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 September 26, 2017), based on 35,789 ratings from 30,057 users:

    1) NOM 1114 (Tequila El Caballito Cerrero)
    2) NOM 1579 (El Pandillo)
    3) NOM 1493 (Tequila Los Abuelos)
    4) NOM 1120 (Tequila Siete Leguas)
    5) NOM 1518 (Tequila Casa de Los Gonzalez)
    6) NOM 1468 (Grupo Tequilero Mexico)
    7) NOM 1508 (Fabrica de Tequila Don Nacho)
    8) NOM 1139 (Tequila Tapatio)
    9) NOM 1526 (Productos Regionales de Atotonilco)
    10) NOM 1595 (Casa Tradición, S.A. De C.V.)

    According to the Tequila Matchmaker app database, there are currently 134 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 90 (of 134) 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 (9/26/2017). 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 Dec 1, 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.111489.74271Jalisco (Los Valles)El Caballito Cerrero
    2-Destileria El Pandillo, S.A. de C.V.157986.644055Jalisco (Los Altos Southern)G4; Terralta; Pasote
    3-Tequila Los Abuelos, S.A. de C.V.149385.8317222Jalisco (Los Valles)Fortaleza; Los Abuelos
    4▲1Tequila Siete Leguas, S.A. de C.V.112084.915941Jalisco (Cinega)Siete Leguas
    5▲4Tequila Casa de Los Gonzalez, S.A. de C.V.151884.723213Jalisco (Cinega)Reserva de Los Gonzalez
    6▲1Grupo Tequilero Mexico, S.A. de C.V.146884.5831610Jalisco (Los Altos Southern)Grupo Tequilero Mexico, S.A. de C.V.
    7▼3Fabrica de Tequila Don Nacho, S.A. de C.V.150884.5863Jalisco (Los Altos Southern)Don Nacho
    8▲1Tequila Tapatio, S.A. de C.V.113983.9912363Jalisco (Los Altos Southern)Tapatio; El Tesoro de Don Felipe
    9▲1Productos Regionales de Atotonilco, S.A. de C.V.152683.94955Jalisco (Cinega)Corrido; Sol de Mexico; Tres Culturas
    10▲7Casa Tradicion, S.A. De C.V.159583.841652Jalisco (Los Altos Southern)Clase Azul
    11-Tequilera Simbolo, S.A. de C.V.153083.723273Jalisco (Cinega)Suerte
    12▼6Destileria La Alborada144583.58364Jalisco (Los Valles)El Gran Jubileo; Don Lorenzo
    13▼1Tequila Don Julio, S.A de C.V.144983.5721212Jalisco (Cinega)Don Julio; 3 Magueyes
    14▼1Ca. Tequilera Los Alambiques, S.A. de C.V.147483.466531Jalisco (Los Altos Southern)Tequila Ocho; Charbay
    15-Jorge Salles Cuervo y Sucesores, S.A. de C.V.110883631Jalisco (Los Valles)El Tequileo
    16▼2Tequilea, S.A. de C.V.114682.99114714Jalisco (Los Valles)Don Fulano; Don Lorenzo; Cimarron; Fuenteseca; Tears of Llorona; Pura Sangre; T1; Artenom Seleccion de 1146
    17▼1Destiladora de Los Altos, S.A. de C.V.141282.82664Jalisco (Los Altos Southern)Hacienda Vieja; Don Felix
    18▲1Tequila Embajador, S.A. de C.V.150982.4115313Jalisco (Cinega)Embajador; Oro Real; Crotalo; Cabresto
    19-Proveedora y Procesadora de Agave Tres Hermanos, S.A. de C.V.143982.43012Jalisco (Los Valles)Casa Ambar; El Fogonero; G Spirit; The TKO Champion's ; Tio Billy
    20▼2Tequilera Puerta de Hierro (Leticia Hermosillo Ravelero)147782.3120011Jalisco (Los Valles)Cava de Oro; Don Elias
