September 2013 - Tequila, Mezcal and Agave Spirits

This month's Spirits feature is Tequila, Mezcal and Agave Spirits
Tequila, Mezcal and Agave Spirits Reviews
203146
El Padrino
Blanco Tequila
Clear color. Unusual aromas of peppered melon, medicinal herbs and barks, dried tropical fruits and pickled cactus with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a sweet vanilla cream, curry leaf, turmeric, pine and white pepper finish. A vibrant and distinctively appealing choice for adventuresome cocktails; try with tonic water.
95 points $21.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
203145
El Padrino
Añejo Tequila
Pale golden color. Aromas of strawberry coconut custard, spiced melon, honeycomb, blossoms, and chili pepper chocolate with a soft, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a tangy, cola float, peppercorn, cedar, and Asian spice driven finish. A wonderfully flavorful and dimensional añejo.
95 points $26.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
204144
Mina Real
Mezcal Reposado
Golden yellow color. Rich aromas and flavors of coconut creme brulee, grilled apple and mango, lit cigar, cocoa, and smoked peppers and nuts with a supple, fruity-yet-dry medium-full body and long, lively, menthol tobacco, nutshell, dried fruit and ash finish. An awesome choice for cocktails and sipping with cigars.
95 points $29.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
203195
Herencia
Clear with a straight silvery straw cast. Aromas and flavors of toasted marshmallow and coconut, dried pineapple and vanilla yogurt with a supple, fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body and a creamy tapioca, spiced nut, and powdered sugar nuanced finish. Very different with its rick oak notes, but very delicious. Reminiscent of a stylish aged white rum.
95 points $56.80
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
203194
Herencia
Pale amber color. Aromas and flavors of salty roasted almonds, pecan pie, coconut macaroon, and creme brulee with a supple, fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body and a long, toffee, mocha, dried fruit and spice finish. A rich decadent and artfully balanced Cognac-like extra-añejo.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
203147
El Padrino
Reposado Tequila
Pale gold. Complex aromas of cola nut, sassafras, lavender, pine, pickled melon rind, and tropical fruit custard with a silky, dryish medium-to-full body and a gentle caramel cream, cologne, and pink peppercorn finish. Elegant and sly.
94 points $23.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
203895
Magave
Select Tequila Reposado
Pale golden silver color. Bold aromas of coconut gelato, cajeta, mango, and orange blossom honey with a silky, fruity-yet-dry medium body and a graceful marriage of fruity agave and spicy, creamy oak tones on the long finish. A brilliantly crafted reposado.
94 points $38 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
204141
Purasangre
Tequila Añejo
Rich aromas and flavors of chocolate-maple fudge, cherry cola, smoked chili pepper, and praline with a silky, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body with a long, polished, suede, sandalwood incense, brown spice, vanilla bark, and mineral finish. A wonderfully balanced and elegant añejo.
94 points $49.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
203193
Herencia
Deep golden yellow color. Bold aromas and flavors of roasted walnuts, pecan pie, suede, and chocolate cherries with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a cola, tobacco, peppercorn, vanilla custard, and mineral driven finish. Interesting and intense barrel character. Will appeal to single malt scotch fans.
94 points $118.30
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
203893
Uno Mas
Tequila Añejo
Golden amber color. Bold aromas of toasty coconut, creme brulee, cola candy, and brown spices with a silky, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a sassafras, milk chocolate and pepper accented finish. A rich, tropical fruit driven añejo that is delicious and sure to please.
93 points $19.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
203292
El Afan
Tequila Blanco
Clear. Aromas of cornichon, yams, cream cheese, and roasted pepper with a supple, fruity-yet-dry medium body and a creme Anglaise, leafy herb, white blossom, melon, and mineral finish. A very nice sipping blanco.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
203115
Suerte
Tequila Reposado
Pale golden silver color. Aromas of praline, strawberry butter, and delicate baking spices with a silky, fruity-yet-dry medium body and a sweet cream, caramelized yams, and spicy chutney accented finish. Tasty.
93 points $34.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
204137
Tequila ArteNOM
Selección de 1580 Blanco
Clear. Aromas and flavors of sweet potato cheesecake, papaya, and pepper with a silky, fruity-yet-dry medium body and a caramel cream, spiced nut, blossom, and river stone accented finish. Very nuanced and elegant.
93 points $39.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
203294
El Afan
Tequila Añejo
Rich spiced meringue, taffy, toasted coconut and chutney aromas and flavors with a silky, fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body and a long, sweet cream, roasted corn, toffee, tropical fruit and spice driven finish. Excellent vibrancy or flavor and balance.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
203103
Cerritos
Blanco Tequila
Clear. Aromas of roasted nuts and cherries, coconut fudge, dried flowers, and peppered cheese rind with a soft, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a vanilla milk and baking spice accented finish with a nice peppery snap. Fun and flavorful.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
203102
Cerritos
Añejo Tequila
Rich old gold color. Aromas and flavors of coconut buttercream, salty roasted nuts, and pineapple creme brulee with a rich, fruity-yet-dry medium-full body and a long, chocolate mint, sarsaparilla, menthol tobacco, and white peppercorn nuanced finish. Very flavorful and expressive; a great after dinner sipper or have with dessert.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
203305
Tequila Revolucion
100 Proof Tequila Silver
Clear. Interesting aromas of spumoni gelato, frosted carrot cake, and bison grass with a satiny, fruity medium-to-full body and a warming peppery spice and chalk accented finish. Rich and flavorful; a great choice for craft cocktails.
93 points $69.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
203129
KAH
Tequila Extra Añejo
Deep golden amber color. Aromas of roasted coconut and nuts, chocolate toffee, mocha, and delicate herbs and spices with a silky, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a creamy chocolate mousse, dried fruit, vanilla, cedar and mineral nuanced finish. More añejo than extra añejo, but very nice and approachable.
93 points $249.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
203176
Olmeca Altos
Plata Tequila
Clear. Bright aromas of grilled pineapple, pears and peppers with a touch of honey silky with a fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body and a touch of sweet potato and powdered sugar on the long, herb accented finish. Exceptionally smooth and flavorful.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
204140
Purasangre
Tequila Blanco
Clear. Aromas of mixed peppercorns, herbal leaves, and spicy mango chutney with a silky, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and suede, creamy nougat, and dried fruit driven finish. A nice combination of complexity and gusto.
92 points $27.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
203295
Tecnico
Tequila Añejo
Deep golden yellow color. Layered aromas of toasty banana-cherry cream pie, pepper, praline, root beer, and faint anise with a supple, fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body and a tangy, sweet baking spice, sandalwood and whipped finish. A delicious, spicy wood-driven añejo that will be great with desserts and cigars.
92 points $29.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
203303
Puerto Vallarta
Tequila Añejo
Bright golden yellow color. Interesting aromas and flavors of almond brittle, sesame candy, and creamy caramel rice pudding with a silky, fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body and a melon gelato, pepper, cedar, and mineral accented finish. A pleasant sipper.
92 points $35.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
203304
Puerto Vallarta
Tequila Extra Añejo
Brassy amber color. Aromas of root beer float, flan, peppery spice and piney herbs with a silky, dry-yet-fruity medium-full body and a cherry cola, sweet cream, and warming brown spices finish. Tasty and quite mixable as well.
92 points $44.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
202116
Mezcal Amores
Espadín Joven
Clear. Aromas of char-grilled pineapple and apple, lemon pepper, and waxy honeycomb with a silky, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a crisp, lively, peppered melon, sweet cream, and white cigar ash driven finish. A precisely articulated mezcal.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
203117
Suerte
Tequila Añejo
Bright golden yellow color. Lovely aromas of frosted cherry danish, creamy almond nougat, mild olive, and rich spices with a satiny fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body and a long, cola, root beer float, cedar and baking spice finish. Very plush and tasty.
