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July 2017 - Tequila, Mezcal & Agave Spirits

July 2017 - Tequila, Mezcal & Agave Spirits
This month's Spirits feature is Tequila, Mezcal & Agave Spirits

Tequila, Mezcal & Agave Spirits Reviews

Grand Mayan Ultra-Aged Tequila
96 points
$89.99
Medium copper color. Sweet, oaky aromas of cinnamon rice pudding and black tea, jamaica drink, honey cake, and leather with a lightly tannic, crisp, fruity medium-to-full body and a peppery, compelling, medium-long chicory coffee, cinnamon-honey, jalepeno, and cola finish. A rich, honeyed and nectar-llke tequila.
Awards: 2017 Best Tequila & 2017 Best Extra Añejo Tequila
96 points $89.99
Alquimia Organic Extra Añejo Tequila
95 points
$135
Bright amber color. Interesting, complex aromas of fresh artichoke, honey, geranium, and mexican hot chocolate with a round, vibrant, fruity sweet full body and a warming, epic, long macadamia nut brittle, dill, lime spritzed mango, and cumin and garbanzo bean finish. A tequila that displays gorgeous mature barrel notes; crafted with great finesse.
Espanita Reposado Tequila
94 points
$28.99
Golden yellow color. Exotic, floral aromas of jasmine tea, crystallized ginger and bubblegum, vanilla butterscotch glazed popcorn, and turkish delight with a velvety, vibrant, fruity medium body and a prodigious, long candied banana, coconut cream, Muscat a Petit grains, and sweet tarragon finish. A fascinating and exotic tequila; each sip offers something new to discover.
94 points $28.99
Titanium Ultra Aged Tequila
94 points
$50
Bright dark amber color. Elegant, mature aromas and flavors of asian pear, chrysanthemum, chamomile tea, and menthol mint with a lightly tannic, lively, fruity medium-to-full body and a distinctive, long finish revealing suggestions of candied pecan, dried herbs, baking spice, and clay and black pepper finish. An intensely herbal tequila.
Don Amado Arroqueno Mezcal
94 points
$89.99
Clear color. Herbal, spicy aromas and flavors of caramelized smoked bacon, bbq rub, smoked sea salt con gusano, and fancy pipe tobacco with a lightly tannic, lively, bittersweet medium-to-full body and a warming, very long finish with touches of charred ham and pineapple, pickled tropical fruits, and white cigar ash finish. A wonderfully complex and smoky mezcal with great savory spiciness.
Awards: 2017 Best Mezcal & 2017 Best Blanco Mezcal
94 points $89.99
Casa Maestri 1965 Flask Tequila
93 points
$17.99
Best Buy
Clear color. Fresh, green aromas and flavors of aloe vera and geranium, lush fern and eucalyptus, guanabana, and roasted carrot with a velvety, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a tingling, elegant, medium-long finish revealing elements of fresh poblano and earthy oregano, champagne, bone marrow, and sweet rice pudding finish. A clean and lush blanco tequila; sip, shoot, or craft cocktails with this winner.
93 points $17.99 Best Buy
Masuave Reposado Double Distilled Tequila
93 points
$39.99
Light gold color. Fruity aromas and flavors of pear and white flowers with a round, vibrant, medium body and a delightful, long finish that shows notes of roasted nuts, roasted agave, slate, and leather patina finish. A rich and decadent reposado that lets agave flavors shine.
93 points $39.99
Cabo Wabo Añejo Tequila
93 points
$49.99
Gold color. Vegetal, complex aromas of garden fresh green beans, eucalyptus, underripe pineapple, and smoked dark chocolate with a slightly chewy, crisp, dry-yet-fruity full body and an effortless, very complex, medium-long miso caramel, salted butterscotch, clove, and frosting finish. A complex tequila to ponder; Rhum Agricole lovers will be fond of this.
93 points $49.99
Grand Mayan Silver Tequila
93 points
$69.99
Clear color. Roasted aromas and flavors of vanilla latte, roasted peanuts, and balsamic reduction with a glycerous, crisp, moderately sweet medium-to-full body and a warming, long finish conveying notes of Thai iced tea, chocolate covered strawberry, young green leaf, and spearmint finish. A sweet and creamy tequila for after-dinner sipping or cocktails.
93 points $69.99
Don Amado Largo Mezcal
93 points
$89.99
Clear color. Aromas and flavors of green plantain, barbecue pork, and eucalyptus with a round, fruity light-to-medium body and a peppery, interesting, medium-long finish imparting notes of pear drop, wintergreen, hot smoked tomato, and black pepper and allspice finish. A complex mezcal with oscillating fruitiness and jerk-like spiciness.
