courtesy of Jude Goergen / Siete Leguas

  • Tequila Tapatío

    Tequila Tapatío

    Tequila Tapatío, a well-respected brand in Mexico, is distilled at one of the country's most famous distilleries, La Alteña. The distillery owner is also the creator of Tequila Tapatío's five varieties.
    Photo courtesy of Charbay Distillery & Winery

  • Dulce Vida Tequila

    Dulce Vida Tequila

    Made from hand-selected agave grown in the highlands of Jalisco, Dulce Vida Tequila produces the world's only USDA-certified organic 100-proof tequila. The tequila makers take a hands-on approach, and all tequilas are produced in the village of San Ignacio Cerro Gordo at Campanario (NOM 1443).
    Photo courtesy of Dulce Vida Tequila

  • Tequila Don Modesto

    Tequila Don Modesto

    While the twice-distilled tequilas from Tequila Don Modesto share a distillery with several other brands, the owner is personally involved in the tequila-making process, as he's allergic to many additives found in other tequilas. Don Modesto tequilas are organic and made with no additives or artificial coloring.
    Photo courtesy of Tequila Don Modesto


Unlike other spirits, tequila brands often share distilleries – there are about 70 of them producing more than 500 brands – so it's often the brand rather than the distillery that indicates quality. Many of these 10 winners for best craft tequila brand use traditional methods. Many of the brand owners grow their own agave and personally oversee the entire tequila-making process. All produce high-quality, distinctive tequilas available in the U.S. market. 

The top 10 winners in the category Best Craft Tequila Brand are as follows:

  1. T1 Tequila Uno
  2. Embajador Tequila
  3. Suerte Tequila
  4. DesMaDre Tequila
  5. Tequila G4
  6. Tequila Gran Dovejo
  7. Siete Leguas
  8. Tequila Tapatío
  9. Dulce Vida Tequila
  10. Tequila Don Modesto

A panel of experts partnered with 10Best editors to picked the initial 20 nominees, and the top 10 winners were determined by popular vote. Experts M.A. “Mike” Morales ( and Grover Sanschagrin ( were chosen based on their expertise in the craft tequila industry.

Other nominated brands included Casa Noble Tequila, Don Fulano, IXÁ Organic Tequila, Pasote Tequila, Siembra Spirits, Tears of Llorona, Tequila Alquimia, Tequila ArteNOM, Tequila Fortaleza and Tequila Ocho.

Congratulations to all our winning brands!

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