Popular Brands of Tequila to Try in Puerto Vallarta

Enjoy a Taste of Puerto Vallarta!


Tequila is not for the faint of heart: the agave-based drink is extremely popular among locals in Puerto Vallarta, of course, but for me the experiment was met with a tad bit of skepticism. However, despite wincing, sniffing and testing some various brands of tequila and talking to shop owners, I managed to discover a few brands that are popular among the visitors to Puerto Vallarta.

Here are some to try:

1800 Tequila: This brand is considered a super-premium tequila, and the prices are not cheap. Like all brands, it comes in three varieties, Anejo, Blanco and Reposado  among other commemorative varieties like Silver.  The most expensive, Anejo is 100% Agave, and is a dark amber with copper highlights and has hints of vanilla, butterscotch, cinnamon, cloves and chocolate. The key to an Anejo variety is that it is aged in an oak barrel for three years. The Reposado is aged in American and French Oak barrels for six months, and the Blanco is  hardly aged (about 15 days or so).

Orgullo: A shopkeeper told me that this was one of the three popular tequila brands he’s seen, The Pueblo Viejo Orgullo Añejo Tequila was the selected brand to be the symbol of the magnificent 120 year anniversary of Casa San Matias, a portfolio of fine tequila brands including Carmesi and Rey Sol.  Casa San Matias has been producing fine tequilas since the 1886s. The Reposado in this line is aged for 11 months, and the Anejo is aged 24 months.

Since 1870, the brand Herradura has been known for its quality, and is handcrafted. Its Silver, Reposado and Anejo varieties are well known and extremely expensive because of its quality. Gabriela Romo de la Pena introduced the world to Reposado Tequila in 1974, and is rested for 11 months (the category standard is 2 months). Anejo is aged two years (the category standard is 1 year).

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