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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
1800 Milenio Extra Añejo Tequila
96 points
$250
Amber color. Aromas of toffee coated popcorn, peanuts, warm Madeira cake, and prunes with a satiny, lively, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a graceful, elegant, very long allspice, mint tea, candied ginger, honey, and saffron finish. A richly flavored Extra Añejo Tequila with herbal complexity and fine balance that will keep you returning for more.
El Tesoro Blanco Tequila
95 points
$50
Clear color. Savory aromas and flavors of marinated olives and peppers, hard cheese rind, citrus zest, grilled sausages, and delicate flowers with a satiny, bright, dryish medium-to-full body and a seamless, complex, long finish that shows accents of custard and meringue, cinnamon roll, roasted squash and squash blossoms, and paprika. An elegant, silky Blanco Tequila with a fine balance of sweet creamy and savory meaty tones.
Awards: 2021 Best Blanco 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.
Jose Cuervo Reserva De La Familia Extra Añejo Tequila
95 points
$199
Amber color. Aromas of molasses, roasted figs, honey cake, green apples, pecan praline, and chocolate ganache with a slightly chewy, crisp, dryish medium body and a tingling, interesting, medium-long rye toast, ginger bread, caraway, and caramel finish. A robust and chewy Extra Añejo Tequila with dry and spicy style.
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
Gran Centenario Reposado Tequila
94 points
$26
Gold color. Aromas and flavors of vanilla yogurt nuts, lit honeycomb candle, smoked beef molé, and whiff of cigar smoke with a supple, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tingling, amusing, medium-long finish that exhibits suggestions of milk chocolate bar, toasted meringue, honey roasted pineapple, pepper, and suede. A sophisticated sipping Tequila with great flavor and balance.
Awards: 2021 Best Reposado Tequila
Gran Centenario Añejo Tequila
94 points
$31
Gold color. Aromas and flavors of spiced dried citrus, flan, smoked nuts, and pea pods with a satiny, bright, fruity medium-to-full body and a peppery, delightful, long finish with notes of horchata, pink pepper, minerals, and pipe tobacco in a leather pouch. A spry and lightly smoky Añejo for cocktails or on-the-rocks sipping.
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.
Tequila Ocho Tequila Añejo El Bajío
94 points
$59
Pale straw color. Aromas of dandelion, parsley, baked sweet plantain, tarragon, and hints of ginger and clove with a velvety, crisp, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, complex, relaxed buttermilk, flan, and roasted agave finish. A delicately oaked Añejo Tequila with elegant flavors that showcase its thoughtful production methods.
Salvadores 70 400 Artesanal Espadín Joven Mezcal
94 points
$64
Clear color. Aromas and flavors of apple jelly, ripe pear, and ladyfinger banana with a velvety, vibrant, fruity light-to-medium body and a seamless, distinctive, very long finish that shows overtones of custard, artisan root beer, cinnamon, and anise. A fantastically smooth and satisfying Mezcal with a custard-like texture and piles of flavor.
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
Gran Centenario Plata Blanco Tequila
93 points
$26
Straw yellow color. Aromas and flavors of caramel apples, dried celery, spiced sweet potato, and cantaloupe with a satiny, dryish light-to-medium body and a smooth, breezy finish with notes of dried chiles, honey, avocado, hints of milk chocolate, eucalyptus, and roasty tea. A deliciously earthy and herbal Blanco Tequila with an atypical golden hue and kisses of barrel influence.
Jose Cuervo Tradicional Plata Blanco Tequila
93 points
$33
Clear color. Aromas and flavors of sweet meringue, fresh apples, candied ginger, and roasted plantain with a satiny, crisp, fruity light-to-medium body and a tingling, amusing, medium-long finish that shows notes of caramelized pineapple, white peppercorns, and marzipan. A fruity, easy-drinking Blanco Tequila with great versatility.
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.
Jose Cuervo Tradicional Añejo Tequila
93 points
$36
Gold color. Inviting aromas and flavors of coffee gelato in a waffle cone, chocolate halva, rum raisin cake, and maple sugar candy with a satiny, bright, fruity medium-to-full body and a compelling, medium-long finish with nuances of rocky road sundae with caramel, tres leches cake, and cappuccino cream cookie. A silky, creamy Añejo with great roasty notes that nail the style.
Tequila Ocho Tequila Plata La Loma
93 points
$44
Clear color. Earthy aromas of dried pear, smoked peppercorns, grilled plum, and oregano with a velvety, crisp, dry light-to-medium body and a tingling, stimulating, medium-length licorice finish. An earthy, palate-meandering tequila that twists and turns from fruity and peppery to warm and satiny.
