A Guide to Popular Tequila Brands

Value, Premium and Super-Premium Tequila

Like all liquors, tequila varies greatly from brand to brand. First, you have to choose the type (blanco, reposado, anejo, etc.), then mixto vs. 100% agave, beyond that it's a price and taste issue.

The brands listed below are meant as a representation of the tequila market and as you can see, the prices can vary greatly. A general rule is that the higher the price, the higher the quality. Yet, it is all a matter of taste.

10 of the Best Tequilas for Shots, Margaritas and More

Not all brands...MORE are listed and price points are based on an average, dependent on particular markets.

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    Tequila Blanco (Silver)

    Row of tequila shots
    Blanco (or silver) tequilas are great for a round of shots and there are some great brands available. Image Source / Getty Images

    Under $20

    • El Jimador Blanco
    • Jose Cuervo Clasico Silver
    • Juarez Silver
    • Margaritaville White
    • Puerto Vallarta Blanco
    • Sauza Silver
    • Tarantula Plata

    $20-30 Range

    $40-50 Range

    $60 and Up

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    Tequila Reposado

    Don Eduardo Reposado Tequila
    A tequila you can rely on and find almost anywhere, Don Eduardo is a nice introduction to good tequila. Photo Courtesy: © Brown-Forman

    Under $30

    • 1800 Reposado
    • Calende Reposado
    • Dos Manos Reposado
    • El Ultimo Agave Reposado
    • Real Hacienda Reposado
    • Sauza Hacienda Reposado
    • Sauza 100 Anos Reposado
    • Tarantula Reposado
    • Tevado Reposado
    • Tequila 30-30 Especial Reposado

    $30-40 Range

    $50-60 Range

    $70 and Up

    • Tezon Reposado
    • Dona Carlota Reposado
    • Clase Azul Reposado
    • Penca Azul Reposado
    • Tequila Ocho Single Estate Reposado
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    Tequila Añejo

    Dos Lunas Tequila Barrels
    Anejo tequilas are aged in barrels just like these that hold Dos Lunas Tequila. Photo Courtesy of: © Dos Lunas Tequila

    Under $40

    • 1800 Añejo
    • Amate Anejo
    • Don Agustin Añejo
    • Jose Cuervo Black Medallion
    • Puerto Vallarta Anejo
    • Sauza Conmemorativo Anejo

    $40-50 Range

    $60-80 Range

    $90 and Up

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    Tequila Joven (Gold)

    Tequila gold shots
    Jeff Kauck/Getty Images

    Under $20

    • Antano Gold
    • Jose Cuervo Especial Gold
    • Margaritaville Gold
    • Montezuma Gold
    • Olmeca Gold
    • Pepe Lopez Gold
    • Sauza Extra Gold
    • Two Fingers Gold

    $30-40 Range

    • Herradura Gold Reposado
    • Zafarrancho Gold

    $50 and Up

    • Chinaco Reposado Artisan Gold
    • Los Azulejos Gold
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    Mezcal

    Edgar G. Juarez's Esmeralda Mezcal and Gin Cocktial Recipe
    Mezcal can be used to create some amazing cocktails. The Esmeralda mixes gin, cucumber, and basil with the smoky spirit. Steve Brown Photography/Photolibrary/Getty Images

    Under $20

    • Gusano Rojo
    • Hacienda de Chihuahua Plata
    • Monte Alban
    • Zacatecano Reposado

    $30-40 Range

    • Embajador Silver
    • Hacienda de Chihuahua Anejo
    • Scorpion Añejo
    • Talapa Reposado

    $50 and Up

    • Embajador 5 year
    • Del Maguey

    Luxury at over $100

    • Del Maguey Pechuga
    • Scorpion Anejo 7 year