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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.
Maracame Plata
95 points
$40
Silver color. Bright, creamy, spicy aromas and flavors of grilled pineapple, honeyed sweet potatoes, anise biscotti, and prickly pear custard with a silky, vibrant, fruity medium body and a tingling, complex, long finish displaying accents of citrus, peppery and sweet spices, herbs, and minerals. A delicious and vibrant blanco with loads of creamy and fruity agave character throughout.
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
Maracame Añejo
94 points
$52
Golden amber color. Lively aromas and flavors of dried stone fruits, suede, spiced nut brittle, and creme brulee with a satiny, lively, fruity medium-full body and an elegant finish that presents suggestions of figs and dates, vanilla cola, pepper, and chalk. An elegant and wonderfully nuanced añejo that will be great with cigars.
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
Maracame Reposado
93 points
$46
Pale golden yellow color. Rich aromas of citrus marmalade, toasted meringue, lemon verbena, and honeycomb with a supple, crisp, fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, nuanced, medium-long nougat, sandalwood incense, baking spices, and pepper finish. A lively and flavor-packed reposado that is sure to please.
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.
Espolón Tequila Reposado
92 points
$25.99
Bright straw color. Bright, creamy aromas of vanilla flan, tres leches cake, and roasted yellow pepper with a silky, bright, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a tingling, compelling, crisp horchata and white pepper finish. A lovely, elegant reposado with fine balance.
92 points $25.99
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
Espolón Añejo Tequila
91 points
$34.99
Bright brilliant clear light gold color. Mild, creamy, nutty aromas of nougat and mango chutney with a silky, fruity medium body and a peppery, interesting, medium-length custard, pepper, and minerals finish. A solid, mellow añejo for sipping or cocktails.
91 points $34.99
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
Espolón Tequila Blanco
90 points
$25.99
Clear color. Mild, floral aromas of coconut yogurt, dried pineapple, pepper, and latex with a satiny, soft, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a warming, intriguing, medium-length sweet cream, tarragon, delicate pepper, and chalk finish. A very smooth feminine blanco for sipping.
90 points $25.99
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
Tromba Tequila Blanco
86 points
$33.95
Brilliant clear color. Bright, earthy aromas of mango custard, exotic peppercorns, and hay with a soft, dry medium body and a warming, interesting, medium-length dried citrus peels, moss, and pineapple husk finish. An earthy tequila for savory cocktails.
86 points $33.95
Tromba Tequila Reposado
86 points
$38.50
Bright slivery straw color. Bright, creamy aromas of nougat and white toffee with a satiny, soft, dry light-to-medium body and a tingling, interesting, medium-length mocha latte, sassafras, and pepper finish. A nice creamy, peppery, lighter styled reposado.
86 points $38.50
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.
Tromba Tequila Añejo
83 points
$49
Golden yellow color. Bright, woody, confected vegetal aromas of caramel taffy, vanilla frosting, and cherry with a glycerous, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tingling, delightful, relaxed bark, mocha, and pepper finish. An añejo for a bourbon drinker.
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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