Enjoying tasty foods and drinks can be challenging if you’re trying to avoid gluten. For example, while the traditional tequila made from the blue agave plant is gluten free, there are also mixto brands that combine various other ingredients.
As such, it’s important to know which brands are trustworthy and offer gluten-free tequila.
The following list features some of the best tequilas you can enjoy carefree, even if you have gluten sensitivity. They deliver a recognizable taste and a wide range of flavors to cater to anyone’s palate.
Casa Nobel is a popular tequila brand that manufactures organic tequila from its high-altitude Blue Weber agave field. Their tequila has a bright flavor with hints of ginger, citrus, mint, and even cinnamon. Many of their gluten-free tequilas feature unique ingredients like pepper, cut grass, and licorice for a robust and complex flavor profile.
Don Julio is a recognizable brand worldwide, as you can find it at practically every bar and liquor store. They grow their ingredients in the Highlands of Jalisco from pure Blue Weber agave. The result is smooth and sweet tequila with a noticeable grassy flavor. With hints of vanilla and tannic spices, it is a medium-weight tequila with a slightly fruity profile.
Hornitos has a warmer and sweeter flavor profile than many other gluten-free tequilas. It has strong notes of vanilla mixed with rich flavors of oak and agave. The tequila has a balanced flavor profile creating a combination of sweet, savory, and dry tastes. While many enjoy this tequila, it isn’t a top-shelf tequila, and some find it too harsh on the palate.
Patron sells millions of cases of tequila every year, making them one of the most popular and well-known tequila brands. Many people enjoy the bright flavor that has a harmonious combination of contrasting flavors. It pairs sweet ingredients like caramel and honey with more biting flavors like spices and white pepper.
Jose Cuervo is many people’s favorite tequila thanks to its affordable price and rich flavor. It almost has a creamy yet tangy taste that is distinct and memorable. It has a slight oakiness with a spicy finish and herbaceous aroma. It’s cheaper than many other tequilas on this list but doesn’t taste cheap.
Olmeca Altos Plata stands out among other brands thanks to its unique and citrusy taste. It has a sweet flavor that mellows into fruity flavors like lime, lemon, and agave. In addition, it has a long yet pleasant aftertaste that lingers on the tongue.
Cabo Wabo may not be as touted as some of the Mexican brands, but it delivers an interesting take on tequila. Featuring a deep and strong agave flavor, it’s not for everyone. Moreover, it can be oily on the tongue and feel slimy when swallowing. Overall, it has a more earthy, woody palate.
Both Hornitos and Sauza tequila use similar fermenting and manufacturing properties, so these two tequilas are fairly comparable. For people who want a complex yet light tequila, Sauza is the best choice. Compared to Cabo Wabo and Jose Cuervo it has a watery texture and super subtle flavors, like jasmine and apple. It’s a decent choice for sipping or shots.
Milagro is a higher-end brand that many consider a top-shelf tequila. However, it’s still affordable and easy to drink! It has bright flavors with warm undertones like vanilla and anise. The slight mintiness makes it refreshing and pleasant in a shot. It does have a strong aftertaste that can be harsh on the throat.
Agavales uses ingredients grown in the Lowlands and Highlands of Mexico, contributing to the authentic and elaborate flavor. It has a medium body with a sweet earthiness punctuated by some spices and pepper. It’s surprisingly smooth, making it comfortable for sipping, but it also blends well into cocktails.
The 1800 Tequila brand offers likely the smoothest tequila on this list. It’s ideal for people who hate astringent tequila or anything too potent. It has delicate floral notes with a prominent agave taste that soothes the tongue and throat. In addition, it’s one of the lightest tequilas on this list.
Casamigos has seen significant growth in popularity and sales in recent years, competing with some of the top tequila brands toward the beginning of this list. It has a super fruity taste with notes of guava, mango, and papaya with notes of vanilla and agave. It’s smooth but not as smooth as 1800, making it a decent mid-shelf option.
Don Sergio is a brand for the more experienced tequila drinker looking for more intricate flavors and innovative ingredients. It combines black pepper, agave, vanilla, caramel, and tropical fruit. Plus, there are some subtle floral notes like jasmine and chamomile.
Espolon has a funky and enticing label on the bottle but isn’t the top tequila brand. It’s excellent in cocktails, as all the flavors are subtle enough not to compete with other flavors. The distant taste of pineapple and lemon is perfectly balanced.
Lastly, El Jimador offers warm, robust tequila. It has an herby vanilla taste punctuated with cedarwood and oak. Another subtle flavor is roasted hazelnut, rounding out the flavor profile to be slightly spicy. While the flavor is enjoyable, it’s best in cocktails.
For tequila lovers, there is no shortage of gluten free tequila! Try these lovely tequilas free of gluten and see which is your favorite.
Did we leave your favorite gluten-free tequila out of this list? Let us know in the comments below, and we’ll make sure to check it out!
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In 2012, after a decade and a half of learning all facets of the industry, I opened my first restaurant/bar. In 2015, a second location followed, the latter being featured on The Food Network’s Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives.