Agave, water, and yeast. Unbelievably, those three ingredients are all you need to make tequilas with an enormous variety of aromas and flavors. That’s because while the ingredients are simple, the process is anything but. If you’ve ever wondered why tequilas smell and taste different from brand to brand, the first thing to consider is where, and how, it was made.

Tequila distilleries can differ from each other in many ways: Geographic location; type of equipment used; time of year they produce; quality of ingredients; and the experience level of the staff, among other factors. All of these variables have an influence on the final product. So we decided to use our database to find out which distilleries are creating tequilas that tend to score highest among users of the Tequila Matchmaker app for iPhone and Android.

Here are the Top 10 (as of May 22, 2017):

According to the Tequila Matchmaker app database, there are currently 132 active tequila distilleries operating in Mexico, all of which are listed and searchable in the app, including the brands that they create.

The Full List

These are the top 82 (of 132) active tequila distilleries, based on ratings in the Tequila Matchmaker mobile app.

For a distillery to make the list they must have more than 25 ratings, and have at least 1 brand in active production as of the time of this update (5/22/2017). The average score is calculated using all reviews in our database for products made at the assigned NOM. Keep in mind that distilleries that produce many different brands are being rated based on everything they produce, and not just one popular brand. This means that one low-rated brand can bring down the average for an entire distillery.

We plan to update this list quarterly. The next one is scheduled for August 31, 2017.

Did any of your favorite distilleries make the list? Please share your feedback in the comments area, below!

RankChangeOwnerNOMAvg RatingRatingsBrandsRegionNoteworthy Brands
1-Tequila el Caballito Cerrero, S.A. de C.V.111489.35261Jalisco (Los Valles)El Caballito Cerrero
2-Destileria El Pandillo, S.A. de C.V.157986.343505Jalisco (Los Altos Southern)G4; Terralta; Pasote
3▲2Tequila Los Abuelos, S.A. de C.V.149385.6815802Jalisco (Los Valles)Fortaleza; Los Abuelos
4-Fabrica de Tequila Don Nacho, S.A. de C.V.150885.43773Jalisco (Los Altos Southern)Don Nacho
5▲2Tequila Siete Leguas, S.A. de C.V.112084.735361Jalisco (Ciénega)Siete Leguas
6▲2Destileria La Alborada144584.65313Jalisco (Los Valles)El Gran Jubileo; Don Lorenzo
7▼1Grupo Tequilero Mexico, S.A. de C.V.146884.5130710Jalisco (Los Altos Southern)Alquimia; Casa Real; Tierra Brava
8▼5Tequila Casa de Los Gonzalez, S.A. de C.V.151884.312613Jalisco (Ciénega)Reserva de Los Gonzalez
9▲2Tequila Tapatio, S.A. de C.V.113983.9711523Jalisco (Los Altos Southern)Tapatio; El Tesoro de Don Felipe
10-Productos Regionales de Atotonilco, S.A. de C.V.152683.91965Jalisco (Central)Corrido; Sol de Mexico; Tres Culturas
11▲1Tequilera Simbolo, S.A. de C.V.153083.492843Jalisco (Ciénega)Suerte
12▲1Tequila Don Julio, S.A de C.V.144983.4718932Jalisco (Ciénega)Don Julio; 3 Magueyes
13▲1Cía. Tequilera Los Alambiques, S.A. de C.V.147483.266051Jalisco (Los Altos Southern)Tequila Ocho; Charbay
14▲1Tequileña, S.A. de C.V.114683.08104014Jalisco (Los Valles)Don Fulano; Don Lorenzo; Cimarron; Fuenteseca; Tears of Llorona; Pura Sangre; T1; Artenom Seleccion de 1146
15▼6Jorge Salles Cuervo y Sucesores, S.A. de C.V.110882.9611Jalisco (Los Valles)El Tequileño
16-Destiladora de Los Altos, S.A. de C.V.141282.8604Jalisco (Los Altos Southern)Hacienda Vieja; Don Felix
17▲5Casa Tradición, S.A. De C.V.159582.281052Jalisco (Los Altos Southern)Clase Azul
18▲3Tequilera Puerta de Hierro (Leticia Hermosillo Ravelero)147782.2116812Jalisco (Los Valles)Cava de Oro; Don Elias
19▼1Tequila Embajador, S.A. de C.V.150982.1813813Jalisco (Ciénega)Embajador; Oro Real; Crotalo; Cabresto
20▼3La Cofradia, S.A. de C.V.113782.16150163Jalisco (Los Valles)Casa Noble; Casa Cofradia; Astral; Tequila 512
21▼2Feliciano Vivanco y Asociados, S.A. de C.V.141481.8379317Jalisco (Los Altos Southern)Alderete; Artenom Seleccion de 1414; Gran Dovejo; Siembra Azul
22▲2Tequila Cascahuin, S.A.112381.2426814Jalisco (Los Valles)Cascahuin; Revolucion; Siembra Valles
23-Grupo Industrial Tequilero de Los Altos de Jalisco, S.A. de C.V.144380.9166610Jalisco (Los Altos Southern)Don Pilar; Dulce Vida
24▼4Destiladora Refugio, S.A. de C.V.154980.673610Jalisco (Los Valles)ArteNOM Seleccion de 1549; Quinta de Gomez
25-Tequila Las Americas, S.A. de C.V.148080.5550337Jalisco (Los Valles)123 Organic Tequila; IXA; Don Abraham
26▲1Tequila Arette de Jalisco, S.A. de C.V.110980.314105Jalisco (Los Valles)Arette; Tres Agaves
27▼1Tequilas del Señor, S.A. de C.V.112480.2315425Jalisco (Central)Dos Lunas; Herencia del Señor; Reserva del Señor
28-Corporacion Ansan, S.A. de C.V.136079.877514Jalisco (Los Valles)Arta; Fogoso; Honorable; Pez Gordo; Tejitas
29▲3Tequilera Las Juntas, S.A. de C.V.150079.771508Jalisco (Los Valles)Codigo 1530; Trianon Tequila
30▼1Tequila Centinela, S.A. de C.V.114079.721747Jalisco (Los Altos Southern)Centinela; Cabrito
