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July 2016 - Tequila, Mezcal & Agave Spirits

July 2016 - Tequila, Mezcal & Agave Spirits
This month's Spirits feature is Tequila, Mezcal & Agave Spirits

Tequila, Mezcal & Agave Spirits Reviews

KAH Tequila Blanco
96 points
$40.99
Brilliant clear color. Roasted, fresh floral aromas and flavors of roasted sweet potatoes and peppers, vanilla nougat, and cedar with a satiny, soft, dryish light-to-medium body and a smooth, captivating, papaya and figs, anisette cookie, wet stones, and bison grass finish. A silky, smooth blanco sipper.
96 points $40.99
Centinela Blanco Tequila
95 points
$39.99
Brilliant clear color. Creamy, elegant herbal minerally aromas and flavors of cracked peppercorns, vanilla nut brittle, salty roasted sweet potatoes, and savory herbs with a silky, crisp, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a tingling, stimulating, roasted yellow pepper, chalk, and powdered honey finish. An elegant and nuanced blanco for sipping or artisanal cocktails.
95 points $39.99
El Gran Jubileo 5 Year Extra Añejo Tequila
95 points
$89.99
Brilliant gold color. Herbal aromas and flavors of caramelized nuts and fruits, toasted herbs, pickled peppers, and bbq rub and chocolate with a supple, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity body and a tingling, complex, spiced honeyed dried fruits, horchata gelato, leather, and pepper dust finish. A lively and engaging extra añejo with surprising flexibility and agave freshness.
95 points $89.99
Don Diego Santa Tequila Añejo
94 points
$46.95
Brilliant light gold color. Sweet aromas and flavors of smores, coffee and coconut gelato, dark roasted hazelnuts, and dried fruits with a silky, bright, dryish medium body and a polished, interesting, roasted coconut milk, cedar, pepper dust, and minerals finish. A rock solid, creamy añejo that will be fun to mix with.
94 points $46.95
KAH Tequila Añejo
94 points
$50.99
Brilliant gold color. Spicy, perfumed aromas and flavors of sandalwood incense, roasted peppers and mango, sarsaparilla float, and fig chutney with a silky, bright, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, captivating, peppery spices and creme brulee finish. A smooth and delicately spicy añejo that is sure to please.
94 points $50.99
Iba 55 Mezcal
94 points
$100
Clear color. Smoky, fruity floral aromas and flavors of tobacco ash, nopales, char-roasted pepper, and copper with a supple, lively, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, intricate, smoked nuts, honey roasted exotic tropical fruits, vanilla bean, and tar finish. A fantastically rich, fruity, and nuanced blanco mezcal.
Fuenteseca 7 Year Aged Extra Añejo Tequila
94 points
$159.99
Brilliant golden amber color. Attractive aromas and flavors of roasted coconut cream pie, spiced tropical fruits, delicate blossoms, and sassafras with a satiny, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, epic, spiced nuts, cedar cigar box, cola nut, and leather and minerals finish. A robust extra añejo that delivers vibrant agave flavors supported by spicy oak nuances.
94 points $159.99
Fuenteseca 12 Year Aged Extra Añejo Tequila Reserva
94 points
$299
Brilliant gold color. Spicy aromas of exotic peppercorns, pencil shavings, and mango chutney with a silky, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, captivating, roasted pepper, sweet potato and pecan pie, cola float, and rye barrel finish. A vibrant and nuanced extra añejo that will be great with cigars.
Amatitlan Reposado Tequila
93 points
$17
Best Buy
Brilliant light gold color. Fruity, creamy minty aromas and flavors of vanilla mint cookie, panettone, sarsaparilla float, and mixed peppercorns with a satiny, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a smooth, layered, horchata, almond milk, nougat, and chalk finish. A superbly vibrant, smooth, and flavor-packed reposado that is sure to please.
93 points $17 Best Buy
Centinela Clásico Blanco Tequila
93 points
$24.99
Brilliant clear color. Vegetal, minerally aromas and flavors of white nougat bar, roasted sweet potatoes, figs and dates, and spice cookie dough with a silky, bright, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a warming, complex, pistachio brittle, peppery spices, Manuka honeycomb, and minerals finish. A complex and nuanced blanco for all applications.
93 points $24.99
Gran Padre Tequila Blanco
93 points
$39.95
Clear color. Herbal, green aromas and flavors of olive tapenade, herbed cheese rind, roasted yellow pepper, and coconut meat with a silky, bright, dryish light-to-medium body and a seamless, delightful, pureed sweet potato, leather, creamy nougat, and peppered green apple finish. A stylish blanco with nice complexity and balance.
