You know who knows best which bottles to buy? The people who pour and sell drinks—that’s who. We asked dozens of top bartending and spirits industry professionals to tell us which bottles they love and why.
Heads up: The numerical order below is not organized by importance or quality; it’s an alphabetical list, not a ranking. Prices are averages and can vary from state to state.
“Cimarron blanco is produced by one of the most innovative distillers in Mexico. It’s bright and agave-forward. Its crisp flavor works great for cocktails like Margaritas and Palomas, for shots with friends or on the rocks with a twist after a long day. And for an average price being comfortably around $30, it can't be beat.”—Jonathan Shock, head bartender at Detroit’s Prime + Proper
“A lot of times, easier tequilas can be too harsh or too earthy or too much of one thing, but this 100 percent agavaceae [a cousin to agave] is rich but subtle, easy to sip and with all the right elements of earth.”—Camille Cavan, bar manager at Portland, Ore.'s Quaintrelle
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