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September 2014 - Tequila, Mezcal and Agave Spirits

September 2014 - Tequila, Mezcal and Agave Spirits
This month's Spirits feature is Tequila, Mezcal and Agave Spirits

Tequila, Mezcal and Agave Spirits Reviews

Cavalino Tequila Reposado
94 points
$24.99
Pale golden silver color. Lively aromas of tropical fruit custard pastry, honey cream, and toasty nougat with a silky, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tingling, elegant, medium-long, brown spices, mineral, and pepper finish with light oak. A rich flavor reposado with a lot of style and class.
94 points $24.99
IZKALI Tequila Añejo
94 points
$35
Light golden amber color. Attractive aromas of coconut cake, white chocolate nut fudge, and pickled stone fruits with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a warming, interesting, medium length, anise cookie, vanilla nougat, peppered mango, and tobacco leaf finish with moderate oak. A tasty, flavorful añejo with super balance and sippability.
El Rey Zapoteco Mezcal Joven
94 points
$46
Clear color. Exotic aromas of grilled pineapples, pepper and olives, goat’s milk cheese, and singed herbs with a supple, fruity medium-to-full body and a hot, nuanced, medium-long, dried tropical fruit, peppery spice, and white cigar ash finish. A vibrant and succulent mezcal with tons of fresh agave personality.
Cavalino Tequila Blanco
93 points
$24.99
Clear color. Aromas of frosted pastry, roasted nuts, dried papaya, and salty herb rub with a silky, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a warming, interesting, medium-long, peppery spice, wet stone, creamy meringue, and herbal finish with light oak. A zesty blanco that will cover all bases, especially sipping.
93 points $24.99
Tierras Tequila Añejo
93 points
$35
Pale gold color. Mellow aromas of leather, buttery roasted nuts, dried fruits, and pink pepper with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a peppery, attractive, medium length, chili pepper, nopales, and palm sugar finish with moderate oak. A solid añejo for sipping or mild cigars.
Riazul Tequila Añejo
93 points
$69
Gold color. Inviting aromas of marzipan, cherry cream pie, spumoni gelato, and apple blossoms with a silky, fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, complex, long, tropical pastry, creamy nougat, sweet spices, and pepper finish with moderate oak. A sex, delicious, and versatile añejo that is sure to please and would be a great introduction to the category.
IZKALI Tequila Reposado
92 points
$30
Pale golden yellow color. Attractive aromas of coconut and banana cream pie, candied peach, delicate spice, and waxy honeycomb with a silky, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tingling, charming, medium-long, spiced pineapple and mango, goat’s milk custard, pepper, and cedar finish with light oak. A delicious and fruit-driven reposado that will shine in cocktails.
Reserva del Señor Tequila Reposado 100% Puro de Agave
92 points
$30
Bright golden yellow color. Aromas of toasted nuts, cedar, and frosted nougat bar with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a peppery, exciting, breezy, roasted coconut milk, pepper, and minerals finish with moderate oak. Bordering on añejo in character and a nice sipper.
Corazón Tequila de Agave Blanco
92 points
$32.99
Clear color. Aromas of sugar dusted figs and yams, dried papaya, and tropical blossoms with a silky, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, attractive, medium length, sweet cream, nutskin, and mineral finish. A delicious and elegantly styled blanco that will be very versatile.
92 points $32.99
Riazul Tequila Plata
92 points
$52
Clear color. Lively aromas of frosted pineapple cake, yams, pepper, and almond nougat with a silky, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a smooth, involved, long, horchata, mineral, and caraway finish. A nicely balanced and flavorful blanco for sipping or cocktails.
El Rey Zapoteco Mezcal Reposado
92 points
$54
Golden silver color. Mellow aromas of lit tobacco, vanilla candle, grilled mango, and clay with a silky, dry-yet-fruity medium-full body and a peppery, nuanced, long, creamy nougat, chili pepper, dusty minerals, and pickled melon finish. A vibrant and scrumptious mezcal that is sure to please.
Riazul Tequila Reposado
92 points
$58
Pale golden straw color. Aromas of pistachio toffee, caramel buttercream, banana pepper, and saffron with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tingling, interesting, breezy, mineral, nutskin, vanilla, and banana cake finish with light oak. A nicely balanced and well rounded reposado for all occasions.
Corralejo Tequila Reposado
91 points
$35
