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May 2021 - Agave

May 2021 - Agave
This month's Spirits feature is Agave

Agave Reviews

Mezcal de Leyendas Verde San Luis Potosi Mezcal
97 points
$49.99
Clear color. Aromas and flavors of cucumber, melon, lime spritz, caramelized orange, Ancho chile, Maggi, and golden raisins with a round, lively, fruity medium body and a warming, massively long finish with notes of pickled ginger, sweet guava pastry, cured meats, and black olives. A sweet, savory, salty, juicy display of complexity and finesse; enjoy this Blanco Mezcal liberally.
Awards: 2021 Best Mezcal
97 points $49.99
El Tesoro Paradiso Tequila Extra Añejo
97 points
$180
Gold color. Inviting aromas of roasted nuts, candied cherries, vanilla bean, and sweet blossoms with a velvety, vibrant, fruity light-to-medium body and a peppery, intriguing, very long ripe melons, toffee, and white pepper finish. A tantalizing melange of complex flavors that reward each sip.
Awards: 2021 Best Tequila
Peloton de la Muerte Vegan Pechuga Mezcal
96 points
$44.99
Silvery straw color. Citrusy aromas and flavors of pickled melon and pineapple, candied jalapeño, elderflower, fresh ruby red grapefruit, and mint with a satiny, lively, dry light body and a smooth, elaborate, very long finish that shows suggestions of curry. A joyous, extroverted Mezcal with juicy fruit aromas, fresh green vegetal notes, and delicate hints of fragrant blossoms; an exceptionally balanced Mezcal for elegant cocktails and thoughtful sipping.
96 points $44.99
El Tesoro Añejo Tequila
96 points
$85
Straw color. Inviting aromas and flavors of honey-drizzled grapefruit, sweet apple compote, toffee, and sweet chamomile tea with a round, vibrant, dryish light-to-medium body and a peppery, elegant, medium-long finish with notes of pink peppercorns, ginger, and graphite. A stylish, peppery Tequila with a true sense of self.
Awards: 2021 Best Añejo Tequila
Mezcal de Leyendas Cenizo Durango Mezcal
95 points
$99.99
Clear color. Savory aromas of sweet chili sauce, grilled jalapeño, roasted carrots, and sweet peas with a round, lively, fruity light-to-medium body and a warming, complex, very long fennel seed, candied citrus, and grilled asparagus finish. A savory and deeply satisfying Mezcal with excellent food affinity.
95 points $99.99
El Tesoro Extra Añejo Tequila
95 points
$150
Straw yellow color. Savory aromas and flavors of olives, hard cheese, relish, pickled root vegetables and sweet peppers, and lemongrass chutney with a satiny, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, thought-provoking, very long finish that exhibits shades of cherry cola float, spiced nuts, tropical fruits, and horchata creme brulée. A spectacularly flavorful and thrilling extra Añejo that invigorates the senses and the soul.
Montelobos Ensamble Joven Mezcal
94 points
$0
Best Buy
Clear color. Aromas of sweet tea, gunpowder, grilled green apple, rubber, bacon, orange peel, and pineapple chutney with a supple, crisp, dry medium body and a warming, interesting, long latex and spiced parsnips finish. A curious and concentrated Blanco Mezcal for celebrating and cocktailing.
94 points $0 Best Buy
Peloton de la Muerte Mezcal Artesanal Maguey Criollo
94 points
$44.99
Clear color. Aromas and flavors of grapefruit zest, key lime, sweet mango, dried leaves, anise, and candied ginger with a silky, crisp, dryish light-to-medium body and a hot, interesting, medium-length finish revealing overtones of caraway, cumin, and fresh parsley. A fiery Mezcal with juicy fruit notes and herbaceous charm; this one really opens up with water.
94 points $44.99
ArteNOM Seleccòn De 1579 Blanco Clásico Tequila
94 points
$54
Clear color. Fruity aromas and flavors of pineapple-pear relish, Makrut lime, clay, ripe plantain, and clove with a satiny, vibrant, fruity light body and a smooth, delightful, medium-long finish that exhibits notes of coriander seed. A bold, fruity and crowd-pleasing Blanco Tequila perfect for all manner of cocktails; practically juicy on the palate.
Maestro Dobel 50 Cristalino Tequila Extra Añejo
94 points
$145
Clear color. Candied aromas and flavors of caramel apple candies, cherry preserves, pineapple smoothie, hazelnut creme, vanilla gelato, and rainbow sherbet with a satiny, crisp, fruity light-to-medium body and a graceful, stimulating, medium-length finish with notes of frozen cappuccino. A flavorful ice cream shop of a Cristalino Tequila; great for the Whiskey lover.
Awards: 2021 Best Cristalino Tequila
Gonzalez 1939 Blanco Tequila
93 points
$36
Clear color. Attractive aromas and flavors of sweet dried fruits, bread pudding, marzipan, and hay with a velvety, crisp, dryish light body and a seamless, subtle, long finish that presents accents of delicate white pepper, hints of anise, and vanilla cream. An exceptionally smooth Blanco Tequila with a delicate complexity; excellent for the sipping connoisseur.
Cenote™ Blanco Tequila
93 points
$49
Clear color. Aromas of circus peanut, spicy banana nut muffin, hint of sassafras, and vanilla chamomile tea with a silky, bright, medium body and a warming, medium-length tapioca pudding, cinnamon, and roasted zucchini finish. A round and even Blanco with nicely meshed flavors and pleasing warmth.
El Tesoro Reposado Tequila
93 points
$65
Brilliant light silvery straw color. Aromas and flavors of pickled peppers and mangoes, coconut-papaya cake, and spring flower and herb garden with a silky, bright, fruity medium body and a tingling, distinctive, long finish with suggestions of spiced dried tropical citrus, vanilla almond milk, floral honeycomb, and herbal pepper jelly on a cream cheese danish. A complex, elegant, herbal, and lightly floral Reposado with lovely tropical fruit notes.
Le Tribute Mezcal Artesanal Joven
93 points
$69
Clear color. Savory, sweet aromas of carrot escabeche, passion fruit agrodolce, ginger, raisins, tellicherry peppercorns, and caramel with a satiny, lively, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a tingling, complex, very long tomatillo salsa, grilled corn, huitlacoche, anise, and white pepper finish. A brooding Mezcal that engulfs the senses; emphatically bright and memorably balanced.
Cenote™ Cristalino Tequila Añejo
93 points
$74
Clear color. Perfumed aromas of bitter orange peel, cinnamon, violet, and chocolate pot de creme with a velvety, crisp, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a peppery, layered, medium-long ginger, butterscotch, and cream finish. A complex, perfumed Cristalino Tequila with gusto.
Veneno Single Estate Extra Anejo Tequila
93 points
$195
Golden amber color. Inviting aromas and flavors of spiced melon and guava, sassafras, nougat, and vanilla-cherry candle with a satiny, vibrant, fruity medium-to-full body and an even, appealing, medium-long finish that exhibits shades of cola nut, sweet and peppery spice melange, rum-soaked coconut cake, tobacco, and berry tea. A delightfully balanced, nuanced, and inviting oak-forward Extra Añejo sipper that is sure to please.
Pelotón de la Muerte Mezcal Artesanal Maguey Espadín
92 points
$29.99
Clear color. Aromas and flavors of grilled peaches, sweet and ripe tropical fruits, petrol, and spiced nuts with a velvety, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and an effortless, distinctive, very long finish evoking accents of crisp apple, ripe honeydew melon, and rooibos tissane. A dense flavor wave with concentrated aromatics and delightful fruit notes; an absolute joy to imbibe.
92 points $29.99
Lobos 1707 Tequila Joven
92 points
$45
Slivery straw color. Aromas and flavors of frosted dates and walnuts, yellow pepper, hint of kid leather, and farmer’s cheese with a silky, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tingling, delightful, medium-long finish with touches of olives and parmesan, vanilla hemp milk, herbs and spices, and blonde tobacco. A wonderfully robust, complex, and elegant Blanco for sipping or sensational cocktails.
ArteNOM Selecciòn De 1414 Reposado Tequila
92 points
$54
Silvery straw color. Aromas and flavors of beeswax and green pepper with a slightly chewy, crisp, dryish light body and a tingling, rapid finish with notes of licorice, caramel candies, and straw. A playful Tequila for all manner of mixed drinks.
Villa One Añejo Tequila
92 points
$59
Amber color. Aromas of roasted fig, cigarillo, maple, toffee, and brown sugar with a round, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a warming, intricate, long butter pecan, hints of sherry, marcona almond, plump olives, oregano, and cinnamon finish. A sexy, decadent Añejo Tequila bursting with flavor and style.
Mezcal de Leyendas Ancho Guerrero Mezcal
92 points
$89.99
Clear color. Aromas and flavors of ginger, lime cordial, pickled pineapple, petrol, fresh cut grass, and tuberose with a satiny, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a smooth, elegant, very long finish. A vivacious, concentrated Mezcal with an uplifting vibe.
92 points $89.99
Montelobos Pechuga Blanco Mezcal
91 points
$0
Best Buy
Clear color. Aromas of spiced peaches and mango pickle with a silky, vibrant, dryish light-to-medium body and a peppery, intricate, long cumin, guajillo pepper, cilantro, and petrol finish. A dry, spicy, and assertive Mezcal that’s perfect for summer cocktails.
91 points $0 Best Buy
Cabo Wabo Blanco Tequila
91 points
$35
Clear color. Aromas and flavors of roasted green pepper and nuts, spiced figs, green banana, and coconut bread with a silky, bright, dry-yet-fruity full body and a smooth, intriguing, long finish evoking accents of spiced melon, pineapple in cream, and pink pepper. A bright and refreshing Blanco with nice savory and tropical notes.
Mina Real Blanco Mezcal
91 points
$39
Clear color. Aromas of sweet green pepper, fresh summer corn, and pineapple with a satiny, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a long slate, chalk, and fresh basil finish. Vivid fruit and garden aromatics are followed by a rush of minerality on the palate; enjoy this complex, almost cerebral Blanco Mezcal neat or in thoughtful cocktails; good for Sotol fans.
Siempre Tequila Reposado Tequila
91 points
$42
Clear golden yellow color. Attractive, creamy aromas and flavors of spicy chocolate figs orange peels and nuts, honeyed panettone, and vanilla-almond frosting on coconut cake with a velvety, bright, fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, subtle, long finish that shows notes of honey roasted pineapple and papaya, white macadamia brittle, and egg nog gelato. A rich Reposado bursting with flavor and creamy goodness, much like a fine Añejo.
De-Nada Tequila Reposado Tequila
91 points
$43
Brilliant light gold color. Aromas and flavors of pickled hot peppers, chocolate toffee, and cedar tobacco box with a supple, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tingling, interesting, medium-long finish with overtones of spiced melon papaya, dates, tropical citrus relish, vanilla ice cream, and cedar. A rock solid Reposado sipper or a go-to for cocktails—try in a Tommy’s Margarita to great effect.
Montelobos Tobalá Joven Mezcal
91 points
$99
Clear color. Aromas of clay, sunbaked berries, allspice, cumin, and brown sugar with a velvety, vibrant, dry medium body and a warming, subtle, long lime zest, olives, vegetable ash, and slate finish. A balanced quintessential Mezcal that displays classic character.
Salvadores 70 400 Artesanal Tobalá Joven Mezcal
91 points
$99
Clear color. Aromas and flavors of romaine lettuce, poblano pepper, chia seeds, and cucumber with a satiny, vibrant, dryish light body and a warming, charming, medium-long finish. A refreshing and vegetal Mezcal that will work best in spring cocktails with a garden-fresh vibe.
Siempre Tequila Blanco Tequila
90 points
$39
Clear color. Aromas and flavors of marinated artichoke hearts, roasted peppers, cumin spiced melons, and hint of praline with a silky, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a smooth, refreshing, long finish that exhibits notes of vanilla banana milk, dried papaya, and baking spices. A sleek and sensuous Blanco with instantly appealing flavor and length; enjoy its fruity, savory, earthy balance.
Nucano Mezcal Reposado
90 points
$43
Pale gold color. Interesting aromas and flavors of passion fruit, coconut cream, grilled vegetables, and peach pie with a satiny, crisp, light-to-medium body and a warming, complex, medium-long finish with notes of caramelized mango, grilled artichoke, and tobacco. A tasty and elegantly crafted Mezcal that rewards each sip.
Cenote™ Anejo Tequila
90 points
$64
Brilliant golden amber color. Aromas and flavors of spiced tropical citrus and melon, cornichons, olives and charcuterie, floral honey butter, and cola and sarsaparilla with a satiny, bright, fruity medium-full body and a tingling, complex, long finish conveying suggestions of chocolate shake, coconut milk latte, and cedar. A rich and rewarding Añejo with a suave, alluring personality.
Volcan De Mi Tierra Añejo Cristalino Tequila
90 points
$70
Slivery straw color. Aromas and flavors of pressed flowers, clay, hints of celery, and clove with a supple, crisp, dryish light body and a warming, amusing, medium-length finish with nuances of hazelnut and roasted almond. A mild Cristalino Tequila with beckoning aromas and soft oaky flavors.
Fuenteseca 2018 Cosecha Tequila Blanco
90 points
$99
Clear color. Aromas of roasted sweet potato, sweet corn cakes, dulce de leche-drizzled apples, root beer, and carob with a round, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a warming, appealing, medium-long sweet cream, mixed peppercorns, and pimiento finish. A concentrated and spicy Blanco tequila complemented by smooth-sipping, creamy undertones.
El Ultimo Agave Almond Tequila Liqueur
89 points
$20
Best Buy
Gold color. Nutty aromas of cherries in syrup, almond kernels, and hints of toffee with a round, bright, sweet medium body and a seamless, refreshing, medium-length hints of candied banana and dried mandarin finish. A sweet and simple Almond Liqueur that hits the spot; cocktail away!
89 points $20 Best Buy
El Ultimo Agave Blanco Tequila
89 points
$24
Clear color. Aromas and flavors of coconut cream pie, banana cake, and hint of pickled garlic with a silky, bright, fruity medium body and a tingling, captivating, medium-long finish with elements of roasted peppers and plantains, cinnamon, and wet limestone. A nice creamy, spicy Blanco for cocktails and on the rocks.
Creyente Mezcal Cuishe
89 points
$42
Clear color. Attractive aromas and flavors of salted cucumber, tropical fruit candy, honeydew melon, and grilled peppers and sweet potatoes with a satiny, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity light body and a warming, interesting, medium-length finish with accents of honey-drizzled pears and charcoal. A light and fruity Mezcal with bright aromas and a smoky underbelly.
Cabo Wabo Añejo Tequila
89 points
$45
Golden straw color. Aromas and flavors of banana meringue pie, rocky road ice cream, honey roasted nuts, coconut flakes, and sugar snap peas with a silky, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tingling, delightful, breezy finish that shows touches of almond latte, cayenne, hint of pickling spices, and tobacco leaf. A smooth and nutty Añejo that grows on you—given this some time to open up in the glass.
Nucano Mezcal Añejo
89 points
$47
Golden amber color. Aromas and flavors of quince preserves, fig jam, hints of toffee, brown sugar, and roasted veggies with a satiny, bright, dry medium body and a smooth, interesting, medium-length finish that shows suggestions of nutmeg. A dry and chewy Mezcal that will work well as a cigar pairing.
Maestro Dobel Añejo Tequila
89 points
$57
Golden amber color. Aromas and flavors of caramel buttercream on chocolate cake, sugared dried tropical fruits, and spruce tips with a silky, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, compelling, medium-length finish displaying nuances of malted milk chocolate milkshake, mango chutney, and toasted fruitcake. An evenly balanced and appealing Añejo for all occasions.
Don Amado Ensamble Tobalà & Bicuishe Blanco Mezcal Artesanal
89 points
$89
Clear color. Floral aromas of pineapple candies, geranium, zucchini, grilled lime, and fresh heirloom tomato with a satiny, vibrant, dryish medium body and a warming, complex, long grapefruit and Sanbitter soft drink finish. A wild and free Blanco Mezcal with unique and admirable style.
El Jimador Silver Tequila
88 points
$21
Clear color. Fruity aromas and flavors of apple taffy, sweet tea, and fruit cocktail with a supple, crisp, dryish light body and a tingling, relaxed finish conveying impressions of green peppercorns. A fruity and crowdpleasing Tequila for everyday cocktailing.
El Ultimo Agave Reposado Tequila
88 points
$24
Light gold color. Spicy aromas of cracked pepper, sumac, dill, thai basil, and cumin with a silky, crisp, dry light body and a smooth, medium-length baked apple, guanabana, and butter finish. A spicy Reposado Tequila with a silky mouthfeel.
El Jimador Añejo Tequila
88 points
$26
Gold color. Vinous aromas of buttery Chardonnay, caramel corn, roasted pineapple, clove, and vanilla bean with a round, crisp, fruity medium body and a graceful, elegant, very long artisan butterscotch, brioche French toast, root beer float, and hints of licorice finish. An undulating Añejo Tequila with huge caramel notes that entice and delight.
Herradura Reposado Tequila
88 points
$42
Golden yellow color. Aromas and flavors of frosted almond cookie, sassafras float, chocolate toffee, and honeycomb lip balm with a supple, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, medium-to-long finish that shows notes of hemp and coconut milks, smoked peppercorns, and dried fruits and peppers. A pleasant sipping Reposado that will cover a lot of bases.
Villa One Silver Tequila
88 points
$44
Clear color. Nutty aromas and flavors of peanut brittle and nougat, fig cookie, and cement mix with a silky, bright, medium-to-full body and a tingling, medium-length finish displaying impressions of lemon creme anglaise, mocha caramel ice milk, and spiced tropical fruits. A pleasingly creamy, nutty and spicy Blanco that will shine in cocktails.
Volcan De Mi Tierra Blanco Tequila
88 points
$45
Clear color. Aromas and flavors of graham cracker, raisins, caramel cheesecake, roasted sweet potato, buttered popcorn, and ripe apples with a satiny, crisp, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, charming, medium-length finish. A rich and fruity Blanco Tequila that will play well in classic Tequila cocktails.
Villa One Reposado Tequila
88 points
$49
Light gold color. Roasted aromas and flavors of mocha latte, chocolate dark roasted nuts and espresso beans, singed citrus peel, and smoked fig with a silky, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and an even, compelling, medium-length finish with suggestions of cappuccino gelato with pound cake and hazelnut milk. A nutty, latte-like Reposado with an emphasis on toasty barrel notes—try in cream and coffee cocktails.
Gonzalez 1939 Añejo Tequila
88 points
$53
Gold color. Aromas and flavors of pear, butter-pecan, floral bouquet, golden syrup, and graham cracker with a supple, bright, dryish light body and a warming, interesting, medium-length finish that shows impressions of slate, pink peppercorns, orange zest, and capers. A tasty Añejo Tequila great for sipping neat, on the rocks, or in your favorite cocktails.
Gonzalez 1939 Joven Blanco Mezcal
88 points
$59
Clear color. Fruity aromas of green apple candies, ripe melon, gooseberry, and pickled peach with a silky, dryish light-to-medium body and a tingling, medium-length carob, peppercorns, and glazed carrot finish. A bold, fruity Mezcal tailor-made for cocktails.
Mezcal de Leyendas Maguey Tobalá Oaxaca Mezcal
88 points
$99.99
Clear color. Aromas and flavors of grilled melon rind, ripe pears, rosemary, and roasted apple with a satiny, crisp, dryish light-to-medium body and a peppery, interesting, medium-length finish with notes of Jamaican jerk spices. A smoky, spicy Mezcal that hits the spot.
88 points $99.99
Familia Camarena Silver Tequila
87 points
Clear color. Aromas and flavors of guava and guanabana relish, green apple, grilled yellow pepper, and marshmallow with a silky, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tingling, complex, long finish that exhibits accents of vanilla hazelnut milk, pepper muffin, wet stone, and lime custard. A fruity Blanco with an invigorating tingle.
Dr. Stoner’s Hierba Madura Flavored Tequila
87 points
$39
Straw yellow color. Aromas of juniper, cannabis flower, lemon-lime, raisin toast, caraway, stone pine, and eucalyptus with a silky, vibrant, dry light-to-medium body and a tingling, involved, medium-long ginseng, wintergreen, and honey finish. A complex, herbal Tequila with a tingling presence; very fun for cocktail play.
Maestro Dobel Silver Tequila
87 points
$44
Clear color. Aromas of roasted agave, raisins, bananas foster, cumin, and hints of vanilla custard with a velvety, crisp, fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, appealing, medium-long apple pastry and cola finish. A rich and spicy Blanco Tequila complemented by a creamy center.
Gonzalez 1939 Reposado Tequila
87 points
$47
Rich light gold color. Creamy aromas and flavors of spicy caramelized nuts, pistachio sundae, toasted meringue, and beeswax with a silky, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a peppery, medium-length finish revealing overtones of pepper roasted nuts, chili powder, and wet limestone. A lovely peppery, nutty Reposado for cocktails or with cigars.
Cava De Oro Tequila Cristalino Extra Añejo
87 points
$49
Clear color. Herbal aromas and flavors of fondant, nuts, pickled peppers and mushrooms, and spicy polenta with a silky, bright, fruity medium body and a smooth, amusing, medium-long finish with accents of white chocolate drizzled tropical fruits, creme brulée, and pepper. A very creamy and fruity-sweet Cristalino sipper.
GEM & BOLT Damiana Infused Mezcal
87 points
$49
Clear color. Herbal aromas and flavors of peppermint, eucalyptus, lavender, black tea, and honey with a satiny, crisp, dry light body and a tingling, refreshing, medium-long finish with notes of grilled apples, chamomile, and graphite. An herbaceous and distinctive Mezcal for hot toddies, creative stirred cocktails, and bonding sips.
Creyente Mezcal Tobalá
87 points
$55
Clear color. Aromas of ripe papaya, blackberry, lily, sweet corn, and diesel with a supple, crisp, dry light body and a tingling, medium-length corn bread pudding, raisins, and minerals finish. A rustic Mezcal for refreshing summer cocktails.
Ghost Coast Tommy Agave Spirit
87 points
$59
Clear color. Aromas of chamomile tea, honeyed pineapple, roasted pepitas, melon, hints of smoke, and caramel with a supple, crisp, dryish light body and a tingling, carefree Sichuan peppercorn and minerals finish. A delicate and somewhat floral Agave spirit for distinctive sipping.
Gonzalez 1939 Añejo Cristalino Tequila
87 points
$64
Clear color. Fruity aromas and flavors of green apple candies, pineapple upside down cake, rainbow sherbet, blonde tobacco, and vanilla with a silky, crisp, dry-yet-fruity light body and a tingling, breezy finish displaying notes of hints of caramel and black pepper. A silky-smooth, fruity Cristalino Tequila that sips and mixes with ease.
Aga Vie Esprit D’Agave 2020 Dargent Agave Spirit
86 points
$39
Clear color. Aromas of guanabana and hints of iced pastry with a velvety, vibrant, moderately sweet light-to-medium body and a smooth, interesting, medium-length honey, cucumber, and sweet fresh fruit finish. A sweet, vibrant, summery Agave Spirit with fresh notes of fruit and cucumber.
Veneno Singe Estate Blanco Tequila
86 points
$49
Clear color. Aromas of fresh cucumber, honey, sweet aloe, and cumin with a silky, crisp, dry-yet-fruity light body and a smooth, captivating, medium-length green pepper and pickled pineapple finish. A clean and fresh Blanco Tequila that’s great for cocktails.
Black Sheep Blanco Tequila
86 points
$54
Clear color. Aromas and flavors of herbal pepper relish, olive tapenade, carob-coated banana chips, and cracked pepper with a silky, bright, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a tingling, interesting, long finish with elements of guava and papaya in cream, horchata, and sweet and peppery spices. A distinctive herbal Blanco tailor-made for savory tequila cocktails; try with sangrita.
Lobos 1707 Reposado Mezcal
86 points
$54
Slivery straw color. Aromas of hints of pineapple and crushed nuts with a satiny, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a medium-length custard and grilled plums finish. A slightly smoky, velvety Mezcal with hints of nuttiness.
Volcan De Mi Tierra Reposado Tequila
85 points
$55
Gold color. Aromas and flavors of kettle corn, pumpkin spice latte, sunflower, and sage with a supple, crisp, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a tingling, medium-length finish with nuances of cola and almond bark. An easy-drinking, crowd-pleasing Reposado Tequila with roasty oak notes.
Siempre Tequila Añejo Tequila
85 points
$59
Golden amber color. Aromas of raisin bread pudding and salted caramel with a satiny, soft, dry-yet-fruity light body and a graceful, buoyant baked banana and roasted fruits finish. A mild and creamy Añejo Tequila for everyday pleasure.
Wiggly Bridge Distillery Agave Spirit
85 points
$59
Clear color. Fruity aromas of green apple candy and sweet caramel sauce with a lean, soft, dry thin body and a sleek, short finish. A mild and fruity Agave Spirit for light and citrusy cocktails.
Cava De Oro Tequila Añejo
85 points
$64
Amber color. Interesting, savory aromas of pickled pineapples and mustard powder, honeyed fruitcake, pine sap, and putty with a slightly chewy, crisp, off-dry medium-to-full body and a peppery, refreshing, long clove cigarette, sandalwood incense, grilled scallion, and mesquite honeycomb finish. A wild and rambunctious Añejo for adventurous shooters.