    21▼1La Cofradia, S.A. de C.V.113782.14162665Jalisco (Los Valles)Casa Noble; Casa Cofradia; Astral; Tequila 512
    22▼1Feliciano Vivanco y Asociados, S.A. de C.V.141481.9783016Jalisco (Los Altos Southern)Alderete; Artenom Seleccion de 1414; Gran Dovejo; Siembra Azul
    23▼1Tequila Cascahuin, S.A.112381.6229412Jalisco (Los Valles)Cascahuin; Revolucion; Siembra Valles
    24-Metlalli, S.A. de C.V.141981.07275Jalisco (Los Valles)Acumbaro; Canicas; Solorzano
    25▼2Grupo Industrial Tequilero de Los Altos de Jalisco, S.A. de C.V.144381.0369410Jalisco (Los Altos Southern)Don Pilar; Dulce Vida
    26▼1Tequila Las Americas, S.A. de C.V.148080.7854939Jalisco (Los Valles)123 Organic Tequila; IXA; Don Abraham
    27-Cooperativa Tequilera la Magdalena, S.C. de R.L.146380.692912Jalisco (Los Valles)Amorada Tequila; Familia Azteca; Los Valientes; Rattlesnake Tequila; Sandy Y Daniel
    28▼4Destiladora Refugio, S.A. de C.V.154980.674312Jalisco (Los Valles)ArteNOM Seleccion de 1549; Quinta de Gomez
    29▼1Corporacion Ansan, S.A. de C.V.136080.648414Jalisco (Los Valles)Arta; Fogoso; Honorable; Pez Gordo; Tejitas
    30▲4Destiladora Los Magos, S.A. de C.V.143180.256922Jalisco (Central)Adan y Eva; Calera; Cava Antigua
    31▼2Tequilera Las Juntas, S.A. de C.V.150080.211788Jalisco (Los Valles)Codigo 1530; Trianon Tequila
    32▼6Tequila Arette de Jalisco, S.A. de C.V.110980.134405Jalisco (Los Valles)Arette; Tres Agaves
    33▼3Tequila Centinela, S.A. de C.V.114079.881877Jalisco (Los Altos Southern)Centinela; Cabrito
    34▼7Tequilas del Seor, S.A. de C.V.112479.815825Jalisco (Central)Dos Lunas; Herencia del Seor; Reserva del Seor
    35▼4Tequila Quiote, S.A. de C.V.143379.5314411Jalisco (Cinega)Don Pilar; Dulce Vida
    36▼3Tequilas Gonzalez Lara, S.A. de C.V.156079.4912318Jalisco (Los Valles)Adictivo; Maana; Realeza Mexicana
    37▲5Tequila Tres Mujeres, S.A. de C.V.146679.3628728Jalisco (Los Valles)Santanera; Tres Mujeres; Una Mas; Casino Azul
    38▼6Empresa Ejidal Tequilera de Amatitan, S.P.R. de R.L. de C.V.150379.34322Jalisco (Los Valles)Regional
    39▲1Rivesca, S.A. De C.V.153179.112410Jalisco (Los Valles)Number Juan; Toro de Lidia; Oro de Lidia; Don Modesto
    40▲1Tequila San Matias de Jalisco, S.A. de C.V.110378.935578Jalisco (Los Altos Southern)Pueblo Viejo; San Matias; Orgullo Pueblo Viejo; Carmessi
    41▼3Tequila Selecto de Amatitan, S.A. de C.V.145978.8815830Jalisco (Los Valles)Blue Nectar; El Buho; Los Tres Toos
    42▼5Productos Finos de Agave, S.A. de C.V.141678.72184927Jalisco (Los Altos Southern)Avion; Alacran; Campo Azul; Casamigos; Clase Azul
    43▼7Autentica Tequilera, S.A. de C.V.150278.6835115Jalisco (Los Valles)Partida; Tierras; Abandonado
    44▼2Tequilera la Gonzalea, S.A. de C.V.112778.642521TamaulpasChinaco
    45▼6Destileria Leyros, S.A. de C.V.148978.0928618Jalisco (Los Valles)Casa Dragones; Don Fermin; Republic; Tarantulal; Leyros; Hussong's
