September 2014 - Tequila, Mezcal and Agave Spirits

This month's Spirits feature is Tequila, Mezcal and Agave Spirits
Tequila, Mezcal and Agave Spirits Reviews
207424
Cavalino
Tequila Reposado
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
207304
IZKALI
Tequila Añejo
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
207305
El Rey Zapoteco
Mezcal Joven
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
207423
Cavalino
Tequila Blanco
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
207250
Tierras
Tequila Añejo
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
207372
Riazul
Tequila Añejo
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
207303
IZKALI
Tequila Reposado
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
207990
Reserva del Señor
Tequila Reposado 100% Puro de Agave
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
207198
Corazón
Tequila de Agave Blanco
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
207370
Riazul
Tequila Plata
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
207306
El Rey Zapoteco
Mezcal Reposado
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
207371
Riazul
Tequila Reposado
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
207263
Corralejo
Tequila Reposado
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
207249
Tierras
Tequila Reposado
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
207199
Corazón
Tequila de Agave Añejo
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
207248
Tierras
Tequila Blanco
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
207200
Corazón
Tequila de Agave Reposado
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
207388
El Cachanilla
Tequila Extra Añejo
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
207307
El Rey Zapoteco
Mezcal Añejo
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
207428
Agave Loco
Pepper Cured Tequila
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
207606
Dulce Vida
Tequila Extra Añejo
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
207247
8 Mesas
Tequila Reposado
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
207302
IZKALI
Tequila Silver
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
207991
Sombrero
Tequila Reposado 100% Puro de Agave
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
207262
Corralejo
Tequila Añejo 99,000 Horas
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
207246
8 Mesas
Tequila Silver
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
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