July 2017 - Tequila, Mezcal & Agave Spirits

This month's Spirits feature is Tequila, Mezcal & Agave Spirits
Tequila, Mezcal & Agave Spirits Reviews
220192
Grand Mayan
Ultra-Aged Tequila
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.
96 points $89.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220333
Demetrio
Premium Tequila Blanco
Clear color. Aromas of roasted agave, yeasty sweet rolls, green apple skin, and hot peppers with a silky, vibrant, fruity light body and a tingling, medium-length spearmint, asian pear with honey, geranium, and brown coriander finish. A slightly minty and yeasty tequila for perky margaritas.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220143
ArteNOM
Seleccion de 1414 Reposado Tequila
Straw color. Complex, rustic aromas of cinnamon purple corn pudding, coriander and vanilla, cola and fresh succulents, and pistachio paste and stewed mango with a round, fruity medium body and an intricate, medium-long earthy ancho chile pepper and alfajores with cajeta finish. A natural and complex Reposado Tequila that will be perfect with dinner, neat.
95 points $54.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220151
El Tesoro de Don Felipe
Añejo Tequila
Pale golden green color. Attractive aromas of aloe vera, sweet orchard fruit, vanilla nougat, and singing minerality with a slightly chewy, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tingling, intricate, very long citrus peels, earthy tomato and sage, dried white flowers, and sweet vanilla caramel with roasted sesame finish. Sip this añejo tequila neat or on the rocks and enjoy lush aromas and rich flavor with an outstanding, traveling finish.
95 points $54.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220355
Alquimia
Organic Extra Añejo Tequila
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220335
Demetrio
Premium Tequila Añejo
Gold color. Aromas and flavors of oak and fresh cut grass, vanilla roasted nuts, underripe pineapple, and juicy pear with a creamy, crisp, sweet full body and a smooth, engaging, medium-length dried mint and dill, rich caramel, rose petal, and vanilla gelato finish. An agave alternative for bourbon drinkers.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220272
Espanita
Reposado Tequila
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220149
El Tesoro de Don Felipe
Platinum Tequila
Clear color. Earthy aromas of desert flowers and honey, rock salt, dried peach, and peanut taffy with a round, fruity light-to-medium body and a warming, medium-length bell pepper and pickled asparagus, vanilla creme Anglaise, terra cotta, and smoked oregano finish. A desert-like tequila fit for summer margaritas or sangrita pairings.
94 points $49.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219934
Titanium
Ultra Aged Tequila
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 candied pecan, dried herbs, baking spice, and clay and black pepper finish. An intensely herbal tequila.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220354
Alquimia
Organic Añejo Tequila
Gold color. Spicy aromas of cinnamon, clove, and kettle corn with a round, vibrant, fruity medium-to-full body and a peppery, delightful, long speck, ginger and honey, roasted agave, and pistachio and white pepper finish. A great long finish welcomes the imbiber to another spicy sip.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220146
Don Amado
Arroqueno Mezcal
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 charred ham and pineapple, pickled tropical fruits, and white cigar ash finish. A wonderfully complex and smoky mezcal with great savory spiciness.
94 points $89.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220152
El Tesoro de Don Felipe
Paradiso Tequila
Pale straw yellow color. Floral aromas of butterscotch and orgeat, oregano and mustard seed, lily, and conversation hearts with a round, lively, fruity medium body and a peppery, interesting, medium-length orange cream and tomatillo, roasted poblano and corn, green peppercorn, cilantro, and mint, and guanabana and nopales finish. A fresh style of extra añejo tequila with snappy acidity.
94 points $99.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220171
Casa Maestri
1965 Flask Tequila
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 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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220570
Masuave
Reposado Double Distilled Tequila
Light gold color. Fruity aromas and flavors of pear and white flowers with a round, vibrant, medium body and a delightful, long roasted nuts, roasted agave, slate, and leather patina finish. A rich and decadent reposado that lets agave flavors shine.
93 points $39.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219020
Cabo Wabo
Añejo Tequila
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220191
Grand Mayan
Silver Tequila
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 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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220147
Don Amado
Largo Mezcal
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 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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220247
El Mayor
Tequila Extra Añejo
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220334
Demetrio
Premium Tequila Reposado
Gold color. Vegetal, fresh aromas and flavors of fresh sugar snap peas, eucalyptus, and cola with a round, lively, fruity medium body and a smooth, subtle, medium-long cinnamon and orange peel, butterscotch, lightly roasted agave, and honey and clove finish. A fresh and pure Reposado to share with friends.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220356
Hornitos
Black Barrel Añejo Tequila
Golden yellow color. Mature aromas of peach, rack house, clove, and geranium with a lightly tannic, vibrant, fruity medium-full body and a peppery, complex, long cinnamon-honey, honeydew melon, banana custard, and vanilla creme finish. A brawny yet nuanced tequila with gobs of fruit.
92 points $29.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220331
Baluarte
Tequila Blanco Triple Destilado
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 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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220145
Fuenteseca
Cosecha Blanco Tequila
Clear color. Vegetal, pungent aromas of fallen peppers, sun dried tomato, gingko tree, and green peppercorn with a glycerous, full body and a silky, interesting, medium-length sweet pineapple, roasted pepitas, dried herbs, and coriander finish. An earthy and mysterious tequila.
