We Tasted Trader Joe’s Distinqt Tequila to Find Out If You Should Buy It

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Ah, Trader Joe’s, how we love you. A favorite among the budget-conscious and healthy eaters among us, TJ’s is where you can grab quality produce, earth-friendly skin care products and toiletries without killing your bank account. But did you know you can stock up your liquor cabinet, too? And no, we’re not just talking about Two-Buck Chuck. We mean the hard stuff, folks.

Most of you already know Trader Joe’s sells some good liquor brands (including Bulleit, Milagro and Hendrick’s), but some may not know there are also Trader Joe’s branded spirits. TJ’s has managed to have its own versions of everything from scotch to tequila, but there’s still one question: Are they any good? Even for their extremely low price?

To answer that question, we paired up with Crystal Chasse from San Francisco’s Blackbird and Dirty Habit and tasted them one by one. Our third installment is a review of the Distinqt tequila.

At $22 a bottle, TJ’s reposado tequila is less of a value for the price, and we’re not so sure it’s worth the price tag. On the nose, it comes off citrusy and grassy with some mineral notes. Once it’s sipped, the flavors are lackluster with no beginning or finish. It lays flat on the tongue. This tequila is not a sipper, but it may work well in a cocktail where it’s not the star ingredient. Try it in an El Diablo or a punch for the crowd.

Verdict: For the price, it may be best to look elsewhere.


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  • kellyeugene414yahoocom14237981 posted 3 months ago

    Not much of a tequila fan, but I like 3 buck chuck chardonnay..I'm out of style-I prefer a very oaky chardonnay..chuck fits the bill.

  • garbacikpeakorg1354427449 posted 3 months ago

    Neither Trader Joe, nor Costco, sell hard liquor in Oregon.

  • sneakymagiciansbcglobalnet1223 posted 3 months ago

    I wish Trader Joe's in Michigan would sell hard liquor. The state buys all liquor and sells it to retail establishments, screwing things up. Michigan sucks!

  • gadflyonthewall posted 4 months ago

    plaininja, the folks at the 14th St. wine store told me that NYU, which owns the building, won't allow them to sell hard-liquor.

  • gadflyonthewall posted 4 months ago

    They also have a 12 year-old Speyside I'd like to hear about.

    The $8 rum is nothing special but fine for daiquiris.

  • marknohnergmailcom538812146 posted 1 year ago

    " we’re not just talking about Two-Buck Chuck."
    I think its now called three-Buck Chuck.....

  • thebilles.a9cc89 posted 1 year ago

    How about testing some Kirkland brands from Costco. They have a whole array of liquors and wine to include a 16 year single malt scotch. I'm interested to see how they fare.

  • vcdiva.4d35 posted 1 year ago

    Trader Joes regular Reposado that costs $11.00 a bottle is excellent! While it is no Casa Dores, what you get for the price is way better than what you have described about Trader Joes Distinqt at $22.00 a bottle and suitable only for "mixed" drinks!

  • cindykulaspmiwicom156602722 posted 1 year ago

    Has there ever been a comparison of top shelf tequilas to Costco Anejo? I am always tempted to try it, they claim it has a 93 rating.....

  • plaidninja posted 1 year ago

    Where is the TJ's nearest to NYC that carries this?

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