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Video:Best Tequila Brands

with Justin Noel

Tequila is a varied and complex liquor. In this cocktail video from About.com, mixologist, Justin Noel, showcases great brands of tequila from all different price points.See Transcript

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Transcript:Best Tequila Brands

My name is Justin Noel, proprietor here at 1534 Bar in Nolita, New York. And I'm here today for About.com to discuss quality tequila brands ranging from least expensive to most expensive ranging in blancos, neros and reposados.

Milagro Blanco Tequila

The first brand I'd like to talk to you guys about today is the Milagro Blanco, which I think is – for price point, mixability, taste profile - is a great underappreciated tequila brand.  It's a great representation of a highland tequila, fruity, floral, spicy notes, and the mixability is great. 

Reposado from Siete Leguas

The next brand I want to talk to you guys about is the Reposado from Siete Leguas.  What a lot of people don't know is that Siete Leguas is actually the first producers of Petron, and the Reposado, for the price point, taste profile, is a great product. 

Tequila Ocho Anejo

The third brand I want to talk to you about is the Tequila Ocho Anejo, which is one of my favorites. Tequila Ocho is unique in that they do single estate vintages, so every year, the Anejo, the Repo and the blanco come from different farms throughout Mexico, within the five states that you're allowed to produce tequila. So you get a unique representation, almost like small batch whiskeys vary from year to year, same thing with tequila ocho, and Anejo is one of the best products out there.

Corzo Anejo Tequila

The fourth brand is one that I'm very familiar with, the Corzo Anejo. Now Corzo Anejo for the price point, sipability, taste, is great. They do a couple of different things – highland tequila, they triple distill, and they double age. Double aging is that they age the product in New American Oak, after the first distillation, then they distill twice more, then they put it into new French Oak, where they let it rest in the wood for anywhere between a year to two and a half years, and then they blend. 

Jose Cuervo's Platino Reserva de la Familia, Platino Blanco

The final tequila I'd like to talk to you guys about today is Jose Cuervo's Platino Reserva de la Familia, Platino Blanco.  Some of you guys out there might be saying Jose Cuervo, really?  Yes. Jose Cuervo actually makes a really nice quality high-end premium tequila line knows as the Reserva De La Familia, which is one of the best sipping blanco tequilas out on the market. 

It's a little bit more expensive, but when you look at some of these high-end tequilas, and what they charge, I think that this is all quality in the bottle, and I think that Jose Cuervo's De La Familia Platino Blanco is probably one of the best, highest price Ocho Premium tequilas that you can get.  So there you have it, guys. 

Five tequila brands, five different price point areas. If you're interested in learning more about tequila, please visit About.com and cheers!

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