Golden straw color. Toasty aromas of salty roasted pecans, suede, cocoa, and tropical fruit cake with a silky, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, attractive, breezy, whipped cream, mineral, and delicate pepper finish with light oak. A nice relaxing wood accented reposado.
Tierras Tequila Reposado
91 points
$35
Clear silvery straw color. Complex aromas of pickled peppers, honey baked yams, marinated meat, and sweaty herb cheese with a silky, fruity medium body and a warming, intricate, medium-long, brown spices, vanilla milk, pink pepper, and cashew finish with light oak. A delicious and nuanced reposado with lots of personality.
Corazón Tequila de Agave Añejo
91 points
$39.99
Gold color. Mild aromas of roasted nuts and clay with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a warming, thought provoking, medium-long, spiced tropical fruits, chocolate mint, and pepper finish with light oak. A nice arc of flavors that will be very versatile.
91 points $39.99
Tierras Tequila Blanco
90 points
$29
Clear platinum color. Mild aromas of white toffee, dried mango, and marinated artichoke heart with a soft, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a warming, interesting, medium length, sweet cream, nougat, raw coconut, and pepper finish. A nice combination of polish and gusto.
Corazón Tequila de Agave Reposado
90 points
$34.99
Golden yellow color. Mellow aromas of nougat and dried papaya with a supple, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a warming, interesting, medium length, caramel milk, peppery radish, chalk, and nutskin finish with light oak. A velvet brick of a reposado with nice structure and flavor.
90 points $34.99
El Cachanilla Tequila Extra Añejo
90 points
$70
Golden amber color. Aromas of sesame candy, olive and pepper tapenade, nougat, and cacao nib with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, elegant, medium-long, picked cactus, papaya-mango custard, roasted pepper and sweet potato, and singed herbs and tobacco finish with moderate oak. A robust, earthy añejo with great fruit and a dry finish for cigars.
El Rey Zapoteco Mezcal Añejo
89 points
$69
Gold color. Aromas of oak chest in the attic, wet straw mat, and brazil nut brittle with a supple, petillant, fruity medium-to-full body and a peppery, involved, cork bark, honey roasted soy, peppered melon rind, and lit incense finish with light oak. Complex and different.
Agave Loco Pepper Cured Tequila
88 points
$29.99
Hazy light gold color. Bold aromas of fresh roasted jalapeño and dill pickle with a supple, dryish light-to-medium body and a peppery, appealing, medium length, chili pepper, starfruit, stone, and cucumber finish. An interesting savory pepper flavored tequila for cocktails or daredevil shots.
88 points $29.99
Dulce Vida Tequila Extra Añejo
88 points
$160
Amber color. Mellow aromas of banana taffy, orange spice cake, floral honey, and dark roasted nuts with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium-full body and a warming, appealing, medium length, mocha, dried tropical fruit, and white pepper finish with earthy tannins and moderate oak. A bold, brash añejo bursting with flavor and warming heat.
8 Mesas Tequila Reposado
87 points
$48.99
Golden yellow color. Interesting aromas of rooibos tea, cajeta, baked bananas and nuts, and pickled mango with a supple, sweet-and-sour light-to-medium body and a peppery, interesting, breezy, nut shell, chili pepper, pineapple cake, and pine cone finish with moderate oak. A slightly rustic but fun reposado.
87 points $48.99
IZKALI Tequila Silver
86 points
$26
Clear color. Aromas of honeyed nuts, plantain, and ironed linen with a supple, dryish light-to-medium body and a warming, exciting, brisk, melted wax, spiced nuts, and earth finish with light oak. An earthy blanco for dry cocktails.
Sombrero Tequila Reposado 100% Puro de Agave
85 points
$17
Light golden straw color. Mellow aromas of nougat, honeyed toast, yams, and leather with a silky, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a peppery, attractive, breezy, creamy horchata and prickly pepper finish with light oak. A solid reposado for mixing.
Corralejo Tequila Añejo 99,000 Horas
84 points
$50
Light gold color. Bold aromas of char-roasted pecans, river stones, grilled fruits, and caramel with a flat, shy, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a silky, fast cream, peppery spices, grass, and driftwood finish with papery tannins and moderate oak. A wispy añejo with a strong barrel influence.
8 Mesas Tequila Silver
80 points
$46.99
Clear color. Curious aromas of overripe banana, whole nuts, and vapor with a supple, dryish light body and a hot, breezy, anisette cookie, goat’s milk, chalk, and hot white pepper finish. A fiery blanco for brazen cocktails.
80 points $46.99
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