Great Budget Friendly Tequilas
If you still think tequila is the hangover-inducing spirit of yesteryear, think again. Americans are consuming more tequila than ever before. In fact, after whiskey, it’s one of the fastest-growing spirits in popularity. Fortunately, you don’t have to spend a fortune to enjoy a high quality bottle of tequila.
Made exclusively from blue weber agave plants, tequila’s flavors are mostly determined by the terroir and altitude at which they are grown. The pineapple-like cores, called piñas, are baked in either traditional brick ovens or by steaming in metal autoclaves, almost like pressure cookers, before being fermented and distilled.
Tequila must be produced in the Mexican states of Jalisco (where the town of Tequila is located), Nayarit, Michoacán, Guanjuato or Tamaulipas.
GAYOT’s Best Tequilas Under $100 proudly showcase bold agave character along with nuanced notes ranging from green peppers and marshmallow to toffee. There are a mix of styles on the list — blanco, wood-aged reposado, añejo — from various regions and all bottles are priced well under $100.
But don’t let the prices fool you — these inexpensive options are of top quality and have a smooth flavor. Enjoy them neat, on the rocks or in a cocktail, like in a classic Tequila Sunrise or in a spicy Kissyomama, check out our list for tequila cocktail recipes.
And for those of you who want a high-end Mexican spirit, you’ll love our list of Luxurious Tequilas.