May 2020 - Tequila & Agave Spirits

May 2020 - Tequila & Agave Spirits
This month's Spirits feature is Agave

Tequila & Agave Spirits Reviews

Mezcal Vago Espadin Mezcal Artesanal
96 points
$53.99
Clear color. Aromas of strawberry pineapple smoothie, ripe honeydew melon, hints of coconut cream, peach pie, spring blossoms, and banana taffy with a lively, fruity medium body and a warming, intricate, very long raspberry, spring peas, lime spritzed jicama, and strawberry rhubarb compote with tropical spices finish. A fruity, wildly accessible spirit that’s a great Mezcal entry point for first timers but also an exceptional choice for connoisseurs; outstanding concentration and depth.
96 points $53.99
Alquimia Reserva de Oro 14 yr Organic Extra Añejo Tequila
96 points
$250
Golden amber color. Aromas of cream puff, toasted panettone, bananas foster, and polished fine furniture with a slightly chewy, crisp, dry medium body and a warming, complex, medium-long honey-roasted nuts, peppered crackers, spiced tea, and sweet corn finish. A pastry shop of creamy flavors and well-integrated oak awaits the contemplative sipper; dry and balanced
El Tesoro Anejo Tequila
95 points
$54.99
Straw color. Aromas and flavors of durian, legumes, roasted carrots, and caramelized brussels sprouts with a glycerous, crisp, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a tingling, nuanced, medium-long finish that shows nuances of dried pears, cinnamon toast, and prosciutto wrapped cantaloupe. An authentic, agave-forward Tequila that blooms with great balance, complexity, and length.
95 points $54.99
Mezcal Vago Ensamble en Barro Mezcal Ancestral
95 points
$79.99
Clear color. Aromas and flavors of guanabana, ripe pineapple, grilled bell pepper, sugar snap peas, and gunpowder with a supple, dryish light-to-medium body and a seamless, complex, very long finish with touches of white strawberry and braised greens. Excellent balance, length, and mouthwatering acidity; this is one to be sure to get your hands on.
95 points $79.99
El Tesoro Extra Anejo Tequila
95 points
$99.99
Straw yellow color. Aromas and flavors of golden carrot, sassafras, chamomile tea, milk and honey, turmeric, and spice cabinet with a supple, crisp, dry-yet-fruity light body and a warming, complex, medium-long finish revealing accents of orange mint cream. A cheerful, floral Extra Añejo that offers restrained use of oak and agave-forward flavor; atypically fresh and youthful.
95 points $99.99
Brusco Mezcal Joven
94 points
$39.99
Clear color. Aromas and flavors of smoked ham, grilled tomato, leather, dried pineapple, and coconut cream with a supple, crisp, dryish light body and a smooth, layered, long finish that presents notes of charcoal, grilled starfruit, and chipotle. A lengthy and complex Mezcal that offers a delicious, velvety palate with balanced flavors.
94 points $39.99
Cenote™ Cristalino Tequila
94 points
$79.99
Clear color. Candied aromas and flavors of strawberry shortcake with whipped cream, butter pecan ice cream, sour cherry compote, and almond cookie with lemon curd with a lightly tannic, crisp, fruity medium-to-full body and a smooth, engaging, medium-long finish imparting notes of fruit cake with candied citrus, roasted sweet potatoes and green peppers, dusty minerals, and pepper dust finish. A rich, candied, and somewhat rum-like cristalino tequila with an earthy center and nice barrel character; will be good for character-rich cocktails.
94 points $79.99
Volcan De Mi Tierra Blanco Tequila
93 points
$45
Clear color. Aromas of chocolate wafers, buttercream, and roasted squash and pepitas with a round, crisp, dryish light body and an even, complex, breezy flan, peanut candies, green plantains, and honey finish. A round, creamy and mild Blanco Tequila that sips effortlessly.
Gran Centenario Leyenda Tequila Extra Añejo
93 points
$138.99
Amber color. Aromas of spiced apricot chutney, parmesan, toasted rye with butter and sugar, and onion jam with a round, crisp, fruity medium body and a polished, layered, long cedar, tobacco, praline, creme brulee, coffee gelato, and molasses cookies finish. A delicious, lengthy Extra Añejo Tequila that offers layers and layers of complex flavors; try this.
