About Reposado Mezcal

Serve in a Copita
Reposado mezcal is mezcal that is aged up to one year in an oak barrel, usually an ex-bourbon barrel. This is less time aging than an añejo mezcal (one to three years of aging) or extra añejos (three years or more). While these examples do not have the finesse of an añejo mezcal, these are a step or two up in refinement and smoothness from a blanco mezcal and can be served neat or in a cocktail.

Mezcal is often confused with tequila, as both are made from agave. But while tequila must be made from one specific blue agave, mezcal can be produced from eighteen different types of agave (maguey). There are two types of mezcal, those made exclusively from maguey and those made from at least 80% maguey mixed with other ingredients. Mezcal has similar aging terms as tequila, such as reposado and añejo, but generally mezcal is more of an artisanal product, so examples of mezcal vary more than tequila.

Most are double-distilled, while some are triple-distilled and then aged for several years in oak barrels. Flavors range from smoked herbs and pepper to tobacco and charred fruits.
Top Picks for Reposado Mezcal
Don Amado
Reposado Mezcal
Pale straw color. Buttery aromas and flavors of butter roasted nuts and sweet potatoes, peppers, pickled olives and mushrooms, and hint of acetone with a lightly tannic, lively, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a nuanced, malted chocolate, dried tropical fruits, suede and cedar, and vanilla praline finish. A wild rollercoaster of flavors with an interesting texture and butteriness.
92 points $49.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
El Rey Zapoteco
Mezcal Reposado
Golden silver color. Mellow aromas of lit tobacco, vanilla candle, grilled mango, and clay with a silky, dry-yet-fruity medium-full body and a peppery, nuanced, long, creamy nougat, chili pepper, dusty minerals, and pickled melon finish. A vibrant and scrumptious mezcal that is sure to please.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
Gracias a Dios
Mezcal Espadin Reposado
Slivery straw color. Bright, roasted, smoky aromas of toasted cheese bread, roasted nopales and aloe, lit cherry pipe tobacco, and oiled saddle leather with a supple, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a peppery, stimulating, medium-long charred pineapple, mango yogurt, pepper, and paper ash finish. A wild and very smoky traditional mezcal with a lively, snappy finish.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
Sangre de Vida
Reposado Mezcal
Clear golden straw color. Green, interesting aromas and flavors of tomatoes on the vine, epazote, lime and curry leaves, and melted wax and plastic with a silky, vibrant, fruity medium body and a tingling, interesting, polished wood, spiced chocolate, pepper, and flower patch finish. A nice light and delicately smoky mezcal with nice wild and wooly herbal streak.
87 points $49.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab