Many people are surprised to discover the cost of tequila, with even the entry level offerings (with the exception of common brands, like Jose Cuervo) costing over $30. Â But consider for a moment your comparison to scotch and cognac - these liquors all share much in common. Tequila only comes from a very small part of the world, right outside the physical town of Tequila, in the Jalisco province of Mexico (just as cognac comes from a small area of France). Â Each of the Weber Agave plants used to make tequila takes 8-12 years to mature before they can be harvested, and the entire plant is consumed in the process. Â While grape vines can steadily produce good grapes, and scotch producers can usually depend on a consistent grain harvest, the tequila bottled today was planted in 1997 at the latest, and the present prices are dependent on how many agaves were planted then. Â To further illustrate the commonalities between cognac and tequila, consider the aging of each product. Â With cognac, the VS, VSOP, XO and Napoleon levels of aging are tightly regulated by the French government. Â In Mexico, tequila is either silver, reposado, or anejo, depending on how long the tequila has aged. Â The aging of fine tequilas is also regulated by the Mexican government. To finish off this long and overly-detailed post, here's my recommendations. Â Most of the trepidation in trying sipping tequilas is associated with either the fiery petrol bite of unaged tequila, or a distant memory of a long night of shots in college. Â Stick to aged tequilas (reposado or anejo) which have usually mellowed some. Â Two to try: Corralejo Reposado and El Tesoro Reposado (both should be between $30-40, depending on where you live).