93 points $89.99
El Mayor Tequila Extra Añejo
93 points
$99.99
Bright dark amber color. Candied aromas of rich caramel, vanilla pancake, hot cinnamon, and salt cured olive with a chewy, vibrant, fruity full body and an interesting, medium-long raspberry in dark chocolate, grilled agave and vanilla creme, walnut liqueur, and celery salt and pickling spices finish. A rich and nutty extra añejo tequila.
93 points $99.99
Baluarte Tequila Blanco Triple Destilado
92 points
$42
Clear color. Aromas and flavors of honey roasted yams and figs, powdered sugar, nut brittle, and delicate herbs and spices with a silky, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, interesting, long finish that exhibits overtones of candied pineapple and papaya, yellow pepper, and peppery spice finish. A vivacious, silky sipping tequila with a nice tingle; a perfect transition for vodka drinkers.
Cabo Wabo Blanco Tequila
91 points
$39.99
Clear color. Fresh aromas of fresh aloe vera and honeydew, fresh basil and mint, white pepper, and sweet pea blossom and rose hips with a velvety, lively, fruity light body and a compelling, medium-long sweet almond nougat, watermelon rind, achiote, and fresh churned butter finish. A fresh and fruity take on blanco tequila; delicious in delicate tequila cocktails or neat.
91 points $39.99
Miel de Tierra Joven Mezcal Artesanal Salmiana
91 points
$89.95
Clear color. Rustic, spicy aromas and flavors of pickled banana pepper, speck, and stable floor with a round, crisp, fruity light-to-medium body and a seamless, delightful, medium-length finish with accents of green apple, green hay, sour fruit candies, and leather boots finish. An rustic yet fruity mezcal for imbibers seeking adventurous new experiences.
91 points $89.95
Exotico Tequila Reposado
89 points
$14.99
Best Buy
Dull light gold color. Alliaceous aromas and flavors of roasted carrot, pearl onion, charred fresh agave, and bruleed sugar with a round, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a medium-length finish with impressions of canela, panela, and cumin finish. A nicely savory tequila for sipping or mixing.
89 points $14.99 Best Buy
Familia Camarena Silver Tequila
89 points
$17
Best Buy
Clear silver color. Sweet, fruity aromas and flavors of fresh pear, pineapple husk, grilled honeydew melon, and desert grasses with a silky, crisp, dryish light body and a warming, easy finish with notes of marshmallow, salt water taffy, and ground black pepper finish. A fresh and fruity take on blanco tequila, perfect for summer cocktails.
89 points $17 Best Buy
Familia Camarena Reposado Tequila
89 points
$19
Best Buy
Minutely hazy straw color. Dank, vegetal, rustic aromas of grilled pineapple, clay and anise, marshmallow, and bay leaf with a velvety, lively, fruity medium body and a peppery, complex, medium-long honeysuckle, charred veggies and melon rind, candied hibiscus and smoked gouda, and crushed coriander finish. A rustic and savory tequila for a mezcal-lovers day off.
89 points $19 Best Buy
Manik Reposado Tequila
89 points
$26.99
Bright gold color. Spicy aromas of fresh sliced hot chile pepper, caramelized banana, and lemon and gravel with a round, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tingling, captivating, medium-long white chocolate, cinnamon hot chocolate, glazed carrot, and pineapple with nutmeg and vanilla finish. A rich and spicy reposado tequila for full-bodied cocktails or sipping neat.
89 points $26.99
Cabo Wabo Reposado Tequila
89 points
$44.99
Brilliant straw yellow color. Aromas and flavors of spumoni gelato, pickled melon and tamarind, lilac water, and coriander with a silky, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a silky, engaging, medium-long finish with overtones of praline, Mexican herbs, and mossy limestone finish. A floral, spicy reposado with a creamy underbelly.
89 points $44.99
Honor Del Castillo Afilado Reposado Tequila
89 points
$47
Bright slivery straw color. Aromas and flavors of olive tapenade and pickled carrots, caramelized cheese rind, caramelized yams and figs, and vanilla-almond fondant with a supple, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a polished, complex, very long finish with notes of spiced tropical fruits and nuts, coconut milk, minerals, and cedar and sandalwood finish. A rich, spicy and herbaceous tequila exploding with flavor.
ArteNOM Seleccion de 1549 Blanco Organico Tequila
89 points
$49.99
Silver color. Sweet aromas of pressed flowers, dried pineapple, vanilla custard, and sea breeze with a creamy, bright, fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, amusing, medium-length salted plantain, fresh agave, hibiscus paste, and vanilla caramel finish. A nectar-like tequila reminiscent of desert flowers; pure and natural.
89 points $49.99
El Padrino Extra Añejo
89 points
$49.99
Bright bronze color. Sweet, creamy aromas and flavors of creamy latte, chocolate hazelnut spread, orange creme brulee, and caramel apple with a round, crisp, fruity sweet full body and a tingling, complex, long finish with accents of Jamaican rum, chocolate cherry gelato, allspice, and candied guava and pineapple finish. A rich and complex tequila for sipping; a great añejo to convert rum or whiskey drinkers.
