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 16, 2018), based on 44,986 ratings from 36,568 users:

    1) NOM 1114 (Tequila El Caballito Cerrero)
    2) NOM 1579 (El Pandillo)
    3) NOM 1493 (Tequila Los Abuelos)
    4) NOM 1439 (Proveedora y Procesadora de Agave Tres Hermanos, S.A. de C.V.)
    5) NOM 1120 (Tequila Siete Leguas)
    6) NOM 1518 (Tequila Casa de Los Gonzalez)
    7) NOM 1508 (Fabrica de Tequila Don Nacho)
    8) NOM 1523 (Agrotequilera de Jalisco, S.A. de C.V.)
    9) NOM 1468 (Grupo Tequilero Mexico)
    10) NOM 1139/1474 (Tequila Tapatio (La Alteña))

    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 89 (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 30 ratings, and have at least 1 brand in active production as of the time of this update (5/16/2018). 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 August 31, 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.111486.93541Jalisco (Los Valles)El Caballito Cerrero
    2--Destileria El Pandillo, S.A. de C.V.157986.586515Jalisco (Los Altos Southern)G4; Terralta; Pasote; ArteNOM 1579
    3--Tequila Los Abuelos, S.A. de C.V.149386.0821022Jalisco (Los Valles)Fortaleza; Los Abuelos
    4+5Proveedora y Procesadora de Agave Tres Hermanos, S.A. de C.V.143985.766316Jalisco (Los Valles)Corrido; Casa Ambar; El Fogonero; Tio Billy
    5-1Tequila Siete Leguas, S.A. de C.V.112085.267981Jalisco (Ciénega)Siete Leguas
    6--Tequila Casa de Los Gonzalez, S.A. de C.V.151885.024212Jalisco (Ciénega)Reserva de Los Gonzalez
    7--Fabrica de Tequila Don Nacho, S.A. de C.V.150884.541023Jalisco (Los Altos Southern)Don Nacho
    8--Agrotequilera de Jalisco, S.A. de C.V.152384.53322Jalisco (Los Valles)Volcan de Mi Tierra; Tequila Indianos
    9-1Grupo Tequilero Mexico, S.A. de C.V.146884.3233311Jalisco (Los Altos Southern)Alquimia; Casa Vieja
    10--Tequila Tapatio, S.A. de C.V. (La Alte–a)1139/147484.222704Jalisco (Los Altos Southern)Tapatio; El Tesoro de Don Felipe; Tequila Ocho
    11--Productos Regionales de Atotonilco, S.A. de C.V.152684.191065Jalisco (Ciénega)Corrido; Sol de Mexico; Tres Culturas
    12+5Tequile–ña, S.A. de C.V.114684.07118613Jalisco (Los Valles)Don Fulano; Don Lorenzo; Cimarron; Fuenteseca; Tears of Llorona; Pura Sangre; T1; Artenom Seleccion de 1146
    13+2Tequilera Simbolo, S.A. de C.V.153083.874081Jalisco (Ciénega)Suerte
    14-2Tequila Don Julio, S.A de C.V.144983.8128412Jalisco (Ciénega)Don Julio; 3 Magueyes
    15+4Jorge Salles Cuervo y Sucesores, S.A. de C.V.110883.78771Jalisco (Los Valles)El Tequileño
    16--Destileria La Alborada144583.76455Jalisco (Los Valles)El Gran Jubileo; Don Lorenzo
    17-3Tequilera Puerta de Hierro (Leticia Hermosillo Ravelero)147783.6828012Jalisco (Los Valles)Cava de Oro; Don Elias
    18+3Tequila Cascahuin, S.A.112383.1341518Jalisco (Los Valles)Cascahuin; Revolucion; Siembra Valles
    19-1Tequila Embajador, S.A. de C.V.150983.1219011Jalisco (Ciénega)Embajador; Oro Real; Crotalo; Cabresto
