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 January 9, 2018), based on 39,516 ratings from 32,656 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 1595 (Casa Tradición, S.A. De C.V.)
    6) NOM 1518 (Tequila Casa de Los Gonzalez)
    7) NOM 1508 (Fabrica de Tequila Don Nacho)
    8) NOM 1468 (Grupo Tequilero Mexico)
    9) NOM 1439 (Proveedora y Procesadora de Agave Tres Hermanos, S.A. de C.V.)
    10) NOM 1139 (Tequila Tapatio)

    According to the Tequila Matchmaker app database, there are currently 135 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 93 (of 135) 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 (1/09/2018). 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 April 1, 2018.

    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.157986.624975Jalisco (Los Altos Southern)G4; Terralta; Pasote; ArteNOM 1579
    3-Tequila Los Abuelos, S.A. de C.V.149385.9918572Jalisco (Los Valles)Fortaleza; Los Abuelos
    4-Tequila Siete Leguas, S.A. de C.V.112085.196751Jalisco (Cienega)Siete Leguas
    5▲5Casa Tradicion, S.A. De C.V.159585.122482Jalisco (Los Altos Southern)Clase Azul
    6▼1Tequila Casa de Los Gonzalez, S.A. de C.V.151884.893614Jalisco (Cienega)Reserva de Los Gonzalez
    7-Fabrica de Tequila Don Nacho, S.A. de C.V.150884.53923Jalisco (Los Altos Southern)Don Nacho
    8▼2Grupo Tequilero Mexico, S.A. de C.V.146884.5332411Jalisco (Los Altos Southern)Alquimia; Casa Vieja
    9▲10Proveedora y Procesadora de Agave Tres Hermanos, S.A. de C.V.143984.344113Jalisco (Los Valles)Corrido; Casa Ambar; El Fogonero; Tio Billy
    10▼2Tequila Tapatio, S.A. de C.V.113984.1213573Jalisco (Los Altos Southern)Tapatio; El Tesoro de Don Felipe
    11▼2Productos Regionales de Atotonilco, S.A. de C.V.152683.88965Jalisco (Cienega)Corrido; Sol de Mexico; Tres Culturas
    12▲1Tequila Don Julio, S.A de C.V.144983.824112Jalisco (Cienega)Don Julio; 3 Magueyes
    13▲1Ca. Tequilera Los Alambiques, S.A. de C.V.147483.677101Jalisco (Los Altos Southern)Tequila Ocho; Charbay
    14▲6Tequilera Puerta de Hierro (Leticia Hermosillo Ravelero)147783.5123811Jalisco (Los Valles)Cava de Oro; Don Elias
    15▼4Tequilera Simbolo, S.A. de C.V.153083.513601Jalisco (Cienega)Suerte
    16▼4Destileria La Alborada144583.32385Jalisco (Los Valles)El Gran Jubileo; Don Lorenzo
    17▼1Tequilena, S.A. de C.V.114683.16124014Jalisco (Los Valles)Don Fulano; Don Lorenzo; Cimarron; Fuenteseca; Tears of Llorona; Pura Sangre; T1; Artenom Seleccion de 1146
    18-Tequila Embajador, S.A. de C.V.150983.0217412Jalisco (Cienega)Embajador; Oro Real; Crotalo; Cabresto
    19▼4Jorge Salles Cuervo y Sucesores, S.A. de C.V.110882.77651Jalisco (Los Valles)El Tequileno
    20▲4Metlalli, S.A. de C.V.141982.69325Jalisco (Los Valles)Acumbaro; Canicas; Solorzano
    21▲2Tequila Cascahuin, S.A.112382.4834816Jalisco (Los Valles)Cascahuin; Revolucion; Siembra Valles
    22▼5Destiladora de Los Altos, S.A. de C.V.141282.42724Jalisco (Los Altos Southern)Hacienda Vieja; Don Felix
