Have a Blast With These Top 10 Tequila Blanco Choices
Written by Emma C | Updated March 2023
Do you consider yourself a tequila fan but would love to delve a bit deeper and learn more about the types of tequila, along with the best options out there? Look no further – we’re here to help with exactly that. Many find blancos to be the purest form of tequila. They are clear in color, unaged and bottled after the last distillation. Here, we’ll keep it simple and focus on our top 10 tequila blanco picks. Keep reading to discover them and decide for yourself what you’d like to try next.
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1. 123 Organic Blanco Tequila Uno
Organic agaves are harvested for up to 10 years to create 123 Organic Blanco (Uno) tequila, from which Reposado (Dos) and Añejo (Tres) tequilas are made. Mature agaves are hand-harvested and the hearts are slowly cooked in stone ovens before being pressed to release their sugary juice. The blanco tequila comes once the natural fermentation and small-batch distillation are done.
2. Tequila Ocho Plata
Tequila Ocha Plata comes from a single-field estate in Jalisco's highlands and is made from the finest, overripe agaves with maximum flavor. In this sipping tequila full of character, you’ll get grassy, vegetal aromas, with a bit of floral, too. Expect deep, concentrated, yet energized flavors and a spicy pepper finish.
3. Tequila Herradura Silver
This tequila goes through an extra long American white oak barrel aging process of 45 days past industry standard to deliver its distinctly sweet taste of agave, citrus, black pepper, and subtle oak notes. This creates a light straw color with a unique, robust aroma of cooked agave, earth, vanilla, olive brine, and wood that leaves your mouth feeling smooth and refreshed. You’ll love this one in margaritas or other tequila cocktails.
4. Don Abraham Organico Blanco
Don Abraham Organico Tequila is a 100% organic natural agave spirit. It’s produced in a traditional antique process, strictly controlled to obtain the best and finest quality. Don Abraham Organico uses 100% organically farmed blue agave plants that originate from one of the finest growing regions in all of Jalisco, Mexico. In this beautiful valley, the perfect combination of soil, weather, and other natural factors produces excellent conditions which are required to produce the finest blue agave of the highest quality. The distillery’s master growers select only the finest mature plants from fields for the production of this blanco.
5. Casa Dragones Tequila Blanco
Casa Dragones Blanco is crafted to showcase the purity of the agave and water used in its creation, delivering a tequila that is so crisp and smooth, it is perfect for sipping on the rocks or for upgrading your favorite signature cocktails. Crystal clear in color and a bit sweet, it contains flavors of pepper, agave, green apple, and clover and aromas of herbs, grapefruit, and green apple. You’ll enjoy a nice, bright, soft, crisp finish with almond notes.
6. Tequila Fortaleza Blanco
Aromas of citrus, and rich cooked agave fill your nose in this unique and very special blanco tequila. It’s fermented in open-air wood tanks and made with traditional brick ovens and a large stone wheel by a fifth-generation maker. You’ll also get olive, butter, earth, black pepper, and deep vegetal complexity. Flavors include citrus, cooked agave, vanilla, basil, olive, and lime. The finish is long and deep, complex yet easy to drink.
7. Herencia Mexicana Blanco Tequila
This Highland tequila contains 100% Blue Weber agave and is clear, unaged, and bottled immediately after distillation, after typically resting in stainless steel or wood. You’ll get grassy and herbal aromas and tasting notes, plus agave and citrus flavors that have a balanced, smooth finish with a bit of spice and hot pepper. The blanco comes from one of Mexico’s highest-elevated distilleries and is sourced from Jalisco’s highest-elevated agave plantations. The region’s thinner air, higher pressure, and cooler temperatures create long growing cycles and bright citrus and vegetal notes.
