Best Inexpensive Tequila, Mezcal & Agave Spirits

203146
El Padrino
Blanco Tequila
Clear color. Unusual aromas of peppered melon, medicinal herbs and barks, dried tropical fruits and pickled cactus with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a sweet vanilla cream, curry leaf, turmeric, pine and white pepper finish. A vibrant and distinctively appealing choice for adventuresome cocktails; try with tonic water.
95 points $21.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
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
203895
Magave
Select Tequila Reposado
Pale golden silver color. Bold aromas of coconut gelato, cajeta, mango, and orange blossom honey with a silky, fruity-yet-dry medium body and a graceful marriage of fruity agave and spicy, creamy oak tones on the long finish. A brilliantly crafted reposado.
94 points $38 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
203893
Uno Mas
Tequila Añejo
Golden amber color. Bold aromas of toasty coconut, creme brulee, cola candy, and brown spices with a silky, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a sassafras, milk chocolate and pepper accented finish. A rich, tropical fruit driven añejo that is delicious and sure to please.
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
203151
San Matias
Legado Blanco Tequila
Clear. Aromas of zucchini bread, pepper, and fig jam on cheese with a silky, fruity-yet-dry medium body and a crisp, powdered sugar, mineral and white pepper. Very clean, balanced and flavorful.
91 points $14.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
203152
San Matias
Legado Reposado Tequila
Pale golden bronze color. Aromas of roasted squash, mango, Asian herbs, fig, and vanilla bark with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a flan, melon, praline, and pepper finish. Tasty.
90 points $14.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab