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Reviews for 2020

May 2020 - Tequila & Agave Spirits

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

Tequila & Agave Spirits Reviews

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
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.
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.
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
Rooster Rojo Añejo Tequila
89 points
$29.99
Golden amber color. Aromas and flavors of hazelnut spread, cinnamon candies, maple syrup, apricot preserves, coconut, and caramel latte with a supple, crisp, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a sleek, brisk finish manifesting notes of cracked pepper, funnel cake and pound cake with dulce de leche. A fruity, decadent Añejo with crowd appeal.
89 points $29.99
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
Rooster Rojo Reposado Tequila
88 points
$26.99
Gold color. Aromas of animal crackers, peanut candies, root beer float, and caramel apple with a supple, crisp, dry-yet-fruity light body and a warming, carefree caramel popcorn, orange cream, roasted squash, buttered corn, and mint finish. A playful Tequila for cocktails.
88 points $26.99
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.
Rooster Rojo Blanco Tequila
87 points
$24.99
Clear color. Aromas of green apples in vanilla yogurt, melon rinds, and hint of smoky leather with a silky, crisp, dryish light body and an effortless, rapid green bell pepper and tortillas finish. A light and green Tequila for margarita refreshers.
87 points $24.99
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
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
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
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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