June 2022 - Agave Spirits

June 2022 - Agave Spirits
This month's Spirits feature is Agave Spirits

Agave Spirits Reviews

Del Maguey San Pablo Ameyaltepec Single Village Blanco Mezcal
98 points
$124
Clear color. Savory, smoky aromas and flavors of smoked meats and cheeses, grilled tropical fruits and corn, olive tapenade, oil paint, and terra cotta and clay with a chewy, vibrant, fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, epic, very long finish imparting notes of horchata, smoked peppers and peppercorns, and exotically spiced cookies. An amazingly elegant and decadent Mezcal whose flavor and finesse may leave you speechless.
Mezcal Vago Mezcal Espadin Joel Barriga
97 points
$54
Clear color. Umami aromas and flavors of barrel aged balsamic and parmesan reggiano, chocolate dipped pineapple, jack fruit, sweet peppers and fresh garden herbs, and smoked hickory with a round, lively, dryish fat body and a complex, medium-long finish with impressions of canned pineapple, aged cheese funk, tacos al pastor with chives and sour cream, cremini mushroom, forest floor, salted, and buttered popcorn. An outstanding example of a Blanco Mezcal; it hits all the right herbaceous, savory, and sweet notes in harmony.
1800 Milenio Extra Añejo Tequila
97 points
$225
Golden amber color. Aromas and flavors of cherry herring, ripe and medicinal cherry, highland scotch finished in sherry barrels, honeyed pastry dough, bread pudding, pecan pie, and cocoa butter with a round, lively, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, complex, long finish with notes of dark honey, dried grass, mixed honey roasted nuts, pears, grilled pineapple, and payday candy bar. A beautiful expression of an extra añejo sure to be a special sipper for any agave fan.
El Tesoro Blanco Tequila
96 points
$44
Clear color. Cheesy, earthy, umami, grassy, green aromas of black pepper, pepper jack cheese, sweet potato, rose petal, and orange and lemon zest with a fat body and a very long savory animale, blueberry bubblegum, strawberry, and watermelon finish. A fun, bright, and fruity blanco great for fun times and complex cocktails.
Lobos 1707 Blanco Mezcal Artesenal
96 points
$54
Clear color. Aromas and flavors of olives and cured salmon, charcuterie board, pencil lead, and grapefruit and orange pith with a round, lively, off-dry medium body and a warming, complex, medium-length finish that shows shades of pickling vinegar, sauer kraut, brisket burnt ends, cured salmon, apple, and pink peppercorn. An delightfully rich, complex Mezcal for all manner of occasions.
Salvadores 70 400 2020 Artesanal Espadín Joven Mezcal
96 points
$73
Clear color. Fruity, green, overripe aromas and flavors of marzipan, over ripe red apple, green jolly rancher, guava, and dill pickles with a supple, soft, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a hot, interesting, medium-length finish with accents of schezwan peppercorn, toasted coconut, and wet tobacco. A complex and interesting Mezcal with a wonderful balance of spice, smoke, and sweet that keeps you coming back to the glass.
Alquimia Reserva De Oro XIV Organic Extra Añejo Tequila
96 points
$250
Golden amber color. Aromas and flavors of spiced nuts and dried fruits, cherry cola, praline, and pepper and coriander with a supple, vibrant, fruity medium-full body and a warming, layered, very long finish conveying nuances of spiced grilled pineapple, guava and yellow peppers, horchata, and milk and honey. A robust powerhouse of an extra añejo that bursts with flavor and begs for attention; try with a few drops of water and cigars.
400 Conejos Mezcal Joven Artesanal
95 points
$29
Clear color. Meaty, minerally, nutty, herbal, green aromas and flavors of pepper, salt, cured pork belly, composting grass, petrol, burnt rubber, new leather, and kambucha with a round, lively, dryish medium body and a warming, intricate, medium-long finish that exhibits overtones of hard italian cheese, cured meats, chorizo, salsa verde, bleu cheese, and caramelized apple. A savory and umami Mezcal that stands out from the crowd and becomes more enjoyable with each sip.
Del Maguey Vida Blanco Mezcal
95 points
$37
Clear color. Funky, grassy, green, herbal, hoppy aromas and flavors of barnyard funk/ brett/ cdp (chateau rayas), wet leather, red berries, leather, rose petal, mediterranean herb garden, spring meadow, and permanent marker with a round, lively, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, complex, medium-long finish with notes of strawberry lemonade, grass, hay, leather, red fruits and citrus, sweet pepper, fruit cup, lime zest, and rose water. A fruity, funky, and savory Mezcal full of delightful flavors and aromas that keep you coming back.
Montelobos Espadín Joven Mezcal
95 points
$39
Clear color. Grassy, umami, savory aromas and flavors of olive brine, blue cheese stuffed olives, elote, sweet corn and spices, mint, caramelized plantains, honey, and pistachio with an oily, dry fat body and a peppery, distinctive, medium-long finish displaying impressions of blanched almond, roasted tomato, coconut cream with cracked black pepper, cider apple, and spiced pear. A sweet, savory, and funky fun Mezcal that will surprise and delight your palette with every sip.
Creyente Mezcal Artesanal Joven
95 points
$49
Clear color. Meaty, green aromas of savory, meaty, funky, cheesy, umami, barnyard/ distilled brett, dried rose petal, roasted almost burned walnut, olive brine, and bleu cheese with a fat body and a very long cedar plank, green apple, strawberry preserves, poblano, and fire roasted corn finish. A very bold, funky Mezcal that will be greatly enjoyed whether sipped or in mixed cocktails.
Mezcal Vago Mezcal Elote
95 points
$54
Clear color. Oily, peppery aromas and flavors of redhots candies, banana runts candies, red cherry simple syrup, roasted pepper, black pepper in hot oil, and pickled ginger with a round, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a peppery, compelling, long finish with accents of baked and brandied red fruits, citrus peel, peppered fruit, peppered papaya, nutella, and christmas spices. An intense, complex Mezcal that combines delightful flavors of spice and fruit.
Don Fulano Blanco Fuerte Tequila
95 points
$59.99
Clear color. Aromas and flavors of yeasty cookie dough, toasted meringue, spiced yams, and fleur de sel and olive brine with a satiny, vibrant, fruity medium body and a warming, engaging, long finish with accents of vanilla mint cream, spicy cheese cake, roasted peppers and peppercorns, and herbed chevre. A robust and spicy blanco with inviting layers of flavor and a long warming finish.
95 points $59.99
Del Maguey Las Milpas Single Village Blanco Mezcal
95 points
$69
Clear color. Smoky aromas and flavors of campfire embers and leather, smoked venison jerky, olive and cheese, and green herbs and cactus with a supple, tangy, fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, intricate, very long finish with accents of char-grilled pineapple and coconut, spiced toffee, and white cigar ash. A fantastically rich and flavor-packed Mezcal with everything a Mezcal aficionado craves, in spades.
Mijenta Reposado Tequila
95 points
$69
Straw yellow color. Grassy, green, hoppy, herbal, candied aromas and flavors of dark cocoa mole sauce, lime, citrus, vanilla, roasted pineapple, and cotton candy with a round, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, nuanced, medium-length finish that exhibits overtones of sweetened italian peppers on an italian beef sandwich, grassy tones, and cucumber skins. A sweet, savory, and peppery stunner of a Reposado Tequila that hits all the right notes.
Don Fulano Añejo Tequila
95 points
$79.98
Golden amber color. Aromas and flavors of chocolate toffee and raisins, roasted almonds, herbed yams, and roasted yellow peppers with a supple, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a warming, refreshing, medium-long finish with accents of mocha latte, spiced nuts, sassafras float, and pepper. A rich, spicy, yet balanced añejo for sipping, cigars, or high-end cocktails.
