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May 2019 - Tequila & Agave

May 2019 - Tequila & Agave
This month's Spirits feature is Tequila & Agave

Tequila & Agave Reviews

El Tesoro Paradiso Tequila
97 points
$129.99
Gold color. Attractive aromas of cedar, caramel, crushed pineapple, eucalyptus-vanilla, and fine tea with a round, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a smooth, complex, very long allspice, lime leaf, dried mango, smoke, and sea salt finish. Exotic aromas and superb integration make this the Cognac or Single Malt-lovers Tequila; a must-try.
Awards: 2019 Best Extra Añejo Tequila
97 points $129.99
Fuenteseca Blanco Tequila
96 points
$89.99
Clear color. Earthy aromas and flavors of sweet potato noodles, smoked poblano, tajin, palo santo wood, oregano tea, and roasted carrot with a satiny, vibrant, dry light-to-medium body and a warming, very complex, long finish with shades of pineapple finish. An intensely herbal and earthy Tequila that will appeal to Mezcal lovers; serious agave spirits enthusiasts take note.
Awards: 2019 Best Blanco Tequila
96 points $89.99
Alquimia Reserva de Oro 14 Years Barrel Strength Organic Extra Añejo Tequila
96 points
$250
Amber color. Spicy aromas and flavors of dark caramel on rye, cedar plank, galangal, nutmeg, dark chocolate, cinnamon, cardamom, and toasted almonds with a slightly chewy, lively, fruity medium-full body and a warming, complex, very long finish evoking notes of flamed orange, toffee, flan, and dark roasted agave finish. A rich and decadent Extra Añejo Tequila with excellent intensity of flavor and memorable style.
GEM & BOLT Damiana Infused Mezcal
95 points
$46.99
Clear color. Complex, herbal aromas and flavors of spearmint, oregano tea, sliced cucumber, banana creme, licorice, and pit roasted sweet potato with a round, vibrant, dryish medium body and a warming, very complex, long finish with accents of white chocolate, bergamot, sweet tea, hibiscus, and hot rubber finish. Delicate, complex herbaceous notes mingle with an excellent quality mezcal; terrific acidity, length and depth of flavor make this a go-to choice when seeking a complex sipping spirit, a creative cocktail ingredient, or unique pour to show off to friends.
95 points $46.99
ArteNOM Seleccion de 1146 Añejo Tequila
95 points
$69.99
Amber color. Aromas of peanut brittle, ripe apple, flamed orange, cafe latte, leather, foraged mushrooms, and brown butter with a chewy, lively, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a peppery, very complex, very long spiced peach chutney, luxury tobacco, and red tea finish. A flavor-packed, cognac-like Añejo tequila with delicate fruity nuance and big toasty brawn.
Awards: 2019 Best Añejo Tequila
95 points $69.99
Alquimia Reserva de Don Adolfo Organic Extra Anejo Tequila
95 points
$135
Golden amber color. Aromas of caramel, honeysuckle, sassafras, thyme, and orgeat with a velvety, bright, fruity medium-to-full body and a seamless, medium-length creamy caramel, nougat, and milk chocolate finish. A decadent, creamy candy bar of an Añejo; sip with pleasure; bourbon-lovers need apply.
ArteNOM Seleccion de 1579 Blanco Tequila
94 points
$49.99
Clear color. Rustic aromas of dried grasses, pumpkin, rice cake, sage, and underripe mango with a silky, bright, dryish light body and a smooth, medium-length black pepper, marzipan, and candied lime peel finish. An earthy, dry tequila that will shine in autumnal cocktails.
94 points $49.99
Chamucos Reposado Tequila
94 points
$49.99
Straw yellow color. Tropical aromas of overripe tangerine, jackfruit, chamomile, and hard cheese with a velvety, vibrant, fruity medium body and a smooth, stimulating, medium-long cocoa butter, dulce de leche, savory herbs, melted butter, and pineapple upside down cake finish. A rich, buttery reposado with notes of baked fruit; excellent structure and finish.
