These Are the 14 Best Sipping Tequilas for Any Budget

These Are the 14 Best Sipping Tequilas for Any Budget

Teremana Reposado

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So let’s get something out of the way: Yes, this is The Rock’s tequila brand. And given that you’re reading this roundup on Men’s Health, there’s a good chance you possess a certain affinity for Mr. Dwayne Johnson. But don’t let your fandom get in the way of judging Teremana on its merits. This reposado manages to be affordable without skimping out on flavor or finish, with notes of vanilla and an oakiness that’s understated.

Tequila Ocho Plata

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Best Tequila Under $50

This multigenerational distillery has created some of the classics of tequila’s history, Mix says—singling out Tapatio and El Tesoro as two notable examples. Master distiller Carlos Camarena has also been working with renowned tequila ambassador Tomas Estes to demonstrate that there is terroir in tequila—the unique flavors imparted by the soil and climate where a spirit is produced. Likewise, mix says, each year focuses on a unique plot of land, making them a great collector’s item. Mix says she’s purchased every bottle from Tequila Ocho since 2009. For the truest expression of the agave, we recommend starting with the Plata.

Jose Cuervo Reserva de la Familia Añejo Cristalino Organico.

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Jose Cuervo’s Reserva de la Familia Añejo Cristalino Organico is ina. class of its own with its smooth and sweet flavor profile, which is a byproduct of it being aged in American oak barrels and finished in Pedro Ximénez Sherry casks. You can taste the time and care put into each bottle. If you ever get a chance to take a tour of Jose Cuervo’s historic distillery in Tequila, you’ll understand just how much attention to detail goes into an elite tequila to sip.

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Calle 23 Añejo

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If you’re looking for an impressively under-the-radar pick, look no further than the three tequilas produced by Calle 23. “This tequila never gets enough love and attention,” Mix says. The spirits are the product of an exacting process overseen by French distiller Sophie Decobecq, who has earned degrees in both biochemistry and engineering, and who spent nearly a year at the Polytechnic Institute of Mexico City studying the science of fermentation. With those kinds of bona fides, it’s no wonder why her tequilas are a favorite of bar owners like Mix. “She makes her tequila precisely the way she wants it, and the result is delicious,” Mix says. We recommend the full-bodied añejo, aged for 16 months in ex-bourbon oak casks, giving it a pleasantly oaky aroma with strong vanilla and coffee flavors.

Espolòn Tequila Blanco

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Best Tequila Under $30

Good tequila doesn’t need to be super expensive to still be good tequila. Espolon labels their bottle of Tequila Blanco as their “purest” expression, double distilled in the Mexican state of Jalisco using 100% pure Blue Weber Agave. Expect a clean, flavor bomb with each sip; that’s tropical fruit and a hint of pepper you’re tasting. Margaritas and Palomas are always satisfying on the lips, but this Tequila Blanco is a good one to take your time with—straight, no chaser.

Casa Dragones Añejo Barrel Blend

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Do you love scotch or bourbon, but you’re nervous to make the jump to sipping tequila? Start with this full-bodied añejo from Casa Dragones. This particular tequila is matured in new French Oak and new American Oak barrels, which are then blended together at the end of the aging process to create a distinctive, rich tequila containing notes of pear and macadamia nuts. A translucent toffee color mimics the appearance of some of its brown liquor counterparts, but don’t get it twisted: This is unmistakably tequila.

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Siete Leguas Reposado

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Mix is such a fan of the Siete Leguas Reposado that she made it the house recommendation at Leyenda, but she says you can pick virtually any offering from the amazingly-priced, family-owned distillery and you won’t be disappointed. Aged for 8 months, this silky-smooth, full-bodied tequila has a refreshing herbal backbone with hints of peppermint and chamomile that’s balanced by lighter, sweeter flavors of grapefruit and lemon.

Patrón Extra Añejo

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Best Tequila Under $100

Añejos are the product of patience, richer and more full-bodied thanks to a painstaking aging process. Patrón Extra Añejo spends over three years in new and used small oak barrels, resulting in a dark tequila that’s surprisingly smooth. If you’re looking for a luxurious after-dinner drink, this is a great selection.

Fortaleza Blanco

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If you’re not sure where to begin when sampling the dozens of options available from Mexico’s Tequila Valley, Mix says Fortaleza is the “staple” valley tequila. While Fortaleza was only launched in 2005, the family behind it carries a distilling pedigree that dates back 125 years and five generations. Like other distillers on this list, it’s hard to go wrong with any pick, but we’re partial to the blanco. “It’s just super peppery and bright and well-made,” Mix says.

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Los Arango Reposado

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There’s a good chance you’ve heard of Pancho Villa, but you may not be as familiar with José Doroteo Arango. That’s the larger-than-life Mexican revolutionary general’s birth name, and Los Arango is dedicated to his memory. This reposado is aged for six months in American oak barrels, with a peppery nose and cinnamon-accented nuttiness that gets expressed the longer you sip. Los Arango comes in a beautiful blue bottle adorned with a wooden cap, so beyond tasting great, it’s an attractive addition to showcase on your liquor cart.

Siembra Valles Ancestral

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The product of a historic and highly revered distillery in Mexico’s tequila valley, this tequila is the product of ancient methods of roasting, milling, fermenting, and distilling, and you can immediately taste the difference, says Mix. A mild smokiness gives way to pineapple and citrus notes that make it perfect for sipping straight or on the rocks.

Casamigos Reposado

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It’s no secret that celebrities love getting involved in the alcohol business, but it takes much more than a famous name for a tequila to be beloved. Yes, Casamigos is the tequila brand that George Clooney started with Rande Gerber, but it’s become a favorite of many tequila connoisseurs and novice drinkers alike for a simple reason: it tastes good. Aged for 7 months in American white oak barrels, their reposado is a standout for drinkability, offering lighter caramel and cocoa notes.

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1800 Blanco

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This 80-proof tequila is a mid-range option that’s been applauded for its mixabilty in cocktails, but is underrated as a sipper. It’s named in commemoration fo the year tequila was first aged in oak casks. 1800 Blanco is double-distilled and matured in French and American oak wooden barrels, giving the tequila a fruitier nose and a floral finish. Like most blanco tequilas, 1800 Blanco is best served chilled or on the rocks.

Clase Azul Reposado

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When it comes to “coolest tequila bottle,” Clase Azul is absolutely unmatched. But it’s what’s inside that hand-made and hand-painted by indigenous artisans in Mexico that makes Clase Azul Reposado a top choice for premium tequilas. Weber Blue Agave is slow-cooked in stone ovens, which gives this resposado a deep, full flavor with a surprisingly clean finish.

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Spencer Dukoff is the deputy editor of content strategy at Men’s Health, where he leads audience development efforts across all platforms for the magazine. He also regularly writes about music, alcohol, style, gear, and internet culture.

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Mike Darling is an executive editor at Men’s Health where he assigns and edits coverage around the brand’s core subject areas, including fitness, style and grooming, sex and relationships, and technology and gear. He was previously a senior editor on the magazine, and also spent two years as the managing editor of Vice Media’s health vertical.

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