95 points $79.98
Del Maguey Minero Single Village Blanco Mezcal
95 points
$99
Clear color. Cheesy, umami, nutty aromas and flavors of alcohol, cheesy, and solvent, mixed, hot roasted, and salted nuts, sea salt, minerality, and dried tropical fruits with a velvety, lively, dryish medium body and a hot, engaging, medium-long finish manifesting shades of Savory roasted nuts and charred bbq. A smoky, roasty, and layered Mezcal with a sweet and spicy palate that’s sure to please.
Jose Cuervo Reserva De La Familia Extra Añejo Tequila
95 points
$184
Golden amber color. Aromas and flavors of incense, cola float, caramel-berry cobbler, and propolis with a satiny, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity fat body and an effortless, elegant, long finish with notes of cocoa, chalk, brown butter, green and black pepper, and carob. A rich and nicely poised extra añejo that will be very versatile.
Familia Camarena Silver Tequila
94 points
$17
Best Buy
Clear color. Grassy, green, herbal, peppery, earthy aromas and flavors of poblano pepper, cracked black pepper, white flowers: lilies and violets, grapefruit zest, vegetal, and plantain with a round, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tingling, intricate, medium-length finish with notes of sweet, peppery, touch saline, white pepper, black peppercorn, cucumber skin, rosemary, and thyme. An interesting, vegetal Blanco Tequila that is perfect for spring and summer sippers or to be enjoyed all on its own.
94 points $17 Best Buy
Gran Centenario Reposado Tequila
94 points
$29
Golden straw color. Green, toasty aromas and flavors of vanilla and fried plantain chips, cracked pepper and saline solution, and fresh squeezed lime and sea salt on corn tortillas with a velvety, dryish medium body and a warming, engaging, medium-length finish that exhibits notes of classic oak & agave tones, lemon, lime, hot corn, pepper, green herbs and salinity. An oak-balanced Tequila with delicious salinity and a flavor profile that is sure to please.
Gran Centenario Añejo Tequila
94 points
$35
Gold color. Aromas and flavors of rubber, matchsticks, candied pecans, polished wood, parchment paper, barrel cured tobacco, saffron, cognac, and sun dried tomato with a round, lively, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a peppery, complex, medium-length finish revealing notes of dried red fruits, christmas cake, tart cherries, carob, leather, cured meats, savory, sage, and pine. A unique, complex, and daring añejo with hints of tobacco and pecans.
Gran Coramino Reposado Cristalino Tequila
94 points
$49
Clear color. Aromas of sweet peppers, butter cream frosting, vanilla forward, and vanilla simple syrup with a full body and a long caramel, vanilla artificial, earl grey, perfume, and marzipan finish. An extremely smooth expression of Cristalino Tequila with lovely fruity, rounded notes.
Del Maguey Vida De Muertos Blanco Mezcal
94 points
$54
Clear color. Green, grassy, herbal, interesting, fresh aromas and flavors of distilled cherry pits, dried dates and figs, thyme, fresh garden herb, artichoke, blueberry syrup, and lavender with a glycerous, full body and a long finish conveying accents of cured, salted, savory meat, prosciutto wrapped rabbit with white summer truffle, lemon grass, and fresh basil. A savory yet fresh incredibly balanced Mezcal that dances on the palette.
Xicala Anejo Mezcal
94 points
$59.99
Brilliant gold color. Aromas and flavors of mocha flan and nougat, raisins and dates in vanilla cream, grilled coconut and tropical fruits, and smoked cheese with a silky, bright, fruity medium-to-full body and a smooth, complex, long finish evoking notes of spiced and smoked almonds, white cigar ash, pink and white pepper, and minerals. A gently smoky Añejo Mezcal with very appealing creamy, fruity agave; this will appeal to sipping rum drinkers as well as agave aficionados.
94 points $59.99
Marfanista Single Batch Blanco Tequila
94 points
$79
Clear color. Aromas of vanilla salt water taffy, flan with dates, candied lime peel, and honey roasted yellow pepper with a supple, dry-yet-fruity full body and a compelling, medium-long spiced roasted pineapple and coconut pastry finish. A lovely savory, chewy, almost bream pastry-like blanco for sipping or cocktails.
Gran Centenario Leyenda Extra Añejo Tequila
94 points
$149
Golden amber color. Meaty, mature, herbal, green, fruity aromas of smoky, sweet, savory, chocolate covered bacon, herb crusted salmon on cedar plank, cedar, pine tar, rye whiskey, and overwhelming barrel with a round, full body and a long burned sugars, coffee bean, bbq, and banana finish. A smoky, sweet, and savory Extra Aged Tequila that shines whether on its own or front and center in a cocktail.
Reserva del Señor Silver Tequila
93 points
Clear color. Fatty, herbal, meaty aromas and flavors of super savory, cured meats, jamon, leather, roasted mushrooms, pepper, caraway, and fresh aloe with a round, lively, dryish medium body and a warming, involved, medium-length finish revealing nuances of steak, cheese, and roasted mushroom on fresh tortillas, fresh lime, minerality, lemon on oysters, and fresh cut grass. The unique and delicious flavors found in this Tequila can be enjoyed as a sipper or will make an excellent stirred cocktail.
Gran Centenario Plata Tequila
93 points
$28
Straw color. Aromas and flavors of cactus and aloe, spiced nut brittle, mixed peppercorns, and ghee and honeyed cream cheese with a silky, bright, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, appealing, breezy finish with notes of horchata and vanilla almond milk. A supple and spicy, lightly rested blanco that is a pleasure to drink on its own and will shine in all sorts of cocktails.
Jose Cuervo Tradicional Reposado Cristalino Tequila
93 points
$34
Clear color. Minerally aromas and flavors of mild vanilla, white chocolate, touch of rubber or solvent tone (mineral spirits), latex, carrot cake with cream cheese frosting, and black tea with a glycerous, crisp, fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, refreshing, medium-length finish with accents of herbal, saline and grass. Whether sipped on its own or in a mixed shot, this fruity, supple cristalino will amp up the good times.
Espolón Añejo Tequila
93 points
$37
Gold color. Aromas and flavors of werther’s original butterscotch candies, cassis leaves, blond tobacco, coconut oil, and american oak with a round, fruity medium-to-full body and a peppery, subtle, medium-long finish revealing touches of honey comb, white florals, caramelized sugars, ripe pineapple, savory pepper, vanilla, cocoa, leather, mint, sweet tobacco, chinese 5 spice, and scorched honey. A complex, earthy, and creamy expression of an Añejo Tequila that is sure to delight fans of the style.
Cabo Wabo Reposado Tequila
93 points
$40
Bright slivery straw color. Creamy, nutty, toasty aromas and flavors of nougat, chocolate, roasted pineapple, and pecan with a soft, shy, dryish light body and a warming, brisk finish displaying accents of vanilla tapioca, vanilla toffee, and spiced papaya. A lovely, tingling reposado with a fine sweetness that will work well in cocktails.
Convite Esencial Artesenal Joven Espadin Mezcal
93 points
$44
Clear color. Chemical, medicinal, oily, musty aromas of petrol, rubber, papaya, mesquite, grilled tomato,grilled lamb, and smoked paprika with a soft, flat, bone-dry watery body and a warming, short hickory, eucalyptus, and bleu cheese finish. A Mezcal with rich, earthy notes that stand up to the agave yet still let other delicate flavors shine through.
Tequila Ocho Tequila Plata
93 points
$49
Clear color. Earthy, herbal, meaty aromas of sea salt, papaya, and sweet corn with a supple, soft, dryish light body and a smooth, engaging, medium-length nougat, stone, white pepper, plum, and pear finish. A dry, reserved blanco for refined sipping.
Don Fulano Blanco Tequila
93 points
$49.99
Clear color. Earthy, tropical, peppery, vegetal aromas and flavors of dill, salinity, green mango, white pepper, and chicory with a supple, shy, dry thin body and a tingling, long finish conveying notes of vanilla, caramel, cream, and white tea. A bright, lightly spicy and very well-balanced blanco for sipping or cocktails.
