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September 2015 - Tequila, Mezcal & Agave Spirits

September 2015 - Tequila, Mezcal & Agave Spirits
This month's Spirits feature is Tequila, Mezcal, Sotol, Flavored Tequila, Bacanora & All Craft Agave Spirits

Tequila, Mezcal & Agave Spirits Reviews

Herradura Seleccion Suprema Extra Añejo Tequila
97 points
$350
Golden amber color. Lively, attractive aromas of bananas foster, vanilla toffee, dried fruits, and sweet spices with a satiny, lively, fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, very long honey roasted nuts, sandalwood, sassafras, and exotic spices finish. A monumental tequila with endless waves of flavor; a perfect sipper for the tequila connoisseur.
Arrogante Supreme Añejo Tequila
95 points
$119.99
Brilliant clear gold color. Delicate, toasty, grassy aromas of toasted fruit cake, chocolate nuts, clay, and cola with a satiny, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, elegant, medium-length dried fruits, exotic spice, and vanilla custard finish. A delicious, inviting añejo that begs for another sip.
95 points $119.99
Don Sergio Reposado Tequila
94 points
$26.99
Brilliant clear golden yellow color. Mild, confected aromas of coconut cake with almond frosting, candied herbs and spices, chocolate mint cookie, and lemon wax with a supple, crisp, dryish light-to-medium body and a tingling, medium-length dried fruits, menthol mint, and sweet cream finish. A lively and balanced reposado.
94 points $26.99
DÉCADA Silver 100% Agave Tequila
94 points
$46.99
Brilliant clear color. Muted, grassy aromas of cucumber, banana leaf, yams, and pear with a silky, soft, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a seamless, breezy creamy tapioca, dried tropical fruits, coconut milk, and bison grass finish. A very elegant, flavorful and stylish sipping blanco.
94 points $46.99
Dos Armadillos Tequila Añejo
94 points
$68
Brilliant gold color. Bright, attractive, toasty aromas of roasted coconuts and nuts, white chocolate toffee, dried tropical fruits, and pencil shavings with a soft, bright, dryish medium-to-full body and a warming, amusing, medium-long creme brulee and toffee finish. A delicious añejo with lots to offer.
Kirkland Signature Tequila Añejo
93 points
$19.99
Best Buy
Bright clear gold color. Delicate, herbal, spicy aromas of pickled and roasted peppers and cedar with a satiny, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, engaging, medium-long creme brulee, limestone, coconut milk, and delicate pepper finish. A tasty, crowd pleasing añejo.
93 points $19.99 Best Buy
Coa de Jima Reposado Tequila
93 points
$21.99
Best Buy
Brilliant straw color. Bright, creamy aromas of nougat, tres leche cake, dates, and caramelized bacon with a satiny, lively, fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, engaging, medium-length sweet cream, grilled peppers, and minerals finish. A smooth, effortless reposado that will be very versatile.
93 points $21.99 Best Buy
3 AMIGOS Organic Blanco Tequila
93 points
$28.99
Clear color. Mild, creamy aromas of honeyed nougat, powdered sugar, date bread, and caramel fudge with a silky, soft, fruity light-to-medium body and a tingling, delightful, medium-length creamy horchata, honeyed apples and raisins, pepper, and chalk finish. A very smooth, creamy blanco for sipping.
93 points $28.99
Casamigos Blanco Tequila
93 points
$45.99
Brilliant clear color. Delicate, creamy, floral aromas of custard, cake, and honeyed figs with a silky, crisp, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a warming, engaging, medium-long spice, dried fruits, and minerals finish. A nice range of refined yet gutsy agave flavors.
93 points $45.99
Casamigos Reposado Tequila
93 points
$49.99
Brilliant straw color. Delicate, attractive, fruity aromas of nut brittle, white chocolate cherries, and coconut fudge with a silky, bright, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a warming, captivating, medium-long dried fruits, spice, and cola float finish. A rich, creamy reposado with a spicy core.
