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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 root beer 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
Olamendi’s Ultra Premium Organic Extra Añejo Tequila
96 points
$300
Brilliant golden amber color. Savory, rustic aromas and flavors of peppered prosciutto, smoked pear, bread and butter pickles, marinated artichoke hearts, grilled pineapple and sweet peppers, chocolate dipped orange peel, and cherry wood with a round, vibrant, fruity medium body and a warming, very complex, very long finish that exhibits notes of oregano, elotes, fine tobacco, and desert grasses finish. A wildly attractive and complex Extra Añejo with authentic style and a smoky edge; sip with respect.
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 finish that shows shades of 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 finish with notes of 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 finish with suggestions of 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
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 finish conveying accents of minerals, date bread, and pepper finish. A snappy cinnamon spirit for shots and stirred cocktails.
92 points $29.99
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 finish revealing accents of 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.
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
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 finish with notes of 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
La Fogata Platinum Anejo
89 points
$59.99
Clear slivery straw color. Aromas and flavors of tomato water, caramel chews, melon agua fresca, tobacco, and candied orange peel with a round, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a peppery, interesting, medium-length finish displaying shades of caramelized banana and candied seeds finish. A nicely balanced Cristalino with notes of bright fruit and toasty barrel for a wide range of cocktail possibilities.
89 points $59.99
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.
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 finish with impressions of Mounds bar finish. Giant coconut flavors reign in this decadent Añejo.
88 points $37.99
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
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.
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
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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