    23▼1Feliciano Vivanco y Asociados, S.A. de C.V.141482.1989318Jalisco (Los Altos Southern)Alderete; Artenom Seleccion de 1414; Gran Dovejo; Siembra Azul
    24▼3La Cofradia, S.A. de C.V.113782.08179269Jalisco (Los Valles)Casa Noble; Casa Cofradia; Astral; Tequila 512
    25-Grupo Industrial Tequilero de Los Altos de Jalisco, S.A. de C.V.144381.17199Jalisco (Los Altos Southern)Don Pilar; Dulce Vida
    26-Tequila Las Americas, S.A. de C.V.148081.0958836Jalisco (Los Valles)123 Organic Tequila; IXA; Don Abraham
    27▲1Destiladora Refugio, S.A. de C.V.154980.634812Jalisco (Los Valles)ArteNOM Seleccion de 1549; Quinta de Gomez
    28▲2Destiladora Los Magos, S.A. de C.V.143180.617423Jalisco (Central)Adan y Eva; Calera; Cava Antigua
    29▼2Cooperativa Tequilera la Magdalena, S.C. de R.L.146380.523311Jalisco (Los Valles)Amorada Tequila; Familia Azteca; Los Valientes; Rattlesnake Tequila; Sandy Y Daniel
    30▲2Tequila Arette de Jalisco, S.A. de C.V.110980.494775Jalisco (Los Valles)Arette; Tres Agaves
    31▼2Corporacion Ansan, S.A. de C.V.136080.379514Jalisco (Los Valles)Arta; Fogoso; Honorable; Pez Gordo; Tejitas
    32▼1Tequilera Las Juntas, S.A. de C.V.150080.32996Jalisco (Los Valles)Codigo 1530; Trianon Tequila
    33▲1Tequilas del Senor, S.A. de C.V.112480.0416423Jalisco (Central)Dos Lunas; Herencia del Senor; Reserva del Senor
    34▼1Tequila Centinela, S.A. de C.V.114079.91985Jalisco (Los Altos Southern)Centinela; Cabrito
    35▲2Tequila Tres Mujeres, S.A. de C.V.146679.7631427Jalisco (Los Valles)Santanera; Tres Mujeres; Una Mas; Casino Azul
    36▼1Tequila Quiote, S.A. de C.V.143379.6415211Jalisco (Cienega)Calle 23; Quiote; Cava Don Anastacio
    37▲1Empresa Ejidal Tequilera de Amatitan, S.P.R. de R.L. de C.V.150379.64332Jalisco (Los Valles)Regional
    38▲1Rivesca, S.A. De C.V.153179.5213410Jalisco (Los Valles)Number Juan; Toro de Lidia; Oro de Lidia; Don Modesto
    39▲1Tequila San Matias de Jalisco, S.A. de C.V.110379.356018Jalisco (Los Altos Southern)Pueblo Viejo; San Matias; Orgullo Pueblo Viejo; Carmessi
    40▲1Tequila Selecto de Amatitan, S.A. de C.V.145979.3119633Jalisco (Los Valles)Blue Nectar; El Buho; Los Tres Tonos
    41▲2Autentica Tequilera, S.A. de C.V.150279.2840015Jalisco (Los Valles)Partida; Tierras; Abandonado
    42▼6Tequilas Gonzalez Lara, S.A. de C.V.156079.1915416Jalisco (Los Valles)Adictivo; Manana; Realeza Mexicana
    43▼1Productos Finos de Agave, S.A. de C.V.141678.85204027Jalisco (Los Altos Southern)Avion; Alacran; Campo Azul; Casamigos; Clase Azul
    44-Tequilera la Gonzalea, S.A. de C.V.112778.742701TamaulipasChinaco
    45▲2Agaveros Unidos de Amatitan, S.A. de C.V.142678.631406Jalisco (Los Valles)Azunia; Don Cosme
    46▲7Hacienda de Oro, S.A. de C.V.152278.511177Jalisco (Los Valles)El Ultimo Agave; Hacienda de Oro; Suave Tequila; Semental
    47▼1Corporativo Destileria Santa Lucia, S.A. de C.V.117378.4624328Jalisco (Central)Destilador; Grand Mayan; Tragos Amargos; El Conquistador
