Our updated list of distilleries and tequila brands “Nom List”, as of 28 October 2013, is now available for download in both PDF and Excel formats. Unlike other tequila brand listings, Tequila Aficionado adds links within the list to all of our reviews, articles and features on each tequila brand. Click on any hotlink within the list to be taken directly to these tequila reviews and articles.
Click on any link within the list to see the Tequila Aficionado articles and reviews done on that particular brand.
- 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)
What is a NOM List?
The Norma Oficial Mexicana (Official Mexican Standard), abbreviated NOM, is the name of each of a series of official, compulsory standards and regulations for diverse activities in Mexico. They are more commonly referred to as NOMs or normas.
The standards are prepared by the Dirección General de Normas (DGN) (General Directorate of Standards), which is the body representing Mexico in the International Organization for Standardization (ISO).
In the case of tequila, Mexico’s Tequila Regulatory Council (CRT) regulates production NOMs. The NOM identifier means the tequila meets government standards – but this is not any guarantee of tequila’s quality. However, without the NOM stamp of legitimacy, it is not guaranteed that the bottle contains tequila.
All 100% agave tequilas must have a NOM identifier on the bottle. The important laws since 1990 were NOM-006-SCFI-1993 and the later update NOM-006-SCFI-1994 revised in late 2005 NOM-006-SCFI-2005 and the most recent revision in 2012 NOM-006-SCFI-2012.
The number after NOM is the distillery number, assigned by the government. NOM does not indicate the location of the distillery, merely the parent company or – in the case where a company leases space in a plant – the physical plant where the tequila was manufactured. (Source: Wikipedia)