Best Inexpensive Tequila, Mezcal & Agave Spirits

215915
Cimarrón
Tequila Blanco
Clear color. Vegetal, interesting aromas and flavors of horse hair brush, honey roasted nuts, farmer’s cheeses, and leaves with a silky, crisp, fruity light-to-medium body and a tingling, delightful, bbq spiced nuts, dried tropical fruits, anisette cookie, and nopales and jerky finish. A lively, snappy blanco with a sweet and vegetal agave character that will mix well.
94 points $17.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
215826
Amatitlan
Reposado Tequila
Brilliant light gold color. Fruity, creamy minty aromas and flavors of vanilla mint cookie, panettone, sarsaparilla float, and mixed peppercorns with a satiny, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a smooth, layered, horchata, almond milk, nougat, and chalk finish. A superbly vibrant, smooth, and flavor-packed reposado that is sure to please.
93 points $17 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220171
Casa Maestri
1965 Flask Tequila
Clear color. Fresh, green aromas and flavors of aloe vera and geranium, lush fern and eucalyptus, guanabana, and roasted carrot with a velvety, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a tingling, elegant, medium-long fresh poblano and earthy oregano, champagne, bone marrow, and sweet rice pudding finish. A clean and lush blanco tequila; sip, shoot, or craft cocktails with this winner.
93 points $17.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
211081
Kirkland Signature
Tequila Añejo
Bright clear gold color. Delicate, herbal, spicy aromas of pickled and roasted peppers and cedar with a satiny, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, engaging, medium-long creme brulee, limestone, coconut milk, and delicate pepper finish. A tasty, crowd pleasing añejo.
93 points $19.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
210871
Coa de Jima
Reposado Tequila
Brilliant straw color. Bright, creamy aromas of nougat, tres leche cake, dates, and caramelized bacon with a satiny, lively, fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, engaging, medium-length sweet cream, grilled peppers, and minerals finish. A smooth, effortless reposado that will be very versatile.
93 points $21.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
206136
Solana
Silver Tequila 100% Agave
Clear. Attractive aromas of peppercorns, cheese rind, floral herbs, olive, dried papaya, and sweet nougat with a silky dryish medium body and a warming, roasted sweet potato, powdered sugar on fig, creamy horchata, pepper, and stone accented finish. A smooth, elegantly styled blanco for sipping or artisan cocktails.
90 points $19.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
216017
Old Mexico
Tequila Oro
Pale straw yellow color. Grassy, fruity aromas and flavors of candied yams and figs, herbal honey, pickled nopales and peppers, and lipstick with a silky, bright, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a sleek, caramel cream and powdered sugar finish. A smooth and easy tequila for margaritas or shots.
89 points $13.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220243
Exotico
Tequila Reposado
Dull light gold color. Alliaceous aromas and flavors of roasted carrot, pearl onion, charred fresh agave, and bruleed sugar with a round, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a medium-length canela, panela, and cumin finish. A nicely savory tequila for sipping or mixing.
89 points $14.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
215825
Amatitlan
Blanco Tequila
Opaque clear color. Creamy aromas and flavors of vanilla cashew nougat bar, tarragon and tonka, mashed dates, and hint of honey baked ham with a silky, bright, dry-yet-fruity light body and a sleek, delightful, vanilla yogurt nuts and raisins, chalk, and powdery anisette cookie finish. A very soft and creamy sipping style blanco.
89 points $15 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220537
Familia Camarena
Silver Tequila
Pale clear color. Aromas of wild grasses, almond nougat, cocoa powder, and banana leaf with a glycerous, bright, fruity light-to-medium body and a carefree caramel covered apple, celery with peanut butter, achiote, and saffron cream finish. A mild and approachable tequila for cocktails.
89 points $17 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab