Our Favorite Blanco Tequilas

Blanco tequila (also known as plata, silver, or platinum tequila) is usually un-aged, or barely aged. These are some of the Tasting Table's favorite bottles!
Jul 06, 2016
  • 10
    10 El Tesoro Blanco Tequila
    92
    Herbal & Sweet
    Named for Don Felipe Camarena, the man who established La Alteña Distillery in 1937 and where El Tesoro is distilled today. The agaves used in its production are 100% estate-grown agaves from Los Altos (aka Highlands) of Jalisco. After the agaves cook for three days in a horno (oven), they are then crushed by a two-ton tahona stone. Fermentation and distillation includes not only the aguamiel (cooked agave juice), but the fibers and pulp. It is distilled to proof meaning no water is added. It is bottled without aging at 80 proof. Note: Packaging and name update from Platinum to Blanco Tequila in April 2018.
  • 9
    9 Tequila El Mayor Single Estate Los Lobos Plantation Blanco
    94
    Rich & Spicy
    This limited edition release was created by Graciela González, fourth generation distiller and daughter of master distiller for El Mayor Tequila, Rodolfo González. Around 3500 agave plants were harvested from Los Lobos Plantation in Jalisco for this bottling. Announced in August 2018, there are fewer than 5000 available for purchase.
  • 8
    8 Tequila Lapis Platinum
    94
    Floral
    The 100% blue agave is roasted in stainless ovens and is distilled in stainless, pot stills. A distinctive, step-pyramid bottle distinguishes this line.
  • 7
    7 Don Julio Blanco Tequila
    94
    Spicy & Fruity
    Don Julio's distillery in Atotonilco, Jalisco (NOM 1449) utilizes Highland agaves that are steam-cooked for 72 hours. After crushing the cooked agave, the aquamiel (honey water) is collected, fermented, and then double-distilled in stainless steel pot-stills. The tequila is bottled immediately afterward without further resting or aging.
  • 6
    6 Fortaleza Blanco Tequila
    94
    Fruity
    Guillermo Erickson Sauza, a fifth-generation tequila maker and a descendant of THAT tequila family resurrected his family-owned distillery in 2005. The tequila is produced in a traditional manner using brick ovens to cook the agaves which are then crushed with a tahona (large stone wheel). They are then allowed to naturally ferment in open air wooden tanks. The tequila is known in México as Tequila Los Abuelos, named to honor his great-great grandfather, great-grand father, and grandfather who did so much to promote the tequila industry. Outside of México, the brand is known as Fortaleza ("fortitude").
  • 5
    5 Tequila ArteNOM Selección de 1580 Blanco
    94
    Herbal
    The ArteNOM brand is a selection tequilas highlighting not only where the tequila is produced (the NOM) but the Master Mezcalero who distills it. This tequila was produced at NOM 1580, the Destiladora El Paraiso by Gabriel López-Garibay who uses agaves sourced at his Rancho El Olvido in Los Altos of Jalisco.
  • 4
    4 t1 Tequila Blanco Ultra Fino
    95
    Fruity & Spicy
    Produced by Master Distiller Germán González, formerly of his family's brand, Chinaco, t1 is a product of 100% Highlands blue agave. It spends 20 hours in autoclave (industrial pressure cooker) and is double-distilled and bottled in a distinctive, Aladdin-shaped bottle--"easy for bartenders to grab," says Gonzalez.
  • 3
    3 Gran Centenario Plata Tequila
    95
    Fruity & Sweet
    While the majority of tequilas in this category are unaged (or aged briefly in stainless steel or in oak then filtered for clarity), this pale golden-hued one, made from 10 year old agave grown in Los Altos, Jalisco, is aged for 28 days in new French Limousin oak barrels. That's not enough time for a reposado, hence its plata-ness.
  • 2
    2 Tequila ArteNOM Selección de 1579 Blanco
    96
    Fruity & Sweet
    The mountain town of Jesús María is the highest point in all of the tequila agave growing regions, and the El Pandillo Distillery-- located in the middle of these agave fields-- is one of the most forward-thinking and sustainable distilleries of all tequila. Master distiller, Felipe Camarena crafts this Highland style from stressed hillside agave plants which are slowly roasted in brick ovens. They are then macerated intact with fiber for a pronounced agave flavor that he then dilutes with 50% captured rainwater and 50% high mineral spring water.
  • 1
    1 4 Copas Tequila Blanco
    98
    Rich & Fruity
    4 Copas was founded by Hector Galindo Miranda The brand makes its tequila from 100% organic blue weber agave along with organic agave yeast in its production. The agaves are slow-cooked in traditional brick ovens. This clear, unaged spirit is bottled at 40% ABV.