93 points $49.99
Magave Añejo Tequila
93 points
$49.99
Gold color. Bright, fruity, spicy aromas of cherry cola float, coconut custard, caramelized nuts, and pumpkin cheesecake with a soft, vibrant, fruity medium body and a tingling, complex, medium-long exotic spiced fruits, chocolate graham crackers, and pepper and herbs finish. A delicious, well balanced añejo that is sure to satisfy.
93 points $49.99
Casamigos Añejo Tequila
93 points
$54.99
Bright clear gold color. Delicate, attractive aromas of white chocolate rice candy bar, dried tropical fruits, and caramel with a silky, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tingling, charming, breezy sarsaparilla float, powdered sugared nuts, spiced cherries, and cedar dust and minerals finish. A delicious, hedonistic añejo with a lots of creamy, spicy goodness.
93 points $54.99
Dos Armadillos Tequila Plata
93 points
$57
Clear silver color. Bright, floral, earthy vegetal aromas of roasted yellow pepper, salty mashed potato, green olive, and asiago with a satiny, soft, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a warming, intriguing, medium-long dried papaya, pink pepper, vanilla cream, and chalk finish. A nice combination of sweet and savory notes make this pleasure to drink.
Mezcales de Leyenda Oaxaca Mezcal
93 points
$60
Clear color. Delicate, tropical, savory baked exotic aromas of singed praline, pressed linen, roasted tropical fruits, and raw peat moss with a silky, lively, off-dry medium body and an effortless, complex, long toasted raisin bran finish. A wonderfully smooth and elegant mezcal for all applications.
Viejo Indecente Mezcal Espadin
93 points
$60
Clear color. Rich, funky aromas of hot pickle, rubber cement, grilled pineapple and aloe, and lemon verbena with a creamy, racy, fruity medium body and a tingling, layered, long charcoal, smoked cinnamon, cream, and smoked flowers and paprika finish. A great balance of earthy smoke and spice in a very rustic and traditional style.
Alquimia Reserva de Don Adolfo Extra Añejo Tequila
93 points
$125
Gold color. Rich, attractive aromas of toasted coconut, chocolate toffee, delicate baking spices, and oak with a satiny, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, very long cola nut, dried fruits, roasted pecans, and pepper and suede finish. An amazingly elegant and complex añejo with evolving waves of flavor.
Gracias a Dios Mezcal Espadin Joven
92 points
$38
Clear color. Bold, smoky aromas of white cigar ash and char-grilled tropical fruits and peppers with a satiny, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, nuanced, medium-length cream, fuel, and smoky minerals finish. A nicely smoky, elegant and fruity mezcal.
Herradura Reposado Tequila
92 points
$41.99
Light gold color. Mild, spicy aromas of spiced nuts, banana cream pie with a graham cracker crust, pencil, and wax with a velvety, lively, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a tingling, interesting, breezy cinnamon roll, chili powder, and citrus and melon finish. A sturdy reposado for mixing.
92 points $41.99
Dos Armadillos Tequila Reposado
92 points
$62
Brilliant clear straw yellow color. Bright, spicy aromas of spicy carrot muffin and roasted green pepper with a soft, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a warming, refreshing, medium-length vanilla milk, spice cookie, and sassafras finish. A nice spicy, yet delicate blanco.
Uno Mas Reposado Tequila
91 points
$24.99
Yellow color. Aromas of coconut flan, spicy mango chutney, and yellow peppers with a satiny, crisp, fruity medium body and a tingling, subtle, medium-long caramelized nuts, brown spices, dried fruits, and minerals finish. A nice woody reposado that will cover a lot of bases.
91 points $24.99
Don Diego Santa Tequila Añejo
91 points
$38.84
Gold color. Bright, attractive, creamy spicy aromas of caramelized nuts and yams, coconut creme brulee, baking spices, and mocha with a satiny, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tingling, interesting, medium-length cocoa and pepper finish. An añejo that will play nicely in cocktails.
