The Best Tequilas of 2021

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One of the oldest spirits made in the world, tequila traces its roots to the Aztecs. The tequila family of agave spirits also includes Mexico’s pulque spirit, mezcal and sotol.

There are strict rules when it comes to tequila’s production, including region and age statements. There are over a 100 different species of agave that can be found in Mexico but blue agave is the principal plant used in tequila production. And all tequila must be made with at least half blue agave.

The premium tequila market is booming and these 14 reposados from our Top 100 Spirits list of 2021 are the best we reviewed this year, perfect for sipping on their own or mixed in cocktails.

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Antaño Reposado Tequila; $40. Zesty jalapeño tickles the nose. The palate opens with a pleasant rush of vanilla and tropical fruit… SEE SCORE AND FULL REVIEW

ArteNOM Selección de 1414 Reposado Tequila; $55. Look for a pale straw hue and aromas that mingle dried oregano with a touch of honey. The palate is light… SEE SCORE AND FULL REVIEW

Corralejo Reposado Tequila; $34. Coconut and pineapple play lightly on the nose and palate, interwoven with richer hints… SEE SCORE AND FULL REVIEW

El Gran Jubileo Reposado Tequila; $34. Vibrant yellow in the glass, this Tequila takes a minute to open, morphing from mild almond to a deeper vanilla scent. The palate feels light… SEE SCORE AND FULL REVIEW

La Gritona Reposado; $31. Look for a pale straw hue and fruity/funky aromas. The palate offers distinct tropical fruit notes, opening with lychee and a faint floral hint… SEE SCORE AND FULL REVIEW

El Sativo Reposado Tequila; $45. Expect assertive dried herbs and honey on the nose. The bold, rich palate echoes that honeyed character… SEE SCORE AND FULL REVIEW

Ocho Single Estate Reposado Tequila; $60. This lively, bright tequila will please purists. A light hand with the oak means a straw hue and brisk aromas of jalapeño and citrus… SEE SCORE AND FULL REVIEW

PaQui Reposado Tequila; $65. This Tequila drinks like a blanco, with just the mildest mellowing influence from the oak. It’s savory and fresh… SEE SCORE AND FULL REVIEW

Partida Reposado Tequila; $44. The citrusy, zesty aroma suggests grilled lemon and dried oregano. The palate opens lightly with coconut… SEE SCORE AND FULL REVIEW

Penta Reposado Tequila; $125. A tequila made with a blend of agave from locales in all five states in Mexico where tequila can be legally produced, this is distinctly bold… SEE SCORE AND FULL REVIEW

Solento Organic Reposado Tequila; $64. Look for vanilla and coconut aromas, plus a hint of savory edge. The palate is distinctly herbaceous… SEE SCORE AND FULL REVIEW

Tapatio Reposado Tequila; $45. This is a lean take on reposado, with a light straw hue and a perky fresh jalapeño aroma. The minerally palate… SEE SCORE AND FULL REVIEW

Vikera Reposado Tequila; $50. This tequila is named for Owner/Master Distiller Melly Barajas and her “vikeras,” the women “Vikings” who are the primary operators of the distillery. Look for mild vanilla… SEE SCORE AND FULL REVIEW

Villa One Reposado Tequila; $50. This rich version of reposado embraces all the flavors oak can impart. Look for a burnished gold hue… SEE SCORE AND FULL REVIEW

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Published on December 15, 2021
Topics: Spirits