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 Feb 10, 2017):

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 89 (of 134) active tequila distilleries, based on ratings in the Tequila Matchmaker mobile app.

For a distillery to make the list they must have at least 20 ratings, and have at least 1 brand in active production as of the time of this update (2/10/2017). 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 May 15, 2017.

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

RankOwnerNOMAvg RatingRatingsActive BrandsRegionNoteworthy Brands
1Tequila el Caballito Cerrero, S.A. de C.V.111488.91231Jalisco (Central)El Caballito Cerrero
2Destileria El Pandillo, S.A. de C.V.157986.532225Jalisco (Los Altos Southern)G4; Terralta; Pasote; Artenom Seleccion de 1579
3Tequila Casa de Los Gonzalez, S.A. de C.V.151886.042313Jalisco (Ciénega)Reserva de Los Gonzalez
4Fabrica de Tequila Don Nacho, S.A. de C.V.150885.65713Jalisco (Los Altos Southern)Don Nacho
5Tequila Los Abuelos, S.A. de C.V.149385.3414582Jalisco (Los Valles)Fortaleza; Los Abuelos
6Grupo Tequilero Mexico, S.A. de C.V.146884.5730010Jalisco (Los Altos Southern)Alquimia; Casa Real; Tierra Brava
7Tequila Siete Leguas, S.A. de C.V.112084.544701Jalisco (Ciénega)Siete Leguas
8Destileria La Alborada144584.25283Jalisco (Los Valles)El Gran Jubileo; Don Lorenzo
9Jorge Salles Cuervo y Sucesores, S.A. de C.V.110883.83531Jalisco (Los Valles)El Tequileño
10Productos Regionales de Atotonilco, S.A. de C.V.152683.78925Jalisco (Central)Corrido; Sol de Mexico; Tres Culturas
11Tequila Tapatio, S.A. de C.V.113983.7610772Jalisco (Los Altos Southern)Tapatio; El Tesoro de Don Felipe
12Tequilera Simbolo, S.A. de C.V.153083.382493Jalisco (Ciénega)Suerte
13Tequila Don Julio, S.A de C.V.144983.3616552Jalisco (Ciénega)Don Julio; 3 Magueyes
14Cía. Tequilera Los Alambiques, S.A. de C.V.147482.985521Jalisco (Los Altos Southern)Tequila Ocho; Charbay
15Tequileña, S.A. de C.V.114682.996214Jalisco (Los Valles)Don Fulano; Don Lorenzo; Cimarron; Fuenteseca; Tears of Llorona; Pura Sangre; T1; Artenom Seleccion de 1146
16Destiladora de Los Altos, S.A. de C.V.141282.21524Jalisco (Los Altos Southern)Hacienda Vieja; Don Felix
17La Cofradia, S.A. de C.V.113782.21139662Jalisco (Los Valles)Casa Noble; Casa Cofradia; Astral; Tequila 512
18Tequila Embajador, S.A. de C.V.150982.0612411Jalisco (Ciénega)Embajador; Oro Real; Crotalo; Cabresto
19Feliciano Vivanco y Asociados, S.A. de C.V.141481.7674316Jalisco (Los Altos Southern)Alderete; Artenom Seleccion de 1414; Gran Dovejo; Siembra Azul
20Destiladora Refugio, S.A. de C.V.154981.452911Jalisco (Los Valles)Artenom Seleccion de 1549; Quinta de Gomez
21Tequilera Puerta de Hierro (Leticia Hermosillo Ravelero)147781.4114714Jalisco (Los Valles)Cava de Oro; Don Elias
22Casa Tradición, S.A. De C.V.159580.95582Jalisco (Los Altos Southern)Clase Azul
23Grupo Industrial Tequilero de Los Altos de Jalisco, S.A. de C.V.144380.9263710Jalisco (Los Altos Southern)Don Pilar; Dulce Vida
24Tequila Cascahuin, S.A.112380.8224715Jalisco (Los Valles)Cascahuin; Revolucion; Siembra Valles
25Tequila Las Americas, S.A. de C.V.148080.3745337Jalisco (Los Valles)123 Organic Tequila; IXA; Don Abraham
26Tequilas del Señor, S.A. de C.V.112480.0814726Jalisco (Central)Dos Lunas; Herencia del Señor; Reserva del Señor
27Tequila Arette de Jalisco, S.A. de C.V.110980.13485Jalisco (Los Valles)Arette; Tres Agaves
28Corporacion Ansan, S.A. de C.V.136079.916914Jalisco (Los Valles)Arta; Fogoso; Honorable; Pez Gordo; Tejitas
29Tequila Centinela, S.A. de C.V.114079.651657Jalisco (Los Altos Southern)Centinela; Cabrito
30Destiladora Los Magos, S.A. de C.V143179.465222Jalisco (Central)Adan y Eva; Calera; Cava Antigua