91 points $38.84
Cazul 100 Ultra Aged Añejo Tequila Reserva
91 points
$49.99
Copper color. Aromas of spiced nuts, fruitcake, and brown spices with a round, bright, dryish medium-to-full body and a smooth, captivating, medium-length roasted pepper, toffee, and cola finish. A lively and engaging añejo for sipping and mixing.
91 points $49.99
Mezcales de Leyenda Durango Mezcal
91 points
$75
Pale clear color. Delicate, smoky aromas of lit tobacco, roasted peppers and papaya, and dusty newspaper with a lightly tannic, vibrant, dryish medium-to-full body and a tingling, complex, medium-long roasted pineapple custard, white ash, horchata, and minerals finish. A delicious, vibrant agave forward mezcal.
Loma Azul Tequila Blanco Reserva Especial
90 points
$24.99
Clear color. Lively, tropical aromas of grilled pineapple, pureed raw peppers, and white toffee with a satiny, medium body and a warming, captivating, medium-long papaya-guava custard, pepper, and minerals finish. A brash, fruity, agave-driven blanco for high impact cocktails.
90 points $24.99
Tres Agaves Tequila Blanco
90 points
$27.99
Clear color. Lively, tropical aromas of pineapple-payaya custard, honeyed yams, and waxy honeycomb with a silky, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tingling, delightful, medium-long sweet and peppery spices, powdered sugar, and minerals finish. A lovely, vibrant blanco that is sure to please.
90 points $27.99
Tres Agaves Tequila Añejo
90 points
$37.99
Dusty golden yellow straw color. Mild, fruity, creamy aromas of pineapple-papaya custard, toasted nuts, coconut cake, and brown spices with a satiny, lively, fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, interesting, medium-long cola float and macadamia nougat finish. A vivacious and appetizing añejo that will be very versatile.
90 points $37.99
CRUZ Silver Tequila
90 points
$45.99
Clear color. Aromas of roasted pineapple and grapefruit, peppercorn muffin, and honeyed yams with a soft, bitter light-to-medium body and a peppery, buoyant pepper, sugar cane, bark, and chalk eraser finish. A lively blanco for cocktails.
90 points $45.99
El Jimador Silver Tequila
89 points
$19.99
Best Buy
Clear color. Bright, herbal, vegetal aromas of pickled okra, char-roasted sweet potatoes, cheese rind, and cherry toffee with a silky, bright, fruity light-to-medium body and a tingling, captivating, medium-length tropical fruit medley, smoked pepper, and chalk finish. A solid blanco with a nice mix of fruit and smoky pepper notes.
89 points $19.99 Best Buy
Sauza "901" Silver Tequila
89 points
$30
Clear color. Mild, floral aromas of roasted pepper, pickling spices, and yellow squash with a satiny, bright, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a polished, breezy sweet cream, delicate peppery spices, Mexican wedding cookie, and candied yams finish. A very smooth, mellow sipping blanco.
Herradura Silver Tequila
89 points
$39.95
Clear color. Bright, fruity aromas of granola, dried pineapples and cherries, frosted wheat, and bbq rub with a silky, bright, fruity light-to-medium body and a tingling, delightful, medium-long orange spice cake, cracked pepper, grassy earth, and minerals finish. A rich, lightly aged blanco with some interesting white whisky like notes.
89 points $39.95
Herradura Ultra Añejo Tequila
89 points
$50
Clear silver color. Delicate, fruity, floral aromas of exotic tropical fruit medley, coconut custard, and hint of fuel with a silky, lively, fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, nuanced, medium-long cashew gelato, cherry cola, and pink peppercorns finish. A very distinctive, very fruity, filtered añejo that will be a blast to experiment with.
CRUZ Reposado Tequila
89 points
$52.99
Yellow color. Aromas of peppercorns, squash, and roasted peppers with a supple, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tingling, interesting, breezy mango chutney, citrus zest, honeyed nuts, and moss finish. A lively, spicy reposado that will pop in cocktails.