Mezcal Vago Mezcal Elote
93 points
$54
Clear color. Aromas of ripe papaya, kiwi, pineapple, sweet pea blossoms, and mesquite honey with a satiny, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a polished, complex, medium-long allspice, cumin, ripe banana, peppercorns, and curry finish. A silky, spicy melange of flavors; lots of complexities to discover in this Mezcal.
Mezcal Vago Mezcal Espadin Emigdio Jarquin
93 points
$54
Clear color. Aromas of pancetta, smoked mango, hazelnut, and mint with a satiny, crisp, dryish medium body and a warming, appealing, medium-long hints of coffee and black olives finish. A savory and satisfying Mezcal with big meaty flavors.
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.
Gran Centenario Leyenda Extra Anejo Tequila
93 points
$160
Amber color. Aromas and flavors of cola, cinnamon, sweet almond pastry, plum tart, chocolate covered toffee, and cassis preserves with a velvety, crisp, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a seamless, complex, long finish that shows notes of mesquite, molasses, leather, and orange zest. An exceptionally smooth and mild Extra Añejo Tequila for slow sipping; great for Rum drinkers and cigar pairings.
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.
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
400 Conejos Mezcal Joven Artesanal
91 points
$31
Clear color. Aromas of smoked pineapple, coriander, melon rind, olive tapenade, and petrol with a lean, crisp, dry light body and a graceful, intriguing, medium-length chalk, slate, and ginger finish. A dry, textural Mezcal for thoughtful cocktails and contemplative sips.
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.
1800 Añejo Tequila
91 points
$43
Golden amber color. Aromas and flavors of dark caramelized nuts, sassafras float, coffee ice cream, coconut custard, vanilla candle, and pencil shavings with a satiny, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, appealing, medium-long finish imparting notes of dried papaya in sweet cream, nougat, egg nog, and cinnamon and pepper. A fun, spicy Añejo that stimulates the senses and will liven up a cocktail; a great choice for Whiskey drinkers.
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.
Tequila Ocho Tequila Reposado La Laja
91 points
$49
Slivery straw color. Aromas and flavors of roasted agave, chamomile, ripe green melons with honey, and pepitas with a satiny, crisp, dryish light-to-medium body and a captivating, medium-long finish with nuances of apples in yogurt, sunflower seeds, and rooibos tissane. A tasty palate-pleaser with light but concentrated flavors of fruits and earth.
Mezcal Vago Mezcal Ensamble en Barro
91 points
$69
Clear color. Aromas and flavors of salted caramel, raisins, roasted peanuts, leather, corn husk, and mulberry with a vibrant, full body and a hot, medium-length finish. A vinous and somewhat nutty Mezcal.
Jose Cuervo Reserva De La Familia Reposado Tequila
91 points
$85
Gold color. Attractive aromas and flavors of honey vanilla bean ice cream, fresh waffle cone, pineapple-plum chutney, and brunost with a satiny, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, long finish revealing impressions of butter pecan gelato, pineapple cake, pistachio nougat, rich baking spices, and blonde tobacco. A superb sipping Reposado with great flavor, balance, and power.
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.
Creyente Mezcal Artesanal Joven
90 points
$52
Clear color. Aromas of green melon, sweet corn, toasted pumpkin seeds, pink grapefruit, honey, savory grilled meats, and guava with a satiny, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a tingling, nuanced, medium-long green pepper, ginger, and anise finish. An alluring and complex Mezcal that tingles with a zesty spice cabinet of flavors.
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.
Jose Cuervo Tradicional Cristalino Tequila Reposado
88 points
$21
Clear color. Aromas of cucumber-apple smoothie, aloe juice, coriander seed, and green mango with a satiny, crisp, fruity light-to-medium body and a tingling, compelling, medium-length spiced pear custard, peppered melon, and black tea finish. A tasty, warmly spiced Cristalino Tequila that’s a great match to all seasons.
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.
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.
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.
1800 Cristalino Tequila
88 points
$65
Clear color. Aromas and flavors of celery, cider apples, pressed flowers, and sweet taro custard with a velvety, crisp, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a warming, stimulating, medium-long finish revealing nuances of nutmeg and sangria. A delicious, creamy Cristalino Tequila that is a pleasure to sip.