93 points $138.99
Se Busca Joven Mezcal Artesanal
92 points
$39.99
Clear color. Aromas and flavors of barnyard hay, rustic goat blue cheese on cucumber, kefir and sheep’s ghee, and oiled leather saddle with a silky, vibrant, dryish medium-to-full body and a seamless, long finish that exhibits accents of singed herbs, grilled pears, roasted coconut milk, and bbq rub and smoked rooibos finish. A wonderfully vibrant and rustic mezcal for sipping, cigars, or adventurous cocktails.
92 points $39.99
Cenote™ Blanco Tequila
92 points
$44.99
Clear color. Tropical, fruity aromas and flavors of candied yams and peppers with tarragon, vanilla fondant, coconut milk, and pineapple and oranges with a satiny, vibrant, fruity medium-to-full body and a complex, long finish that shows accents of sweet and peppery spices, grass and green papaya, minerals, and hint of indian spices finish. A soft and elegant blanco sipper that will work well in innovative cocktails.
92 points $44.99
Cenote™ Añejo Tequila
92 points
$64.99
Golden amber color. Fruity aromas and flavors of caramelized tropical fruits, chocolate and vanilla almond fudge, peach chutney, and sassafras float with a supple, bright, fruity medium-to-full body and a seamless, complex, medium-long finish with notes of tres leche cake, latte with coconut milk, dried apricot, and spices finish. A delicious and inviting añejo tequila with lots of ripe agave notes in harmony with spicy oak.
92 points $64.99
Alquimia Reserva de Don Adolfo VI Organic Extra Añejo Tequila
92 points
$125
Light gold color. Aromas of graham cracker, caramel-drizzled pear tart, bourbon barrel, sugar daddy candies, and honey with a slightly chewy, crisp, dryish light body and a tingling, medium-length vanilla shortbread and oats with brown sugar and cinnamon finish. A chewy Extra Añejo that will shine in cocktails, neat, and on the rocks.
Jose Cuervo Reserva de la Familia Tequila Platino
92 points
$165.99
Clear color. Smoky aromas and flavors of charred agave piña, alpine herbs, steamed red bean buns, honeysuckle, and green papaya salad with a satiny, crisp, dryish light body and a peppery, medium-length finish revealing overtones of white pepper, underripe pineapple, and cream. A smooth, earthy Tequila with hints of charred agave.
92 points $165.99
Jose Cuervo Reserva de la Familia Tequila Reposado
92 points
$165.99
Gold color. Aromas of steamed sweet red bean bun, sweet potato, pumpkin custard, buttered toast with tomato jam, black pepper, and cedar with a satiny, crisp, dryish light-to-medium body and a tingling, interesting, medium-length dulce de leche, nut brittle, honey and cocoa butter finish. A sippable, mixable Reposado with attractive rustic aromas up front and a caramelly, oaky finish.
92 points $165.99
Reserva del Señor Reposado Tequila
91 points
$30
Light gold color. Aromas of banana custard and Nilla wafers with a supple, bright, dry-yet-fruity light body and a brisk pineapple syrup finish. A sweet and mild Reposado Tequila that’s approachable and cocktail-friendly.
El Tesoro Blanco Tequila
91 points
$44.99
Clear color. Roasted aromas and flavors of peppered squash, clay, dried orange, green tea, red bean cakes, and sliced celery with a velvety, crisp, dry medium body and a smooth, complex, medium-long finish imparting suggestions of roasted carrots and raisin. A classic, earthy Tequila with smooth texture and a flavorful, lengthy finish.
91 points $44.99
Se Busca Reposado Mezcal Artesanal
91 points
$44.99
Golden amber color. Roasted aromas and flavors of smoked salted caramel nut bar, chocolate figs and yams, fiddle faddle, and rubber cement with a supple, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tingling, appealing, medium-long finish displaying impressions of chocolate mousse with coconut milk, smoked nuts and bbq apple and peach woods, and mesquite honeycomb on dried pineapple and papaya finish. A very tasty and approachable reposado mezcal with sumptuous flavors and texture.
