Tequila is all the rage right now, but with so many options, where do you go for the best taste?
If you told people 10 years ago that one day people would flock to articles about premium tequila, they looked at you like you needed a liboa in your thought engine. Probably.
Tequila is the go-to spirit for mild bouts of memory loss and the punchline of a thousand lame jokes about blackout drinking parties where participants measure their length along the bar floor and take home the width of the sidewalk with a stagger. did. I literally could buy a t-shirt without even having to go there.
The past decade has been a golden age for tequila. With the continued resurgence of cocktail culture and the younger generation’s shift toward artisanal products, younger consumers are less likely to associate tequila with binge drinking than they used to be. And this is good news for tequila producers. Tequila producers have profited from creating more impressive bottlings than ever before, pursuing maturity, luxury and smoothness over the more electric approach that was common during the Hakuden era. .
Tequila’s star has never been brighter. More premium bottles are hitting the market, and more people than ever are looking for tequila. However, as prices have remained fairly stable, the normal rules of supply and demand are not really in play, and tequila, especially the finest tequila, has become a problem for those who consider value when purchasing spirits. It’s a very good option.
So what is the best tequila? Let’s take a look. Let’s talk about the score first.
Typically, in this series, at least when it comes to wine, we create lists based on average critic scores, updated monthly and weighted according to the number of reviews and number of critics. For example, a wine with a score of 94 based on 100 reviews by a large number of reviewers may appear higher on the list than a wine with a score of 95 based on 10 reviews by a small number of reviewers.
However, Spirits has fewer reviews and scores, so its weighting is less important. Instead, we’ve simply listed the bottlings in order of aggregated critic scores.
Wine-Searcher’s World’s Best Tequilas:
The first thing we look at on this list is each tequila’s total score.
The last time we looked at the world’s best tequilas, it was five years ago and it was still quite a niche field, reflecting the fact that tequila was very prominent on our site. , we decided to revisit it. Compared to today’s list, the score was outrageous. The top tequila of 2018 (Don Julio 1942) had a total critic score of just 92 points. Although no longer at the top, its score has risen to 95 today as more critics take Tequila seriously (and we too). (Includes more critic scores).
Back in 2018, 92 points was quite a benchmark. It can be seen that the other six tequilas on the list all had a total score of 91 points, with only seven bottlings able to surpass the 90 point mark. This year 95 is the minimum entry requirement.
Price is also an aspect worth noting. In 2018, the most expensive tequila on the list was Gran Patrón Burdeos Añejo, with a healthy global average retail price of $470 for 91 points. This year’s most expensive participants are almost $100 cheaper on average and have a score of 96.
Granted, some of the tequilas on this year’s list are more expensive than they were five years ago (Don Julio 1942, for example, is about $50 a bottle, or 35% more expensive) , there are still some real bargains out there. Availability: I don’t know where else you can buy 96-point and 95-point bottlings for $88 and $45, respectively.
Tequila may be uptown in terms of quality, but it hasn’t forgotten its roots in terms of price.
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