89 points $49.99
Mezcales de Leyenda San Luis Potosi Mezcal
89 points
$79.99
Dull clear color. Vegetal, rustic, rubbery, fruity aromas of zucchini, preserved lemon, watermelon candy, and manure with a glycerous, tangy, fruity sweet light body and a peppery, intricate, medium-length sweet melon melange, smoked tamarind, and sweet potato pie finish. Enjoy the journey from nose to palate in this metamorphic mezcal.
89 points $79.99
Mezcales de Leyenda Puebla Mezcal
89 points
$84.99
Clear color. Aromas and flavors of charred fruits, cigar wrapper, smoked nuts, and rubber tire with a lightly tannic, lively, fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, charming, medium-long finish that shows overtones of smoked pepper, papaya mango gelato, macadamia nougat, and ash finish. A very approachable mezcal with delicate creamy, fruity, and smoky tones.
89 points $84.99
Exotico Tequila Blanco
88 points
$14.99
Best Buy
Clear color. Aromas of spice cake, dark roasted agave, lemon concentrate, and salt water with a glycerous, lively, salty light body and a peppery, medium-length salted cucumber, farmers cheese, hot peppers, and fresh exotic flowers finish. A roller coaster of a tequila for adding zest and floral notes to a margarita.
88 points $14.99 Best Buy
El Mayor Tequila Blanco
88 points
$24.99
Clear color. Spicy aromas and flavors of cantaloupe and fresh sliced habeñero with a round, vibrant, fruity medium body and a warming, medium-length finish with notes of diced green apples, ground macadamia nut, fresh mushroom, and ground pepper finish. A smooth and creamy vanilla-kissed tequila with a peppery kick.
88 points $24.99
Manik Añejo Tequila
88 points
$28.99
Medium gold color. Oaky aromas of cedar box, vanilla black tea, mandarin orange flesh and rhubarb, and coconut and english leather with a glycerous, crisp, fruity full body and a peppery, nuanced, medium-long caramelized papaya, galangal, eucalyptus, and lime leaf finish. A very full-bodied tequila to sip neat or on the rocks with a cigar.
88 points $28.99
El Mayor Tequila Reposado
88 points
$29.99
Yellow color. Hot, herbal aromas of eucalyptus, vanilla, caramel, and mint with an oily, soft, moderately sweet medium body and a charming, breezy white pepper, dried starfruit, and sweet caramel candy finish. A rich reposado tequila for sipping or dessert cocktails.
88 points $29.99
Espanita Añejo Tequila
88 points
$31.99
Bright light gold color. Mature, inviting aromas of citrus tree wood, eucalyptus, almond nougat and caraway, and carnation with a slightly chewy, crisp, fruity sweet medium-to-full body and a sleek, amusing, long thick honey and fresh grass, black tea and coconut flesh, banana and candy corn, and apple and peppermint finish. A sturdy añejo with a spa-like nose.
88 points $31.99
Honor Del Castillo Redencion Clear Reposado Tequila
88 points
$49
Opaque clear color. Fruity, attractive aromas of fresh apricot, pickled mango, lime spritz, and pineapple with a creamy, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a medium-length cumin and unripe banana, brazil nut and spearmint, sea salt and hot peppers, and black pepper and vanilla ice cream finish. A deliciously fruity nose leads to a spicy yet creamy palate; enjoy this in creamy cocktails.
Hornitos Reposado Tequila
87 points
$22.99
Pale light gold color. Floral, exotic aromas and flavors of magnolia, garden fresh green bean, and hazelnut skin with a round, vibrant, fruity medium body and a peppery, complex, medium-long finish with elements of green apple spree candy, allspice, salted papaya with lime, and white pepper finish. An exotic and intriguing tequila with explosive flavor.
87 points $22.99
Titanium Añejo Tequila
87 points
$40.99
Bright dark amber color. Aromas of aloe leaf and menthol, straw and cinnamon, dried agave, and fallen apple and sandalwood with a slightly chewy, vibrant, fruity medium-to-full body and an interesting, medium-long dark caramel, dried currant, powdered sugar, and dried pineapple and dark mole finish. A nice entry-level añejo tequila.
87 points $40.99
Miel de Tierra Mezcal Artesanal Añejo
87 points
$69.95
Clear gold color. Creamy, tropical aromas of honey, hibiscus, coconut cream, and marzipan with a supple, soft, fruity medium body and a seamless, charming, breezy caramelized pineapple, honey roasted macadamia nut, and dried papaya finish. A rum-like mezcal that could serve as a nice entry to the category.
87 points $69.95
Sauza Signature Blue Reposado Tequila
86 points
$15.99
Yellow color. Sweet aromas and flavors of summer peach, sun tea, and roasted agave with a satiny, bright, fruity medium body and a medium-length finish. Big peach flavors stand out in this shootable tequila.