31Tequila Quiote, S.A. de C.V.143379.3711415Jalisco (Ciénega)Calle 23; Cava Don Anastacio; Decada Tequila; Hijos de Villa
32Tequilera Las Juntas, S.A. de C.V.150079.151339Jalisco (Los Valles)Codigo 1530; The Giggling Marlin; Trianon Tequila
33Empresa Ejidal Tequilera de Amatitan, S.P.R. de R.L. de C.V.150379.1312Jalisco (Los Valles)Regional; Leyenda Regional
34Metlalli, S.A. de C.V.141978.59225Jalisco (Los Valles)Buen Motivo; Canicas; Don Raul; Solorzano
35Autentica Tequilera, S.A. de C.V.150278.4229916Jalisco (Los Valles)Abandonado; Evaga; Paqui; Partida; Tizoc
36Productos Finos de Agave, S.A. de C.V.141678.37152431Jalisco (Los Altos Southern)Alacran; Avion; Campo Azul; Casamigos Tequila; Clase Azul; JLP; Rancho Alegre; Talero Tequila; Tesoro Azul; Viva Mojo
37Agaveros Unidos de Amatitan, S.A. de C.V.142678.28907Jalisco (Los Valles)Azuñia; Hacienda del Sol; Religion Tequila
38Tequila Tres Mujeres, S.A. de C.V.146678.224630Jalisco (Los Valles)Afamado; Casino Azul; Casta de Reyes; Meloza; Teky Lady's; Tres Mujeres
39Tequilera la Gonzaleña, S.A. de C.V.112778.12071TamaulipasChinaco
40Rivesca, S.A. De C.V.153177.9910511Jalisco (Los Valles)Don Modesto; Number Juan Tequila; Toro de Lidia
41Destileria Casa De Piedra, S.A. De C.V.158677.941365Jalisco (Los Valles)Chamucos; Cobalto; Herencia Mexicana
42Tequila San Matias de Jalisco, S.A. de C.V.110377.914688Jalisco (Los Altos Southern)Carmessi; Corazon (de Agave); Orgullo Pueblo Viejo; Rey Sol; San Matias
43Destileria Leyros, S.A. de C.V.148977.8620817Jalisco (Los Valles)Casa Dragones; Cat Tequila; Don Fermin; Hussong's; Juanito; Republic; Tarantula; Tequila Los Jefes
44Integradora San Agustin, S.A. de C.V.154777.823414Jalisco (Ciénega)Alien; El Tesoro de Mi Tierra; FUBAR; Gran Cosecha
45Tequila Selecto de Amatitan, S.A. de C.V.145977.7711034Jalisco (Los Valles)Blue Nectar; Don Azul; El TrueQue; Manik; Nicho Real
46Casa Tequilera de Arandas, S.A. de C.V.149977.7425836Jalisco (Los Altos Southern)Loma Azul; Sotana; Tequila Tromba; Zircon Azul
47Destiladora Suprema de Los Altos, S.A. de C.V.152877.43211Jalisco (Los Altos Southern)La Cava del Mayoral
48Corporativo Destileria Santa Lucia, S.A. de C.V.117377.216825Jalisco (Central)Amate; Casta Pasion; El Conquistador; Joel Richard; La Gavilana; Tragos Amargos
49Tequila el Viejito, S.A. de C.V.110777.0817224Jalisco (Ciénega)Distinqt; El Viejito; Karma; Papa Bueno Tequila Original; Tequila 1937
50Tequilas Gonzalez Lara, S.A. de C.V.156076.99318Jalisco (Los Valles)Adictivo; Casa Verde; Mañana; Realeza Mexicana; Suave Tequila; Valle Sagrado
51Compañia Tequilera de Arandas, S.A. de C.V.146076.7922930Jalisco (Los Altos Southern)Antigua Cruz; Besame Mucho; Real Hacienda; Riazul; The Bad Stuff; Vida Tequila
52Agroindustrias Casa Ramirez, S.A. de C.V.151976.66621GuanajuatoDesmadre
53Fabrica de Tequila Tlaquepaque, S.A. de C.V.148276.3234Jalisco (Central)Frontera; Senda Real; Tlaquepaque; Tres Rios
54Premium de Jalisco, S.A. de C.V.155876.2869Jalisco (Southeast)Dos Armadillos; Luna Nueva; Tavi; Tierra Noble; Trader Jose's
55Tequilera La Herencia, S. De R.L. De C.V.159076.147413Jalisco (Los Altos Southern)AGV 400; Cristeros; Don Ramon; Gila Tequila; Onze Black
56Industrializadora de Agave San Isidro, S.A. de C.V.142076.09552Jalisco (Los Altos Southern)Chaya; Man in Black; Suavemente
57Hacienda de Oro, S.A. de C.V.152276.05788Jalisco (Los Valles)Agave Underground; El Ultimo Agave; Hacienda de Oro; Semental
58Destiladora San Nicolas, S.A. de C.V.144076.035742Jalisco (Los Altos Southern)Cabo Wabo; El Espolon
59Grupo Tequilero de Los Altos, S.A. de C.V.154875.617915Jalisco (Los Altos Southern)Aha Toro; El Tesoro de Gil Garcia; Ortigoza; Tierra Blanca
60Destiladora Gonzalez Gonzalez, S.A. de C.V.114375.4218014Jalisco (Central)Calle Azul; Cantera; Dos Vidas; El Mayor; Juarez; Monte Alban; Tijuana Sweet Heat