92 points $54.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
203151
San Matias
Legado Blanco Tequila
Clear. Aromas of zucchini bread, pepper, and fig jam on cheese with a silky, fruity-yet-dry medium body and a crisp, powdered sugar, mineral and white pepper. Very clean, balanced and flavorful.
91 points $14.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
203150
Don Sergio
Blanco Tequila
Clear. Intricate aromas of grilled pineapples, floral pine and zucchini blossoms, medicinal bark, cola, and sweet cream are attractive with a silky, soft, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a delicate, mixed peppercorn, chalk and sassafras accented finish. A refined, very herbal blanco.
91 points $19.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
203351
MEXCALIA
Silver Mezcal
Clear. Attractive aromas of pepper, cherry flan, grilled pineapple, eggnog and vanilla bark with a silky, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a long, herb, sassafras, and peppery spice driven finish. A very nice, decidedly non-smoke-forward mezcal that is quite tasty and mixable.
91 points $24.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
203177
Olmeca Altos
Reposado Tequila
Pale golden color. Aromas of tapioca, pepper, and praline with a silky, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a meringue, sweet potato pie, peppery spice, and mineral accented finish. Very nicely balanced and flavorful.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
203138
Abreojos
Tequila Silver
Clear. Aromas of floral talc, cherry, goat’s milk custard, dried papaya and mango, spice, flax and pressed linen with a silky, fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body and an electric sweet creme Anglaise, peppery spice and grilled citrus finish. Very dynamic for sipping or cocktails.
91 points $29.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
203293
El Afan
Tequila Reposado
Rich golden yellow color. Vibrant aromas of coconut creme brulee, caramelized pineapple and mango, and grilled peppers with a silky, fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body and a long creamy, medley of dried tropical fruits, oak, brown spices and dusty minerals. Excellent vibrancy and complexity that borderlines añejo.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
203131
Dos Lunas
Tequila Reposado
Golden yellow color. Bold attractive aromas of coconut creme brulee and buttercream with a satiny, fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body and a long, sweet cream, dried fruit, and delicate spice finish with a dab of minerals and oak tannins. A sexy, American oak-driven reposado that borders on añejo.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
202115
Mezcal Amores
Espadín Reposado
Pale brass color. Dense aromas of grilled mango and young coconut, pine bark, and singed herb leaves with supple, dryish medium-to-full body and a pencil shaving, smoked nut, dried tropical fruit, flan, and tobacco finish. A nicely balanced range of agave and smoke flavors.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
203307
Tequila Revolucion
Tequila Extra Añejo
Pale amber orange color. Vibrant aromas of spicy tropical fruit salad, creamy pistachio and cashew gelatos, and delicate spices with a supple, fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body and a vanilla cream, cherry cola, sandalwood and spice finish. A mellow and engaging sipper; pair with cigars.
91 points $99.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
203152
San Matias
Legado Reposado Tequila
Pale golden bronze color. Aromas of roasted squash, mango, Asian herbs, fig, and vanilla bark with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a flan, melon, praline, and pepper finish. Tasty.
90 points $14.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
203175
Los Rijos
Tequila Añejo
Golden amber color. Aromas of caramel-maple frosting, vanilla cola, yams, and spicy pineapple cake with a silky, fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body and a tobacco, pepper, and chalk finish. A tasty nicely balanced añejo.
90 points $18.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
203132
Dos Lunas
Tequila Silver
Clear. Aromas and flavors of vanilla custard, nut brittle, and dried fruits with a silky, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a smooth creamy, nougat, and mineral accented finish. A very smooth and stylish sipper that has a rum-like appeal.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
203300
Gran Orendain
100% de Agave Tequila Reposado
Pure golden color. Aromas of dried flowers, tropical fruit custard tart, and marinated cucumbers with a supple, fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body and a date, fig, sweet roasted pineapple and powdered sugar finish. A lovely, fruity agave driven reposado that makes a fine sipper.