Cava De Oro Tequila Extra Añejo
85 points
$99
Amber color. Aromas and flavors of carob-drizzled cherries, toasted panettone, cedar, cinnamon-frosted coconut cake, Dr.Pepper, and coffee with a satiny, bright, moderately sweet medium body and a tingling, interesting, medium-length finish revealing notes of cinnamon candy and gelato, hint of ash, and candy peanuts. A sweet and spicy Extra Añejo to serve with desserts or shoot.
El Jimador Reposado Tequila
84 points
$21
Golden straw color. Aromas and flavors of roasted nuts and peppers in wax paper, chocolate citrus peels, epazote-pepper relish, and geranium with a supple, bright, dryish light-to-medium body and a warming, breezy finish evoking accents of herb-bark tincture, pickled chiles, and vanilla almond milk. A savory, herbal Reposado for cocktails.
De-Nada Tequila Blanco Tequila
84 points
$39
Clear color. Aromas and flavors of roasted peppers, olives, and sesame with a supple, crisp, dryish light-to-medium body and a peppery, unique, medium-length finish with notes of macadamia milk and mango pit. A spirited Blanco for cocktails.
Rabbit And Grass Blanco Agave Spirit
84 points
$39
Clear color. Aromas and flavors of corn husks, squash, baking spices, pineapple, and spun sugar with a supple, crisp, dryish light body and a sleek, engaging, easy finish that shows notes of grilled pineapple and minerals. An interesting and zesty Agave Spirit with earthy sensibilities.
Adictivo Reposado Tequila
84 points
$54
Gold color. Aromas of dried peach, butterscotch, cinnamon, and caramel apple cider with a velvety, bright, fruity medium body and a sleek, intriguing, medium-long caramel latte and baking spices finish. A rich and sweet Reposado Tequila that will be a crowdpleasing sipper.
Cava De Oro Tequila Reposado
84 points
$54
Light gold color. Aromas and flavors of toasted pumpkin loaf, tomato leaf, roasted cashew, and pineapple with a satiny, crisp, fruity light-to-medium body and a peppery, interesting, medium-length finish with notes of ginger. A slightly sweet Tequila that sips and shoots effortlessly.
Cenote™ Reposado Tequila
84 points
$54
Golden amber color. Aromas and flavors of sweet tea, honey-almond brittle, and vanilla latte with a lean, soft, dryish light body and a smooth, brisk finish displaying elements of oak, roasted pear, and jasmine tea. A lean and oaky Reposado Tequila for all manner of mixed drinks.
Adictivo Extra Añejo Tequila
84 points
$99
Dark amber color. Aromas and flavors of cola, honey-nut cereal, maple syrup, cinnamon graham crackers, candied cherries, and roasted hazelnuts with a round, crisp, very sweet medium-to-full body and a sleek, captivating, medium-length finish. A sweet, fruity sipper to serve after dinner.
Adictivo Blanco Tequila
83 points
$49
Clear color. Aromas and flavors of spicy garlic pickles, brandied tropical fruits, coconut cream and balm, and mocha caramel toast with a supple, bright, off-dry light-to-medium body and a short finish conveying accents of tropical fruit punch, cream soda, ginger beer, jellybeans, and pepper jelly. A sweet and spunky Blanco for shots and daredevil cocktails.
Padre Azul Reposado Super Premium Tequila
83 points
$85
Gold color. Aromas of mixed peppercorns, sweet corn, pickled jalapeño, and sweet tea with a supple, soft, dry-yet-fruity light body and a smooth, brisk roasted apple and carrot cake finish. An easy-to-mix Tequila for fruity cocktails.
Star Union Spirits Agave Spirit
81 points
$58
Copper color. Oaky aromas and flavors of freshly sawn wood, toasted malt, graphite, brown sugar, and raisins with a satiny, crisp, dryish light-to-medium body and an effortless, buoyant finish with notes of grilled corn and apple butter. An oak-centric Agave Spirit in a chewy style; cocktails await.
Adictivo Añejo Tequila
81 points
$64
Golden amber color. Aromas and flavors of chocolate espresso bean, caramel chocolate coconut dream bar, olive brine, and chili pepper in chicory coffee with a satiny, bright, sweet medium-to-full body and a swift finish imparting accents of vanilla-caramel sauce drizzled pancakes, and cola float. A curiously confected Añejo for shooting.
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