    20--Metlalli, S.A. de C.V.141982.94335Jalisco (Los Valles)Acumbaro; Canicas; Solorzano
    21+2Feliciano Vivanco y Asociados, S.A. de C.V.141482.3595617Jalisco (Los Altos Southern)Alderete; Artenom Seleccion de 1414; Gran Dovejo; Siembra Azul
    22+2La Cofradia, S.A. de C.V.113782.12196967Jalisco (Los Valles)Casa Noble; Casa Cofradia; Astral; Tequila 512
    23-1Destiladora de Los Altos, S.A. de C.V.141282804Jalisco (Los Altos Southern)Hacienda Vieja; Don Felix
    24+2Tequila Las Americas, S.A. de C.V.148081.9464639Jalisco (Los Valles)123 Organic Tequila; IXA; Don Abraham
    25+3Destiladora Los Magos, S.A. de C.V.143181.928323Jalisco (Central)Adan y Eva; Calera; Cava Antigua
    26-1Grupo Industrial Tequilero de Los Altos de Jalisco, S.A. de C.V.144381.227657Jalisco (Los Altos Southern)Don Pilar; Dulce Vida
    27+2Cooperativa Tequilera la Magdalena, S.C. de R.L.146381.154011Jalisco (Los Valles)Amorada Tequila; Familia Azteca; Los Valientes; Rattlesnake Tequila; Sandy Y Daniel
    28+2Tequila Arette de Jalisco, S.A. de C.V.110980.845724Jalisco (Los Valles)Arette; Tres Agaves
    29+8Empresa Ejidal Tequilera de Amatitan, S.P.R. de R.L. de C.V.150380.68382Jalisco (Los Valles)Regional
    30+8Rivesca, S.A. De C.V.153180.2815310Jalisco (Los Valles)Number Juan; Toro de Lidia; Oro de Lidia; Don Modesto
    31+12Productos Finos de Agave, S.A. de C.V.1416/159580.24267029Jalisco (Los Altos Southern)Avion; Alacran; Campo Azul; Casamigos; Clase Azul
    32-1Corporacion Ansan, S.A. de C.V.136080.210213Jalisco (Los Valles)Arta; Fogoso; Honorable; Pez Gordo; Tejitas
    33+3Tequila Quiote, S.A. de C.V.143380.1617612Jalisco (Ciénega)Calle 23; Quiote; Cava Don Anastacio
    34-1Tequilas del Se–or, S.A. de C.V.112479.9218922Jalisco (Central)Dos Lunas; Herencia del Señor; Reserva del Señor
    35--Tequila Tres Mujeres, S.A. de C.V.146679.8436125Jalisco (Los Valles)Santanera; Tres Mujeres; Una Mas; Casino Azul
    36-4Tequilera Las Juntas, S.A. de C.V.150079.741507Jalisco (Los Valles)Codigo 1530; Trianon Tequila
    37+2Tequila San Matias de Jalisco, S.A. de C.V.110379.696958Jalisco (Los Altos Southern)Pueblo Viejo; San Matias; Orgullo Pueblo Viejo; Carmessi
    38+7Agaveros Unidos de Amatitan, S.A. de C.V.142679.641656Jalisco (Los Valles)Azunia; Don Cosme
    39+2Autentica Tequilera, S.A. de C.V.150279.5341311Jalisco (Los Valles)Partida; Tierras; Abandonado
    40--Tequila Selecto de Amatitan, S.A. de C.V.145979.3343035Jalisco (Los Valles)Blue Nectar; El Buho; Los Tres Toños
    41-7Tequila Centinela, S.A. de C.V.114079.322265Jalisco (Los Altos Southern)Centinela; Cabrito
    42+4Hacienda de Oro, S.A. de C.V.152279.231547Jalisco (Los Valles)El Ultimo Agave; Hacienda de Oro; Suave Tequila; Semental
    43+10Tequilera de la Barranca de Amatitan, S.A. de C.V.147379.19587Jalisco (Los Valles)Don Fernando; Mi Tierra; Pancho Bravo
    44-2Tequilas Gonzalez Lara, S.A. de C.V.156079.1221818Jalisco (Los Valles)Adictivo; Mañana; Realeza Mexicana
