KENDALL Jenner is a beautiful model. George Clooney is a talented actor. So it would stand to reason that both would be good at making tequila, a completely related skill… right?
The U.S. Sun put the stars’ spirits to the test, rating Kendall‘s 818 and Clooney‘s Casamigos in a blind taste test alongside other celebrity tequilas including The Rock’s Teremana and Nick Jonas’ Villa One.
GEORGE CLOONEY: CASAMIGOS
Before the drinking even began, there was an assumption that George Clooney’s tequila, Casamigos, would be the overall winner.
After all, the brand has been around for nearly a decade and is a huge success, selling to alcoholic beverage company Diageo for $1 billion in 2017.
But the reviews from our team of five taste testers were a mixed bag.
Senior Lifestyle Reporter Nadgeena Jerome warmed to it the most, giving it a rating of four out of five stars and describing the taste as having “hints of chocolate.”
“That’s a tequila I could just sip on the rocks and sit in the bathtub and have a little bit of a bubble bath,” she said.
But Office Assistant Madeleine Borg — whose go-to drink order is a skinny spicy margarita with Casamigos Blanco — had a different reaction when she didn’t realize that’s what she was sipping.
“It was so gross and just made me want to vomit,” she said, giving it just two out of five stars.
However, she did admit afterward that her blind reaction didn’t change her mind, and she’ll be sticking to her Casamigos margarita order in the future.
And later, when other U.S. Sun staffers were invited to enjoy the remainder of the four tequilas, Casamigos was one of two that were completely polished off.
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THE ROCK: TEREMANA
Dwayne Johnson broke into the tequila market at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, and his brand quickly became a runaway success.
The wrestler-turned-actor (turned tequila maker) has touted Teremana’s “unprecedented” growth, pointing to the more than 640,000 cases sold in 2021.
But when they smelled what The Rock was cooking, not all of our taste testers were sold.
“That was the worst one by far,” said SEO Editor Kate Nalepinski. “I couldn’t even swallow it. Kind of hurt, kind of had a gag moment. Couldn’t really take it down. Zero. Zero out of five.”
SEO Editor Nina Clevinger added: “For me, it really tasted like it came out of a plastic bottle.”
But Editorial Manager Patricia Roberts named it as her favorite of the line-up, calling out the citrus notes and saying it went down smoothly.
KENDALL JENNER: 818
“I didn’t love that one. I still drank it, but it was a little too smoky. It had mezcal notes, which I do not like,” said Madeleine Borg.
Nadgeena Jerome complained of a “weird aftertaste that reminded me of bitters.”
Though it didn’t get quite the lowest rating, the biggest sign that this was the least favorite of the bunch came after the official taste test, when other U.S. Sun staff drank their fill of the rest of the tequila.
NICK JONAS: VILLA ONE
Another newbie to the tequila biz, Nick Jonas launched Villa One with menswear designer John Varvatos in 2021.
No one in our tasting session was expecting this tequila to come out on top, but in the words of the Jealous singer himself: everybody wants a taste.
“That one was actually smooth, it went down very nicely. I liked the chocolate, sweet notes to it,” said Patricia Roberts.
Kate Nalepinski agreed that it went down smoothly, adding that it didn’t have the same unpleasant odor as some of the others.
In fact, most of the staff were suckers for Nick’s bottle, which was finished off the fastest.
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