May 2018 - Tequila & Agave Spirits

May 2018 - Tequila & Agave Spirits
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Tequila & Agave Spirits Reviews

Tequila Tapatío Excelencia Extra Añejo
98 points
$150
Bronze color. Aromas of fresh lumber, luxury tobacco, caramel, prune, eucalyptus, and vanilla-scented black tea with a fat body and a very long cherry-almond, dark roasted agave, sandalwood, baking spices, and rootbeer finish. A superlative sipping tequila that combines elegant wood with rustic, authentic agave flavors; an outstanding spirit.
Awards: 2018 Best Extra Añejo Tequila
Tequila Tapatío Blanco
96 points
$35
Clear color. Aromas of black pepper on ripe green pears, coconut flesh, and fresh yellow bell pepper with a fat body and a very long finish. A soulful blanco tequila that exudes "Mexican countryside"; a must for connoisseurs.
Awards: 2018 Best Blanco Tequila
Alquimia Reserva de Don Adolfo Organic Extra Anejo Tequila
95 points
$125
Brilliant gold color. Grainy aromas and flavors of caramel corn, dried cherries, crisp lettuce, kentucky bourbon, and cream of wheat with a slightly chewy, crisp, dryish medium-to-full body and a peppery, delightful, medium-long leather, rackhouse, and menthol finish. A grainy spirit with huge bourbon barrel influence; this is how you convince your whiskey-drinking friends to sip Tequila.
Tequila Bribon Tequila Blanco
94 points
$24.99
Clear color. Aromas and flavors of agave nectar, ripe tropical fruits, aloe, tomate de arbol, cocoa butter, and glazed roasted sweet carrots with a satiny, lively, dryish light-to-medium body and a warming, involved, medium-long freshly diced tomatoes with basil, lemon balm, white pepper, and minerals finish. A rich Blanco with great complexity and structure.
94 points $24.99
Alquimia Organic Añejo Tequila
94 points
$65
Dusty old gold color. Aromas of hot cinnamon candies and macaroons with a round, bright, dryish full body and a smooth, medium-length creme caramel, spice cake, and white chocolate fondant finish. A very smooth and round añejo tequila with a mild and approachable personality.
Awards: 2018 Best Añejo Tequila
Maracame Añejo Tequila
93 points
Brilliant gold color. Oaky aromas and flavors of straw, banana chips, pear sorbet with honey, caramel, praline, and toffee with a satiny, bright, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a tingling, medium-length limestone, dried pineapple, and buttercream frosting finish. A whiskey-like añejo that will appeal to highland scotch drinkers.
Spice Note Cumin Infused Tequila
93 points
$29.99
Straw yellow color. Spicy aromas and flavors of cumin, caraway, and turmeric tea with a silky, bright, dryish medium body and an interesting, long sweet potato puree, minerals, and pink pepper finish. A fun, spicy cumin flavored tequila.
93 points $29.99
Los Rijos Tequila Silver
93 points
$34.99
Brilliant slivery straw color. Savory aromas and flavors of menudo soup, chipotle peppers, chihuahua cheese, with white pepper, and lime zest with a satiny, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity light body and a smooth, complex, long smoky collard greens and glazed yams finish. A savory, zesty blanco with hints of smoke that will make for a terrifically complex margarita and a superb sipping tequila.
93 points $34.99
Volcan De Mi Tierra Cristalino Tequila
93 points
$60
Clear slivery straw color. Woody aromas of apple butter, caraway studded rye, roasted agave, and sweet ginger with a round, bright, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a tingling, interesting, medium-long bourbon wood and cacao and toffee finish. A successful Cristalino with great barrel character and a crystal clear appeal.
Awards: 2018 Best Cristalino Tequila
Rooster Rojo Añejo Tequila
92 points
$24.59
Clear golden amber color. Confected aromas of tamarind paste, cinnamon candies, honey drizzled roasted agave, and walnut pastry with a satiny, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, intricate, very long fine leather, spice cabinet, and butterscotch finish. An elegant, ponderable, chewy tequila with great acidity and complexity.
92 points $24.59
Hornitos Black Barrel Añejo Tequila
92 points
$29.99
Clear gold color. Sweet, roasted aromas of caramelized agave, fresh banana, fruit punch, smoky barrel, allspice, almond sponge cake, and lime leaf with a satiny, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, intriguing, medium-long leather, cherry stone, and cinnamon-honey finish. A Scotch drinker’s tequila with smoky nuance and a dry, spicy appeal.
