We tried celebrity tequilas from Kendall Jenner, Nick Jonas and George Clooney – a popular drink made us ‘want to vomit’

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.

Several stars have released their own tequila brands, including (left to right) Nick Jonas, The Rock, George Clooney, and Kendall Jenner

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Several stars have released their own tequila brands, including (left to right) Nick Jonas, The Rock, George Clooney, and Kendall JennerCredit: Carly Stern
Five staffers at The U.S. Sun did a blind taste test of the four tequila brands

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Five staffers at The U.S. Sun did a blind taste test of the four tequila brandsCredit: Carly Stern

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.

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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.

George Clooney and Rande Gerber's Casamigos has been out for nearly a decade and is worth about $1 billion

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George Clooney and Rande Gerber’s Casamigos has been out for nearly a decade and is worth about $1 billionCredit: Instagram/Randegerber
Our taste testers gave it mixed reviews, with one saying she'd like to sip it in the bath and another saying it made her sick

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Our taste testers gave it mixed reviews, with one saying she’d like to sip it in the bath and another saying it made her sickCredit: Carly Stern

“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.

RATING: 2.8/5

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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.

Teremana by The Rock has been hugely successful since it's March 2020 launch

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Teremana by The Rock has been hugely successful since it’s March 2020 launchCredit: Not known, clear with picture desk
But our testers gave it the worst score, with only one picking it as her favorite

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But our testers gave it the worst score, with only one picking it as her favoriteCredit: Carly Stern

“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.

RATING: 1.4/5

Kendal Jenner's 818 Tequila has certainly earned a lot of attention

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Kendal Jenner’s 818 Tequila has certainly earned a lot of attentionCredit: Instagram/kendalljenner

KENDALL JENNER: 818

Much has been written about Kendall Jenner’s brand, 818 Tequila — which is no surprise for any product from a member of the Kardashian-Jenner clan.

Kendall has been accused of cultural appropriation, among other offenses — but according to our testers, the biggest of all should simply be that 818 doesn’t taste that great.

“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.

Our testers weren't crazy about it, and when more U.S. Sun staffers joined them to drink after the taste test, most of Kendall's tequila was left over

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Our testers weren’t crazy about it, and when more U.S. Sun staffers joined them to drink after the taste test, most of Kendall’s tequila was left overCredit: Carly Stern

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.

Kendall’s 818 couldn’t keep up with the others and had by far the most left over, with about two-thirds of the bottle remaining as tipsy staff headed out for the night.

RATING: 2.4/5

Nick Jonas teamed up with designer John Varvatos to release Villa One last year

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Nick Jonas teamed up with designer John Varvatos to release Villa One last yearCredit: Instagram/villaonetequilagardens
Villa One was the surprise winner of the bunch, earning the highest score for its smooth finish

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Villa One was the surprise winner of the bunch, earning the highest score for its smooth finishCredit: Carly Stern

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.

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In fact, most of the staff were suckers for Nick’s bottle, which was finished off the fastest.

RATING: 4.2/5

The U.S. Sun quickly finished off the bottles of Villa One and Casamigos, with about a third of Teremana and two thirds of 818 leftover

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The U.S. Sun quickly finished off the bottles of Villa One and Casamigos, with about a third of Teremana and two thirds of 818 leftoverCredit: Carly Stern

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