About Reposado Mezcal

About Reposado Mezcal
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

Los Amantes Reposado Mezcal
93 points
$65
Light gold color. Smoky aromas and flavors of grilled peppers and pineapples, burning pine and hickory embers, singed herbs, and overripe plantain with a silky, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tingling, appealing, medium-long finish with suggestions of singed palo santo and pine sap, roasted coconut milk, grilled squash and fiddle head ferns, and lava stones finish. A rich and traditional mezcal with complex smokiness.
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
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.
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.