By designation, tequila can only be made in Mexico, but not every producer of the spirit has origins in the country. Plus, some manufacturers have been known to cut costs and produce subpar products.
One of the best ways to avoid liquors of a lower standard is to research ownership. For the best tequila made in the traditional manner, check out these Mexican-owned tequila brands for some of the best examples of the spirit.
This brand uses only agave that has aged for around ten years when the plant reaches full maturity. La Gritona is a rested tequila, not an aged one. This spirit only stays in reused whiskey barrels for eight months resulting in an herbaceous tequila with a strong agave flavor. Expect a robust finish without much of a burn from this liquor.
Fortaleza has a long history despite only being created in 2005. The distillery sits on a family property that operated for years before the business was sold. However, the family kept the property and generations later started a brand making artisanal tequila. Their traditionally produced tequila comes in several varieties.
While other tequila brands tout their celebrity collaborations, Tequila Tromba, celebrates its Master Distiller Marco Cedano. After working for luxury brands in the industry for decades, Cedano launched his own using the highest quality agave from Jalisco. The result is a range of tequilas with citrus notes and many herbaceous flavors.
Tequila Espinoza uses only Blue Tequilana Weber Agave from the foothills of Colima. The conditions of this region result in produce rich in fruity yet spicy flavors. Aged and rest tequilas from Espinoza mature in Allier French casks, resulting in a smoother finish and soft mouthfeel while retaining lots of agave taste.
While this tequila isn’t a celebrity brand, they have celebrity partners Mario Lopez and Oscar de la Hoya. These two investors came after the brand was established and came with more than just cash in hand. Both are tequila aficionados and understand the importance of traditional production.
Casa Dragones specializes in producing small batches of sipping tequila, renowned for its mellow flavor and an extra smooth finish. Founded by Bertha Gonzalez, it’s an example of a Mexican-owned tequila brand that is also women-led. Hand harvesting is one of the core practices of this distillery, with each agave plant selected carefully at peak ripeness.
Using a mix of modern and traditional techniques, Camarena produces an award-winning tequila with an exceptionally smooth finish. They make silver, reposado, and añejo varieties, each offering bright, clean flavors with unique tasting notes. These qualities make the Camarena tequila brand to enjoy in cocktails or straight.
Casa Noble Tequila, founded by Maestro Tequilero Jose Hermosillo, makes a sipping tequila best enjoyed with friends. The agave is certified organic and grown on the same estate using traditional methods. Casa Noble ages its tequila in French Oak barrels resulting in sweet flavor profiles and aromatic noses.
Founded over twenty years ago, Clase Azul was created to share the joy of Mexican culture, which the brand spread with sales of its spirit and the vessels they arrive in. This brand develops its recognizable decanters decorated with designs by regional artists.
As for tequila, there are lots of options. Clase Azul makes unique spirits with certain types of agave from around the region.
Corralejo Reposado roasts its 100% Blue Weber Agave in clay ovens for 36 hours after harvest. The agave is then pressed to extract the juice to begin the fermenting process. What makes this distiller different is the signature yeast strain cultivated from their very first press. The yeast plays a crucial role in maintaining the standard of flavors expected from tequila.
One of the few Mexican-owned tequila brands with over seventy years of tradition, Siete Leguas attributes its success to the red soil of Jalisco and the people who produce with care and intention. Ignacio Vargas founded the brand and instituted the practice of artisanal production. Several types of this tequila, including aged, single-barrel varieties, are available.
Tequila Moderno comes in aged and silver varieties with a subtle sweetness. These spirits are made in the traditional way and are a favorite option for mixing in cocktails. Though traditional methods are used, this product doesn’t have artisanal pricing making them one of the most affordable options without sacrificing flavor.
An award winner, Tequila El Jefe, has been lauded for taste and package design. Though Mexican-owned, this spirit was crafted with the American palate in mind, resulting in a smooth tequila with great flavor. Creating a spirit for universal tastes didn’t mean sacrificing traditional techniques, which are still used in the production of this spirit.
Buying from Mexican-owned tequila brands is a great way to ensure the authenticity and quality of the spirit. Tequila is more than just a drink. It’s a tradition.
Be selective about where your spirits come from, and you will be rewarded with great-tasting products!
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