September 2012 - Tequila & Mezcal

This month's Spirits feature is Tequila & Mezcal
Tequila & Mezcal Reviews
199324
Wahaka
Mezcal Joven Tobalá
Clear. Bright smoky cigar, smoked cherry, chive and herb cheese aromas with a silky, dryish medium-to-full body and a wonderful cigar ash, grassy, and sweet cream driven finish. A vibrant and beautifully balanced mezcal for all applications.
95 points $79.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
199325
Wahaka
Joven Ensamble
Interesting aromas of roasted cucumber, smoked sausage, dill yogurt sauce, and grilled pineapple with a supple, lightly tannic dryish medium-to-full body and a snappy roasted pepper, herb, spice and cedar ash accented finish. A very nice, vibrant choice for cocktails.
95 points $79.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
199326
Sierra
Milenario Extra Añejo Tequila
Deep amber copper color. Aromas of chocolate covered fruits and banana cake and delicate blossoms with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a cola nut, peppery spice, smoky mineral and leather accented finish.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
199402
Tequila Ocho
El Puertecito Single Estate Tequila Plata
Clear with a silvery cast. Rich savory aromas of marinated sweet potatoes, cheese, roasted pepper, olive, and dried tropical fruits with a silky, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a long, graceful and layer finish with notes of sweet cream, baking spices, pepper, and herbs. A fantastically flavorful and vibrant blanco.
94 points $44.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
199352
Don Nacho
Extra Premium Tequila Añejo
Pure golden color. Aromas of chocolate fudge cake and tropical fruit compote with a silky, fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body and a vanilla cookie, dried fruit, tobacco, and peppery spice finish. Nice layers and depth.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
199127
Zauco
Mezcal Joven
Aromas of smoked meats and nuts, cream, and herbal stewed vegetables and beans with a silky, dryish medium-to-full body and a intricate roasted tropical fruit, smoked peppers, and grass finish. A marvelously complex and stylish mezcal.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
199401
Tequila Ocho
Las Pomez Single Estate Tequila Reposado
Pale golden color. Rich aromas of bbq rub spices, orange blossoms, grilled peppers and cactus, snap peas, and caramelized pineapple with a silky, fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body and a rich, gentle warming peppery spice, honey creme, herb, and tropical fruit compote finish. A beautifully crafted, flavorful and elegant reposado.
94 points $49.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
199323
Wahaka
Mezcal Madre Cuishe
Clear. Delicate white cigar ash and grilled zucchini aromas with a silky soft, dryish medium body and a gentle pepper dust, cream, nougat, and grassy earth accented finish. A very elegant and subtlety flavorful mezcal that will be great as a sipper.
94 points $79.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
199257
El Señorio
Reposado con Gusano Mezcal
Paler golden silver color. Aromas of hot iron, snail, melted plastic, cement, and young coconut with a supple, dryish medium-to-full body and a lively singed linen, coconut meringue, pepper and grass finish. Vibrant, rustic and lively.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
200083
Sparkle Donkey
Silver Tequila
Savory aromas of coconut custard, baked plantains and sweet potatoes, pickle, and roasted pepper with a soft, dryish medium body and a gentle, anise, sweet cream, herb, pepper and mineral accented finish. Polished and elegantly styled.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
199268
Olmeca Altos
Plata Tequila
Clear. Polished aromas of date pastry, peppered cucumber, and dried pineapple and plantain with a silky, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a cream, mineral, and green peppercorn snap on the finish. A very elegant and subtly nuanced blanco.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
199269
Olmeca Altos
Reposado Tequila
Golden color. Aromas of honeyed granola, meringue, and coconut cookie with a soft, dry-yet-fruity medium body and warming, graceful custard, peppery, and brown spice accented finish. A gentle and nuanced reposado.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
199066
Cazul 100
Tequila Silver
Clear. Gentle aromas of roasted pineapple, green beans and peppers, sweet potato puree and floral honey with a silky, dryish medium body and a seamless, custard, mineral and delicate peppery spice finish. Muy elegante.
93 points $27.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
199243
Ekeco
Organic Tequila Reposado
Golden silver color. Vibrant aromas of cashew brittle, toasted coconut pie, and candied bananas and yams with a fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body and a long, flavorful finish with notes of baking spices, pistachio gelato, and citrus. A deliciously satisfying reposado.
93 points $29.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
199321
Wahaka
Mezcal Joven Espadín
Clear with a silvery cast. Aromas of smoked tea, nuts and leaves with a hint of meatiness. Supple and dry with a round medium-to-full body and a sweet cream, herb and spice accented finish. Very well crafted and stylish.
