Taster’s Club Best Tequila Under $50
Written by Emma C | Updated April 2023
On a hot day, there’s nothing like putting your feet up, basking in the sun, and sipping on tequila – especially great, inexpensive tequila. The thing is, finding an amazing yet affordable tequila isn’t always simple – it can be tough and overwhelming. They’re out there, though. From a herbaceous blanco from Jalisco’s lowlands to an añejo aged in ex-bourbon casks, you don’t have to spend a fortune to enjoy an amazing experience. To help you save that hard-earned cash and pick the best, we’ve tasted many expressions and created this 2023 Taster's Club’s list of the best tequila under $50, all available in our bottle shop.
Best Tequila Under $50 – Available in the Bottle Shop
1. Tequila Corralejo Reposado
This reposado tequila is made with 100%, high-quality blue weber agave, harvested by hand from the distillery’s fields in Guanajuato, Mexico. The reposado undergoes double distillation, which isn’t too common in tequila. First, it goes through a continuous or column still, followed by an Alembic copper pot still from Spain, resulting in a fully aromatic, refined spirit. It is then aged for four months in American and Encino oak barrels, which give it a light straw appearance with sweet vanilla, honey, spice, and an almost-there hint of oak. The taste has lemon-lime, peppercorn, honey, oak, and agave that give this tequila a smooth, warm finish.
Region: Guanajuato | Tasting Notes: Pineapple, Brown Sugar, Sweet Agave | ABV: 40%
2. Espolon Reposado
Espolon Reposado is handcrafted with single-sourced 100% pure blue weber agave at Destiladora San Nicolas, an artisan distillery owned by Gruppo Campari located in the Los Altos (Highlands) region of Jalisco, Mexico. Master Distiller Cirilo Oropeza brings multiple decades of expertise to the craftsmanship of Espolón. The medium to full-bodied tequila is aged for at least two months in American oak barrels and carries spicy notes of caramel, toasted agave flavors, along with sweet tropical fruit and vanilla. The rich golden reposado finishes smooth and spicy.
Region: Jalisco | Tasting Notes: Roasted Herbs, Guava, Toasted Oak | ABV: 40%
3. Teremana Añejo Small Batch Tequila
This small batch, award-winning añejo tequila from Teremana features notes of rich warm oak, vanilla, and roasted agave with a lightly sweet and complex finish. It’s created in a small Mexican town amid the Jalisco Highlands peaks and utilizes local products and practices. Traditional brick oven roasting brings out citrus notes of the agave, which takes three days. After the open-tank fermentation, the spirit is distilled in handmade copper pot stills made by a local artisan at the distillery – a process that results in a smoother, cleaner tequila. The spirit is then aged in American oak barrels.
Region: Jalisco | Tasting Notes: Butterscotch, Custard, Caramel | ABV: 40%
4. 1800 Blanco
1800 Blanco is a double-distilled, special selection of white tequilas blended together for added complexity and character that’s made of the original formula from 1800, which includes 100% Blue Weber agave handpicked at its peak. The result is a premium, crystal clear tequila with a smoother, more interesting flavor than most on the market. You’ll notice aromas of spice, fruit, and black peppercorn. The clean, balanced taste with hints of sweet fruit like prune and roasted pepper and fruity pepper medium finish is perfect sipped neat, on the rocks, as a shot, or in a cocktail.
Region: Jalisco | Tasting Notes: Butterscotch, Custard, Caramel | ABV: 40%
5. Rooster Rojo Reposado Tequila
Rooster Rojo reposado is aged for a minimum of two months in large French oak barrels with controlled humidity to give it a light oakiness using a sustainable and stable process. Produced at the Fabrica de Tequilas Finos distillery in Tequila, Jalisco, the spirit is made with 100% top-quality blue weber agave from Los Altos de Jalisco and the Tequila region. It’s distilled using the double pot method in stainless steel pot stills that help to best preserve the agave’s natural flavors.
Region: Jalisco | Tasting Notes: Blackberry, Cooked Peppers And Exotic Citrus | ABV: 40%
6. Olmeca Altos Plata
natural smoothness when sipped but also for being the margarita champion, it’s a top choice tequila for margaritas by bartenders, according to a Drinks International poll among the top bartenders around the globe. On the nose, you’ll get aromas of herbal, steamed agave, and sweet citrus. You’ll taste flavors of lime, lemon, and agave, with a nice, lingering finish and aftertaste.
Region: Jalisco | Tasting Notes: Lime Peel, Wet Cement, Green Bell Pepper | ABV: 40%
7. Tres Generaciones Tequila Plata
Plata Tequila is an unaged, crystal clear tequila made from 100% blue weber agave. It’s triple-distilled, which gives it a unique, pure agave taste and smoothness, with sweet notes of fruit, pepper, and tobacco. Produced in the Lowlands town of Tequila by a master distiller who is the third generation descendant of the 1873 distillery’s original owner, the tequila is produced with several techniques different from traditional methods. For instance, the pinãs are first pulverized before being cooked, and large steel ovens and closed steel tanks are used for fermentation.
Region: Jalisco | Tasting Notes: Peppery, Green Pepper, Dry | ABV: 40%
8. Astral Blanco
Astral’s production process includes a unique milling process with a tahona, a stone wheel that crushes juices from the agave fibers. The fibers are then used in the spirit’s fermentation process. As for flavor notes, you’ll get lemony-citrus and herby agave notes on the nose, along with similar tastes on the palate plus green pepper and vanilla.
Region: Jalisco | Tasting Notes: Citrus, Clover, Honey | ABV: 40%
9. Milagro Añejo
Milagro was created from a passion for Mexico City’s arts community, co-founders Danny Schneeweiss and Moy Guindi wanted to create a tequila that complemented the vibrancy of the city’s arts scene. The brand’s pale-straw añejo is a 100% blue agave tequila aged in American oak barrels for 12-14 months. This aging time creates a smooth, refined, and agave-forward taste. You’ll notice aromas of sweet agave, herbs, and vanilla, without the brown sugar or caramel you might be used to in other añejos. On the palate, you’ll taste slightly sweet agave, vanilla, and black pepper.
Region: Jalisco | Tasting Notes: Caramel, Coconut, Tobacco, Chocolate | ABV: 40%
10. Gran Diamante Reposado
Gran Diamante’s Reposado is a medium-bodied, pale-colored tequila made from the finest Highland estate-grown 100% blue weber agave. It’s aged for eight months in French oak barrels and offers refined aromas of agave, smoke, wood, lemon, and butterscotch. Tasting notes include peppery spice, agave, vanilla, citrus, herb, caramel, and a bit of smoke and wood. You’ll feel a buttery, velvety texture along with an intense, cinnamon, peppery finish.
Region: Jalisco | Tasting Notes: Butter, Caramel, Vegetal | ABV: 40%
With this lineup of the best Taster’s Club tequila under $50 for 2023, you’ll always have choices to stock your bar and relax at the end of a hard day or entertain friends who stop by. The best part is you won’t break the bank doing it. Everything is conveniently available in our bottle shop, too. If you’re hoping for a more curated experience, though, leave the guesswork to us by joining our Tequila Club, which gets you a new bottle each and every month.
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