92 points $29.99
Spice Note Cinnamon Infused Tequila
92 points
$29.99
Bright amber color. Aromas and flavors of cinnamon candies, rice cereal, and apple pie with a soft, dryish light body and a peppery, brisk minerals, date bread, and pepper finish. A snappy cinnamon spirit for shots and stirred cocktails.
92 points $29.99
Tequila Cabeza Blanco Tequila
92 points
$34.99
Clear color. Aromas and flavors of pickled carrot, clay, crushed coriander seed, and cumin with a satiny, vibrant, dryish light-to-medium body and a tingling, intricate, long marshmallow and peanut confection finish. An earthy and balanced Blanco for tequila connoisseurs.
92 points $34.99
Alquimia Organic Reposado Tequila
92 points
$58
Light gold color. Fruity, floral, roasted aromas of caramel drizzled apples, tres leches cake, sweet roasted squash, lychee, chamomile, and oolong tea with a round, vibrant, fruity medium body and a warming, involved, very long grilled pepitas finish. A delicious, complex reposado tequila that is at once juicy, floral, roasty, and mysterious.
Awards: 2018 Best Reposado Tequila
Herencia de Plata 100% Agave Tequila Reposado
91 points
$35
Clear straw color. Attractive aromas of caramelized agave, candied orange, vanilla bean, brown butter, and candied yams with a soft, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a tingling, medium-length chocolate milkshake, black licorice, and charred pineapple finish. A solid, easy-sipping reposado that will be a great go-to for cocktails.
El Tesoro Blanco Tequila
91 points
$44.99
Clear nickel color. Fruity aromas of ripe pear, smoked pineapple, kiwi and gooseberry jam, salsa verde, moss, chalk, and pink peppercorns with a silky, crisp, dryish light body and a peppery, rapid green apple taffy, watercress, resin, sea salt, and crushed peppercorns finish. A fresh and fruity Blanco Tequila for bright, warm weather cocktails.
91 points $44.99
Maracame Extra Añejo Tequila
90 points
Brilliant light gold color. Fresh aromas and flavors of pear, toffee, lime curd, rooibos tea, and caramelized banana with a round, fruity medium body and a warming, interesting, medium-length salted caramel and soursop finish. A sweet and fruity Extra Añejo with great woody notes and caramelly appeal.
Maracame Reposado Tequila
90 points
Clear straw yellow color. Minerally aromas of desert stones, olive, dried grasses, parsnip, mocha, and tamarind with a round, vibrant, fruity light-to-medium body and a warming, interesting, medium-long fine chocolate, chamomile, mandarin, sunflower seed butter, and squash blossom finish. A dusty, earthy reposado tequila.
Familia Camarena Reposado Tequila
90 points
$19
Best Buy
Clear straw color. Fresh aromas of roasted agave, ripe berries, toasted marshmallow, toasted coconut on caramelized bananas and pineapple, mango, and fresh sugarcane with a velvety, vibrant, fruity medium body and a warming, complex, long cocoa butter, salted sweet plantains, and baking spices finish. Pure agave character is complimented by a restrained use of oak in this craveable Reposado Tequila.
90 points $19 Best Buy
6 Degree Blanco Tequila
90 points
$29.99
Clear color. Aromas of green pepper, ghee, labnah, greenhouse, and fatty spit-roasted meats with a velvety, crisp, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and an interesting, medium-length sweet mint, pine, and young coconut finish. A creamy, savory Blanco con gusto that is the perfect tequila for Sangrita.
90 points $29.99
Espolón Añejo Tequila
90 points
$34.99
Light light gold color. Aromas of apple cider, wet oak, marzipan, dried rose petals, and daffodil with a satiny, vibrant, fruity light-to-medium body and a warming, medium-length roasted agave, apricot jam, pear nectar, bay leaf, and sweet corn finish. A distinctive Añejo with unique flavors and shining acidity.
90 points $34.99
Demetrio Premium Tequila Anejo
90 points
$35
Rich golden amber color. Aromas of vanilla buttercream, cinnamon crumble, olive tapenade, baked orchard fruit, roasted agave, and mace and allspice with a velvety, crisp, fruity medium body and a smooth, interesting, medium-length creamy caramel, mulled cider, fruit cake, and mint tea finish. A rich and roasty añejo that will appeal to all types of oak-lovers.
