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September 2012 - Tequila & Mezcal

September 2012 - Tequila & Mezcal
This month's Spirits feature is Tequila & Mezcal

Tequila & Mezcal Reviews

Wahaka Mezcal Joven Tobalá
95 points
$79.99
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
Wahaka Joven Ensamble
95 points
$79.99
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
Sierra Milenario Extra Añejo Tequila
94 points
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.
Tequila Ocho El Puertecito Single Estate Tequila Plata
94 points
$44.99
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
Don Nacho Extra Premium Tequila Añejo
94 points
$45
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.
Zauco Mezcal Joven
94 points
$49
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.
Tequila Ocho Las Pomez Single Estate Tequila Reposado
94 points
$49.99
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
Wahaka Mezcal Madre Cuishe
94 points
$79.99
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
El Señorio Reposado con Gusano Mezcal
93 points
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.
Sparkle Donkey Silver Tequila
93 points
$20
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.
Olmeca Altos Plata Tequila
93 points
$21
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.
Olmeca Altos Reposado Tequila
93 points
$23
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.
Cazul 100 Tequila Silver
93 points
$27.99
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
Ekeco Organic Tequila Reposado
93 points
$29.99
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
Wahaka Mezcal Joven Espadín
93 points
$29.99
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
Wahaka Reposado con Gusano
93 points
$34.99
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
Amate Tequila Reposado
93 points
$39.99
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
Amate Tequila Añejo
93 points
$44.99
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
Artá Tequila Añejo
93 points
$59.95
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
El Señorio Joven con Gusano Mezcal
92 points
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.
Ambhar Tequila Plata
92 points
$45
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.
Ambhar Tequila Reposado
92 points
$48
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.
El Señorio Reposado Extra Mezcal
91 points
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.
Zignum Mezcal Añejo
91 points
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.
Zignum Mezcal Silver
91 points
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.
Don Nacho Extra Premium Tequila Reposado
91 points
$39
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.
Ambhar Tequila Añejo
91 points
$50
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.
Zignum Mezcal Reposado
90 points
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.
Ekeco Organic Tequila Silver
90 points
$26.99
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
Don Nacho Extra Premium Tequila Blanco
90 points
$36
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.
Artá Tequila Silver
90 points
$39.95
Clear color. 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
Tequila Celestial Añejo Tequila
90 points
$59
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.
El Recuerdo de Oaxaca Mezcal con Gusano
89 points
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.
Somonque Tequila Silver
89 points
$16
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.
Cazul 100 Tequila Añejo
89 points
$34.99
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
Tequila Celestial Reposado Tequila
89 points
$49
Aromas of honeyed zucchini nut bread toast with a silky dryish medium body and nougat, pepper and floral spice accented finish.
Artá Tequila Reposado
89 points
$49.95
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
Arsenal Tequila Reposado
88 points
$21.99
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
Don Nacho Tequila Reposado
88 points
$24
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.
Sparkle Donkey Reposado Tequila
88 points
$25
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.
Centinela Tequila Reposado 100% Agave
88 points
$34.99
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
Wild Shot Mezcal Silver
88 points
$42.99
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
Arsenal Tequila Silver
87 points
$21.99
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
Don Nacho Tequila Blanco
87 points
$23
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.
Cazul 100 Tequila Reposado
87 points
$29.99
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
Amate Tequila Silver
87 points
$32.99
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
Somonque Tequila Gold
85 points
$17
Pale golden silver color. Aromas of cashew nougat and cream with a soft, dryish light body and a mineral and pepper dust finish.
Tequila Celestial Silver Tequila
85 points
$39
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.
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