31-Tequila Quiote, S.A. de C.V.143379.5212513Jalisco (Ciénega)Calle 23; Decada Tequila
32▲1Empresa Ejidal Tequilera de Amatitan, S.P.R. de R.L. de C.V.150379.34322Jalisco (Los Valles)Regional
33▲17Tequilas Gonzalez Lara, S.A. de C.V.156079.0410919Jalisco (Los Valles)Adictivo; Mañana; Realeza Mexicana
34▼4Destiladora Los Magos, S.A. de C.V.143178.895722Jalisco (Central)Adan y Eva; Calera; Cava Antigua
35▲2Agaveros Unidos de Amatitan, S.A. de C.V.142678.85957Jalisco (Los Valles)Azuñia; Don Cosme
36▼1Autentica Tequilera, S.A. de C.V.150278.832515Jalisco (Los Valles)Partida; Tierras; Abandonado
37▼1Productos Finos de Agave, S.A. de C.V.141678.62168430Jalisco (Los Altos Southern)Avion; Alacran; Campo Azul; Casamigos; Clase Azul
38▲7Tequila Selecto de Amatitan, S.A. de C.V.145978.6114032Jalisco (Los Valles)Blue Nectar; El Buho; Los Tres Toños
39▲4Destileria Leyros, S.A. de C.V.148978.5223918Jalisco (Los Valles)Casa Dragones; Don Fermin; Republic; Tarantulal; Leyros; Hussong's
40-Rivesca, S.A. De C.V.153178.4811310Jalisco (Los Valles)Number Juan; Toro de Lidia; Oro de Lidia; Don Modesto
41▲1Tequila San Matias de Jalisco, S.A. de C.V.110378.365098Jalisco (Los Altos Southern)Pueblo Viejo; San Matias; Orgullo Pueblo Viejo; Carmessi
42▼3Tequilera la Gonzaleña, S.A. de C.V.112778.342271TamaulípasChinaco
42▼5Tequila Tres Mujeres, S.A. de C.V.146678.2526428Jalisco (Los Valles)Santanera; Tres Mujeres; Una Mas; Casino Azul
44-Integradora San Agustin, S.A. de C.V.1547783616Jalisco (Ciénega)Alien; El Tesoro de Mi Tierra; David Reyes
45▲3Corporativo Destileria Santa Lucia, S.A. de C.V.117377.819726Jalisco (Central)l Destilador; Grand Mayan; Tragos Amargos; El Conquistador
46▼5Destileria Casa De Piedra, S.A. De C.V.158677.66974Jalisco (Los Valles)Chamucos; Cobalto
47▲2Tequila el Viejito, S.A. de C.V.110777.4419125Jalisco (Ciénega)El Viejito; Distinqt; Karma; El Set; Sweet Poison; Campeon
48▲3Compañia Tequilera de Arandas, S.A. de C.V.146077.3525131Jalisco (Los Altos Southern)Ambhar; Antigua Cruz; Cazcabel; El Charro; Riazul; Vida; Z Pepe Zevada
49▼3Casa Tequilera de Arandas, S.A. de C.V.149977.2729333Jalisco (Los Altos Southern)1921; 3 Amigos; Angel Bendito; Mi Casa; Tromba; Zircón Azul
50▲2Agroindustrias Casa Ramirez, S.A. de C.V.151977.24712GuanajuatoDesmadre; Deleon; Reserva de Mexico
51▲3Premium de Jalisco, S.A. de C.V.155876.79948Jalisco (Southeast)Dos Armadillos; Luna Nueva; Tavi; Trader Joe's; Tierra Noble
52▲5Hacienda de Oro, S.A. de C.V.152276.27849Jalisco (Los Valles)El Ultimo Agave; Hacienda de Oro; Suave Tequila; Semental
53▲2Tequilera La Herencia, S. De R.L. De C.V.159076.148314Jalisco (Los Altos Southern)Don Ramon; AGV 400; Cristeros; Gila Tequila; Mi Tiempo
54▲4Destiladora San Nicolas, S.A. de C.V.144076.126512Jalisco (Los Altos Southern)Cabo Wabo; Espolon
55▲4Grupo Tequilero de Los Altos, S.A. de C.V.154875.748417Jalisco (Los Altos Southern)Aha Toro; Ortigoza; Tierra Blanca
56▲5Destiladora Juanacatlan, S.P.R. de R.L. de C.V.155175.698611Jalisco (Central)Baron; Carreta de Oro; Casa de Luna; Soltado; Tanteo
57▲3Destiladora Gonzalez Gonzalez, S.A. de C.V.114375.6820814Jalisco (Central)Dos Vidas; El Mayor; Juarez; Monte Alban; Tijuana Sweet Heat
58▲13Fabrica de Tequila el Eden, S.A. de C.V.146575.531477Jalisco (Los Altos Southern)Baluarte; Frida Kahlo; Herencia Mexicana; RR Dos Erres
