Tasty Tequilas For Under $30

You don't have to spend an arm and a leg to pick up a tasty bottle of tequila. These ten shouldn't run you more than $30 and come highly rated.
Mar 07, 2017
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    Cimarrón Reposado Tequila is produced at Tequileña Distillery (NOM 1146) by Master Distiller Enrique Fonseca using 100% estate-grown blue weber agave. It's a blend of 80% tequila distilled from a double column-still and 20% tequila distilled from pot-stills. This rested tequila is bottled after aging 3 to 6 months in American white oak.
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    The name derives from the year that the category of tequila was officially recognized as a spirit, and the bottle shape is an homage to the ancient Mayan pyramids of Mexico. Their silver tequila is made from agave picked at 8 - 12 years old at harvest and double-distilled. A selection of unaged tequilas with different characteristics are then blended together for the final batch.
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    Sweet & Rich
    Along with the rest of their products, this tequila had a bottle design change in June of 2015, but this item kept its same name. Sauza Conmemorativo Añejo provides a good introduction to the añejo (aged) tequila category. Matured for 18 months, this a 100% Blue Agave tequila.
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    Oily & Herbal
    This blanco tequila is an unaged 100% agave sourced from the Highlands of Jalisco. As some winemakers have done, fermentation is done with classical music playing round the clock. Cazadores translates to “hunters” and helps to explain the stag’s head prominently displayed on the bottle.
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    Fruity & Sweet
    The competitively-priced Espolòn tequila is distilled in the Highlands of Jalisco at Destiladora San Nicolas, under the supervision of Master Distiller Cirilo Oropeza. Espolòn Reposado is aged for three to five months in new American oak barrels. The squat bottles are branded with artwork inspired by 19th century Day of the Dead iconography.
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    Herbal & Mineral
    Tequila Cabrito is one of the most popular brands in Mexico. It is 100% agave and produced at the same distillery that makes Centinella. The agave is roasted in a stone oven and the juice extracted with a shredder and mill, typical of value brands.
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    The agave sourced for Lunazul Tequila is grown at the Beckmann family-owned Tierra de Agaves estate in the town of Tequila in Jalisco, Mexico. The agave matures 7 - 9 years in the field and is transported directly to the distillery. Each batch is twice distilled in custom cognac stills. Lunazul Blanco Tequila is 100% agave and bottled unaged.
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    Sweet & Fruity
    Master distiller Jesús Hernandez produces Olmeca Altos tequila using traditional methods, from slow-cooking the piñas in a brick oven to crushing the cooked piñas with a tahona (stone wheel) and distilling with small copper pot stills. Olmeca Altos also touts their use of cultivated yeast, rather than “wild or commercial yeast that is often used by competitors.” The reposado is aged 8-10 months in used bourbon barrels.
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    Living up to its name, Tequila Pueblo Viejo is produced at San Matias, one of the oldest distilleries in Jalisco, Mexico. The blanco is made from 100% agave grown in the Highlands (Los Altos). This blanco is the distillery's flagship, bottled unaged straight from the still.
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    Fruity & Earthy
    El Jimador tequila, produced at Casa Herradura, is a 100% agave tequila that has become the #1 selling tequila brand in Mexico since its launch in 2000. A classically styled Lowlands tequila, El Jimador Blanco is a value-priced spirit that offers great quality at an affordable price. This versatile mixer will make great cocktails without breaking the bank.