    46▼1Corporativo Destileria Santa Lucia, S.A. de C.V.117378.0122724Jalisco (Central)Destilador; Grand Mayan; Tragos Amargos; El Conquistador
    47▼12Agaveros Unidos de Amatitan, S.A. de C.V.142677.841247Jalisco (Los Valles)Azuia; Don Cosme
    48▲1Casa Tequilera de Arandas, S.A. de C.V.149977.8328333Jalisco (Los Altos Southern)1921; 3 Amigos; Angel Bendito; Mi Casa; Tromba; Zircn Azul
    49▼1Compaia Tequilera de Arandas, S.A. de C.V.146077.626631Jalisco (Los Altos Southern)Ambhar; Antigua Cruz; Cazcabel; El Charro; Riazul; Vida; Z Pepe Zevada
    50▼4Destileria Casa De Piedra, S.A. De C.V.158677.511144Jalisco (Los Valles)Chamucos; Cobalto
    51▼1Agroindustrias Casa Ramirez, S.A. de C.V.151977.43772GuanajuatoDesmadre; Deleon; Reserva de Mexico
    52▼5Tequila el Viejito, S.A. de C.V.110777.0424327Jalisco (Cinega)El Viejito; Distinqt; Karma; El Set; Sweet Poison; Campeon
    53▼1Hacienda de Oro, S.A. de C.V.152277.04938Jalisco (Los Valles)El Ultimo Agave; Hacienda de Oro; Suave Tequila; Semental
    54-Envasadora De Productos Lideres, S.A. De C.V.1592775215Jalisco (Central)Dos Manos; El Reformador; El Tiempo; Gila Tequila; Qui; Tesoro Mio
    55▼11Integradora San Agustin, S.A. de C.V.154776.823816Jalisco (Cinega)Alien; El Tesoro de Mi Tierra; David Reyes
    56▼2Destiladora San Nicolas, S.A. de C.V.144076.547332Jalisco (Los Altos Southern)Cabo Wabo; Espolon
    57▼2Grupo Tequilero de Los Altos, S.A. de C.V.154876.269618Jalisco (Los Altos Southern)Aha Toro; Ortigoza; Tierra Blanca
    58▼1Destiladora Gonzalez Gonzalez, S.A. de C.V.114376.1324614Jalisco (Central)Dos Vidas; El Mayor; Juarez; Monte Alban; Tijuana Sweet Heat
    59▼3Destiladora Juanacatlan, S.P.R. de R.L. de C.V.155176.0510411Jalisco (Central)Baron; Carreta de Oro; Casa de Luna; Soltado; Tanteo
    60▲4Fabrica de Tequila el Nacimiento, S.A. de C.V.145575.77569Jalisco (Los Altos Southern)Casa Mexico; Cruz del Sol; El Nacimiento; Pea Blanca
    61▼10Premium de Jalisco, S.A. de C.V.155875.341369Jalisco (Southeast)Dos Armadillos; Luna Nueva; Tavi; Trader Joe's; Tierra Noble
    62▼9Tequilera La Herencia, S. De R.L. De C.V.159075.337310Jalisco (Los Altos Southern)Don Ramon; AGV 400; Cristeros; Gila Tequila; Mi Tiempo
    63▼4Brown Forman Tequila Mexico, S. de R.L. de C.V.111975.316008Jalisco (Los Valles)Antiguo; El Jimador; Herradura; Pepe Lopez; Suave 35
    64▼4Agaveros y Tequileros Unidos de Los Altos, S.A. de C.V.152975.21909Jalisco (Central)Don Malaquias; El Mante; Hotel California; Magnate; Tierra Caliente
    65▼7Fabrica de Tequila el Eden, S.A. de C.V.146575.121567Jalisco (Los Altos Southern)Baluarte; Frida Kahlo; Herencia Mexicana; RR Dos Erres
    66▼3Pernod Ricard Mexico, S.A. de C.V.111175.024996Jalisco (Los Altos Southern)Olmeca; Olmeca Altos; Tezon; Viuda de Romero
    67▲1Tequilera de la Barranca de Amatitan, S.A. de C.V.147374.95377Jalisco (Los Valles)Don Fernando; Mi Tierra; Pancho Bravo
    68▲2Patrn Spirits Mexico, S.A. de C.V.149274.816052Jalisco (Cinega)Patron