91 points $44.99
1800 Tequila Cristalino
91 points
$59.99
Clear color. Aromas of apple butter on toast, cooked plantains, fresh green beans, and marzipan with a supple, crisp, fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, charming, medium-length cinnamon in milk chocolate, hazelnut, candied pineapple, and creme caramel finish. A creamy and mild Cristalino Tequila that drinks effortlessly.
91 points $59.99
Alquimia Organic Añejo Tequila
91 points
$65
Gold color. Oaky aromas and flavors of vanilla moon pie, bourbon, cedar, cigar box, and clove with a satiny, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tingling, interesting, medium-length finish with notes of frosted spice cake finish. A tasty Tequila for bourbon drinkers with layers and layers of oak flavors.
Jose Cuervo Reserva de la Familia Tequila Extra Añejo
91 points
$165.99
Copper color. Oaky aromas and flavors of toasted croissant with sour cream and honey, leather, spice cake, and apple tart with a velvety, vibrant, fruity medium body and a smooth, distinctive, medium-long finish with notes of sweet plantain, flan, and cinnamon swirl toast with butter finish. A delicious, lengthy tequila that will please most any Añejo Tequila lover; try with cigars.
91 points $165.99
Familia Camarena Reposado Tequila
90 points
$19
Best Buy
Silvery straw color. Aromas and flavors of soursop, witch hazel, yuzu, and candied ginger with a supple, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a warming, medium-length finish revealing shades of key lime pie, pumpkin butter, and maria cookies. A smooth and fruity Reposado that lets the agave shine.
90 points $19 Best Buy
Tequila Ocho El Bajío Tequila Reposado
90 points
$59.99
Straw color. Aromas of almond bark, steamed greens, melon vinaigrette, sweet green beans, and papaya yogurt with a crisp, dryish light body and a seamless, relaxed caramel creamer and honey butter finish. An elegant Reposado Tequila that will work well in citrusy cocktails.
90 points $59.99
Volcan De Mi Tierra Tequila Añejo Cristalino
90 points
$65
Straw color. Aromas of creamy banana, spumoni, key lime, caramel latte, and sherry with a supple, dry light body and a peppery, brisk wrapped candies and graphite finish. A nice entry into agave spirits and a great addition to the collection of any fan of the category.
Tequila Ocho Las Presas Tequila Añejo
90 points
$69.99
Straw color. Aromas of sugar snap peas, roasted carrots, raisin bread, hay, and cured meat with a satiny, crisp, dry-yet-fruity light body and a tingling, medium-long candied ginger, celery, black tea, sweet pumpkin pie, and honey roasted pine nuts finish. An authentic, complex Añejo that lets the agave shine.
90 points $69.99
Mucha Liga Blanco Tequila
89 points
$39.99
Clear color. Aromas and flavors of oregano, thyme, buttered tortillas, green papaya, and roasted squash with a satiny, vibrant, dryish light body and a peppery, refreshing, medium-long finish displaying impressions of spritz of lime on apricot, pumpkin seed butter, and cracked pepper finish. A rich and earthy Blanco Tequila to be sipped neat or mixed in thoughtful cocktails.
89 points $39.99
Tequila Ocho Los Nopales Tequila Plata
89 points
$49.99
Clear color. Fruity aromas of vibrant green apple, green plantain, green mango, green tobacco leaf, and young coconut with a silky, crisp, dry light body and a tingling, medium-length icing, nut brittle, fresh green herbs, and juicy fruit gum finish. A bright Blanco Tequila with fresh green notes.
89 points $49.99
Jose Cuervo Tradicional Tequila Añejo
88 points
$29.99
Light amber color. Aromas of fresh apple pie with dulce de leche, candied walnuts, cafe au lait, and bananas foster with a satiny, lively, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a sleek, stimulating, medium-length hazelnut bon bon, peanut brittle, and milk chocolate finish. A nutty, creamy Añejo Tequila that could serve as a solid winter warmer or summer sipper.
88 points $29.99
Dobel Añejo Tequila
88 points
$49.99
Golden amber color. Aromas and flavors of cognac, ripe fig, sticky date pudding, and ink with a round, crisp, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and an effortless, complex, medium-long finish that shows accents of tobacco, melon, and leather. A silky-smooth, brandy-like Tequila to sip slowly.