93 points $29.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
199322
Wahaka
Reposado con Gusano
Pale silvery straw color. Aromas of cigar, roasted root vegetable, cucumber and delicate spice-herbed rubbed pork with a silky, dryish medium body and a delicately smoky nut, cream, melon, and singed grass finish. Stylish and almost feminine.
93 points $34.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
199414
Amate
Tequila Reposado
Pale golden color with an amber cast. Aromas of mango chutney, sweet pepper, aloe, and creme brulee with a satiny, dryish medium body and an anise cookie, peppercorn, cedar, sweet cream, and spicy zucchini bread accented finish. A delicate and flavorful oak nuanced sipping reposado.
93 points $39.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
199415
Amate
Tequila Añejo
Pale amber color. Aromas and flavors of cherry-vanilla fudge, dill pepper jelly, and pineapple-macadamia cake with a silky, fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body and rich, resonant spice and chocolate accented finish. A rich, flavorful, nuanced añejo.
93 points $44.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
199249
Artá
Tequila Añejo
Deep old gold color. Perfumed aromas of spumoni gelato, peach marmalade, and caramel apple with a soft, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a warming nutmeg egg nog, anise cookie, cedar and mineral accented finish. A nice after dinner choice.
93 points $59.95
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
199256
El Señorio
Joven con Gusano Mezcal
Clear. Aromas of ironed linen, grassy herbs, iodine, charred fruits and squash with a silky, dryish medium-to-full body and a very earthy mushroom, honey, metallic ore and pepper jelly accented finish. A wild and wooly mezcal with a ton of vibrant character.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
199407
Ambhar
Tequila Plata
Clear with a silvery cast. Vibrant aromas of spicy dill pickle, grilled whole pineapple, and sweet potato soufflé with a silky, fruity-yet-dry medium body and a gentle, mouthwatering interplay of dried fruit, cream, spices, and grassy herbs on the long, warming finish.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
199408
Ambhar
Tequila Reposado
Silvery golden color. Delicate aromas of creamy vanilla, spicy nougat, grilled peach and mango with a silky dry-yet-fruity medium body and a long, elegant pepper and chocolate finish. Nuanced and sophisticated.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
199258
El Señorio
Reposado Extra Mezcal
Pale golden color. Aromas and flavors of coconut cream pie and praline with a silky, dry-yet-fruity medium body and attractive coconut driven finish. Flavorful and fun.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
199255
Zignum
Mezcal Añejo
Bright pure amber color. Aromas and flavors of toasted coconut, melon, dried pineapple, talc and powdered sugar with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body with coconut custard, tobacco, cedar and roasted nut notes leading. A nice choice for cigars.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
199253
Zignum
Mezcal Silver
Clear. Delicate aromas of roasted tropical coconut and citrus, espazote, and creamy meringue have little smokiness at all with a silky dryish medium body and an lively, sweet cream and pepper dust finish. A highly polished, almost un-smoked styled mezcal.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
199351
Don Nacho
Extra Premium Tequila Reposado
Bright golden yellow color. Rich spicy vanilla frosted carrot cake aromas and flavors with a supple, fruity medium body and a cornucopia of spiced fruits, nuts, mocha, toffee, and minerals on the long finish. A flavor-packed sipping reposado.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
199409
Ambhar
Tequila Añejo
Bright golden color. Aromas of dried papaya and pineapple, cedar spice box, and honeycomb with a tannic dryish medium body and a long, cigar wrapper, cocoa, baking spice, and peppercorn finish. Very woody, finishes strong.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
199254
Zignum
Mezcal Reposado
Old gold color. Aromas and flavors of toasted coconut and pineapple creme brulee with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a creamy, delicately smoky oak and mineral accented finish. A nice sipper bordering on an añejo in style.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
199242
Ekeco
Organic Tequila Silver
Clear. Interesting aromas of porridge, pickled peppers, and anise cookie with a silky, dry medium body and a sweet cream, talc and white pepper dust accented finish. Different and fun; a vibrant choice for cocktails.
90 points $26.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
199353
Don Nacho
Extra Premium Tequila Blanco
Clear. Aromas of jicama, baked potato, dried pineapple and honey with a satiny, medium-to-full body and creamy meringue, roasted pepper, fig, and minerals with warming peppery spice on the long finish. Stylish and earthy.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
199247
Artá
Tequila Silver
Clear. Aromas of prickly pear, honeycomb, cucumber and figs with a soft, dryish light-to-medium body and a powdered sugar, cinnamon flan, pepper and chalk accented finish. A delicate, artfully crafted blanco for sipping or cocktails.