61Destiladora Juanacatlan, S.P.R. de R.L. de C.V.155175.167312Jalisco (Central)Baron; Casa de Luna; Malinalli; Tanteo
62Brown Forman Tequila Mexico, S. de R.L. de C.V.11197513268Jalisco (Los Valles)El Jimador; Herradura; Pepe Lopez Tequila
63Agaveros y Tequileros Unidos de Los Altos, S.A. de C.V.152974.747612Jalisco (Central)Don Malaquias; El Mante Pasion; Hotel California; Tres Tesoros
64Tequilera Milagro, S.A. de C.V.155974.285583Jalisco (Los Altos Southern)Leyenda del Milagro; Romance
65Compañía Destiladora de Xamay, S.A. de C.V.153474.22403Jalisco (Ciénega)Donkey Piss; Pura Vida; Tres Sietes
66Pernod Ricard Mexico, S.A. de C.V.111174.194156Jalisco (Los Altos Southern)Olmeca; Olmeca Altos; Tezon; Viuda de Romero
67Tequila Artesanal de Los Altos de Jalisco, S.A. de C.V.143674.19211Jalisco (Ciénega)Fina Estampa
68Vinos y Licores Azteca, S.A. de C.V.153374.12913Jalisco (Los Altos Southern)El Conde Azul; Sino S
69Destiladora del Valle de Tequila, S.A. de C.V.143873.732782Jalisco (Los Valles)Casa Maestri Reserva de MFM; Chimayo; Ghost; Hot Donkey; Jenni Rivera - La Gran Señora; Kirkland Signature; Santera; Siempre Tequila; Sparkle Donkey Tequila
70Tequilera de la Barranca de Amatitan, S.A. de C.V.147373.7338Jalisco (Los Valles)Don Fernando; Mi Tierra
71Tequilera Corralejo, S.A. de C.V.136873.654224GuanajuatoCorralejo; Quita Penas
72Fabrica de Tequila el Eden, S.A. de C.V.146573.65867Jalisco (Los Altos Southern)Frida Kahlo; Marquez de Valencia
73Impulsora Rombo, S.A. de C.V.146773.5512410Jalisco (Los Altos Southern)Arrogante; Rudo; Tecnico; Terrafirme
74Agroindustria Guadalajara, S.A. de C.V.106873376Jalisco (Los Altos Southern)Charro de Oro; Fiesta Mexicana; Las Trancas; Rey de Copas; Voodoo Tiki
75Fabrica de Tequila el Nacimiento, S.A. de C.V.145572.954310Jalisco (Los Altos Southern)Casa Mexico; Cruz del Sol; Peña Blanca
76Patrón Spirits Mexico, S.A. de C.V.149272.9413282Jalisco (Ciénega)Patron; Roca Patron
77Fabrica de Tequilas Finos, S.A. de C.V.147272.5742619Jalisco (Los Valles)El Diamante del Cielo; Roger Clyne's Mexican Moonshine Tequila; Thunderstruck; Tres Manos; Zapopan
78Destiladora El Paraiso, S.A. de C.V.158072.213895Jalisco (Los Altos Southern)Artenom Seleccion de 1580; Oro Azul; U4RIK Tequila
79Tequila Orendain de Jalisco, S.A. de C.V.111071.941279Jalisco (Los Valles)El Mejor; Orendain; Magave; Puerto Vallarta; Uno Mas
80Destilería Morales, S.A. de C.V.153571.841223Jalisco (Los Altos Southern)Deleon; Peligroso
81Bacardi y Compañia, S.A. de C.V.148771.564983Jalisco (Los Altos Southern)Cazadores; Corzo
82Industrializadora Integral del Agave, S.A. de C.V.141770.83244Jalisco (Central)Galante; Secret Mix; Serafina
83Tequilera Don Roberto, S.A. de C.V.143770.684718Jalisco (Los Valles)Don Roberto; Huizache; Señor Frog's
84Compañia Tequilera Hacienda la Capilla, S.A. de C.V147970.317135Jalisco (Los Altos Southern)Corazon de Jalisco; Cuestion; Fat Ass; Ley .925; Puntagave
85La Madrileña, S.A. de C.V.114268.04237Jalisco (Ciénega)Don Viejo; Piedra Azul; Xicote
86Tequila Sauza, S. de R.L. de C.V.110267.017366Jalisco (Los Valles)Hornitos; Sauza; Sauza 901; Tres Generaciones
87Tequila Supremo, S.A. de C.V.145666.261787Jalisco (Los Altos Southern)Camarena; Casco Viejo; La Cava de Don Agustin
88Casa Cuervo, S.A de C.V.112266.18152625Jalisco (Los Valles)1800; Gran Centenario; Jose Cuervo; Maestro Dobel; Maestro Tequilero
89Tierra de Agaves, S. de R.L. de C.V.151365.46875Jalisco (Los Valles)Lunazul; La Certeza; Tributo A Mi Padre

* There are 187 NOM numbers listed in the Tequila Matchmaker database. Of these, 53 are considered inactive (no longer producing), and 45 are active but did not have enough ratings to qualify for a spot in this list.