    45-1Tequilera la Gonzale–a, S.A. de C.V.112778.862931Tamaul’ípasChinaco
    46+4Casa Tequilera de Arandas, S.A. de C.V.149978.7936533Jalisco (Los Altos Southern)1921; 3 Amigos; Angel Bendito; Mi Casa; Tromba; Zircon Azul
    47+1Compa–ia Tequilera de Arandas, S.A. de C.V.146078.7734530Jalisco (Los Altos Southern)Ambhar; Antigua Cruz; Cazcabel; El Charro; Riazul; Vida; Z Pepe Zevada
    48-1Corporativo Destileria Santa Lucia, S.A. de C.V.117378.5527531Jalisco (Central)Destilador; Grand Mayan; Tragos Amargos; El Conquistador
    49+2Agroindustrias Casa Ramirez, S.A. de C.V.151978.2952GuanajuatoDesmadre; Deleon; Reserva de Mexico
    50-2Destileria Casa De Piedra, S.A. De C.V.158678.011514Jalisco (Los Valles)Chamucos; Cobalto
    51+10Destiladora San Nicolas, S.A. de C.V.144077.5110052Jalisco (Los Altos Southern)Cabo Wabo; Espolon
    52+5Tequila el Viejito, S.A. de C.V.110777.3528624Jalisco (Ciénega)El Viejito; Distinqt; Karma; El Set; Sweet Poison; Campeon
    53+1Grupo Tequilero de Los Altos, S.A. de C.V.154877.3419522Jalisco (Los Altos Southern)Aha Toro; Ortigoza; Tierra Blanca
    54+4Fabrica de Tequila el Nacimiento, S.A. de C.V.145577.296612Jalisco (Los Altos Southern)Casa Mexico; Cruz del Sol; El Nacimiento; Pe–ña Blanca
    55+5Compa–ñia Tequilera Hacienda la Capilla, S.A. de C.V147977.1919732Jalisco (Los Altos Southern)Fat Ass; Goza Tequila; Ley .925; Puntagave; Titanium; Wansas
    56-7Destileria Leyros, S.A. de C.V.148977.1641519Jalisco (Los Valles)Casa Dragones; Don Fermin; Republic; Tarantula; Leyros; Hussong's
    57+6Premium de Jalisco, S.A. de C.V.155877.111897Jalisco (Southeast)Dos Armadillos; Luna Nueva; Tavi; Trader Joe's; Tierra Noble
    58+1Integradora San Agustin, S.A. de C.V.154777.094416Jalisco (Ciénega)Alien; El Tesoro de Mi Tierra; David Reyes
    59-4Destiladora Juanacatlan, S.P.R. de R.L. de C.V.155176.9312712Jalisco (Central)Baron; Carreta de Oro; Casa de Luna; Soltado; Tanteo
    60+2Destiladora Gonzalez Gonzalez, S.A. de C.V.114376.5232313Jalisco (Central)Dos Vidas; El Mayor; Juarez; Monte Alban; Tijuana Sweet Heat
    61-34Destiladora Refugio, S.A. de C.V.154976.276711Jalisco (Los Valles)ArteNOM Seleccion de 1549; Quinta de Gomez
    62+9Patr—ón Spirits Mexico, S.A. de C.V.149276.1419741Jalisco (Ciénega)Patron
    63+1Destiladora del Valle de Tequila, S.A. de C.V.143876.0545681Jalisco (Los Valles)Hot Donkey; Kirkland Signature; Muerto Tequila; Santera; Siempre Tequila; Sparkle Donkey
    64+1Tequilera Milagro, S.A. de C.V.155976.028892Jalisco (Los Altos Southern)Milagro
    65+1Tequilera La Herencia, S. De R.L. De C.V.159075.999310Jalisco (Los Altos Southern)Don Ramon; AGV 400; Cristeros; Gila Tequila; Mi Tiempo
    66+1Brown Forman Tequila Mexico, S. de R.L. de C.V.111975.9219408Jalisco (Los Valles)Antiguo; El Jimador; Herradura; Pepe Lopez; Suave 35
    67+3Pernod Ricard Mexico, S.A. de C.V.111175.826365Jalisco (Los Altos Southern)Olmeca; Olmeca Altos; Tezon; Viuda de Romero
