German Gonzalez, like Rodney, got no respect.

Germán González Got No Respect!

Germán Gonzalez, distiller of T1 Tequila Uno and Tears of Llorana, discloses why, up until recently, the term master distiller was not given the proper recognition by the Tequila Industry, nor by the people of Mexico.

Like deceased comedian, Rodney Dangerfield, Germán struggled to gain respect and to become recognized for his distilling acumen until he risked creating T1 Tequila Uno.

We’re sure that after you sample each of his offerings, you, too, will understand what it truly means to be a master at your craft.

Read the full story of Germán González and T1 Tequila Uno here.


Sipping Off The Cuff: Xzibit’s Bonita Tequila Platinum

 Xzibit’s Bonita Tequila Platinum

bonita tequila, xzibit, ll cool jMike Morales and Alex Perez taste and discuss Xzibit’s Bonita Tequila, a blanco referred to as “Platinum” and five times distilled at La Cofradia. Although this isn’t your father’s tequila, they do think it might be a great gift for mom!  It’s so pretty, they’ve nominated it for the 2014 Brands of Promise Awards for packaging.

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Nom List, 19 Jan 2015

t1As previously, our tequila nom list contains the names and information of current brands and tequila distilleries as well as those that have previously appeared on NOM lists but have since been dropped by the CRT.

You’ll also find links (in bold red lettering) to all of our reviews and articles on tequilas within the nom list, whether you use the PDF of XLS version.

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.


avion blancoClick to download the format of your choice:

19Jan2015 NOM List (XLS)

19Jan2015 NOM List (PDF)


About Our NOM List of Tequilas & Distilleries

blancoClick on any RED link within the tequila nom list to see the Tequila Aficionado articles and reviews on that brand or distillery.
*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.

A cocktail and sample of T1.

A Bartender’s Tip from Germán González

In this clip, Germán González, distiller of T1 Tequila Uno and Tears of Llorana, reveals the difficulty in getting consumers to sip 100% agave tequila and shares a technique that a particular bartender uses to educate drinkers who ask for T1 in a cocktail.

A thoughtful bartender or mixologist will always serve the customer in the best way possible.

If you’ve never sipped T1 Tequila Uno, before having it in your favorite cocktail, ask for a bit of a sample on the side.

You’ll be glad you did!

Read the full story of Germán González and T1 Tequila Uno here.

Sipping Off The Cuff: Astral Tequila Blanco

tequila, blanco, overproof tequilaAstral Tequila

Mike Morales and Alex Perez taste and discuss Astral Blanco Tequila, nominating it for the 2014 Brands of Promise Awards.

About Astral Tequila

Astral Tequila is totally unique and reminiscent of the way tequila was made 150 years ago before it was industrialized. We hope you enjoy our celebration of this beautiful culture and spirit. It is made from agave grown at high-altitude on a single organic estate in the mountains.  The agave are harvested and roasted in a traditional stone oven.  (See below)  Native yeast fermentation takes eight times as long as conventional fermentation. We ferment with all of the bagazo (solids) to better highlight what the agave plant has to share.  After fermentation Astral is pot distilled two times to reach 92 proof.

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Astral Metodo Tradicional

metodo tradicionalINGREDIENTS

  • 2 oz Astral Tequila
  • .5 oz Dolin Genepy des Alpes
  • .5 oz Lemon Juice
  • 2 cucumber slices (+1 for garnish)
  • Barspoon of Agave Syrup
  • Pinch of Kosher Salt


Muddle the cucumber slices, then add the rest of the ingredients.

Shake and fine strain into a chilled coupe.

Top with 1.5 oz. Moet Imperial Champagne.

Garnish with a cucumber slice.

Earthy French Genepy and fresh cucumber brighten this festive fizz fashioned to highlight the flavor profile of Tequila and Champagne made using century-old production processes.

This bubbly cocktail was crafted by our good friend Jim Meehan of PDT.