93 points $39.95
Don Diego Santa Tequila Reposado
93 points
$42.95
Brilliant light gold color. Tropical aromas and flavors of roasted pineapple, marinated nopales and cucumber, pickling spices, and creamy toffee and raisins with a silky, bright, dryish medium body and an effortless, subtle, creme brulee, delicate green herbs, praline, and mocha latte finish. A delicious and satisfying reposado for all applications.
93 points $42.95
Centinela Añejo Tequila
93 points
$49.99
Light gold color. Toasty aromas and flavors of roasted nuts, Neapolitan ice cream, pineapple-peach relish, and baking spices with a vibrant, fruity medium body and a warming, layered, tropical fruit custard tart, floral honey, sassafras cherry float, and polished cedar finish. An excellent, elegant añejo sipper.
93 points $49.99
Agave 99 Tequila Añejo
93 points
$50.99
Golden amber color. Roasted aromas and flavors of dark roasted nuts and coconut, spicy fruit cake, mocha cream, and hint of pepper and beeswax with a satiny, vibrant, fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, complex, sassafras, mole sauce, and sweet and peppery spices finish. A robust, fruity añejo with lots of fun spiciness.
93 points $50.99
El Tesoro Reposado Tequila
93 points
$55
Pale slivery straw color. Spicy aromas and flavors of pickling spices, cheese rind and olive skin, date and dried papaya, and white toffee with a silky, lively, fruity medium body and a smooth, intriguing, spicy nougat and cream, sandalwood, peppercorns, and minerals finish. An elegant, mellow sipper with a delicate oak accent.
El Gran Jubileo Reposado Tequila
93 points
$59.99
Bright golden straw color. Fruity, sweet aromas and flavors of cherry cola float, honey nut brittle, pumpkin cheesecake and banana cream pie, and suede and clay with a supple, bright, fruity medium body and a tingling, compelling, coconut custard, yellow pepper, and pickled pepper finish. A very fruity and creamy reposado that is sure to please.
93 points $59.99
Don Silverio Reserve Cabresto Tequila Extra Añejo
93 points
$149.99
Light gold color. Spicy aromas and flavors of vanilla praline, delicate pickling spices, mocha toffee, and grilled pineapple with a silky, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a warming, interesting, pencil shavings, honey cream, and pepper finish. A nice, elegant, lighter-styled extra añejo.
93 points $149.99
Tequila 3-4-5 Extra Añejo Tequila
93 points
$349
Dusty amber color. Interesting aromas and flavors of pencil eraser, toasted herbs, pickled melon rind, and celery powder and cedar with a lightly tannic, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a peppery, interesting, sarsaparilla, cola nut, smoked peppercorns, and tree bark and cigar paper finish. A robust, woody and warming extra añejo for cigars.
Mina Real Blanco Mezcal
92 points
$34.99
Clear color. Vegetal, yeasty aromas and flavors of marinated grilled beets, caramelized leeks and pearl onions, smoked olives, and clay with a satiny, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, complex, sweet potato with balsamic, roasted coconut meat, corn pudding, and cacao nibs finish. A delightfully flavorful and balanced blanco with great interplay of fruit and vegetable flavors.
92 points $34.99
Don Amado Rústico Mezcal
92 points
$44.99
Clear color. Sourish, toasty aromas of cigarette butts and ash, charred chestnuts and aloe, and beef bouillon cubes with a supple, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tingling, interesting, honey roasted peppers and creamy nougat finish. A smoky, earthy mezcal with a creamy center.
92 points $44.99
Agave 99 Tequila Reposado
92 points
$45.99
Light gold color. Nutty, attractive aromas and flavors of honey roasted nuts, mocha latte, chocolate drizzled peach and berries, and yeasty pastry with a round, vibrant, fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, nuanced, spiced yams, fruit cake, spumoni gelato, and pepper finish. A rich reposado with a nice blend of fruity agave and sweet and spicy oak tones.
92 points $45.99
Don Amado Reposado Mezcal
92 points
$49.99
Pale straw color. Buttery aromas and flavors of butter roasted nuts and sweet potatoes, peppers, pickled olives and mushrooms, and hint of acetone with a lightly tannic, lively, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a nuanced, malted chocolate, dried tropical fruits, suede and cedar, and vanilla praline finish. A wild rollercoaster of flavors with an interesting texture and butteriness.