93 points $49.99
Xicala Mezcal Reposado Lot XR-001
93 points
$49.99
Straw yellow color. Aromas and flavors of cigar ash, char-grilled pineapple and green pepper, smoked turkey jerky, and olive and oregano with a satiny, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, interesting, long finish displaying notes of roasted tropical fruits and sweet peppers, chili pepper, and honey cream. A nicely balanced Reposado Mezcal with a gentle, creamy, sweet agave character.
93 points $49.99
Masuave Añejo Tequila
93 points
$50
Golden amber color. Roasted aromas of coffee grounds, cacao nibs, wooden torch, and suede with a supple, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a smooth, interesting, medium-length chocolate espresso bean, salty caramelized roasted pecans, horchata, and angel food cake with creme anglaise finish. A rock solid wood-forward añejo with lovely toasty, nutty notes.
Don Fulano Reposado Tequila
93 points
$59.99
Slivery straw color. Meaty, savory, grassy, green, herbal aromas of smoky, savory, chipotle and chorizo sausage, sweetened dark chocolate, wet earth cocoa bean, chamomile, and orange blossom with a full body and a long wet concrete, dill, vinegar, olive brine, and artificial strawberry finish. This savory and intriguing Reposado Tequila will be lovely to use for complex cocktails.
93 points $59.99
Baluarte 15 Months Aged Añejo Tequila
93 points
$63
Golden amber color. Interesting aromas and flavors of sassafras and latte, vanilla yogurt and spumoni with molasses cake, spicy toffee and teriyaki jerky, and polished wood with a silky, vibrant, fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, layered, long finish conveying notes of root beer float, cinnamon flan with papaya, and pepper. A delightfully spicy and tingling añejo that intrigues the palate with every sip.
Salvadores 70 400 2020 Artesanal Cirial Joven Mezcal
93 points
$99
Clear color. Chemical aromas and flavors of overripe red apple, petrol, dill, cheddar, and mesquite with a supple, shy, dryish light-to-medium body and a hot, refreshing, breezy finish evoking suggestions of currant, parsley, black pepper, and roasted corn. A smoky, salty, and spice-forward Mezcal that would compliment any cocktail.
Alquimia Reserva De Don Adolfo VI Organic Extra Añejo Tequila
93 points
$135
Golden yellow color. Aromas and flavors of shoe polish, new leather, play doh, silly putty, solventy whisky, malted grains, leather, cocoa, and dusty grains with a glycerous, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, intricate, medium-long finish with overtones of dates, dark honey, banana bread, mole sauce, flavored tobacco, caramel, aged too long, plums, cognac, kit kat bars, and cayenne pepper. A special occasion extra añejo sipper with rich aromas and flavors.
Lobos 1707 Extra Añejo Tequila
93 points
$149
Clear gold color. Nutty, sweet, toasty, creamy aromas and flavors of dill, marjoram, orange peel, creme brulee, and cherry cola with a round, shy, moderately sweet medium body and a peppery, interesting, medium-length finish conveying touches of creme brulee, dried cherry, and cola. A wonderfully rich and creamy extra añejo sipper that will be great with cigars too.
1800 Añejo Tequila
92 points
$39
Clear golden amber color. Creamy, nutty, baked aromas and flavors of creme brulee, pecan, apricot, and cherry chocolate candy with a supple, shy, dryish light-to-medium body and a warming, interesting, medium-length finish that presents notes of caramel, mocha cream, and brown sugar. A mellow, round, wood-accented añejo for contemplative sipping.
Masuave Reposado Tequila
92 points
$40
Golden yellow color. Grassy, herbal, peppery, spicy, minerally aromas and flavors of salted mixed nuts with a touch of cracked pepper, vanilla cream and milk chocolate, hot vegetable oil, and redhots with a round, lively, dryish medium body and a long finish displaying nuances of vegetable, basil, peppercorn, vanilla bean, sesame oil, cedar, and honeysuckle. A smooth, creamy, and rich example of a reposado.