89 points $52.99
Mezcales de Leyenda Guerrero Mezcal
89 points
$70
Slivery straw color. Attractive aromas of marinated cucumber and roasted mango with a satiny, lively, fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, layered, medium-long smoked nuts and peppercorns., sweet and pepper spices, grassy herbs, and white ash finish. A sensationally flavorful and layered mezcal with great balance and style.
Monte Alban Reposado Tequila
88 points
$14.99
Best Buy
Brilliant clear golden straw color. Mild, inviting aromas of olive, cheese, herb custard, and chocolate peanut with a soft, bright, dryish light-to-medium body and a tingling, engaging, cheery honeyed yams, chalk, and delicate pepper finish. A lovely, refined sipper.
88 points $14.99 Best Buy
El Jimador Añejo Tequila
88 points
$22.99
Gold color. Delicate, clean, creamy inviting savory aromas of roasted coconut, caramelized raisin nuts, and polished wood with a supple, dry-yet-fruity body and a smooth, delightful, medium-length toffee, caramelized fruits, spice, and cedar finish. A very nice sipping añejo.
88 points $22.99
Peloton de la Muerte Mezcal
88 points
$35
Clear color. Lively, smoky aromas of char-roasted nuts and plantains and wood soap with a creamy, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tingling, interesting, buoyant roasted nougat, camp fire ash, and cream finish. A mellow, nicely balanced sipping mezcal with a nice interplay of delicate smoke and creamy fruitiness.
Gracias a Dios Mezcal Espadin Reposado
88 points
$42
Slivery straw color. Bright, roasted, smoky aromas of toasted cheese bread, roasted nopales and aloe, lit cherry pipe tobacco, and oiled saddle leather with a supple, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a peppery, stimulating, medium-long charred pineapple, mango yogurt, pepper, and paper ash finish. A wild and very smoky traditional mezcal with a lively, snappy finish.
888 Tres Ochos Silver Tequila
88 points
$45
Clear color. Delicate, toasty, grassy aromas of roasted sweet potato, sea salt, fig, and banana leaf with a silky, bright, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a tingling, medium-length acacia honey on tropical fruit, sweet mocha cream, pepper, and spices finish. A supple, elegant blanco that will excel as a sipper or in cocktails.
Monte Alban Silver Tequila
87 points
$14.99
Best Buy
Bright brilliant clear color. Delicate, fruity aromas of white chocolate, nougat, banana raisin custard, and grassy herbs with a supple, soft, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a tingling, brisk milk and limestone finish. A clean, creamy, somewhat neutral blanco.
87 points $14.99 Best Buy
Hot Donkey Cinnamon Reposado Tequila
87 points
$25
Yellow color. Aromas of cinnamon red hots with a glycerous, bright, off-dry medium body and a swift simple syrup, cinnamon stick, and nut oil finish. Clean, solid cinnamon flavor for mixing.
Loma Azul Tequila Reposado Reserva Especial
87 points
$26.99
Straw yellow color. Mild, toasty aromas of honeyed zucchini raisin bread, burnt sugar, spicy bbq rub, and rubber with a velvety, bright, fruity medium body and a tingling, amusing, medium-length horchata, meringue, and cedar plank finish. A pleasant, nicely balanced reposado.
87 points $26.99
3 AMIGOS Reposado Tequila
86 points
$28.99
Straw color. Bright, spicy, creamy aromas of creme brulee, fig bread, and passionfruit with a satiny, bright, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a tingling, delightful, medium-length spiced nuts and peppercorns finish. A nice mellow reposado sipper with firm oakiness.
86 points $28.99
Tres Agaves Tequila Reposado
86 points
$32.99
Straw yellow color. Lively, yeasty, funky aromas of pineapple yogurt, durian, sweaty hard cheese rind, and crayon with a satiny, crisp, fruity medium body and a tingling, interesting, medium-length bread fruit and horchata finish. A rollercoaster of exotic tropical flavors.