88 points $49.99
Convite Mezcal Artesanal
88 points
$69.99
Clear color. Aromas of char-grilled mango, wet wool, and pepper with a satiny, dry light-to-medium body and a smooth, interesting, medium-length toffee coated nuts, green apple gelee, ripe watermelon, and gunpowder finish. A fruit-forward, silky Mezcal that checks all the boxes.
88 points $69.99
Sombrero Negro Silver Tequila
87 points
$17
Clear color. Aromas of beans with epazote, charred tortillas, dark toasted Hawaiian bread, and artichoke with a lightly tannic, bright, dry light body and a tingling, medium-long grilled granny smith apple, black pepper, roasted coconut milk, and coffee finish. A tingly, spicy Tequila with some dark and brooding flavors.
Jose Cuervo Tradicional Tequila Reposado
87 points
$27.99
Pale gold color. Aromas and flavors of white pepper, dried herbs, apple chips, and Mexican spices with a supple, crisp, dryish light-to-medium body and a seamless, breezy finish that presents accents of eucalyptus. A spicy Reposado that will liven up cocktails.
87 points $27.99
Familia Camarena Añejo Tequila
87 points
$29.99
Copper color. Aromas of green apple in caramel, cider doughnuts, and candied pecans with a supple, crisp, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, interesting, medium-length toffee, butter cookies, and pineapple cake finish. A fruity, caramelly Tequila that can serve as an easy-drinking sipper or cocktail ingredient.
87 points $29.99
Baluarte Tequila Reposado
87 points
$36.99
Golden straw color. Earthy aromas of young squash, tonka bean, cardboard, clay, and potted plants with a crisp, dry-yet-fruity light body and a smooth, swift charcoal, almond biscotti, banana leaf, green plantain, and sea salt finish. This Reposado is ready to serve all your tropical cocktail needs.
87 points $36.99
Dobel Silver Tequila
87 points
$39.99
Clear color. Fruity aromas of candied pear, soursop licuado, and green mango with a satiny, light body and a smooth, medium-length green apple candy, pineapple upside down cake, hint of coconut, and papaya candies in waxy parchment finish. A fresh and fruity Tequila that will play well in any number of cocktails.
87 points $39.99
Cenote™ Reposado Tequila
87 points
$54.99
Gold color. Herbal aromas of dill pickles, roasted pineapple, and green beans with a crisp, dry light-to-medium body and a warming, medium-length spiced caramel and toasted coconut finish. An oak-centric and funky herbal reposado that will add a savory kick to classic tequila cocktails.
87 points $54.99
Familia Camarena Blanco Tequila
85 points
$17
Clear color. Interesting aromas of roasted pumpkin, cream cheese, corn pudding, marzipan, ripe melon, and hint of smoke with a silky, crisp, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a warming, medium-length corn husks, white pepper, and dried bay leaf finish. A peppery Tequila with delicate hints of smoke.
Dobel Diamante Tequila
84 points
$39.99
Clear color. Aromas of marshmallow, salted pine nuts, and cocoa powder with a supple, crisp, dryish light body and a smooth, breezy caramel and marzipan finish. A smooth and pillowy Reposado Tequila for easy sipping and cocktailing; for Cristalino fans.
84 points $39.99
Adictivo Extra Añejo Tequila
84 points
$99.99
Amber color. Aromas of molasses cookie, coffee gelato, dates, and spice cake with a round, crisp, sweet medium body and a polished, amusing, medium-long sherry drizzled pastry, roasted walnuts, raisins, Irish coffee, and chocolate syrup finish. A sweet, fruity Extra Añejo for the dessert course.
84 points $99.99
Mezcal Vago Elote Mezcal Artesanal
83 points
$53.99
Clear color. Aromas of mango vinaigrette, grilled bell pepper, and tamarind gastrique with a light body and a short white pepper and clay finish. A funky Mezcal for adventure seekers; wild and free.
83 points $53.99
Se Busca Añejo Mezcal Artesanal
82 points
$49.99
Golden amber color. Aromas and flavors of chocolate espresso beans and berries, doused barn embers, singed hay and whole nuts, and burnt coffee pot with a silky, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tingling, medium-length finish conveying notes of ashtray, chocolate rice bar, and wet paper finish. A very smoky and somewhat lean añejo mezcal for cocktails.
82 points $49.99
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