Awards: 2019 Best Reposado Tequila
94 points $49.99
Alquimia Organic Añejo Tequila
94 points
$65
Gold color. Aromas of toasted coconut, orchard fruit pastry, cinnamon swirl toast, turmeric, and palo santo with a slightly chewy, crisp, dry medium body and a peppery, complex, long incense, black tea, leather, and bay finish. A dry, spicy, exotic Tequila with a great sense of authenticity; distinctively herbal.
Excellia Añejo Tequila
94 points
$69
Light gold color. Fruity, floral aromas of grilled apple, pastry, honeydew melon, and bergamot with a round, lively, dryish light-to-medium body and a seamless, complex, medium-long vanilla bean, marzipan, tobacco, creme caramel, and canele pastry finish. A delicious, supple and floral Añejo tequila with delicate hints of caramel, fleshy fruit, and toast.
El Tesoro Reposado Tequila
93 points
$49.99
Slivery straw color. Fresh aromas and flavors of mature, sweet agave, candied tangerine and pineapple, rosemary, sugar snap peas, and aloe with a silky, vibrant, dryish light body and a tingling, complex, medium-long finish with accents of pear tisane, honeydew, lime zest, flint, and sczechuan peppercorn finish. A pure reposado that lets agave sit front and center; sip neat to enjoy multifaceted nuance or make craveable summer cocktails.
93 points $49.99
Hornitos Black Barrel Añejo Tequila
92 points
$29.99
Golden amber color. Aromas of roasted sweet corn, caramel-drizzled cherries, chocolate soft-serve, and banana bread with a slightly chewy, crisp, fruity medium body and a warming, charming, medium-long bananas foster, smoky tobacco, and cigar box finish. Assertive barrel-use has made for a decadent oak-focused Añejo tequila that offers a welcoming choice for bourbon drinkers.
92 points $29.99
Rooster Rojo Añejo Tequila
92 points
$29.99
Golden amber color. Aromas of cantaloupe, chocolate-orange, cajeta, nutmeg, and sweet corn with a satiny, crisp, fruity light-to-medium body and a polished, medium-length creamy caramel, sweet tea with cream and honey, and alfalfa sprouts finish. A charming Añejo tequila with lots of fruity character.
92 points $29.99
Tres Agaves Organic Blanco Tequila
92 points
$29.99
Clear color. Aromas of steamed rice, mazapan peanut candy, squash blossom, and terra cotta with a satiny, vibrant, dryish light-to-medium body and a warming, captivating, medium-long pistachio, candied pineapple, sea salt, and orgeat finish. A tropical tequila that explodes on the palate; great for tiki cocktails.
92 points $29.99
Tequila Cabeza Blanco Tequila
92 points
$36.99
Clear color. Floral, earthy aromas and flavors of pressed flowers, terra cotta, sweet carrot salad, and honey with a satiny, vibrant, off-dry light body and a warming, layered, long finish with touches of candied apricot, flint, cumin seed, and rose petal finish. A delicate, nectar-like tequila with an authentic style and layers of graceful flavor.
92 points $36.99
Alquimia Organic Reposado Tequila
92 points
$55
Pale golden straw color. Aromas of trace leches cake, corn muffin, rosemary, and custard tart with a satiny, crisp, dry-yet-fruity light body and a warming, breezy flapjacks, cooked agave, pecan pie and hint of black licorice finish. A friendly, oak-centric reposado tequila with rich agave notes and warming vanilla.
Volcan De Mi Tierra Cristalino Tequila
92 points
$70
Nickel cast silver color. Aromas of lime creme cake, creme brulee, charcoal, tobacco, coconut cream, and ripe agave with a velvety, crisp, dryish light body and a smooth, delightful, medium-length mineral water, honeycomb, and bittersweet dark caramel finish. An unbelievably smooth, coconut-kissed tequila.
Member’s Mark Blanco Tequila
91 points
$19.98
Best Buy
Clear color. Elegant aromas and flavors of fresh ripe agave, sweet cantaloupe, hibiscus, rooibos tea, bay leaf, and mulling spices with a supple, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity light body and a tingling, subtle, long finish with accents of mole, snap pea, roasted peppers, and huitlacoche finish. An authentic, agave-forward tequila with a great sense of place.
