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
211625
Herradura
Seleccion Suprema Extra Añejo Tequila
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
209740
Maracame
Plata
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
210173
Cabo Wabo
Reposado Tequila
Bright straw color. Delicate, creamy, fruity aromas of pineapple custard, grilled coconut, roasted squash, and baking spice with a glycerous, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a peppery, interesting, medium-length spiced nuts, cream, and chalk finish. A rock solid reposado that will show well in cocktails.
95 points $44.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
210171
Cabo Wabo
Añejo Tequila
Bright clear gold color. Bright, toasty, tropical aromas of coconut macaroon and papaya custard with a velvety, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, complex, medium-long meringue, rich baking spices, and delicate pepper finish. A delicious, well balanced añejo that is sure to please.
95 points $49.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
211484
Arrogante
Supreme Añejo Tequila
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
211483
Don Sergio
Reposado Tequila
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
211443
DÉCADA
Silver 100% Agave Tequila
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
209738
Maracame
Añejo
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
210077
Dos Armadillos
Tequila Añejo
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
211081
Kirkland Signature
Tequila Añejo
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
210871
Coa de Jima
Reposado Tequila
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
211744
Demetrio
Premium Blanco Tequila
Clear color. Bright, creamy, vegetal aromas of salty roasted peppers and sweet potato skin, cream cheese, and figs and dates with a velvety, vibrant, off-dry medium body and a tingling, compelling, long tropical fruit custard, peppery and baking spices, and minerals finish. A delicious, creamy, and inviting sipping blanco.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
211481
3 AMIGOS
Organic Blanco Tequila
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
210172
Cabo Wabo
Blanco Tequila
Bright clear color. Bright, fruity, herbal aromas of honey roasted pineapple, spiced yams, and nopales with an oily, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a peppery, complex, medium-long horchata, pink pepper, and citrus zest finish. A very lively and attractive blanco that will pop in cocktails.
93 points $39.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
211439
Casamigos
Blanco Tequila
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
211582
Baluarte
Tequila Reposado Reserva Especial
Yellow color. Aromas of orange spice cake and pineapple custard with a supple, vibrant, petillant, fruity medium body and a warming, complex, medium-long tropical fruit gelato, exotic peppercorns, candied spiced nuts, and chalk finish. A nicely balanced and poised tequila with attractive spiciness.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
209739
Maracame
Reposado
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
211440
Casamigos
Reposado Tequila
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
211725
Magave
Añejo Tequila
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
211441
Casamigos
Añejo Tequila
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
210075
Dos Armadillos
Tequila Plata
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
211588
Mezcales de Leyenda
Oaxaca Mezcal
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
211584
Viejo Indecente
Mezcal Espadin
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
211738
Alquimia
Reserva de Don Adolfo Extra Añejo Tequila
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
210176
Espolón
Tequila Reposado
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
211148
Gracias a Dios
Mezcal Espadin Joven
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
211623
Herradura
Reposado Tequila
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
211583
Baluarte
Tequila Blanco Triple Detilado
Clear color. Aromas of zucchini raisin bread and pistachio brittle with a supple, crisp, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a peppery, complex, medium-length pepper, dried fruits, spice cake, and minerals finish. A complex, nuanced blanco sipper.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
210076
Dos Armadillos
Tequila Reposado
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
211728
Uno Mas
Reposado Tequila
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
210174
Espolón
Añejo Tequila
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
211667
Don Diego Santa
Tequila Añejo
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
211579
Cazul 100
Ultra Aged Añejo Tequila Reserva
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
211590
Mezcales de Leyenda
Durango Mezcal
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
211722
Loma Azul
Tequila Blanco Reserva Especial
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
210175
Espolón
Tequila Blanco
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
211556
Tres Agaves
Tequila Blanco
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
211558
Tres Agaves
Tequila Añejo
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
211553
CRUZ
Silver Tequila
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
211626
El Jimador
Silver Tequila
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
211082
Sauza
"901" Silver Tequila
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
211621
Herradura
Silver Tequila
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
211620
Herradura
Ultra Añejo Tequila
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
211555
CRUZ
Reposado Tequila
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
211589
Mezcales de Leyenda
Guerrero Mezcal
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
211424
Monte Alban
Reposado Tequila
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
211628
El Jimador
Añejo Tequila
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
211746
Demetrio
Añejo Tequila
Gold color. Delicate, nutty aromas of salty peanut brittle and toasted date bread with a glycerous, bright, dry medium-to-full body and a tingling, compelling, medium-long nutskin, cedar, and cola finish. A mellow and even añejo with a smooth appealing style; will be nice with cigar.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
211591
Peloton de la Muerte
Mezcal
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
211149
Gracias a Dios
Mezcal Espadin Reposado
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
211629
888 Tres Ochos
Silver Tequila
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
211423
Monte Alban
Silver Tequila
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
211244
Hot Donkey
Cinnamon Reposado Tequila
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
211723
Loma Azul
Tequila Reposado Reserva Especial
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
211410
Hornitos
"Black Barrel" Tequila Añejo
Brilliant clear golden amber color. Delicate, nutty aromas of chocolate roasted nuts, caramelized fruits, oak, and herbal pepper jelly with a silky, soft, dryish medium-to-full body and a warming, amusing, medium-length mocha, pepper, roasted herbs, and cedar finish. A nice oaky añejo.
87 points $29.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
211799
Sauza
Signature Blue Reposado Tequila
Bright clear straw yellow color. Earthy, roasted aromas of roasted nopales and pickles, grilled zucchini and red peppers, exotic Mexican spices and herbs, and yeasty dough with a supple, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tingling, snappy smoked peppercorns, earth, and nougat finish. A solid mixing tequila.
86 points $15.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
211482
3 AMIGOS
Reposado Tequila
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
211557
Tres Agaves
Tequila Reposado
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
211717
Tromba
Tequila Blanco
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
211718
Tromba
Tequila Reposado
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
211425
El Charro
Silver Tequila
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
211426
El Charro
Reposado Tequila
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
211427
Piedra Azul
Blanco Tequila
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
211080
Kirkland Signature
Tequila Silver
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
210872
Coa de Jima
Blanco Tequila
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
210397
Tarantula
"100" Reposado Tequila
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
211801
Sauza
Cucumber Chili Tequila
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
211627
El Jimador
Reposado Tequila
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
210396
Tarantula
"100" Plata Tequila
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
211745
Demetrio
Premium Reposado Tequila
Golden yellow color. Delicate, toasty aromas of creme brulee and caramelized fruits with a satiny, bright, dryish medium body and a warming, captivating, medium-long pepper, cocoa, and cedar finish. A solid, oak forward reposado.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
211453
Arta
Extra Añejo Tequila
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
211716
Tromba
Tequila Añejo
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
210395
Tarantula
Azul Tequila
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
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