90 points $39.95
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
199094
Tequila Celestial
Añejo Tequila
Golden yellow color. Cucumber peel, cedar, chocolate nuts, roasted pepper, olives, and sesame candy aromas with a silky dryish medium body and a graceful cream, pumpkin, herb and mineral accented finish. Very nice.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
199259
El Recuerdo de Oaxaca
Mezcal con Gusano
Pale golden color. Aromas of escargot, mushroom, herbs, and turmeric with a silky, dry-yet-fruity medium body with grilled pepper, tamarind, white pepper, hay and mint cream notes on the long finish. Pleasantly rustic and flavorful.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
199357
Somonque
Tequila Silver
Clear with a nickel cast. Aromas of coconut cake, praline, and dried peppers with a soft, dryish medium body and a gravel, powdered sugar and peppery spice finish. Solid in a more confected vein.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
199064
Cazul 100
Tequila Añejo
Golden amber color. Aromas of pineapple-mango gelato, pistachio nougat, and coconut macaroon with a silky, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a graceful mocha, tarragon, anise, and peppercorn accented finish. Zesty and flavorful.
89 points $34.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
199093
Tequila Celestial
Reposado Tequila
Aromas of honeyed zucchini nut bread toast with a silky dryish medium body and nougat, pepper and floral spice accented finish.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
199248
Artá
Tequila Reposado
Silvery golden color. Bright grilled tropical citrus and peppers, floral honey, and spicy yam aromas with a silky, fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body and a long, warming pink peppercorn and mineral finish. A zesty, nuanced reposado.
89 points $49.95
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
199251
Arsenal
Tequila Reposado
Pale golden straw color. Aromas of marinated peppers, cheese, dried flowers and toffee with a silky, fruity-yet-dry medium body and a cola, pepper, nougat, and talc accented finish. Nicely expressive.
88 points $21.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
199355
Don Nacho
Tequila Reposado
Light golden color. Aromas and flavors of vanilla cream cookie, root beer float, and floral honey with a soft, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tropical fruit pasty, pistachio nougat, and warming peppery spice finish. Tasty.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
200084
Sparkle Donkey
Reposado Tequila
Pale golden color. Bold toasted marshmallow, cotton candy, and coconut macaroon aromas and flavors with a silky dry-yet-fruity medium body and a pepper, straw and mineral accented finish. A bit on the confected side but very attractive.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
197867
Centinela
Tequila Reposado 100% Agave
Golden color. Aromas of coconut gelato, buttercream raisin cake, and dried flowers with a satiny dry-yet-fruity medium body and gentle anise cookie, cola and spice finish.
88 points $34.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
199002
Wild Shot
Mezcal Silver
Clear. Pleasantly smoky aromas of charred pineapples and apples, dried herbs, resin, and smoked meats with a supple, fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body with a nicely balanced level of ashy smoke, fruits, grassiness, and minerality. A flavorful, easy-drinking mezcal that will mix well.
88 points $42.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
199252
Arsenal
Tequila Silver
Clear. Aromas and flavors of custard, pepper, and root vegetables with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a cashew, sweet cream, fig, and slate accented finish. A pleasant earthy blanco with a refreshing fruity snap.
87 points $21.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
199354
Don Nacho
Tequila Blanco
Somewhat shy aromas of nougat, peppered jicama, and sweet potato puree with a soft, light-to-medium body and a earthy root vegetable, fennel, peppery spice, and dusty road finish.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
199065
Cazul 100
Tequila Reposado
Pure golden color. Mild pickling spice, roasted papaya and pepper, and chocolate flan aromas with a silky, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a peppery, chocolate cream and mineral finish.
87 points $29.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
199413
Amate
Tequila Silver
Clear. Aromas and flavors of vanilla salt water taffy, kiwi, spiced yams, and honeycomb with a silky, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a vanilla nut fudge, starfruit, spice, and chalk accented finish. Beautifully nuanced and almost perfume-like.
87 points $32.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
199356
Somonque
Tequila Gold
Pale golden silver color. Aromas of cashew nougat and cream with a soft, dryish light body and a mineral and pepper dust finish.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
199092
Tequila Celestial
Silver Tequila
Aromas of halva, wax, yams and sweet cream with a supple, dryish medium body and a fig bread and roasted squash, slate and pepper accented finish. Different, but tasty.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
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