91 points $19.98 Best Buy
JAJA Blanco Tequila
91 points
$39.95
Clear color. Earthy aromas and flavors of roasted sweet potato, cumin, clover blossom, cardamom, dark chocolate, and aloe with a silky, vibrant, dryish light-to-medium body and a warming, complex, relaxed finish with notes of sea salt, oregano, and dried chile finish. A traditional, savory, heavily nuanced tequila with a great sense of authenticity.
91 points $39.95
21 Seeds Cucumber Jalepeño Tequila
90 points
$32.99
Clear color. Herbal aromas of poblano pepper, aloe, wheat grass, carnation, and cucumber with a satiny, crisp, dryish light-to-medium body and a peppery, medium-long Thai cucumber salad finish. A spicy flavored tequila that offers fresh green flavors and lots of cocktail options; balanced and intriguing.
Awards: 2019 Best Flavored Tequila
90 points $32.99
Senor Rio Añejo Tequila
90 points
$54.99
Pale gold color. Aromas of baked cinnamon rolls, corn fritter, and roasted peanut with a round, vibrant, fruity medium body and a smooth, compelling, medium-length caramel bread pudding, brandied cherries, ancho chile, smoked vanilla bean, and tobacco finish. A luxurious, nutty Añejo tequila that offers a superb sipping experience.
90 points $54.99
Fuenteseca Reserva Extra Añejo Tequila
90 points
$149.99
Gold color. Aromas and flavors of cinnamon-dusted apple, fresh pastry, hazelnut, funnel cake, roasted agave, and dried orange peel with a slightly chewy, crisp, dryish medium body and a seamless, interesting, medium-length finish imparting notes of tobacco finish. A chewy, oaky Extra Añejo tequila that delivers rich, caramel-laden flavor.
90 points $149.99
Bribon Blanco Tequila
89 points
$22.99
Clear color. Aromas of ripe plantain, grilled nopales, candied carrot, and honeycomb with a round, crisp, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a seamless, interesting, cheery tamarind, bruleed lime, buttercream, ground pepper, and toasted coconut finish. A smooth, buttery tequila.
89 points $22.99
Mezcal Señorio Añejo Mezcal
89 points
$40
Light gold color. Aromas of kettle corn, leather, banana leaf, and toasted coconut cake with a slightly chewy, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a warming, delightful, medium-long smoked vanilla buttercream, grilled nuts, and smoked apple finish. A mild, well-crafted Añejo mezcal with lots of earthy nuance and a kiss of smoke; fans of rhum agricole should give this a try.
Senor Rio Reposado Tequila
89 points
$49.99
Pale light gold color. Aromas of braised leeks, grilled apple, flan, lemongrass, and coconut curry with a satiny, vibrant, fruity light-to-medium body and a sleek, layered, medium-length dandelion, vanilla, ripe peach, and clay finish. A savory and expressive reposado tequila that will make for an awesome dinner pairing or creative cocktail base.
89 points $49.99
ArteNOM Seleccion de 1414 Reposado Tequila
89 points
$54.99
Slivery straw color. Aromas of charred sweet potato, toffee, bay, ginger, lemon zest, black tea, and parsnip with a silky, crisp, dry light-to-medium body and a sleek, breezy vanilla creme, black peppercorns, charred peppers, and melon rind finish. A silky tequila with smoky accents.
89 points $54.99
Bribon Reposado Tequila
88 points
$24.99
Light gold color. Aromas of cashew butter, sweet plantain, passionfruit jam, acacia, and buttered popcorn with a satiny, crisp, fruity light-to-medium body and a warming, medium-length apple chutney and caramel finish. A tasty reposado that will add caramel-sweetness to classic cocktails.
88 points $24.99
Rooster Rojo Reposado Tequila
88 points
$26.99
Bright gold color. Aromas and flavors of caramel taffy, bubble gum, toasted coconut, guava, kettle corn, and candied banana with a satiny, bright, fruity light-to-medium body and a warming, breezy finish with accents of vanilla-almond fudge, marshmallow creme, and cinnamon finish. A fruity, creamy reposado with effortless drinkability.
88 points $26.99
Bribon Añejo Tequila
88 points
$28.99
Light gold color. Fruity aromas and flavors of sweet pear, pickled watermelon rind, peach tea, marshmallow creme, and graham cracker with a satiny, vibrant, fruity medium body and a warming, interesting, medium-length finish imparting accents of pineapple candies, pear tart, roasted agave, butter, and cinnamon finish. A fruity, highly sippable tequila that will play well in a wide range of cocktails.
88 points $28.99
Tierra Noble Reposado Tequila
88 points
$39.99
Gold color. Aromas of vanilla yogurt, beeswax, and vanilla-orange with a velvety, crisp, fruity light-to-medium body and a tingling, interesting, breezy toasted almond, dried apricot, and latte finish. An assertive, honeyed tequila for creative craft cocktails.
88 points $39.99
Senor Rio Blanco Tequila
88 points
$44.99
Clear color. Smoky aromas of charcoal briquettes, limestone, smoked peppers, and onion jam with a silky, crisp, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, intriguing, medium-length sweet potato, barley tea, and tea with cream finish. A toasty, smoky tequila that will be a great match with grapefruit in a paloma.
88 points $44.99
Zignum Añejo Mezcal
88 points
$52
Golden amber color. Aromas of venezuelan rum, dried banana, mango, guava, coconut cream, and vanilla-caramel with a satiny, bright, fruity medium body and a smooth, intriguing, medium-length bubble gum, pineapple cake, cherry, and tobacco finish. A nuanced aged spirit for fans of rich and decadent rums.
Rooster Rojo Blanco Tequila
87 points
$24.99
Clear color. Aromas and flavors of spumoni, pepitas, key lime, plantain, and peppermint with a soft, bright, dryish light body and an effortless, interesting, medium-length finish displaying notes of terra cotta, quince, peppered cracker, and coriander finish. A mild and balanced tequila for warm-weather cocktails.
87 points $24.99
Bandero Blanco Tequila
87 points
$39.99
Clear color. Aromas of toffee, shortbread, crushed almonds, and pineapple cake with a velvety, vibrant, fruity medium body and a seamless, complex, medium-long sweet cream, pumpkin pie, and chai latte finish. A creamy, caramelly tequila that would be a natural pairing for alfajores; rich and velvety.
87 points $39.99
Excellia Reposado Tequila
87 points
$59
Golden straw color. Fruity aromas of honeydew melon, honeycrisp apple, pineapple, geranium, and ginger with a satiny, crisp, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, appealing, medium-length cinnamon cheesecake, fruit preserves, and ground pepper finish. A rock solid, fruity reposado that has a place in a wide range of cocktails.
Chamucos Diablo Blanco Tequila
87 points
$59.99
Clear color. Aromas of coconut sticky rice, pickled ginger, spanokopita, buttered corn, violet candies, and brazil nut with a soft, bright, light body and a warming, medium-length finish. A nuanced, savory and floral overproof tequila for well-structured cocktails.
87 points $59.99
Cimarrón Blanco Tequila
86 points
Clear color. Aromas and flavors of lavender, lemon balm, cologne, melon rind, and vanilla candle with a supple, crisp, dryish light body and a hot, breezy finish revealing elements of lime leaf and starfruit finish. A solid tequila for mixed drinks.
Mezcal Señorio Blanco Mezcal
86 points
$25
Clear color. Aromas of palo santo smoke, peppermint, and salted cucumber with a supple, bright, dry light body and a smooth, breezy black tea, oregano, caraway, and vanilla finish. An incense-like mezcal; a highly mixable spirit with great restraint and focus.
Hornitos Cristalino Tequila
86 points
$29.99
Clear color. Aromas and flavors of passion fruit danish, ripe green apple, green peppercorn, honeydew melon, and cedar with a slightly chewy, crisp, fruity light-to-medium body and a polished, medium-length finish that shows notes of tobacco and molasses finish. A fruity Cristalino tequila with a toasty, oaky center.
