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.
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:
- T1 Tequila Uno
- Embajador Tequila
- Suerte Tequila
- DesMaDre Tequila
- Tequila G4
- Tequila Gran Dovejo
- Siete Leguas
- Tequila Tapatío
- Dulce Vida Tequila
- 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 (TequilaAficionado.com) and Grover Sanschagrin (TasteTequila.com) 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.
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