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 Reposado Tequila
87 points
Bright slivery straw color. Herbal aromas and flavors of pickled peppers and nopales, dried mangoes and papayas, toasted nuts, meringue, and lemon furniture wax with a satiny, vibrant, fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, delightful, medium-long finish that presents shades of dill shrub, horchata, wet stones, and pink pepper. A nice herbal-accented Reposado that will pop cocktails.
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.
Familia Camarena Añejo Tequila
87 points
Pale straw yellow color. Inviting aromas of lemon verbena, lime leaf, passion fruit pastry, and almond cookies with a velvety, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tingling, interesting, medium-length spiced pear butter, heather, dried fruits, and leather finish. A rock solid and nicely balanced Añejo Tequila.
Jose Cuervo Tradicional Reposado Tequila
87 points
$33
Golden yellow color. Umami, smoky aromas and flavors of dark roasted nuts with honey, hints of smoked jerky, marinated dried mushroom, BBQ rub, arugula, and Sichuan peppercorns with a silky, soft, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a seamless, medium-long finish with accents of bananas, vanilla rice milk, pepper, and toffee. A lively and lightly smoky Reposado with a versatile appeal.
1800 Reposado Tequila
87 points
$34
Light gold color. Aromas and flavors of praline, delicate spices, dried banana, and nutmeg with a soft, dry-yet-fruity light body and a tingling, breezy finish that presents accents of iced caramel latte, pepper, wet stones, and anise. A pleasant, easy-drinking Reposado for cocktails.
1800 Silver Tequila
87 points
$34
Clear color. Aromas of chalk, lime candies, grapefruit, and pumpkin seeds with a soft, bright, dryish light body and a tingling, medium-length hints of peppermint, green apple, and gravel finish. A solid standby Tequila for refreshing summer cocktails.
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.
Montelobos Espadín Joven Mezcal
87 points
$39
Clear color. Aromas and flavors of grilled eggplant, onions, fresh parsley, hints of coffee, and tomatillo with a supple, crisp, dry light-to-medium body and a seamless, medium-length finish with notes of hints of smoked vanilla. A tasty, cocktail-ready Mezcal that’s balanced and highly mixable.
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.
Espolón Reposado Tequila
86 points
$27
Straw color. Creamy aromas and flavors of vanilla gelato, marzipan, candied walnuts and bananas, and guava cookies with a supple, crisp, dryish light body and an effortless, breezy finish that shows notes of agave syrup. A vanilla-centric Reposado Tequila for smooth-sipping margaritas.
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.
Cabo Wabo Reposado Tequila
86 points
$40
Slivery straw color. Aromas and flavors of apple, salted nuts, dill pickles, and lemongrass with a supple, crisp, dryish light body and a smooth, interesting, brisk finish. A spicy and herbaceous Reposado Tequila for zesty cocktails.
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.
Espolón Añejo Tequila
85 points
$37
Straw yellow color. Roasted aromas and flavors of toasted coconut and almond, dark artisan chocolate, deep-fried pickle, and pineapple tart with a satiny, bright, fruity medium-to-full body and a peppery, interesting, medium-long finish with accents of coconut milk and honeyed herb-peppercorn muffin. A lively Añejo with a nice interplay of roasted notes and peppery spice.
Mezcal Vago Mezcal Espadín Joel Barriga
85 points
$54
Clear color. Vaporous aromas of pineapple soda, camphor, and lemon balm with a velvety, dryish light-to-medium body and a peppery, complex, long plum, green apple, and peppered citrus finish. A piquant aroma leads to a fruity, silky palate in this artesian Mezcal.
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.
Herradura Ultra Añejo Tequila Cristalino
85 points
$60
Clear color. Fruity, confected aromas and flavors of tropical fruit punch, cola float, Fruit Loops, creme anglaise, iced jasmine tea, and marzipan with a satiny, bright, moderately sweet light-to-medium body and a sleek, somewhat odd, medium-length finish evoking notes of pineapple gelato sundae with extra cherries, sweet pickle, aniseed relish, white pepper, and wet limestone. A fruity and dessert-like Tequila pleaser.
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.
Jose Cuervo Reserva De La Familia Platino Tequila
85 points
$65
Clear color. Aromas of caramel corn, honeydew melon, white strawberry, and cedar with a supple, crisp, dryish light body and an effortless, brisk banana bread and bread pudding with raisins finish. A solid mixing Tequila for classic summer cocktails.
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.
Espolón Blanco Tequila
84 points
$27
Clear color. Aromas and flavors of cashew nougat, dried papaya, and yogurt-covered nuts with a silky, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a seamless, medium-long finish with notes of vanilla almond milk and pineapple yogurt. A solid Blanco 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.
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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