8. Arte Nom Selection de 1579 - Tequila Blanco
At 6,788 feet above sea level in the remote mountain town of Jesús María, Felipe Camarena masterfully crafts this bright, aromatic Blanco Clásico tequila from stressed hillside agave plants grown in tequila’s highest-altitude agave region. Felipe’s Destilería El Pandillo is arguably one of the most forward-thinking, innovative, and sustainable distilleries in the business. After select harvesting, the agave plants are slowly roasted in brick ovens and macerated intact with their fibers for a richer, fuller flavor. Following fermentation with rainwater, Felipe slowly distills this selección in small copper pot stills and aerates the spirit prior to bottling.
9. Tequila Partida Blanco
A real and fresh expression of blue agave with a crystal clear appearance (that happens to be grown in volcanic soil and aged for 10 years on the maker’s single estate), Partida Blanco is a perfect harmony and balance between aromas and flavors. The crystal clear liquid of medium to heavy body is a wide, complex variety of dominating herbal, earthy, mineral, and citrus notes with hints of tropical fruits and vanilla and an overall palate of cooked agave, sweet potatoes, black pepper, volcanic minerals, and grapefruit. The light, lingering finish goes from slick to dry and leaves notes of minerals, nuts, leather, butter, tobacco, and apricot.
10. Nuda Tequila Silver
NUDA’s unaged blue agave Silver Tequila is triple distilled with a particular technique for a more refined aroma, intense flavors, and a smoother finish, making it an ideal sipping tequila. It’s unaged and crystal clear in color, with aromas of freshly cooked agave and tasting notes of sweet earth and roasted agave.
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FAQs: Top 10 tequila blanco frequently asked questions
What is tequila?
Tequila is a distilled alcoholic spirit made from the agave plant. This mezcal type is only made with Blue Weber agave, also known as agave tequilana, which grows in Mexico. Once the blue agave matures (which usually takes over seven years), jimadors (agave farmers) harvest it by removing the leaves and exposing the hearts (piñas). The hearts are then sent to distilleries to be made into tequila.
Similarly to how bourbon must be produced in the US to be called bourbon, Mexican law states that tequila is only allowed to be produced in Mexico (specifically in the Jalisco, Nayarit, Guanajuato, Michoacán, and Tamaulipas regions).
How is tequila made?
The tequila-making process goes something like this:
- Collect ingredients. There are two main tequila categories, “puro” tequilas made from 100% Blue Weber agave and “mixto” tequilas made from at least 51% agave (and the remaining 49% sugars).
- Ferment. The wash is mixed and the tequila is fermented for 5-7 days. Once it’s ready, it no longer produces vapors or tastes sweet.
- Distill. The tequila is strained to remove any solid material, which can affect its purity. Pot stills are fired up, and the tequila wash goes through two distillations. In the first, there is no separation of the heads, hearts, and tails, while in the second, the distillate is separated.
- Collect distillate. The first 35% of the distillate is discarded (foreshots and heads), the next 30% is kept (hearts), and the remaining 35% is removed from the wash but kept to become its own wash later.
- Age. There is no legal aging requirement, and different tequilas have different aging timelines. That said, blancos typically aren’t aged but rest for up to 60 days, jovens are mixed with aged tequilas, reposados are aged from 2 months to under 1 year, añejos are aged for 1-3 years, and extra añejos are aged for longer than 3 years.
What is the history of tequila?
Tequila goes back to 1000 B.C. when the Olmecs enjoyed a sweet, milky fermented drink called pulque, which came from the agave plant's sap. Later on, the Aztecs adapted pulque for themselves, but it was taken over and appropriated by the Spanish in the 1400s, during their invasion of the Aztecs. They distilled spirits with agave and mud and then, around the early 1600s, the first mass distillery was built by the Marquis de Altamira in Tequila, Jalisco. In 1758, the Cuervo family started to distill tequila, and in 1873 the Sauza family followed suit. Today, Cuervo and Sauza are still two prominent tequilas on the market.
With this handy list of the top 10 tequila blanco picks around, you'll have more than enough to choose from whenever you fancy a drink or are entertaining guests. And remember, if you just can't decide, you can always sign up for a Taster's Club Tequila membership. This awesome club handles every single detail for you, so you can just relax and enjoy, with a fun element of surprise each and every month.