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.
“This awesome tequila made by Sophie Decobecq is one that focuses on fermentation and yeast, and the result is spectacular. Easy-drinking solo or in Margaritas, it’s a favorite. Buyers, beware that tequila is inherently a pricey thing to make and drink; your tequila should never be dirt cheap, or something is wrong.”—Ivy Mix, owner of Leyenda in New York City
“It’s my absolute favorite sipping or mixing tequila, unadulterated by wood, oak and vanilla. All you’re tasting is high-elevation agave, terroir and the tahona process.”—Nathaniel Smith, creative director of bar and drinks at Travail Kitchen and Amusements in Minneapolis
“This is the benchmark for reposados everywhere, characteristic of the Highlands, being floral and a little peppery.”—Mix
“It’s tequila like it should be.”—Medina Camacho