What Is 1800 Tequila?

What the Difference Between 1800 Tequila and Patrón Tequila?

1800 Silver Tequila With Pineapple Jarritos Cocktail

1800 Tequila

1800 Tequila is a popular brand of 100% blue Weber Agave tequila. Distilled near the town of Tequila in Jalisco, Mexico, the 1800 Tequila portfolio includes an unaged silver and aged reposado and añejo tequilas, along with a fun coconut tequila. These tequilas are affordably priced and widely available, and the clean, smooth taste is perfect for a variety of cocktails. If you enjoy tequila and are looking for a good mid-range brand to keep in your bar regularly, 1800 Tequila is an excellent choice.

1800 Tequila vs. Patrón Tequila

Patrón Tequila is a well-known name as well, and many tequila drinkers compare it to 1800 tequila. The two brands produce the same core range of tequilas (silver or blanco, reposado, and añejo), though subtle differences exist.

Among those is where the agave plants are grown. Patrón is made in the highlands of Jalisco, Mexico, and the agave from that area tends to produce a brighter, greener tasting tequila. 1800 Tequila is a lowlands tequila, and these agave lean toward a fruitier, earthier profile. Also, some of the agave used in Patrón is pressed with a tahona wheel. This traditional method not only adds a certain flavor nuance to the finished tequila but is also reflected in the price. And that is 1800 Tequila's biggest advantage; it is cheaper than Patrón.

Which is the better tequila? That is a matter of personal taste, and a side-by-side comparison is highly recommended. Patrón is classified in the premium category, and it's sometimes viewed as overpriced compared to other tequilas in that range. Some drinkers think that 1800 is just a little bit better.

Fast Facts

  • Ingredients: 100% blue Weber agave
  • Proof: 80
  • ABV: 40%
  • Calories in a 1 1/2-ounce shot: 103
  • Origin: Tequila, Jalisco, Mexico
  • Taste: Earthy, semisweet fruits, spice, oaky (aged tequilas)
  • Aged: 0 years (silver) to at least 14 months (añejo)
  • Serve: straight-up, on the rocks, cocktails, shots

What Is 1800 Tequila Made From?

Initially released in 1975, 1800 Tequila was one of the first premium tequilas offered in the United States. What may surprise you is that it is produced by Jose Cuervo at the same distillery—Casa Cuervo—where the biggest name in tequila is made.

Cuervo is located just outside the town of Tequila in Jalisco, Mexico, in the heart of tequila country. The old distillery complex is the perfect picturesque style of traditional Mexican architecture and culture. If you get a chance to tour it, you will not regret the experience (and Sauza is right across the road).

The production process for 1800 Tequila is standard in the tequila industry. It follows most of the conventional processes and techniques followed by other tequila brands, including the use of 100% blue Weber agave. 

To make the tequila, the agave plants are harvested once mature, which is around 8 to 12 years. They are baked in the distillery's massive traditional clay brick ovens before the juice is extracted. The agave juice is then fermented with yeast, which turns the sugars into alcohol, and that is distilled twice in copper pot stills.

The white tequilas destined to be 1800 Silver are blended soon after distillation to form the tequila's signature taste. Other tequilas are aged in American and French oak barrels until they're ready to become either a reposado tequila (at least six months) or añejo tequila (at least 14 months). The tequilas are bottled at 40 percent alcohol by volume (ABV, 80 proof).

What Does 1800 Tequila Taste Like?

1800 Tequila has a classic tequila taste, and all of the tequilas are quite smooth. The silver tequila is earthy with a semi-sweet agave flavor and hints of fruits and pepper. Aging adds complexity to the reposado and añejo tequilas, introducing buttery caramel and a tantalizing toasted oak taste.

Types

1800 Tequila has a standard portfolio of tequilas, and it includes all of the main players expected from the bigger tequila brands. The silver (or blanco) tequila is the benchmark and one of the better options for this style and price range. The aged tequilas are very nice and remain around that $40 mark where many drinkers draw the line between everyday and luxury liquor.

  • 1800 Tequila Reserva Silver: The base of the tequila portfolio, this is a great unaged tequila for mixed drinks.
  • 1800 Tequila Reserva Reposado: Aged for at least six months in oak, you will find this to be a good reposado, and few can beat the quality for the price.
  • 1800 Tequila Reserva Añejo: Spending at least 14 months in the barrel, this is a nice introduction to well-aged tequilas.
  • 1800 Reserva Coconut: The brand's only venture into flavored tequila, this is their silver tequila infused with natural coconut flavor. Since it includes flavoring, it is technically classified as "licor de tequila" rather than just tequila. It is also bottled at a slightly lower 70 proof.
  • 1800 Milenio Extra Añejo: Aged longer than the regular añejo, this tequila doesn't carry an age statement. However, as an extra añejo, that has to be at least three years. It's also finished in former cognac casks and has a price tag to reflect that, topping $100.
  • 1800 Colección Extra Añejo: Only released during the best years of the tequila's production, this older tequila is extremely rare and can sell for upwards of $1600.
  • 1800 Artist Series: 1800 Tequila regularly offers special limited edition bottles of their silver tequila, and each features the artwork of fantastic contemporary artists.
  • 1800 The Ultimate Margarita: Surprisingly, 1800 produces a ready-to-drink margarita that is actually enjoyable. If you're looking to take the easy route on your margaritas, this one is worth trying.

How to Drink 1800 Tequila

You really cannot go wrong when it comes to drinking 1800 Tequila. The silver is perfect for almost every tequila cocktail you can think of, including favorites like the margarita, tequila sunrise, and paloma. It also makes for a smooth tequila shot.

While there are superior-tasting aged tequilas, the reposado and añejo tequilas from 1800 are good. They can also be mixed into your favorite tequila drinks or enjoyed on their own (either neat or on the rocks). If cost has prohibited you from mixing with aged tequilas, turn to these expressions without fear of wasting money. It will at least give you an idea of what to expect from other aged tequilas.

Cocktail Recipes

Beyond the best-known tequila cocktails, 1800 is an excellent choice for numerous drink recipes. From sweet dessert cocktails to frozen margaritas, it's a very versatile tequila for drinkers who like to try something new.