59▲3Brown Forman Tequila Mexico, S. de R.L. de C.V.111975.1314818Jalisco (Los Valles)Antiguo; El Jimador; Herradura; Pepe Lopez; Suave 35
60▲3Agaveros y Tequileros Unidos de Los Altos, S.A. de C.V.152974.778310Jalisco (Central)Don Malaquias; El Mante; Hotel California; Magnate; Tierra Caliente
61▲3Tequilera Milagro, S.A. de C.V.155974.616143Jalisco (Los Altos Southern)Milagro
63▲5Pernod Ricard Mexico, S.A. de C.V.111174.544586Jalisco (Los Altos Southern)Olmeca; Olmeca Altos; Tezon; Viuda de Romero
63▲5Vinos y Licores Azteca, S.A. de C.V.153374.483113Jalisco (Los Altos Southern)El Conde Azul; La Gritona; Raza Azteca; Sino S; Toro Azul
64▲11Fabrica de Tequila el Nacimiento, S.A. de C.V.145574.394910Jalisco (Los Altos Southern)Casa Mexico; Cruz del Sol; El Nacimiento; Peña Blanca
65-Compañía Destiladora de Xamay, S.A. de C.V.153474.02443Jalisco (Ciénega)Donkey Piss; Pura Vida; Tres Sietes
66▲7Impulsora Rombo, S.A. de C.V.146773.9513710Jalisco (Los Altos Southern)Arrogante; Rudo; Tecnico; Zafarrancho
67▲2Destiladora del Valle de Tequila, S.A. de C.V.143873.9236780Jalisco (Los Valles)Hot Donkey; Kirkland Signature; Muerto Tequila; Santera; Siempre Tequila; Sparkle Donkey
68▲2Tequilera de la Barranca de Amatitan, S.A. de C.V.147373.82348Jalisco (Los Valles)Don Fernando; Mi Tierra; Pancho Bravo
69▲3Tequilera Corralejo, S.A. de C.V.136873.724764GuanajuatoCorralejo; Quita Penas
70▲6Patrón Spirits Mexico, S.A. de C.V.149273.1814932Jalisco (Ciénega)Patron
71▲6Fabrica de Tequilas Finos, S.A. de C.V.147272.9348420Jalisco (Los Valles)Blanco Basura; El Diamante del Cielo; Kah; Stallion; Tenoch; Thunderstruck Tequila; Tres Manos
72▲2Agroindustria Guadalajara, S.A. de C.V.106872.82395Jalisco (Los Altos Southern)Fiesta Mexicana; Jalisciense; Las Trancas; Rey de Copas; Voodoo Tiki
73▲7Tequila Orendain de Jalisco, S.A. de C.V.111072.81308Jalisco (Los Valles)Orendain; Kalore; Puerto Vallarta; Uno Mas
74▲7Destilería Morales, S.A. de C.V.153572.581403Jalisco (Los Altos Southern)Deleon; Peligroso; Real de Mexico; Whispering Eye
75▲7Bacardi y Compañia, S.A. de C.V.148771.785533Jalisco (Los Altos Southern)Cazadores; Corzo
76▲8Compañia Tequilera Hacienda la Capilla, S.A. de C.V147971.157436Jalisco (Los Altos Southern)Fat Ass; Goza Tequila; Ley .925; Puntagave; Titanium; Wansas
77▲2Tequilera Don Roberto, S.A. de C.V.143770.464819Jalisco (Los Valles)Don Roberto; Huizache; Pedro Infante; Señor Frog's; Tequila Monte Azul
78▲5Industrializadora Integral del Agave, S.A. de C.V.141770.23263Jalisco (Central)Don Alvaro; Galante; Garzon; Secret Mix; Serafina
79▲8Tequila Sauza, S. de R.L. de C.V.110267.58556Jalisco (Los Valles)Hornitos; Sauza; Tres Generaciones
80▲8Casa Cuervo, S.A de C.V.112266.66177124Jalisco (Los Valles)1800; Gran Centenario; Jose Cuervo; Maestro Dobel; Maestro Tequilero
81▲6Tequila Supremo, S.A. de C.V.145666.612006Jalisco (Los Altos Southern)Camarena; Casco Viejo; Gran Maracame; La Cava de Don Agustin
82▲7Tierra de Agaves, S. de R.L. de C.V.151366.171005Jalisco (Los Valles)Lunazul

* There are currently 189 NOM numbers listed in the Tequila Matchmaker database. Of these, 56 are considered inactive (no longer producing), and 42 are active but did not have enough ratings to qualify for a spot in this list.