    48▲1Compaia Tequilera de Arandas, S.A. de C.V.146078.3129531Jalisco (Los Altos Southern)Ambhar; Antigua Cruz; Cazcabel; El Charro; Riazul; Vida; Z Pepe Zevada
    49▼4Destileria Leyros, S.A. de C.V.148978.2732819Jalisco (Los Valles)Casa Dragones; Don Fermin; Republic; Tarantula; Leyros; Hussong's
    50▼2Casa Tequilera de Arandas, S.A. de C.V.149978.1630735Jalisco (Los Altos Southern)1921; 3 Amigos; Angel Bendito; Mi Casa; Tromba; Zircon Azul
    51-Agroindustrias Casa Ramirez, S.A. de C.V.151978.02862GuanajuatoDesmadre; Deleon; Reserva de Mexico
    52▼2Destileria Casa De Piedra, S.A. De C.V.158677.851234Jalisco (Los Valles)Chamucos; Cobalto
    53▲14Tequilera de la Barranca de Amatitan, S.A. de C.V.147377.47458Jalisco (Los Valles)Don Fernando; Mi Tierra; Pancho Bravo
    54▲3Grupo Tequilero de Los Altos, S.A. de C.V.154877.1718021Jalisco (Los Altos Southern)Aha Toro; Ortigoza; Tierra Blanca
    55▲4Destiladora Juanacatlan, S.P.R. de R.L. de C.V.155176.9511511Jalisco (Central)Baron; Carreta de Oro; Casa de Luna; Soltado; Tanteo
    56-Fabrica de Tequila Tlaquepaque, S.A. de C.V.148276.92264Jalisco (Central)Senda Real; Tres Rios; Booya
    57▼5Tequila el Viejito, S.A. de C.V.110776.8725626Jalisco (Cienega)El Viejito; Distinqt; Karma; El Set; Sweet Poison; Campeon
    58▲2Fabrica de Tequila el Nacimiento, S.A. de C.V.145576.836311Jalisco (Los Altos Southern)Casa Mexico; Cruz del Sol; El Nacimiento; Peña Blanca
    59▼4Integradora San Agustin, S.A. de C.V.154776.84016Jalisco (Cienega)Alien; El Tesoro de Mi Tierra; David Reyes
    60▲17Compania Tequilera Hacienda la Capilla, S.A. de C.V147976.7915936Jalisco (Los Altos Southern)Fat Ass; Goza Tequila; Ley .925; Puntagave; Titanium; Wansas
    61▼5Destiladora San Nicolas, S.A. de C.V.144076.728042Jalisco (Los Altos Southern)Cabo Wabo; Espolon
    62▼4Destiladora Gonzalez Gonzalez, S.A. de C.V.114376.6827815Jalisco (Central)Dos Vidas; El Mayor; Juarez; Monte Alban; Tijuana Sweet Heat
    63▼2Premium de Jalisco, S.A. de C.V.155876.061559Jalisco (Southeast)Dos Armadillos; Luna Nueva; Tavi; Trader Joe's; Tierra Noble
    64▲7Destiladora del Valle de Tequila, S.A. de C.V.143875.9438582Jalisco (Los Valles)Hot Donkey; Kirkland Signature; Muerto Tequila; Santera; Siempre Tequila; Sparkle Donkey
    65▼5Tequilera Milagro, S.A. de C.V.155975.788023Jalisco (Los Altos Southern)Milagro
    66▼4Tequilera La Herencia, S. De R.L. De C.V.159075.618310Jalisco (Los Altos Southern)Don Ramon; AGV 400; Cristeros; Gila Tequila; Mi Tiempo
    67▼4Brown Forman Tequila Mexico, S. de R.L. de C.V.111975.5317418Jalisco (Los Valles)Antiguo; El Jimador; Herradura; Pepe Lopez; Suave 35
    68-Tequila Artesanal de Los Altos de Jalisco, S.A. de C.V.143675.46261Jalisco (Cienega)Fina Estampa
    69▼5Agaveros y Tequileros Unidos de Los Altos, S.A. de C.V.152975.37939Jalisco (Central)Don Malaquias; El Mante; Hotel California; Magnate; Tierra Caliente
    70▼4Pernod Ricard Mexico, S.A. de C.V.111175.185485Jalisco (Los Altos Southern)Olmeca; Olmeca Altos; Tezon; Viuda de Romero
