Being one of the easiest and fastest tequila varieties to produce, there are a multitude of distilleries producing a range of brands, with bottles ranging from super premium in quality to cheap mixtos tequila party spirits.
All of the big brands, including Don Julio, Patrón, Jose Cuervo, and El Jimador produce their own blanco tequilas, however, smaller brands are not to be overlooked when considering this tequila category.
Being the most valuable tequila brand in the world is a distinction that means Don Julio needs no introduction. Though they craft a range of premium tequilas, Don Julio Blanco Tequila is perhaps one of the brands most popular and authentic products.
Used as the base for all of their aged tequila products, their blanco tequila is famed for its hints of citrus, agave sweetness, and clean, crisp finish that makes it perfect as a sipping spirit to be savoured slowly.
Outside of Don Julio, Patrón exists as the next easily recognisable premium tequila brand in the world. Whilst also crafting various bottles of tequila products, including some tequila based liqueurs, their bottle of Patrón Silver Tequila is the flagship product in their range.
Containing notes of light fruits, citrus, agave sweetness, and with a slightly peppery finish, this blanco tequila sets a high benchmark for others in the category to reach.
Moving beyond the premium segment, Jose Cuervo is the number one selling tequila brand in the world, famous for producing a range of mixtos tequilas that are made to be enjoyed as cocktail or other mixed drink bases.
Their bottle of Jose Cuervo Especial Silver Tequila is suitably light and peppery in taste, as any blanco tequila should be, but is known for being a blend of blue agave and other sugars, rendering it as a product of inferior quality.
For a product outside of the premium price point that will still satisfy your demand for quality, the El Jimador Blanco Tequila is famed as being one of the best 100% blue agave mid range blanco tequilas on the market.
With a light citrus taste that is characterised by a crisp, zingy, and somewhat herbaceous finish, this bottle is ideal for use in a swathe of popular cocktails but also suitable for those looking for a quality sipping tequila at a reasonable price.
Whilst these represent some of the biggest brands in tequila today, be sure to dig deeper into the smaller distilleries and brands as it is possible to find exceptionally unique bottles at competitive prices.
How to Drink Blanco Tequila
As with some other clear spirit categories in the world, such as white rum or vodka, blanco tequilas are known to work best in a number of popular cocktails and other mixed drinks due to its easy mixability, many of them explored in this site.
Whilst this is true in many instances, especially in the case of lower quality mixtos tequilas whose off flavours can be mixed away in basic mixed drinks like tequila & orange juice, premium bottles of 100% blue agave blanco tequila should be savoured neat or over ice, so as to best enjoy their often delicate flavours.
At its best, the category is hailed for its tastes of pronounced citrus, agave sweetness, soft herbaceousness, and clean and sometimes delicately peppery finish.
When purchasing bottles of a lower quality for mixing, however, some popular cocktail examples for blanco tequilas include the Paloma, margarita, or tequila mojito although many other examples exist.
Pairing Food with Blanco Tequila