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Tequila Distilleries and Brands (NOM List 26 May 2014)


More interesting goings-on at the CRT lately!

When the lists were released on the 26th, somebody uploaded the wrong file to the CRT website.  Apparently, it went unnoticed by CRT desk jockeys for a week before they fixed it.  But they did fix it.

And then the next day, the released a whole new NOM List.

That’s why you’ll be seeing a rapid fire release of 2 Tequila Aficionado NOM Lists today. 

tequila distilleriesTequila Distilleries & Brands Updated

Our updated list of tequila distilleries and brands, the “Nom List”, as of 26 May 2014, is now available for download in both PDF and Excel formats. Click on any of the underlined items within the list to be taken directly to our reviews, articles, tasting notes and features on each tequila brand.

Tequila Brands Old & New

Each of our NOM Lists contains the names and information of brands that have previously appeared on NOM lists in the past but have since been dropped by the CRT. Pinpointing your treasure bottles has never been easier! Please understand that this list is not a comprehensive list of every tequila brand ever made. We make every effort to be sure it is as accurate as possible from the time we at Tequila Aficionado Media began publishing our lists in 2013.  

Click to download the format of your choice:

26 May 2014 NOM List in PDF format

26 May 2014 NOM List in Excel format

Click on any RED link within the NOM list to see the Tequila Aficionado articles and reviews on that brand.

*Color Coding*

  • Brands highlighted in Green are recent additions (see comment on Excel spreadsheet for first shown date)
  • Brands highlighted in Red did not appear on the current list (see comment on Excel spreadsheet for last shown date)
  • Brands highlighted in Blue are suspected of using a diffusor in production.


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Founder’s Feature: Interview with Blair Salisbury of El Cholo Restaurants

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Alexander Perez interviews Blair Salisbury of El Cholo Restaurants at their annual event in Pasadena.


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Find the El Cholo Family of Restaurants online here


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In 1922, Alejandro Borquez pushed back from the dinner table and said to his beautiful young bride, Rosa,”You are such a good cook we should open up a restaurant”

-  and they did.  

The rest is history.


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Absolutely delicious. We LOVE this place!!! The portions are perfect. They do not overwhelm you with food. The salsa and chips are always fresh, and the enchiladas are my favorite. The strawberry margaritas are to die for.


The food was extremely well priced and very tasty. The servings were also huge and the staff were extremely friendly. You even get a free serve of fresh, hot corn chips with hot and mild salsa, delivered to your table as soon as you sit down.

I had combination #1 (beef taco and cheese enchilada with cheese). Very nice but the highlight was the Tortilla soup, something I have never had before, simply awesome. Very tasty indeed. 

If I lived here I’d be going here all the time. We’ll worth it!


El Cholo has the same effect on me as those timepiece films like “Stand By Me” or “Huckleberry Finn”- it is a walk into the old way of doing things, tried and true, from a humbler time. Yet, in its heyday, I’ll bet that El Cholo really stood out as something special. It was a tribute to Mexican cuisine in the 1920s, and it’s lasting power is proven when you see how popular it remains today.



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Sipping off the Cuff: Ixa Organic Silver Tequila

Alexander Perez and Mike Morales taste and review Ixa Organic Silver Tequila.

Ixa Tequila

The ancient Maya believed in magic water and so do we. We make IXÁ with fully matured agave plants and traditional techniques which are becoming increasingly rare — like slow, clay oven steaming, and fermenting & distilling with agave fibers. All this to produce a tequila worthy of the gods.

Profile: Rich, complex and with the softest finish, IXÁ captures all aspects of the agave plant in harmony.

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ixa, organic, tequila, silver, blanco, tequila aficionado Hibiscus Margarita

  • 1 3/4 IXA silver tequila
  • 1 oz FRUITLAB hibiscus liqueur
  • 1/2 oz fresh lemon juice
  • 1/4 oz agave nectar
  • 2 dash BAR KEEP Swedish bitters
Shake + pour into rocks glass
Garnish with orange wedge

Double O Siete

  • 2 1/2 oz IXA silver tequila
  • 1 1/4 oz Lillet white vermouth
Shake + strain into martini glass
Squeeze lemon peel over glass
Garnish with lemon twist

IXA Paloma

  • 1 3/4 oz IXA silver tequila
  • 1/4 oz FRUITLAB orange liqueur
  • 1 1/2 oz fresh grapefruit juice
  • 1/2 oz fresh lime juice
  • 1/2 oz agave nectar
  • 2-3 oz club soda
  • 2 sweet basil leaves
  • 4 dashes BAR KEEP Swedish bitters
Shake and strain into a rocks glass
Top with club soda
Garnish with basil

Mexico City

  • 2 oz IXA silver tequila
  • 1 oz FRUITLAB jasmine liqueur
  • 1 oz fresh grapefruit juice
  • 1 oz agave nectar
  • 1/2 oz fresh lemon juice
Shake and strain into rocks glass
Garnish with grapefruit twist



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Sipping Off The Cuff: Mexican Moonshine Anejo

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Alexander Perez and Mike Morales taste and review Roger Clyne’s Mexican Moonshine Anejo Tequila on this episode of Tequila Aficionado’s Sipping Off The Cuff.  They also nominated it for the 2014 Brands of Promise Awards.



roger clyne, mexican moonshineThe Story Behind Roger Clyne’s Mexican Moonshine

Don’t miss Mike Morales’ double feature on Roger Clyne, his music and his tequila:

Read Part 1 here, now!

Part 2 Available here now!



the independent, roger clyne, mexican moonshine, peacemakersThe Independent

On April 29, 2014, Roger Clyne & The Peacemakers unleashed their seventh studio album, The Independent.  The title fits these musical mavericks like an old pair of faded jeans worn as a statement against oppression on Casual Fridays.   Yet, as Clyne states, “There’s something about our music that celebrates what’s uniting versus what’s dividing.”




Mexican Moonshine, Mexican Moonshine…Let your heart and your cup overflow, under the glow of the moonshine!  May your heart and your cup… Overflow…under the glow of the Moonshine!

Using this “Tequila Logic,” Roger Clyne has managed to do the same with Mexican Moonshine, gently hitching the spirit’s Lowland agave heritage to the wood notes of Kentucky bourbon to create a peacemaker that rightfully belongs in any collector’s arsenal.

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