92 points $49.99
Herradura Añejo Tequila
92 points
$49.99
Brilliant light gold color. Woody aromas of spumoni gelato, spiced nuts, marinated cucumbers and yams, and pink peppercorns with a silky, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tingling, complex, vanilla milk, cola nut, mace, and minerals finish. A very elegant and delicately spicy añejo sipper with subtle complexity.
92 points $49.99
Identity Blanco Tequila
91 points
$29.99
Clear color. Interesting, vegetal aromas of roasted corn pudding, grilled nopales and carrots, garlic mashed potatoes with chives, and celery salt with a satiny, lively, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tingling, tropical fruit custard, anise macadamia cookie, pepper, and delicate spices finish. A sensationally smooth and flavorful tequila with an elegant balance for sipping.
91 points $29.99
Siempre Tequila Plata
91 points
$46
Clear color. Aromas and flavors of white cashew nut brittle, baked yams, spiced jerky and pickle, and zucchini bread with a silky, bright, dryish light-to-medium body and a smooth, captivating, creamy horchata, spiced melon, and minerals finish. A vibrant and supple blanco that will be quite versatile.
El Gran Jubileo Blanco Tequila
91 points
$49.99
Clear color. Green, herbal grassy exotic aromas and flavors of caramel vanilla bonbon, bit o’ honey candy, sugared yams, and coconut candle with a satiny, soft, dry-yet-fruity body and a tingling, refreshing, granola in cream, dates, roasted pepper, and nut oil finish. A solid, well balanced blanco with pleasing combination of agave fruit, minerality and heat.
91 points $49.99
Los Rijos Ultra Aged Tequila Reserve
91 points
$59.99
Bright gold color. Toasty, spicy aromas and flavors of sandalwood incense, marinated olives, parmesan cheese crust, and cocoa-dusted dried fruits with a supple, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a polished, charming, spicy mango chutney, honeysuckle water, horchata, and cola and chalk finish. A smooth and balanced extra añejo with just the right amount of oak.
91 points $59.99
Don Diego Santa Tequila Blanco
90 points
$38.95
Brilliant clear color. Vegetal aromas and flavors of roasted pepper and yams, cracked peppercorns, fig paste, and horseradish with a silky, bright, dryish body and a smooth, intriguing, vanilla coconut milk, straw, and stones finish. A delicate, dry, earthy blanco for sipping.
90 points $38.95
Herradura Reposado Tequila
90 points
$41.99
Brilliant straw color. Vegetal aromas and flavors of spicy dark caramelized nuts, marinated dried fruits and yams, delicate herbs, and cedar with a silky, bright, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a seamless, complex, spiced nuts, sweet cream, pistachio gelato, and cherry cola finish. A nice spicy wood accented reposado.
90 points $41.99
KAH Tequila Reposado
90 points
$46.99
Brilliant golden straw color. Vegetal, boozy aromas and flavors of chocolate coffee bean and pecan pie with a supple, lively, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, compelling, grilled peppers, honey cream, peppercorns, and baking spices and minerals finish. A fun, flavorful overproof tequila for cocktails.
90 points $46.99
Iba Mezcal Organic
90 points
$68
Clear color. Vegetal, peppery aromas and flavors of smoked salty nuts and gouda, putty, and white cigar ash with a lightly tannic, bright, dryish medium body and a warming, delightful, smoked jerky, pipe tobacco, and smoky and fuel-like minerals finish. A superbly balanced mezcal that will be fantastic with cigars.
Wansas Añejo Tequila
89 points
Pale light gold color. Creamy, spicy aromas and flavors of roasted pistachio brittle, mocha creme brulee, Neapolitan gelato, and cheese with a satiny, vibrant, fruity medium-to-full body and a peppery, interesting, spiced meringue, pineapple-papaya relish, smoked peppercorns, and sandalwood incense finish. A fruity, creamy, flavorful añejo that will make a great choice for cocktails.
Amatitlan Blanco Tequila
89 points
$15
Best Buy
Opaque clear color. Creamy aromas and flavors of vanilla cashew nougat bar, tarragon and tonka, mashed dates, and hint of honey baked ham with a silky, bright, dry-yet-fruity light body and a sleek, delightful, vanilla yogurt nuts and raisins, chalk, and powdery anisette cookie finish. A very soft and creamy sipping style blanco.