Nucano Mezcal Espadin Joven
90 points
$44.99
Brilliant clear color. Aromas of flint, dried chile pepper, smoked lingonberry, cumin, and ginger with a silky, fruity medium-full body and a warming, engaging, medium-long peppered cantaloupe and water crackers, cucumber, carnation, Amish butter, and spring peas and pea flower finish. A tasty and complex mezcal with a silky mouthfeel and crowd-pleasing style.
90 points $44.99
Herencia Historico 27 de Mayo 100% Agave Extra Añejo Cristalino Tequila
90 points
$85
Clear slivery straw color. Creamy aromas of butterscotch pudding, sweet bananas, almond croissant, mocha, and fresh green bean with a satiny, bright, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a warming, breezy freshly cut lumber finish. A creamy, toasty Cristalino Tequila for summer sipping.
Demetrio Premium Tequila Reposado
89 points
$30
Medium light gold color. Toasty aromas of tobacco, pound cake with caramel, sea beans, and almond croissant with a satiny, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tingling, easy bread pudding, rum raisin confection, and sesame finish. A toasty-oaky reposado tequila for sipping and mixing.
Tromba Tequila Blanco
89 points
$32.99
Clear color. Aromas of fresh oregano on sliced apples, dried agave flesh, black olives, and nougat with a round, crisp, dry-yet-fruity light body and a polished, appealing, medium-length sea salt, chalk, anise, and black pepper finish. A clean and bright blanco tequila.
89 points $32.99
Sparkle Donkey Añejo Tequila
89 points
$39.95
Clear gold color. Sweet, spicy aromas of candied yams, pineapple upside down cake, coconut cake, cafe latte, toffee, clove, and spicy mexican hot chocolate with a velvety, crisp, fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, interesting, long carrot cake, rum raisin, and rompope finish. A rich and soulful añejo with intense aromas and flavors.
89 points $39.95
Astral Tequila Blanco
89 points
$39.99
Brilliant clear color. Fruity aromas of cooked agave, green apple, dill, ripe plantain, and marzipan with a supple, bright, dryish light body and a peppery, quick peppercorns and butternut squash finish. A fruity and peppery tequila for Sangritas and Bloody Marias.
89 points $39.99
Sangre de Vida Corazón Blanco Tequila
89 points
$39.99
Clear color. Aromas and flavors of peppered sweet corn, roasted green peppers, dried pineapple, watermelon rind, eucalyptus, and oregano with a supple, bright, dry-yet-fruity light body and a smooth, breezy peppered bok choy finish. A dry, appetizing and savory tequila for meal pairings and citrusy cocktails.
89 points $39.99
Los Rijos Tequila Añejo
89 points
$42.99
Dull gold color. Aromas of tobacco, dried mango, and dried starfruit with a lightly tannic, vibrant, dryish medium body and a peppery, captivating, medium-length sasparilla, pear tart, herbal lozenge, twine, fresh hot peppers, and cooked agave finish. An earthy reposado with a peppery kick.
89 points $42.99
Alquimia Organic Blanco Tequila
89 points
$48
Clear color. Herbal aromas of spiced roasted almonds, carrot cake with buttercream frosting, alpine herbs, and cardamom with a silky, dry light body and a peppery, stimulating, medium-length caramel corn, water crackers with compound butter, and clove spiced membrillo finish. A dry and peppery tequila for serious sipping.
Maracame Plata Tequila
88 points
Brilliant clear color. Aromas of vanilla bean, roasted agave, spring radishes with butter, honey, graphite, and cinnamon sprinkle with a supple, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity light body and a polished, captivating, medium-length dried apple, dried grasses, and lime leaf finish. A mild, creamy blanco that will fit in most any tequila cocktail.
Rooster Rojo Reposado Tequila
88 points
$21.99
Clear gold color. Fruity, creamy aromas and flavors of orange creamsicle, caramelized tropical fruits, baked lemon, s’mores, guava pastry, and salted pretzels in caramel sauce with a velvety, vibrant, fruity medium body and a warming, intriguing, medium-long sundried tomato pastry with peppercorns finish. A deliciously balanced reposado compete with fruity, creamy, toasty flavors.
88 points $21.99
6 Degree Añejo Tequila
88 points
$37.99
Light amber color. Aromas and flavors of caramel chews, sweet cream gelato, cajeta, toasted coconut, and roasted almonds with a round, crisp, fruity medium body and a captivating, medium-long Mounds bar finish. Giant coconut flavors reign in this decadent Añejo.