86 points $29.99
Mezcal Señorio Reposado Mezcal
86 points
$30
Straw yellow color. Aromas and flavors of palo santo, spearmint, fine black tea, and caramel-corn with a supple, bright, dryish light body and a smooth, brisk finish with touches of toasted marshmallow, maple, and grilled orange peels finish. An easy-going rested mezcal for cocktail play.
21 Seeds Valencia Orange Tequila
86 points
$32.99
Clear color. Aromas and flavors of coconut creme, key lime pie, peach schnapps, pineapple granita, and cocoa butter with a satiny, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity light body and a warming, medium-length finish evoking notes of fruit punch sherbet finish. A tropical easy-to-use tequila to add flavor to summer cocktails.
86 points $32.99
Kirkland Signature Blanco Tequila
85 points
$19.99
Clear color. Candied aromas of circus peanuts, banana taffy, root beer float, and lychee with a satiny, crisp, fruity light body and a polished, medium-length caramel candied apple, chocolate taffy, and maraschino cherry finish. A fruity, candied blanco tequila that will mix well in fruit-forward cocktails or provide a sweet, easy-drinking rocks pour.
85 points $19.99
Zignum Reposado Mezcal
85 points
$38
Golden straw color. Oaky, fruity aromas of dry-roasted nuts, candied cherry, honey, tobacco, and marshmallow with a satiny, bright, fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, medium-length chocolate covered cherry, allspice, and nutmeg finish. A spicy, chewy spirit with a bright fruity center; a distinctive sipper with great drinkability.
JAJA Reposado Tequila
85 points
$49.95
Gold color. Aromas and flavors of charred cob, cream soda, and honey-butter with a silky, dryish light body and a polished, quick finish with shades of buttered cashew and hint of roasted agave finish. A mild, approachable tequila with a well-oaked, buttery charm.
85 points $49.95
21 Seeds Grapefruit Hibiscus Tequila
84 points
$32.99
Pale khaki color. Aromas and flavors of dried grapefruit peels, limoncello, and ripe agave with a supple, bright, dryish light body and a sleek, brisk finish revealing accents of white pepper and fruit punch finish. Heighten citrus flavors by using this citrusy tequila in craft cocktails.
84 points $32.99
Volcan De Mi Tierra Blanco Tequila
84 points
$45
Clear color. Aromas and flavors of lime zest, grilled grapefruit, nopales, corn masa, dried herbs, and sweet plantain with a velvety, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a warming, medium-length finish that exhibits notes of ground pepper finish. A clean and smooth tequila for craveable margaritas.
Alquimia Organic Blanco Tequila
84 points
$48
Clear color. Aromas of candied apple, orris root, butter, geranium, and vanilla with a supple, vibrant, fruity medium body and a hot, medium-length hibiscus tea, chile peppers, and candy corn finish. A floral, lighthearted tequila that could be an interesting substitution for gin in shaken cocktails.
Tierra Noble Añejo Tequila
84 points
$49.99
Gold color. Aromas of wet wood, lemon balm, cassia bark, ginger, honey-almond nougat, and candy corn with a satiny, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a peppery, medium-length candied orange peel, candy apple and leather finish. A rich, woody Añejo tequila for cigar pairings.
84 points $49.99
Zignum Blanco Mezcal
83 points
$31
Clear color. Creamy aromas of vanilla frozen custard, rum raisin, banana, and spumoni with a velvety, crisp, fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, interesting, breezy coconut-lime sorbet and marmalade finish. A completely atypical mezcal with no smoke or earth to speak of; bright, fruity, creamy, and gregarious.
Tierra Noble Blanco Tequila
82 points
$29.99
Clear color. Aromas and flavors of coconut oil, key lime, amburana wood, sunscreen, and tarragon with a supple, crisp, dryish light body and a hot, fast finish revealing nuances of black pepper and dried chile pepper finish. A solid mixing tequila to spice up cocktails.
82 points $29.99
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