86 points $15.99
Masuave Blanco Triple Distilled Tequila
86 points
$29.99
Clear color. Attractive, fruity, creamy aromas and flavors of candied papaya and pineapple, sweet grass, and fresh meringue with a silky, bright, fruity light-to-medium body and a complex, long finish with shades of herbal honeycomb, roasted yellow pepper and parsnip, delicate peppery spices, and flower scented whipped cream finish. A highly polished and elegant blanco for sipping.
86 points $29.99
El Mayor Tequila Añejo
86 points
$34.99
Dull copper color. Roasted aromas of potted herbs, sunflower seed paste, and caramelized green beans with a lightly tannic, fruity medium body and an interesting, medium-length chocolate covered toffee with orange peel, bee pollen and roasted lamb, freeze dried peach, and kirsch finish. A nice Añejo with gobs of barrel character.
86 points $34.99
Titanium Reposado Tequila
86 points
$36.99
Golden straw color. Aromas of dried pineapple and alfalfa sprouts with a velvety, vibrant, fruity medium body and a peppery, appealing, brisk mixed peppercorns and sweet corn pudding, marshmallow, sweet pear, and pumpkin seed puree finish. A fruity Reposado Tequila that will work well in cocktails.
86 points $36.99
Honor Del Castillo Reflexion Blanco Tequila
86 points
$45
Clear color. Green, exotic aromas and flavors of pico de gallo, matcha, yerba mate, and lemon peel with a round, medium body and a tingling, intriguing, easy finish displaying suggestions of marzipan, Peruvian black mint, desert stone, and salt finish. A spicy and savory tequila for refreshing cocktails.
Masuave Anejo Double Distilled Tequila
86 points
$49.99
Copper color. Herbal aromas of fresh mint and freshly stained furniture with a velvety, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a breezy magnolia, honeyed wood, mesquite, and coconut cream finish. A creamy and delicate añejo for sipping and cigars.
86 points $49.99
Don Amado Pechuga Mezcal
86 points
$89.99
Clear color. Rustic, savory aromas of chicken skin and wet stone and earth with a velvety, vibrant, fruity light-to-medium body and a warming, medium-length black licorice twist, rye toast, and dried apricot finish. An anise-forward mezcal to play in absinthe-kissed cocktails.
86 points $89.99
Hornitos Plata Tequila
85 points
$22.99
Clear color. Sweet, creamy aromas of vanilla custard and puff pastry with a velvety, crisp, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, nuanced, medium-length ataulfo mango, dried mint, fennel, and marzipan finish. A vanilla-forward tequila with buttery texture; an after-dinner sipper.
85 points $22.99
Espanita Blanco Tequila
85 points
$26.99
Brilliant clear color. Candied aromas and flavors of marzipan, chocolate mint, and rice pudding with a glycerous, vibrant, fruity light-to-medium body and a warming, stimulating, breezy finish with suggestions of hazelnut spread, dried rosemary and thyme, and olive brine finish. A smooth and mellow Blanco Tequila.
85 points $26.99
Titanium Blanco Tequila
85 points
$33.99
Clear color. Rustic aromas and flavors of roasted agave, poblano pepper, roasted plantain and lemongrass, and white pepper with a satiny, tangy, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a peppery, involved, medium-length finish with notes of cashew, dried lemon peel, guava paste, and earthy dried herbs and lavender finish. True agave flavors shine in this well-made Tequila
85 points $33.99
Manik Blanco Tequila
84 points
$24.99
Clear color. Aromas of vanilla powder, dried bell pepper, caramelized pineapple, and pepperoncini with a glycerous, crisp, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a warming, brisk peppercorn, meringue, bamboo shoots, and green apple finish. A creamy tequila for mixing.
84 points $24.99
Tremols Don Rafael de Jesús Tequila
83 points
$12
Clear color. Fruity, smoky, meaty aromas and flavors of grilled meats, fresh pear and apple, fresh melon, and curry with a lean, bright, fruity sweet light body and a cheery finish with notes of smoked fruits finish. A fruit-forward and smoky Blanco Tequila for updated cocktails.
Sauza Signature Blue Silver Tequila
83 points
$15.99
Clear color. Herbal aromas of eucalyptus, vanilla bean, pastry, and green onion with a round, tangy, fruity light-to-medium body and a hot, breezy roasted poblano pepper, cumin, cantaloupe, and vidalia onion finish. A savory tequila for mixing.
83 points $15.99
San Matias Reposado Tequila
80 points
$11.99
Straw color. Aromas and flavors of peanut candy and candy wrapper with a velvety, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and an even, swift finish with suggestions of rubber and lime peel finish. A funky tequila for mixed drinks.
80 points $11.99
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