89 points $15 Best Buy
Amatitlan Añejo Tequila
89 points
$19.50
Best Buy
Brilliant gold color. Toasty, sweet aromas and flavors of smores, passionfruit preserves, spicy peach cobbler, and salted caramel with a silky, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, engaging, creme brulee, black walnut pie, vanilla cola, and cedar finish. A nice creamy, lighter-styled añejo sipper.
89 points $19.50 Best Buy
Cabresto Tequila Silver
89 points
$27.99
Clear color. Aromas and flavors of nougat, tapioca, aloe and plantain, and flint with a silky, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tingling, compelling, vanilla nuts and figs, roasted yellow pepper, chalk, and white peppered melon finish. A vibrant and nuanced blanco with nice structure and balance.
89 points $27.99
Los Rijos Reposado Tequila
89 points
$34.99
Light golden yellow color. Creamy, fruity aromas and flavors of mango creme brulee, vanilla nut brittle, roasted yellow pepper, and wood polish with a silky, bright, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, spicy oatmeal raisin cookie, nutskin, and grass finish. A pleasant, easy drinking reposado.
89 points $34.99
Agave 99 Tequila Silver
89 points
$40.99
Brilliant silver color. Citrusy, herbal aromas and flavors of grilled pineapple and grapefruit, roasted pepper oil, and fresh herbs with a silky, vibrant, fruity medium body and a warming, complex, candied yams and apricots, minerals, honeyed nuts, and Coleman’s fuel finish. A nice fruity, agave-driven blanco with a warming finish and lots of gusto.
89 points $40.99
Gran Padre Tequila Añejo
89 points
$49.95
Bright golden yellow color. Citrusy, clean floral inviting aromas and flavors of delicate spices and pine herbs, almond mint cookie, sassafras, and peppercorns with a silky, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tingling, compelling, sandalwood, bbq spiced nuts, cocoa, and cream finish. A mellow añejo sipper.
89 points $49.95
Wansas Silver Tequila
88 points
Clear color. Roasted aromas and flavors of charred nuts and peppers, fried pickle, mocha, and sarsaparilla with a silky, crisp, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a complex, spiced dated and figs, horchata, spumoni with mint, and pepper finish. A fruity, spicy, creamy blanco with nice twists and turns.
Tres Pesos Gold Tequila
88 points
$6.95
Best Buy
Golden silver color. Minerally aromas and flavors of dark roasted peppers, dried pineapple and apple, polenta, and cajeta and nopales with a silky, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a warming, subtle, tres leche cake, dried Mexican spices and herbs, nutskin, and salty minerals finish. A flavorful tequila packed with nice fruit and lots of gusto.
88 points $6.95 Best Buy
Ardiente Pasion Silver Tequila
88 points
$7
Best Buy
Pale clear color. Fruity aromas and flavors of baklava, vanilla bean mint gelato, spiced nuts and yam, and pepper with a satiny, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, complex, powdery almond cookie, tonka bean and anise, peppercorn, and roasted red pepper finish. A nice blanco with a good combination of delicacy and gusto.
88 points $7 Best Buy
Old Mexico Blanco Tequila
88 points
$13.99
Best Buy
Brilliant clear color. Interesting, spicy aromas and flavors of pepper chutney, turmeric and delicate Indian spices, sweet potato and plantain chips, and aloe with a satiny, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a peppery, appealing, peppercorns, creamy nougat, radish, and stones finish. A nice all purpose blanco that will work well for creamy cocktails or shots.
88 points $13.99 Best Buy
Centinela Clásico Reposado Tequila
88 points
$24.99
Pale straw color. Creamy, sweet aromas and flavors of white chocolate smores, pineapple upside cake, sweet pickle relish, and cigar wrapper with a silky, bright, fruity light-to-medium body and a tingling, interesting, vanilla pecans and cherries, cedar, and chalk finish. A creamy, fruity reposado sipper.
88 points $24.99
Sauza Silver Tequila
88 points
$30
Clear color. Earthy, minerally interesting aromas and flavors of clay, roasted golden beet and turnip, delicate Latin herbs, and ramps and garlic with a silky, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a tingling, refreshing, Hawaiian bread, spiced plums and melon, and peppercorns finish. A vibrant, spicy blanco with a snappy finish.
Centinela Reposado Tequila
88 points
$44.99
Light gold color. Fruity aromas and flavors of peach cobbler and granola, pistachio gelato, macadamia nut cookie, and floral honey with a silky, bright, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a tingling, engaging, spiced nuts, sandalwood, honey roasted peppers, and incense ash finish. A delicate, fruity reposado that will be versatile.
