In celebration of Tequila Day, the Independent newspaper (UK) asked some experts to recommend their favorite versions of Mexico’s national drink. Here are there selections, along with my commentary.
1. Tapatio Blanco Tequila — Hard to argue with this. It’s a very good tequila, reasonably priced. A little hard to find most places, unfortunately.
2. Calle 23 Anejo Tequila — Never had it, but people say good things.
3. Tequila Ocho — A little expensive, but definite quality. If you want a blanco to sip neat — or to make a killer Margarita — you can’t go wrong with Ocho.
4. Fortaleza Añejo — Never had it, although I tried the blanco at a bar and it’s very good. Very authentic.
5. Jose Cuervo Riserva de la Familia — Never had it. But it’s well regarded, and proof that Cuervo can make good tequila when they want to.
6. Patron Silver — Better than the reputation it gets from booze snobs, although not as good as the reputation it gets from the general public. It’s a pleasant, straight-ahead blanco. Probably not worth the premium price, but definitely reliable.
7. Casamigos — Never had it. Some people like it, I’ve heard.
8. Siete Leguas Reposado — I’ve not had the Repo, but the Blanco is good. Not great, but definitely good.
9. Herradura Tequila — Like Siete Leguas, this isn’t an outstanding tequila, but it’s certainly a darn good one.
Of these 9, Tapatio would definitely be my top pick. Salud!