The funny thing about writing is that when you write about something that you are intimate with, it becomes challenging to stay focused. It is easy to drift from the main topic because of the overwhelming amount of information you may want to share. Should you find yourself in such a state; a shot of tequila will go a long way to calm your nerves and help you to stay in perspective. Luckily, you do not have to worry about the price anymore.
First things first; interesting enough, we have a city named Tequila 65 km (40 mi) northwest of Guadalajara highlands in the central western Mexican state of Jalisco which is where the name of this drink originated. Tequila, a distilled beverage, is made from the blue agave plant and yeast. In some blends it is mixed with flavors, salt and sugars to achieve a given taste.
Classified in two broad categories as either highland or lowland tequilas without going into details we will get to the nitty-gritty of this article. Price; affordability. Below is a list of the best tequilas available at $25 or less.
1. Pueblo Viejo Reposado ($20)
Pueblo Viejo Reposado has subtle aromas of agave, light, cinnamon and vanilla. It is also easy to drink. A 750ml bottle of Pueblo Viejo Reposado in California is around $20. Due to its great taste and affordability it has taken root in Jalisco. Gulp after gulp you will still not miss rich taste. One round is never enough.
2. Cimarron Blanco ($24)
Cimarron is tequila made by Enrique Fonseca. Dollar for dollar, it is as good as any spirit in any class on the market today. It is bright, crisp, clean and full of baked agave. It is versatile, affordable, and good quality. Cimarron can be used in cocktails or sipped straight – you can’t go wrong with this choice.
3. El Jimador ($22)
In Spain a field worker who harvests the agave plant is known as Jimador. Owned by Brown Forman and produced by Herradura according to Nielsen poll Jimador is the top-selling 100%-agave brand in Mexico. Why? Because it is not only charming but also crisp, tasting of fresh agave and citrus.
4. Espolon ($23)
Espolon is a highland tequila; spicy and slightly floral; it contains traces of grilled pineapple and pepper. It is simply epic especially in cocktails, more specifically margarita. We have the blanco and the reposado. Espolon is best served with ice.
5. Gran Centenario ($22)
This is one of its 100%-agave brands of Jose Cuervo distillery, which is famous for mixto tequilas. Located in the heart of Tequila in the Jalisco lowlands, it is a really a simple drink; its charming and revitalizing. It’s satisfying and tasty characteristic is unmatched just as is its appropriateness for margarita.
6. Lunazul ($17)
Lunazul is a lowland tequila blend of the grassy agave and mixed tropical fruit flavor. Having a mildly curried finish, its flavor has a hint of pepper and herbal notes. It yields best result when taken grapefruit soda, a pinch of salt, and fresh limejuice; the Mexican style. It’s great in cocktails.
7. Milagro ($23)
Milagro is slightly herbal and vegetal, rich and creamy, and freshly citrusy. It is surprisingly good for its price considering that it sips well and mixes better. It is good on its own but more exciting and exuberant when coupled with Sangrita; the refined herbaceous notes of the tequila would play well with the tastes of Sangrita. It is easy to confuse Sangria with Sangrita; they’re very different things. This is highland tequila.
9. Olmeca Altos ($21)
When sipped, the taste is rich and long; once swallowed the finish is smooth and exhilarating. Its herbal agave flavors are grassy up front and in the back we have one of a kind juicy tone. It’s delicious on its own, whether on the rocks or neat but still dominates when it comes mixing in cocktails. The drinks sophisticated taste could fetch more in the market.
10. Tapatío ($25)
Tapatío is absolutely delicious! It is not just its rich agave grassiness or its fruitiness or the hint of spice but also the way it blends with other brands to give one of the finest cocktails in its category. The splash of Tapatío tequila on billboards, painted signs on the sides of buildings, posters, and handbills shows just how much it is loved. It is popular and affordable in Mexico, especially in the highlands of Jalisco.
As tequila has gained recognition for its unique flavor and complexity the prices of agave spirits shot up. That led to questions such as; why does tequila have to be so damn expensive? Well the simple answer to that is; it doesn’t. Not anymore, at least. Above is the most pocket-friendly yet good quality tequilas above prepared for you. You are most welcome.