88 points $44.99
Don Silverio Reserve Cabresto Tequila Añejo
88 points
$44.99
Bright gold color. Creamy aromas of coffee gelato, caramelized nuts, and oak with a silky, bright, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a tingling, interesting, spice cake, caramelized citrus and figs, nougat, and cedar finish. A solid, lighter-styled añejo.
88 points $44.99
D’Agave Gold Agave
88 points
$48
Brilliant gold color. Floral aromas and flavors of caramelized nuts and cherries, pipe tobacco, sassafras, and spiced figs with a silky, bright, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a tingling, stimulating, suede, whole pistachios, and chalk finish. An interesting light spicy agave spirit that will mix well.
Wansas Reposado Tequila
87 points
Light straw yellow color. Fruity aromas and flavors of panettone, mocha toffee, chocolate milkshake, and polished wood with a silky, crisp, fruity medium body and a warming, interesting, horchata and creme fraiche, spiced fruits and nuts, pepper, and grassy earth finish. A nice creamy, delicately spicy reposado sipper.
Sauza Gold Tequila
87 points
$30
Brilliant gold color. Funky, green herbal aromas and flavors of epazote, nopales, pickled Brussels sprouts, and curry leaf with a soft, dryish light-to-medium body and a smooth, interesting, toasted herbs and chalk finish. An interesting herbal gold tequila for cocktails.
Gran Padre Tequila Reposado
87 points
$44.95
Pale golden yellow color. Complex, fruity floral aromas and flavors of marinated tropical fruits and olives, nopales, piney herbs, and spiced apples with a silky, bright, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a warming, cedar bark, pepper dust, and nut skin and shell finish. A sturdy sipper to enjoy with cigars.
87 points $44.95
Sangre de Vida Reposado Mezcal
87 points
$49.99
Clear golden straw color. Green, interesting aromas and flavors of tomatoes on the vine, epazote, lime and curry leaves, and melted wax and plastic with a silky, vibrant, fruity medium body and a tingling, interesting, polished wood, spiced chocolate, pepper, and flower patch finish. A nice light and delicately smoky mezcal with nice wild and wooly herbal streak.
87 points $49.99
Allaire Aged Crystal Tequila
87 points
$135
Clear with a nickel cast color. Aromas and flavors of coconut dream bar, dried mango and pineapple, pepper, and floral talc with a supple, vibrant, fruity medium body and a peppery, compelling, herb marinated citrus, minerals, anisette and almond cookies, and moss finish. A dainty, peppery blanco for cocktails.
Ardiente Pasion Gold Tequila
86 points
$7
Best Buy
Golden silver color. Creamy aromas and flavors of caramel vanilla taffy and roasted yellow pepper and papaya with a silky, bright, dry-yet-fruity body and a tingling, delightful, nougat and tropical fruit custard tart finish. A nice creamy versatile gold tequila.
86 points $7 Best Buy
Cabresto Tequila Reposado
86 points
$29.99
Clear light gold color. Confected aromas and flavors of chocolate banana and toffee, coconut macaroons, cherry cola float, and aloe and cedar with a silky, bright, medium body and a smooth, appealing, mocha cream, pecan coffee cake, hay, and minerals finish. An attractive reposado with a lot of fun pastry-like oak notes.
86 points $29.99
Old Mexico Oro Tequila
85 points
$13.99
Dusty straw color. Vegetal, toasty aromas and flavors of pickled pepper, roasted pineapple, spiced melon, and cilantro with a silky, bright, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a tingling, interesting, sweet cream, papaya, and pepper finish. A solid gold tequila for fruity agave and a creamy center.
85 points $13.99
Tres Pesos Silver Tequila
84 points
$6.95
Clear with a platinum blue color. Creamy aromas and flavors of white nougat bar, root beer custard float, hot ironed cloth, and roasted apple and sweet potato with a satiny, crisp, fruity light-to-medium body and a pineapple coconut yogurt, straw, and pepper finish. An easy, rum-like blanco for mixing.
84 points $6.95
D’Agave Silver Agave Spirit
83 points
$48
Brilliant clear color. Boozy, hot vegetal aromas and flavors of roasted nuts and cactus, papaya goat’s milk yogurt, white pepper, and fresh meringue with a soft, crisp, dryish light body and an almond milk, toasted herbs, and aloe finish. A rustic, peppery agave spirit for adventurous cocktails.
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