86 points $32.99
El Charro Silver Tequila
85 points
$14.99
Bright clear clear color. Mild, creamy aromas of macadamia nut, fondant, coconut water, and flower bush with a soft, dryish light body and a smooth, fast sweet potato chips, powdered milk, dried pineapple, and minerals finish. A delicate, sipping blanco.
85 points $14.99
El Charro Reposado Tequila
85 points
$14.99
Brilliant clear slivery straw color. Mild, earthy, floral aromas of coconut buttercream, nougat, roasted squash and yellow pepper, and lemon poppyseed muffin with a silky, dryish light-to-medium body and a tingling, buoyant powdered sugar, cream, and chalk finish. A pleasant easy going reposado.
85 points $14.99
Piedra Azul Blanco Tequila
85 points
$14.99
Clear color. Mild, unusual aromas of latex, dandelions, lemon Pez candy, and artichoke with a supple, shy, dry-yet-fruity light body and a smooth, fast creamy pudding, powdered citrus, and chalk finish. A mild, creamy blanco.
85 points $14.99
Kirkland Signature Tequila Silver
85 points
$18.99
Clear color. Delicate, vegetal aromas of roasted squash and marinated cucumbers with a satiny, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a peppery, interesting, medium-length vanilla yogurt, latex, and pepper finish. A peppery blanco for cocktails.
85 points $18.99
Coa de Jima Blanco Tequila
85 points
$21.99
Bright clear color. Mild, creamy aromas of tapioca and pineapple custard with a supple, soft, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a tingling, brisk cracked pepper, cream, and powdered sugar finish. A delicate creamy blanco.
85 points $21.99
Tarantula "100" Reposado Tequila
85 points
$21.99
Brilliant clear color. Mild, unusual, grassy herbal aromas of baked potato, creamed corn, peppered melon and prickly pear, and herb satchel with a glycerous, vibrant, dryish medium body and a peppery, compelling, medium-length minted melon sorbet, Mexican herbs, dried pepper, and horchata finish. A zesty, vibrant overproof reposado that will make good punchy cocktails.
85 points $21.99
Sauza Cucumber Chili Tequila
84 points
$15.99
Bright clear brilliant clear color. Delicate, interesting, vegetal aromas of cucumber water, bbq sugar rub, and winter melon with a velvety, bright, off-dry medium body and a peppery, momentary chili powder and cucumber-apple sorbet finish. An interesting combination of cucumber and pepper flavors for mixing.
84 points $15.99
El Jimador Reposado Tequila
84 points
$19.99
Straw color. Delicate, vegetal, unusual aromas of char-roasted okra, caramel, and vinyl with a silky, bright, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a tingling, medium-length dried fruits, putty, Mexican herbs, and cactus finish. A very rustic and unusual reposado.
84 points $19.99
Tarantula "100" Plata Tequila
84 points
$21.99
Bright clear color. Delicate, interesting, herbal aromas of grilled pineapple, smoked peppercorns and herbs, and creamy mocha with a supple, bright, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a warming, engaging, quick chocolate mint ice milk, Mexican herbs, vanilla cream, and dandelions finish. A vibrant, creamy, herbal overproof blanco that will play nicely in cocktails.
84 points $21.99
Artá Extra Añejo Tequila
84 points
$100
Brilliant clear gold color. Mild, oily, buttery nutty aromas of peanut brittle, spice cake, and cedar saw dust with an oily, crisp, dry medium body and a peppery, interesting, medium-length sassafras, mint, brown grass, and incense finish. An earthy, nutty, minty añejo.
Tarantula Azul Tequila
81 points
$19.99
Pale light color. Rich, confected, citrusy aromas of lemon-lime soda and lime pie with a glycerous, bright, sweet medium body and a smooth, crisp lemon custard and bubblegum finish. A flavored rum like citrusy flavored tequila.
81 points $19.99
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