    71▼3Patron Spirits Mexico, S.A. de C.V.149274.9717441Jalisco (Cienega)Patron
    72▼3FTPSA, S.A. de C.V.158174.57289Jalisco (Los Valles)Ancestra; Club 21; Magia Extrana
    73▼1Tequilera Corralejo, S.A. de C.V.136874.165944GuanajuatoCorralejo; Quita Penas
    74▼9Fabrica de Tequila el Eden, S.A. de C.V.146574.041186Jalisco (Los Altos Southern)Baluarte; Frida Kahlo; Herencia Mexicana; RR Dos Erres
    75▼21Envasadora De Productos Lideres, S.A. De C.V.159273.885915Jalisco (Central)Dos Manos; El Reformador; El Tiempo; Gila Tequila; Qui; Tesoro Mio
    76▼3Impulsora Rombo, S.A. de C.V.146773.8615910Jalisco (Los Altos Southern)Arrogante; Rudo; Tecnico; Zafarrancho
    77▼5Vinos y Licores Azteca, S.A. de C.V.153373.624510Jalisco (Los Altos Southern)El Conde Azul; La Gritona; Raza Azteca; Sino S; Toro Azul
    78▼2Fabrica de Tequilas Finos, S.A. de C.V.147273.4463823Jalisco (Los Valles)Blanco Basura; El Diamante del Cielo; Kah; Stallion; Tenoch; Thunderstruck Tequila; Tres Manos
    79▼4Agroindustria Guadalajara, S.A. de C.V.106873.34475Jalisco (Los Altos Southern)Fiesta Mexicana; Jalisciense; Las Trancas; Rey de Copas; Voodoo Tiki
    80▼2Tequila Orendain de Jalisco, S.A. de C.V.111073.1814210Jalisco (Los Valles)Orendain; Kalore; Puerto Vallarta; Uno Mas
    81▼2Destilera Morales, S.A. de C.V.153573.11824Jalisco (Los Altos Southern)Deleon; Peligroso; Real de Mexico; Whispering Eye
    82-Destiladora El Paraiso, S.A. de C.V.158073.094491Jalisco (Los Altos Southern)Herencia Mexicana
    83▼3Bacardi y Compania, S.A. de C.V.148772.416823Jalisco (Los Altos Southern)Cazadores; Corzo
    84▼3Industrializadora Integral del Agave, S.A. de C.V.141771.25283Jalisco (Central)Don Alvaro; Galante; Garzon; Secret Mix; Serafina
    85▼2Grupo Tequilero Weber, S.A.P.I de C.V.157869.76547Jalisco (Los Valles)Feria de Jalisco; Montalvo Tequila
    86▼2La Madrilena, S.A. de C.V.114269.39336Jalisco (Cienega)Jarana; Mayorazgo; Piedra Azul; Tabasco; Xicote
    87▼2Tequila Supremo, S.A. de C.V.145668.852045Jalisco (Los Altos Southern)Camarena; Casco Viejo; Gran Maracame; La Cava de Don Agustin
    88▼5Tequilera Don Roberto, S.A. de C.V.143768.045214Jalisco (Los Valles)Don Roberto; Huizache; Pedro Infante; Señor Frog's; Tequila Monte Azul
    89▼2Casa Cuervo, S.A de C.V.112267.84217323Jalisco (Los Valles)1800; Gran Centenario; Jose Cuervo; Maestro Dobel; Maestro Tequilero
    90▼4Tequila Sauza, S. de R.L. de C.V.110267.6810386Jalisco (Los Valles)Hornitos; Sauza; Tres Generaciones
    91▼3Tierra de Agaves, S. de R.L. de C.V.151366.021245Jalisco (Los Valles)Lunazul
    92▼3Casa Tequilera Herencia de Los Altos, S.A. De C.V.159662.43441Jalisco (Los Altos Southern)Camarena
    93▼3Destilerias Sierra Unidas S.A. de C.V.145138.6301Jalisco (Central)Sierra

    * There are currently 191 NOM numbers listed in the Tequila Matchmaker database. Of these, 42 are considered inactive (no longer producing), and 56 are active but did not have enough ratings to qualify for a spot in this list.