    68+1Agaveros y Tequileros Unidos de Los Altos, S.A. de C.V.152975.6987Jalisco (Central)Don Malaquias; El Mante; Hotel California; Magnate; Tierra Caliente
    69+8Vinos y Licores Azteca, S.A. de C.V.153374.885810Jalisco (Los Altos Southern)El Conde Azul; La Gritona; Raza Azteca; Sino S; Toro Azul
    70+9Agroindustria Guadalajara, S.A. de C.V.106874.74625Jalisco (Los Altos Southern)Fiesta Mexicana; Jalisciense; Las Trancas; Rey de Copas; Voodoo Tiki
    71+3Fabrica de Tequila el Eden, S.A. de C.V.146574.521308Jalisco (Los Altos Southern)Baluarte; Frida Kahlo; Herencia Mexicana; RR Dos Erres
    72+1Tequilera Corralejo, S.A. de C.V.136874.516694GuanajuatoCorralejo; Quita Penas
    73+2Envasadora De Productos Lideres, S.A. De C.V.159274.326914Jalisco (Central)Dos Manos; El Reformador; El Tiempo; Gila Tequila; Qui; Tesoro Mio
    74+4Fabrica de Tequilas Finos, S.A. de C.V.147273.8161420Jalisco (Los Valles)Blanco Basura; El Diamante del Cielo; Kah; Stallion; Tenoch; Thunderstruck Tequila; Tres Manos
    75+5Tequila Orendain de Jalisco, S.A. de C.V.111073.7616012Jalisco (Los Valles)Orendain; Kalore; Puerto Vallarta; Uno Mas
    76--Impulsora Rombo, S.A. de C.V.146773.7417010Jalisco (Los Altos Southern)Arrogante; Rudo; Tecnico; Zafarrancho
    77+5Destiladora El Paraiso, S.A. de C.V.158073.634534Jalisco (Los Altos Southern)Herencia Mexicana
    78+8La Madrileñ–a, S.A. de C.V.114273.321487Jalisco (Ciénega)Jarana; Mayorazgo; Piedra Azul; Tabasco; Xicote
    79+2Destiler’a Morales, S.A. de C.V.153573.311994Jalisco (Los Altos Southern)Deleon; Peligroso; Real de Mexico; Whispering Eye
    80--Hacienda Capellania, S.A. de C.V.154573.24344Jalisco (Los Altos Southern)Paqui; Izkali; Hacienda La Llave; Jorongo; Casa de Reynoso
    81+2Bacardi y Compa–ñia, S.A. de C.V.148772.417603Jalisco (Los Altos Southern)Cazadores; Corzo
    82+3Grupo Tequilero Weber, S.A.P.I de C.V.157870.25617Jalisco (Los Valles)Feria de Jalisco; Montalvo Tequila
    83+4Tequila Supremo, S.A. de C.V.145670.092224Jalisco (Los Altos Southern)Camarena; Casco Viejo; Gran Maracame; La Cava de Don Agustin
    84+5Casa Cuervo, S.A de C.V.1104/112268.61247323Jalisco (Central)/Jalisco (Los Valles)1800; Gran Centenario; Jose Cuervo; Maestro Dobel; Maestro Tequilero
    85+3Tequilera Don Roberto, S.A. de C.V.143768.476215Jalisco (Los Valles)Don Roberto; Huizache; Pedro Infante; Se–ñor Frog's; Tequila Monte Azul
    86+4Tequila Sauza, S. de R.L. de C.V.110268.3311777Jalisco (Los Valles)Hornitos; Sauza; Tres Generaciones
    87+4Tierra de Agaves, S. de R.L. de C.V.151366.581394Jalisco (Los Valles)Lunazul
    88+4Casa Tequilera Herencia de Los Altos, S.A. De C.V.159664.12581Jalisco (Los Altos Southern)Camarena
    89+4Destilerias Sierra Unidas S.A. de C.V.145137.97381Jalisco (Central)Sierra

    * There are currently 195 NOM numbers listed in the Tequila Matchmaker database. Of these, 60 are considered inactive (no longer producing), and 43 are active but did not have enough ratings to qualify for a spot in this list.