818 Tequila: The Controversial Brand
Are you tired of hearing about yet another celebrity trying to sell you a mediocre product? Look no further than 818 Tequila, the highly controversial tequila brand launched by Kendall Jenner. Not only does it suffer from cultural appropriation and other issues that plague celebrity tequilas, but it’s also just not a very good tequila. And to make matters worse, it comes with a premium price tag, all for the privilege of having Kendall Jenner’s name attached to it.
818 also most likely uses additives in their production. I have an entire other blog post diving into what additives are and why they are being used.
But fear not, there are plenty of other tequila brands out there that are worth your time and money. In this post, we’ll be exploring three tequila brands that you should be drinking instead of 818 Tequila. So put down that overpriced bottle and let’s dive into some truly delicious tequila options.
Tequila Ocho: The Single Estate Tequila
Tequila Ocho is an exceptional brand of tequila created by two men in partnership. One of those men is Thomas Estes, the former tequila ambassador to Europe from Mexico. His partner is Carlos Camarena, whose family has been making tequila for generations. Tequila Ocho is a single estate tequila made with agave from one farm and one location. It is crafted with the highest level of care and detail.
Tequila Ocho is certified additive-free and widely available in the US and Europe. At around $50 for a bottle of Blanco, it is cheaper than 818 Tequila and of superior quality. It offers a robust agave flavor that is enjoyable to sip on its own or in a cocktail.
Mijenta: The Sustainable Brand
Mijenta is a tequila brand that offers sustainability and female representation in the tequila industry. The master distiller, Anna Maria Romero, has over 25 years of experience in the industry. The brand is committed to sustainability and works with partners who share the same vision.
Mijenta is a certified additive-free tequila brand that produces Blanco and Reposado varieties. The Blanco has a subtle agave flavor with spice notes that are easy to drink. The Reposado has a caramel characteristic with a balance of agave and spice notes. The bottles are also aesthetically pleasing and make for an excellent addition to your home bar.
Fortaleza: The Traditional Brand
Fortaleza is a tequila brand that values traditional practices and techniques. The brand is family-owned and operated and uses traditional methods to make their tequila. They use a stone wheel, called a tahona, to crush the agave before distillation.
Fortaleza produces Blanco, Reposado, and Añejo varieties. The Blanco has a sweet agave flavor with a peppery finish. The Reposado has a vanilla and caramel characteristic with a balance of agave flavor. The Añejo has a smooth, complex flavor with notes of vanilla, chocolate, and cinnamon.
In conclusion, while 818 Tequila may have its controversy, there are many other high-quality tequila brands on the market. Tequila Ocho, Mijenta, and Fortaleza are three brands that offer unique flavor profiles and traditional methods of production. Give them a try and find the tequila that suits your palate.