Tequila is a distilled, alcoholic beverage made primarily from blue agave. Blue agave is a plant that is high in fructose makes it suitable to produce tequila from it. A beverage with an average alcohol content of 38% to 55%, this beverage is used commonly as the base for cocktails or consumed as shots.
This article will focus on the tequila brand, Villa One Tequila, and how it is produced. We will examine who produces Villa One, how it is best consumed, and the variations of the tequila available by the brand. Hopefully, you will have a better feel for whether you would like to try this brand and which variation is best for you.
A Brief History of Villa One Tequila
Villa One Tequila is the result of a trip to Mexico in 2018. Nick Jonas is an American singer and songwriter, performing both as a band with his brothers (The Jonas Brothers) and individually.
John Varvatos is an American menswear designer who runs a successful fashion label under his name. These two individuals do not necessarily meet the idea of who would be behind a tequila brand.
However, following a trip to Mexico in 2018, these two people decided to start producing tequila that brings people together. They partnered with the Stoli Group which owns the Fabrica de Tequilas Finos distillery which the already produced several varieties of tequila.
Since the partnership, Villa One has been produced at this distillery and has slowly grown as it has established itself in the world of tequila.
Tequila is aged over a period affected by whether the tequila is a Silver, Añejo, or Reposado. The aging is usually done in oak barrels or steel drums, with the oak barrels being used to infuse the tequila with certain flavors and colors.
Villa One makes use of these barrels to store and age their tequilas with the aging time differing depending on the variation.
The brand makes use of 100% blue weber agave that is sourced from the Lowland and Highland regions of Jalisco in Mexico. Master Distiller, Arturo Fuentes, is described as the Godfather of Tequila and produces the Villa One Tequila using traditional methods.
Prices, Variations & Sizes of Villa One Tequila
Villa One has three main variations of tequila: Silver, Reposado, and Añejo. Silver tequila is the most common tequila on the market.
Aged for a short period (usually a few months), this tequila does not develop a deep color or characteristics that come from barrel aging. Silver tequila usually has a slightly sweeter taste to it, with a smooth finish ideal for mixed drinks.
Villa One Silver has an aroma of dried fruit and cooked agave which compliments the flavor profile of nuts, dried fruit, and caramelized agave. It is twice distilled in copper pot stills and has a final alcohol content of 40% (80 proof).
Reposado tequila has an aging time of 2 to 11 months with a smooth and even finish. It has a slightly harsher taste on the tongue and is best drunk neat or in a mixed drink.
Villa One Reposado has a light gold color which is produced during the aging process. It is aged for 6 months in American oak barrels which contributes to the flavor profile of caramel, butterscotch, chocolate, and coffee. The Reposado is sold at an alcohol by volume (ABV) of 40% (80 proof).
Finally, Añejo has a rich caramel color and is required to be aged for at least a year. Some producers of Añejo will age it for up to three months to ensure the characteristics of the barrel it is aged in the flavors of the beverage, and it deepens to a rich color. It is the best tequila variation for sipping but can also be enjoyed in a cocktail or mixed drink.
The Villa One Añejo is aged for more than a year in American oak barrels which produces a deep amber color and notes of caramel, vanilla, and dark chocolate. It is sold at an alcohol content of 40% (80 proof) and is made using blue agave that has been matured for 5 to 7 years to produce a rich and sweet flavor profile.
|Item||Average Price||Size per Bottle|
|Villa One Silver||$39,99||750 ml|
|Villa One Reposado||$44,99||750 ml|
|Villa One Añejo||$54,99||750 ml|
3 Alternatives to Villa One Tequila
For a Reposado alternative, Roca Patrón Reposado is a good option. With an aroma of citrus, vanilla, and American oak, this tequila is a good alternative to Villa One Reposado.
It has sweet notes of ginger and caramel, offset with a slight taste of mushroom. Sold at an alcohol by volume (ABV) of 42% (84 proof), this tequila is available for $78 per 750 ml.
Casamigos Blanco is a tequila produced by the brand owned by George Clooney. This tequila has a crystal clear color and a full flavor profile of vanilla and grapefruit.
Aged for only 2 months in stainless steel barrels, this tequila has sweet aromas of agave and citrus making it a good option to be used in cocktails. Casamigos is sold at $50 per 750 ml at an ABV of 40% (80 proof).
Finally, a good alternative to Villa One Añejo is Casa Noble Marqués de Casa Noble. Aged in toasted French Oak barrels, this tequila has a rich and elegant flavor profile. It is aged for 2 years in these barrels which gives it notes of vanilla, sweet agave, toasted oak, and butterscotch.
Sold for $58 per 750 ml, this tequila is sold at a similar price point to Villa One making it a good comparison. It has an ABV of 40% (80 proof).
How to Drink Villa One Tequila
Nick Jonas was interviewed in early 2021 where he discussed his favorite tequila cocktails. The first drink is a mixed drink combining grapefruit soda and Villa One Reposado. Start by filling a Collins glass with ice. Add 2 US fluid ounces of Reposado and then top up with club soda. Finally, garnish the drink with a slice of grapefruit and enjoy.
Another option is a Margarita using Villa One Silver. Start by rimming an old-fashioned glass with a mixture of Maldon and Himalayan salt.
Combine ice, 1 slice of Jalapeno, 1,5 ounces of silver tequila, ¾ ounces of peach syrup, 1 ounce of lime juice, and 1.2 ounces of Peach Schnapps. Shake to combine the ingredients and strain over a large ice cube in the rimmed glass. To garnish, add 2 slices of Jalapeños to the glass.
Frequently Asked Questions
Who owns Villa One Tequila?
Villa One is owned by Nick Jonas (an American singer and songwriter) and John Varvatos (an American designer of menswear). It was established in 2019 to produce a tequila brand that brings people together.
Where is Villa One Tequila Made?
Villa One is made at a craft distillery in Jalisco the distillery Fabrica de Tequilas Finos. It is made using traditional tequila production techniques with natural ingredients that are slow-cooked. It is distilled in copper pots twice with fresh water sourced from a local well.
Is Villa One a good tequila?
Villa One has an average rating of 7.5 out of 10 based on 289 votes. It is a good tequila for sipping and can be used as a base for cocktails. The consensus of those who reviewed the beverage is that it is a smooth tequila that makes for easy drinking.