90 points $39.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
203309
Tequila Revolucion
100% Organic Tequila Silver
Clear. Aromas of vanilla fondant, caramel, and buttery yams with a silky, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a delicate leafy green vegetable, pepper, and floral talc finish. Pure flavors with a lot of refinement.
90 points $39.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
203306
Tequila Revolucion
Tequila Añejo
Golden amber color. Rich aromas of tropical fruit jams, acacia, marinated olives, and roasted peppers with a satiny fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body and a delicate honey butter, cherry cola, cedar, pink peppercorn, and warming brown spice flourish on the finish. Lots of complexity, vibrancy, and finesse; a great after dinner sipper.
90 points $48.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
203130
KAH
Tequila Los Ultimos Dias
Clear. Hot aromas of coconut, cream, acetone, and and candied yams with a penetrating fruity medium-to-full body and tongue tingling Coleman’s fuel, salted caramel, and lime pepper jelly finish. Pretty intense due to the proof, but calms down nicely with water and should pop through great in cocktails.
90 points $69.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
203172
Cuesta Mesa
Gold Tequila
Pale brass color. Aromas of flan, spiced nuts, and creamed honey with a silky, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a crisp, mocha cream, cinnamon, dried citrus and delicate pepper finish. A very flavorful and clean gold tequila.
89 points $18.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
203174
Los Rijos
Tequila Silver
Aromas of roasted pepper, curry and lime leaves, and yams with a fruity-yet-dry medium body and a lively, warming, pepper, vanilla, and honeyed citrus peel snap on the finish. A nice refreshing blanco for sipping or cocktails.
89 points $18.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
203149
Don Sergio
Añejo Tequila
Golden color. Aromas of coconut creme brulee and sweet baking spices with a silky, fruity-yet-dry medium body and a sandalwood, cocoa, pine, and peppercorn driven finish. Very tasty.
89 points $24.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
203298
Rudo
Tequila Añejo
Deep old gold color. Rich creamy chocolate cherry nut fudge and herbed cheese aromas with a supple dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a candied spiced nut, melon rind, tobacco and cedar accented finish. A nice choice for cigars.
89 points $29.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
203296
Arrogante
Tequila Blanco
Clear. Aromas of roasted corn pudding, marinated exotic squash and okra, and honey baked pineapple and kiwi with a silky, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a spicy creamy horchata and peppercorn accented finish. Nice gusto and poise.
89 points $34.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
203308
Tequila Revolucion
Tequila Reposado
Pale golden color with an amber cast. Aromas of buttercream, vanilla pod, cologne, spiced melon and figs with a soft, fruity light-to-medium body and a nougat, peppercorn, mint water and straw accented finish. A nice delicate reposado for sipping.
89 points $44.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
203301
Gran Orendain
100% de Agave Tequila Añejo
Rich golden amber color. Aromas of honeyed spice cake, toasted meringue, peppers, and dried fruits with a silky dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a long, warming cola, peppery spice, vanilla toffee, and mineral accented finish. A very nice sipping añejo that will be great with cigars.
89 points $48.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
203173
Cuesta Mesa
Silver Tequila
Clear. Aromas of roasted pineapple, cream, and toasty praline with a soft, lightly fruit medium body and a nice peppery snap with citrusy acidity and warmth. Solid.
88 points $18.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
203291
Kirkland Signature
Tequila Extra Aged Añejo
Light copper color. Dense aromas of mocha fudge, dried fruits, and waxy honeycomb with an oily, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a roasted pineapple and kiwi, Asian spice, and honeyed jasmine green tea accented finish. A nice mellow añejo tequila.
88 points $21.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
203302
Puerto Vallarta
Tequila Reposado
Brassy golden color. Aromas of cheese rind, herbs, pickles and fig custard with a silky, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a warming sweet cream, praline, paprika, and chili pepper finish. Nice gusto.