88 points $37.99
Rooster Rojo Blanco Tequila
87 points
$19.99
Clear color. Sweet, floral aromas of orris root, sweet anise, lime blossom, gravel, orange bundt cake, fresh steamed veggies, and ricola lozenge with a supple, crisp, dryish light body and a peppery, breezy salt and pepper finish. A curiously sweet and floral blanco that packs a peppery punch on the palate.
87 points $19.99
6 Degree Reposado Tequila
87 points
$34.99
Dull gold color. Aromas of vanilla cigarillo, charred oak, flamed orange peel, powdered donut, and coconut oil with a supple, soft, dryish light-to-medium body and a tingling, quick butterscotch, ground pepper, and carob finish. A solid workhorse reposado tequila.
87 points $34.99
Bandero Blanco Tequila
87 points
$45
Clear color. Aromas of dark chocolate drizzled cooked agave, sunflower seed butter, roasted pineapple, sweet corn, candied ginger, and sweet potato custard with a velvety, crisp, fruity light-to-medium body and a sleek, interesting, medium-long pistachio paste and peppercorns finish. A rich and decadent blanco.
Suave Lunar Rested Tequila
87 points
$54.95
Brilliant slivery straw color. Creamy aromas of salted caramel, orchard blossom, buttermilk, and sweet anise with a velvety, crisp, fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, interesting, medium-long spice cake, sweet peppercorn sauce, and diced sweet peppers finish. A tasty bridge between blanco and reposado tequila with balanced barrel and agave character.
87 points $54.95
Sombrero Negro Tequila Silver
86 points
$17
Clear color. Aromas of fresh sugar snap peas, honeydew melon, and ground pepper with a velvety, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity light body and a smooth, interesting, medium-length wet stones, squash blossom, English peas, ripe apples, and orange zest finish. A fresh and clean Blanco Tequila that hits pleasingly intriguing vegetal notes and an exceptionally smooth finish; a natural choice for paloma cocktails.
Hornitos Cristalino Añejo Tequila
86 points
$29.99
Clear slivery straw color. Confected aromas and flavors of green apple-caramel candies, watermelon gummies, soursop liquado, bubblegum, and spumoni with a satiny, vibrant, fruity light-to-medium body and a tingling, medium-length fruit punch, toasted nuts, banana candy, and lemon drop candies finish. A bright fruit-bomb of a Cristalino for effortless sipping.
86 points $29.99
Espolón Reposado Tequila
85 points
$25.99
Pale straw color. Aromas of juicy pear, desert stones, agave field, and nut oil with a supple, bright, dryish light body and a tingling, momentary waxed apple, liquado de avena, and coconut candy finish. A mild and reserved Reposado with a friendly fruity character.
85 points $25.99
Tromba Tequila Reposado
84 points
$38.99
Straw color. Aromas of underripe pineapple, last night’s grill, charred corn, and starched linen with a supple, thin body and a short-to-medium buttered toast and wet hay finish. A buttery reposado for a pineapple margarita.
84 points $38.99
Volcan De Mi Tierra Blanco Tequila
84 points
$40
Clear color. Aromas of dried corn, apple puree, chamomile, and cinnamon tisane with a glycerous, bright, dryish light body and a hot, short-to-medium wax paper and Thai chile pepper finish. A heat-packing blanco for mixed drinks.
Tromba Tequila Anejo
83 points
$44.99
Straw yellow color. Aromas of vanilla taffy, candy cigarettes, scented tobacco, rice pudding, and flan with a light body and a short sappy green wood finish. A breezy Añejo for cocktails.
83 points $44.99
Demetrio Premium Tequila Blanco
82 points
$25
Clear color. Aromas of zucchini bread, grilled asparagus and artichoke, buckwheat pancakes, graham cracker, charred corn, and carob with a glycerous, soft, dryish medium body and a peppery, medium-length waxy chocolate, espresso bean, twine, and fresh green bean finish. An edgy blanco tequila with a bit of a smoky twist.
Espolón Blanco Tequila
82 points
$25.99
Clear color. Aromas of scorched agave, molten plastic, dried oregano, moss, and silt with a satiny, crisp, dryish light body and a hot, brisk burnt orange and bakelite finish. A fiery tequila for emergency LIIT’s.
82 points $25.99
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