Tequila is a distilled spirit made from the cooked and fermented juice of blue agave. Most tequilas fall into three categories.

  • Blanco tequila is unaged and bottled within two months, and is typically used in cocktails. It usually has strong agave and earthy flavours.
  • Reposado tequilas have been aged in wooden casks for at least two months – which mellows the spirit and imparts oaky notes. Try them in cocktails like margaritas, or drink them neat.
  • Añejo tequilas are barrel-aged for at least one year and are typically very smooth to drink, with spice, vanilla and caramel notes – they’re perfect for sipping.

Looking for the best tequila to buy? Want to try new varieties of the popular agave spirit? Check out our round up of the best tequilas brands to try this summer...

Best tequilas at a glance

  • Best tequila for easy drinking: Espolòn Blanco Tequila, £29.99
  • Best delicate tequila: Mijenta Reposado Tequila, £60.49
  • Best pink tequila: Código 1530 Rosa Blanco, £45.74
  • Best smooth blanco tequila: 1800 Blanco Tequila, £37.95
  • Best tequila with a whisky twist: Storywood Tequila Speyside 14 Añejo, £52.95
  • Best tequila for sipping: VIVIR Tequila Añejo, £53
  • Best affordable tequila: Próspero Tequila Blanco, £24.14
  • Best blow out tequila: Komos Reposado Rosa Tequila, £139
  • Best tequila for beginners: Cazcabel Honey Tequila, £25.99
  • Best mellow tequila: Herradura Reposado Tequila, £46.10
  • Best tequila for a Manhattan: Código 1530 Añejo, £81.65
  • Best single-estate tequila: Ocho 8 Resposado Tequila, £28.25
  • Best herbaceous tequila: Tapatio Añejo Tequila, £32.89
  • Best charcoal-filtered tequila: Maestro DOBEL Diamante, £50.39
  • Best silver tequila: Don Fulano Blanco Tequila, £50.95

15 best tequilas to buy 2024

Espolòn Blanco Tequila

A bottle of Espolon Blanco Tequila

Best tequila for easy drinking

A great-value, unaged tequila, smooth and sweet, with lime peel notes and a subtly peppery finish. Easy-drinking, this works well in most cocktails.

Available from:
Amazon (£29.99)
Master of Malt (£31.24)
Ocado (£34)

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Mijenta Reposado Tequila

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Best delicate tequila

Aged for up to six months in oak and acacia casks, this has delicate vanilla, honey and floral grassy notes. Use to give a margarita depth.

Available from:
The Whisky Exchange (£60.50)
Master of Malt (£60.94)

Código 1530 Rosa Blanco

A bottle of Código 1530 Rosa Blanco

Best pink tequila

This blanco tequila gets its pretty pink hue from ageing in Californian cabernet sauvignon barrels. It's light and delicate, with subtle sweet red fruits.

Available from:
Selfridges (£64.99)
The Whisky Exchange (£45.75)
Amazon (£45.74)

1800 Blanco tequila

1800 Blanco Tequila

Best smooth blanco tequila

This silver tequila uses 100 per cent blue agave and is double-distilled for a smooth, rounded finish – a versatile pick for sipping neat or using in cocktails. A selection of white tequilas are blended together for the finished product, adding some extra complexity and depth of flavour: fruity on the nose but light and refreshing to finish.

Available from:
Master of Malt (£37.95)
Amazon (£31.25)
The Whisky Exchange (£40.50)
DrinkSupermarket (£36.99)

Storywood Tequila Speyside 14 Añejo


Best tequila with a whisky twist

Tequila with a Scottish twist! Aged for 14 months in single-malt Scotch whisky barrels, expect inviting notes of caramel and nuts, and rich oakiness.

Available from:
Master of Malt (£52.95)

VIVIR Tequila Añejo

A bottle of VIVIR Tequila Añejo

Best tequila for sipping

Matured in bourbon casks for 18 months, this aged tequila has a lush vanilla and oak character, alongside agave herbaceousness. One for sipping slowly.

Available from:
Waitrose (£53)
Master of Malt (£58.49)
Fenwick (£69)

Próspero Tequila Blanco

A bottle of Próspero Tequila Blanco

Best affordable tequila

Designed by Stella Anguiano, one of the first female tequila distillers, this award-winning spirit has a vibrant agave character. Bright, fruity and rounded, it's a great premium blanco tequila for cocktails such as margaritas and palomas.

Available from:
Master of Malt (£24.14)

Komos Reposado Rosa Tequila

Komos Reposada Rosa

Best blow out tequila

Pink tequila typically gets its colour from barrel ageing, as is the case with premium brand Komos’s reposado expression. Aged for two months in Californian red wine barrels, which tinges the spirit a delicate blush hue, it’s full of summery red berry notes as well as grassy agave herbaceous character. Enjoy in a refreshing long drink with soda or tonic water.

Available from:
The Whisky Exchange (£140)
Amathus Drinks (£139)

Cazcabel Honey Tequila

Cazcabel Honey Tequila

Best tequila for beginners

A winning marriage of blanco tequila with Yucatán and New Zealand manuka honey, this is a fragrantly rich but not sickly sweet flavoured tequila – a good entry-level option for those new to the spirit, or those who prefer liqueurs.

Available from:
Amazon (£25.99)
Spirits Kiosk (£28.95)
Master of Malt (£27.90)

Herradura Reposado Tequila

Herradura Reposado Tequila

Best mellow tequila

Aged in wood for 11 months, this tequila has a really mellow burn, more like a fine whisky than a tequila. Smoky, smooth and a little sweet.

Available from:
Amazon (£46.10)
Master of Malt (£46.10)
Spirits Kiosk (£48.45)

Código 1530 Añejo

A bottle of Código 1530 Añejo

Best tequila for a Manhattan

Aged for 18 months in Californian cabernet barrels, agave herbaceous oomph is matched with a backbone of caramel, oakiness and spice. Sip neat or try in a manhattan.

Available from:
Master of Malt (£81.65)
Amazon (£81.65)

Ocho 8 Resposado Tequila

Ocho 8 Resposado Tequila

Best single-estate tequila

A single-estate tequila (meaning all the agave used was taken from the same field) rested for two months in oak barrels: this is extremely smooth and balanced, with restrained vanilla notes.

Available from:
The Whiskey Exchange (£28.25)

Tapatio Añejo Tequila

Tapatio Añejo Tequila

Best herbaceous tequila

Ageing for 18 months in oak gives this tequila a rich and almost creamy character, with subtle spice and caramel notes that complement a delicate herbaceousness.

Available from:
Amazon (£32.89)
The Whisky Exchange (£36.95)
Master of Malt (£36.32)

Maestro DOBEL Diamante

Maestro Dobel Diamante Tequila

Best charcoal-filtered tequila

This blend of aged tequilas is charcoal filtered, resulting in a bright, light and sweet spirit with an appealingly soft and silky character.

Available from:
Amazon (£50.39)
Master of Malt (£50.39)

Don Fulano Blanco Tequila

Don Fulano Blanco Tequila

Best silver tequila

Silver tequilas are usually seen as a great base for drinks such as margaritas, but this delicate number, with its herbal and fruity notes, is just as enjoyable sipped neat. If you do want to mix it, try pairing with tonic water.

Available from:
The Whisky Exchange (£50.95)
Amazon (£50.95)


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