    69-FTPSA, S.A. de C.V.158174.73269Jalisco (Los Valles)Ancestra; Club 21; Magia Extraa
    70▼9Tequilera Milagro, S.A. de C.V.155974.76793Jalisco (Los Altos Southern)Milagro
    71▼4Destiladora del Valle de Tequila, S.A. de C.V.143874.3640879Jalisco (Los Valles)Hot Donkey; Kirkland Signature; Muerto Tequila; Santera; Siempre Tequila; Sparkle Donkey
    72▼9Vinos y Licores Azteca, S.A. de C.V.153374.353413Jalisco (Los Altos Southern)El Conde Azul; La Gritona; Raza Azteca; Sino S; Toro Azul
    73▼7Impulsora Rombo, S.A. de C.V.146774.1514710Jalisco (Los Altos Southern)Arrogante; Rudo; Tecnico; Zafarrancho
    74▼5Tequilera Corralejo, S.A. de C.V.136873.885184GuanajuatoCorralejo; Quita Penas
    75▼3Agroindustria Guadalajara, S.A. de C.V.106873.74425Jalisco (Los Altos Southern)Fiesta Mexicana; Jalisciense; Las Trancas; Rey de Copas; Voodoo Tiki
    76▼5Fabrica de Tequilas Finos, S.A. de C.V.147273.3452320Jalisco (Los Valles)Blanco Basura; El Diamante del Cielo; Kah; Stallion; Tenoch; Thunderstruck Tequila; Tres Manos
    77▼1Compaia Tequilera Hacienda la Capilla, S.A. de C.V147973.069836Jalisco (Los Altos Southern)Fat Ass; Goza Tequila; Ley .925; Puntagave; Titanium; Wansas
    78▼5Tequila Orendain de Jalisco, S.A. de C.V.111072.9613510Jalisco (Los Valles)Orendain; Kalore; Puerto Vallarta; Uno Mas
    79▼5Destilera Morales, S.A. de C.V.153572.591573Jalisco (Los Altos Southern)Deleon; Peligroso; Real de Mexico; Whispering Eye
    80▼5Bacardi y Compaia, S.A. de C.V.148771.876073Jalisco (Los Altos Southern)Cazadores; Corzo
    81▼3Industrializadora Integral del Agave, S.A. de C.V.141770.23263Jalisco (Central)Don Alvaro; Galante; Garzon; Secret Mix; Serafina
    82▼5Tequilera Don Roberto, S.A. de C.V.143769.785019Jalisco (Los Valles)Don Roberto; Huizache; Pedro Infante; Seor Frog's; Tequila Monte Azul
    83-Grupo Tequilero Weber, S.A.P.I de C.V.157869.51535Jalisco (Los Valles)Feria de Jalisco; Montalvo Tequila
    84-La Madrilea, S.A. de C.V.114268.41276Jalisco (Cinega)Jarana; Mayorazgo; Piedra Azul; Tabasco; Xicote
    85▼4Tequila Supremo, S.A. de C.V.145668.381905Jalisco (Los Altos Southern)Camarena; Casco Viejo; Gran Maracame; La Cava de Don Agustin
    86▼7Tequila Sauza, S. de R.L. de C.V.110267.989346Jalisco (Los Valles)Hornitos; Sauza; Tres Generaciones
    87▼7Casa Cuervo, S.A de C.V.112267.24194323Jalisco (Los Valles)1800; Gran Centenario; Jose Cuervo; Maestro Dobel; Maestro Tequilero
    88▼6Tierra de Agaves, S. de R.L. de C.V.151365.91125Jalisco (Los Valles)Lunazul
    89-Casa Tequilera Herencia de Los Altos, S.A. De C.V.159662.19321Jalisco (Los Altos Southern)Camarena
    90-Destilerias Sierra Unidas S.A. de C.V.145139.86281Jalisco (Central)Sierra

    * There are currently 189 NOM numbers listed in the Tequila Matchmaker database. Of these, 55 are considered inactive (no longer producing), and 44 are active but did not have enough ratings to qualify for a spot in this list.