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We Asked 15 Bartenders: Which Tequila Offers the Best Bang for Your Buck? (2023)

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Which tequila offers the best bang for your buck


Tequila’s recent growth shows no signs of peaking. Beverage market analytics group IWSR predicts the Mexican spirit will overtake vodka as the U.S. spirits industry’s leader by value in 2023. The Distilled Spirits Council of the United States (DISCUS) also notes sales of tequila and its fellow agave spirit mezcal jumped 17.2 percent from 2021 to 2022 – a percentage $886 million in increased revenue.


In other words: Tequila’s a big deal. The explosion of new and new-to-the-U.S. options on the market is responsible for a healthy chunk of this growth. While celebrity brands tend to hog the spotlight due to name recognition and the occasional weirdly shaped premium bottle, plenty of more incognito brands have slipped onto shelves with little to no fanfare. The good news: Many of these bottles are exceptional expressions at reasonable price points.


Still, if you’re a casual tequila tippler, finding the best cost-effective bottles in an ever-expanding sea of choice can be difficult. To help you out, we asked 15 bartenders about their favorite affordable tequilas and why they deliver an experience that exceeds their price tag.


The best bang-for-your-buck tequilas, according to bartenders:

  • La Gritona Reposado

  • Tequila Ocho Blanco

  • Suerte Blanco

  • El Tequileno Platinum Blanco

  • Lalo Tequila Blanco

  • Tequila Ocho Plata

  • Goza Blanco

  • Real del Valle Blanco

  • Cimarron Blanco

  • Tequila Tapatio 110

  • Don Fulano Reposado

  • El Tesoro Blanco



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