92 points $79.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220344
Miel de Tierra
Joven Mezcal Artesanal Salmiana
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 green apple, green hay, sour fruit candies, and leather boots finish. An rustic yet fruity mezcal for imbibers seeking adventurous new experiences.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219018
Cabo Wabo
Blanco Tequila
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220141
ArteNOM
Seleccion de 1579 Blanco Tequila
Clear color. Tropical aromas of sweet passion fruit, cilantro sofrito, apricot kernel and honeydew, and grilled orange and cocoa nibs with a round, lively, fruity light body and a peppery, complex, medium-long Maria cookies with guava frosting, agave nectar and sunflower seeds, earthy hot pepper sauce, and roasted carrot and dried orange peel finish. A very tropical nose leads to an earthy palate in this complex and zesty blanco tequila.
91 points $49.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220353
Alquimia
Organic Reposado Tequila
Pale golden amber color. Fresh, fruity, sweet aromas of perfectly ripe honeydew melon, orange blossom honey, and leather with a round, crisp, fruity sweet medium body and a complex, long yuzu, pink peppercorn, fresh wild mint and cedar, and heirloom tomato and beef jerky finish. Intense notes of honeydew intoxicate the olfactory system in this blissful reposado tequila.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220144
ArteNOM
Seleccion de 1146 Añejo Tequila
Pale amber color. Attractive, creamy, oaky aromas of caramelized tropical fruit, butterscotch and leather, mint and oregano, and toasted marshmallow with a thick, lively, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, intricate, long creamy cashew butter, steak seasoning, salted grapefruit peel, and roobois tea finish. An oak forward tequila to sip and ponder.
91 points $69.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220332
Baluarte
Tequila Reposado Reserva Especial
Dull straw color. Dank, toasty aromas of roasted agave, cinnamon-sugar toast, and bananas foster with a soft, crisp, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a peppery, short German chocolate cake, cinnamon and clove, nutmeg, and vanilla pudding finish. A chocolatey tequila with big notes of baking spices.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220352
Alquimia
Organic Blanco Tequila
Clear color. Aromas of apple cinnamon cobbler, white chocolate, and underripe pineapple with a round, bright, fruity light-to-medium body and a medium-length mint jelly, bit-o-honey, and chamomile finish. A cinnamon dominated blanco; try in dessert cocktails.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220243
Exotico
Tequila Reposado
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 canela, panela, and cumin finish. A nicely savory tequila for sipping or mixing.
89 points $14.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220412
Familia Camarena
Silver Tequila
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 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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220413
Familia Camarena
Reposado Tequila
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219045
Manik
Reposado Tequila
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219019
Cabo Wabo
Reposado Tequila
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 praline, Mexican herbs, and mossy limestone finish. A floral, spicy reposado with a creamy underbelly.
89 points $44.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220175
Honor Del Castillo
Afilado Reposado Tequila
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 spiced tropical fruits and nuts, coconut milk, minerals, and cedar and sandalwood finish. A rich, spicy and herbaceous tequila exploding with flavor.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220142
ArteNOM
Seleccion de 1549 Blanco Organico Tequila
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220299
El Padrino
Extra Añejo
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 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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220190
Mezcales de Leyenda
San Luis Potosi Mezcal
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220189
Mezcales de Leyenda
Puebla Mezcal
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 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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220242
Exotico
Tequila Blanco
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220244
El Mayor
Tequila Blanco
Clear color. Spicy aromas and flavors of cantaloupe and fresh sliced habeñero with a round, vibrant, fruity medium body and a warming, medium-length 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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219046
Manik
Añejo Tequila
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220245
El Mayor
Tequila Reposado
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220273
Espanita
Añejo Tequila
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220176
Honor Del Castillo
Redencion Clear Reposado Tequila
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220422
Hornitos
Reposado Tequila
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 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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219933
Titanium
Añejo Tequila
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220343
Miel de Tierra
Mezcal Artesanal Añejo
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220308
Sauza
Signature Blue Reposado Tequila
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220568
Masuave
Blanco Triple Distilled Tequila
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 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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220246
El Mayor
Tequila Añejo
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219932
Titanium
Reposado Tequila
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220174
Honor Del Castillo
Reflexion Blanco Tequila
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 marzipan, Peruvian black mint, desert stone, and salt finish. A spicy and savory tequila for refreshing cocktails.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220569
Masuave
Anejo Double Distilled Tequila
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220148
Don Amado
Pechuga Mezcal
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220421
Hornitos
Plata Tequila
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220271
Espanita
Blanco Tequila
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 hazelnut spread, dried rosemary and thyme, and olive brine finish. A smooth and mellow Blanco Tequila.
85 points $26.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219931
Titanium
Blanco Tequila
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 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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219044
Manik
Blanco Tequila
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219648
Tremols
Don Rafael de Jesús Tequila
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 smoked fruits finish. A fruit-forward and smoky Blanco Tequila for updated cocktails.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220307
Sauza
Signature Blue Silver Tequila
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220300
San Matias
Reposado Tequila
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 rubber and lime peel finish. A funky tequila for mixed drinks.
80 points $11.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
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