88 points $29.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
203299
Gran Orendain
100% de Agave Tequila Blanco
Clear. Aromas of wax, white chocolate cherry, and marinated peppers with a silky dry-yet-fruity medium body and a sweet cream, melon, pepper, talc, and sweet baking spice driven finish. A nice choice for artisan cocktails.
88 points $34.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
203116
Suerte
Tequila Blanco
Clear. Floral aromas of orange blossom honeycomb, spiced melon, and mango chutney on cake with a supple, fruity-yet-dry medium body and a hot sweet potato pancake, mineral, pickling spices, acetone, and powdered sugar accented finish.
87 points $29.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
203170
Cazul Sol
Gold Tequila
Pale golden silver color. Aromas of toasted bran, salted meat, olive, and burnt sugar with a soft, dryish light body and a breezy caramel milk, peppery spice, and talc finish. A good mixer.
86 points $7.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
203157
Cabrito
Tequila Blanco
Clear. Aromas of pickle brine, dried flowers, and dried tropical fruits with a soft, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a tangy sweet citrus, lychee, pepper and chalk snap on the finish. A rock solid, lighter styled blanco.
86 points $24.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
203158
Cabrito
Tequila Reposado
Pale silvery straw color. Aromas of dill pickle, creamy nougat, pickled melon, and toffee with a soft, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a nutty praline, watermelon sorbet, and chalk accented finish.
86 points $24.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
203063
Local Choice
Lime Tequila
Clear. Bright lime soda and hard candy aromas with a silky fruity sweet medium body and a pleasant limeade and simple syrup finish. Like a limecello. Should be fun to mix with.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
203543
3 AMIGOS
Tequila Añejo
Pale golden yellow color. Aromas of creamy caramel, nougat, and coconut macaroon with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a roasted nut and yam, honeyed lime, date and peppered melon finish with powdery oak tannins. A solid marriage of agave and oak.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
203846
Arrogante
Tequila Reposado
Golden straw color. Aromas of roasted nuts, delicate spices, figs and leather with a a silky, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a vibrant, warming papaya cream, peppercorn, nut oil and suede accented finish. A robust reposado.
86 points $37.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
203545
3 AMIGOS
Tequila Blanco
Clear with a faint silvery straw cast. Herbaceous agave aromas suggest herbed cheese rind, spiced nuts, bamboo shoots, and cherry yogurt with a silky dryish medium body and a buoyant, pepper, cocoa, and sweet baking spice accented finish with lingering warming alcohol.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
203171
Cazul Sol
Silver Tequila
Odd aromas of wax, clay, jerky and roasted nuts with a soft, dryish light body and a breezy turkey bacon, sweet cream, metal ore, and chalk finish.
84 points $7.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
203143
Drego Azul
Silver Tequila
Clear. Curious aromas of pork rinds, olives, smoked peppercorns and frosted bran with a silky, dryish medium body and an hot ironed linen, vanilla milk, date and pepper finish. Different and a bit angular.
84 points $11.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
203144
Drego Azul
Gold Tequila
Pale silvery golden color. Aromas of salty roasted nuts, caramel ice milk, day old toast, and faint dried fruit with a soft, fruity-yet-dry light-to-medium body and a sweet vanilla almond fudge and hot pepper finish.
84 points $11.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
203062
Local Choice
Honey Orange Tequila
Clear. Bright orange blossom honey, melted wax, pachouli, incense, and tropical fruit punch aromas with a supple, fruity medium body and a orange mint gum, peppered melon, and caramel cream finish.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
203326
Midnight Caye
Silver 100% Blue Agave Spirit
Clear. Earthy, yeasty aromas suggest overripe sweet potatoes, roasted pepper, clay, and bay leaf with a supple, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a floral talc, powdered sugar, and white pepper accented finish with some prickly heat.
84 points $38.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
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