About Tequila, Mezcal and Agave Spirits from USA

About Tequila, Mezcal  and  Agave Spirits from USA
The spirit industry in America is much like the beer industry; some large corporate distillers turning out good quality vodka, gin and whisky along with a growing number of artisan producers of these same products. In large cities such as Chicago and San Francisco, small distilleries turn out superb spirits, many of them organically produced. Vodkas and gins are most common, but there are even a few examples of single malt whiskey. This is certainly an encouraging alternative to the commercially produced spirits in the US, but the truth is that these artisan spirits are a drop in the bucket next to the huge amount of vodkas, gins and whiskeys made by the large companies and are sold in huge numbers; given the promotional money spent by these firms. But the new competition is a bright sign at least in terms of some of the famous whiskey producers that have recently introduced specialty bourbons, aged for a dozen or more years, many of them single barrel products. They are responding to a public looking for more high quality American spirits. The success of these products is a great thing for the American sprits industry.

Top Picks for USA

Tequila, Mezcal and Agave Spirits

Shelter Distilling Ranchito Bendito Agave Americana
93 points
Somewhere between Tequila and Mezcal with an interesting grilled cherry quality; over delivers for an agave outside of Mexico.
Baluarte 15 Months Aged Añejo Tequila
93 points
A delightfully spicy and tingling añejo that intrigues the palate with every sip.
Ventura Spirits Blanco Yolo Agave Spirit Batch No. 1
89 points
Fruity and minty, quite fascinating and strangely delicious albeit atypical.
Western Reserve Distillers Organic Blanco Agave Spirit
88 points
Herbal, grassy and full of life, this brings an earthy honesty to the table.
Ghost Coast Tommy Agave Spirit
87 points
A delicate and somewhat floral Agave spirit for distinctive sipping.
Ventura Spirits Barrel Rested Yolo Agave Spirit Batch No. 2
86 points
Complex and interesting; keeps coming back with new and unique flavors but always inviting.
Baluarte Tequila Reposado Reserva Especial
86 points
A nicely balanced Reposado Tequila for more serious cocktails.
Painted Donkey Grapefruit Flavored Tequila
85 points
Grapefruit, sugar, and some agave flavors are all present and accounted for.
Painted Donkey Pineapple Flavored Tequila
85 points
A nice sippable pineapple flavored Tequila; bachelorette party worthy.
Painted Donkey Watermelon Flavored Tequila
85 points
Like watermelon bubblegum soaked in Tequila with the end result being sweet but not half bad.