Tres Generaciones Añejo Tequila
92 points
$49
Dark light gold color. Floral, earthy, grassy aromas of grass hay, dried apricot, and eucalyptus with a satiny, shy, dryish light body and a peppery, amusing, medium-length coconut water, roasted poblano skin, and black pepper finish. A flavor-packed reposado that is sure to please.
Mezcal Vago Mezcal Espadin Emigdio Jarquin
92 points
$54
Clear color. Citrusy, fruity aromas and flavors of dried apricots, cherry, clay, and candied pineapple with a satiny, shy, dryish light-to-medium body and a warming, interesting, medium-length finish with suggestions of fresh cut grass and smoked garden herbs. A wonderful Mezcal that balances smoke, sweet, and fruit.
1800 Cristalino Tequila Añejo
92 points
$59
Clear color. Aromas and flavors of apple cider vinegar, brown butter, pastry dough, and toasted sesame with a round, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a warming, interesting, medium-length finish with impressions of tart green apple, sweet cream, lemon curd, almond cookie, and fresh cut grass. A light, citrusy Cristalino Tequila to be enjoyed in the sun.
Casa Maestri Blanco Tequila Reserva
92 points
$59
Clear color. Confected aromas and flavors of spiced baked yams and figs, vanilla nougat bar, cappuccino gelato, and hearts of palm salad with a satiny, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a smooth, refreshing, medium-long finish with accents of honey buttered roasted pineapple and vanilla spiced nuts. A silky and creamy blanco for sipping and palomas.
Jose Cuervo Reserva De La Familia Reposado Tequila
92 points
$84
Clear gold color. Grassy, green, minerally aromas and flavors of granite, wet clay, pear, green tea, and fruit loops with a silky, soft, dryish light body and a peppery, engaging, medium-length finish manifesting shades of green pepper, honey, oak, mesquite, and salinity. A serious, wood-forward Tequila that will pair nicely with cigars.
Jose Cuervo Tradicional Plata Tequila
91 points
$29
Clear color. Grassy, green, herbal, savory, earthy aromas and flavors of lemon pepper, key lime pith, lemon grass, and welsh’s grape juice with a round, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium body and an intricate, long finish evoking touches of cracked black pepper, fresh grass, crushed stones, green apple candy, greek yogurt, vanilla bean, stewed fruits, and kiwi. A fresh, light, and herbaceous Blanco Tequila for warm days.
Reserva Del Señor Reposado Tequila
91 points
$30
Clear straw color. Baked, creamy, roasted, inviting aromas and flavors of white chocolate, creme brulee, caramel, cola, and over ripe pineapple with a soft, dry thin body and a warming, quick finish with overtones of orange, tobacco, and pepper jack cheese. A warming and creamy reposado that would pair well with dessert courses.
Tequila Ocho Tequila Reposado
91 points
$59
Clear color. Aromas and flavors of olive skin, cheese rind, spiced yams, and honey buttercream and fondant with a bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tingling, interesting, long finish conveying nuances of cinnamon almonds, cashew milk latte and chai, and delicate sweet and peppery spices. A wonderfully flavorful and elegantly balanced reposado for sipping or to elevate cocktails.
Alquimia Single Estate Organic Añejo Tequila
91 points
$65
Golden amber color. Woody aromas and flavors of polished oak, leather, and parchment, citrus, green herb, pepper, sea salt, vanilla, and butterscotch with a round, dryish light-to-medium body and a warming, complex, medium-long finish with notes of roasted meat, pepper, and herbs on butcher’s paper over cherry wood in the smoker, rubber, cured pork and beef jerky. A great añejo to sip with a cigar or outside next to the grill.
Jose Cuervo Tradicional Reposado Tequila
90 points
$20
Best Buy
Straw yellow color. Grassy, green, peppery aromas and flavors of cocoa nibs and cracked black pepper, cedar saw dust, lemon meringue, earth savory, and black tea with a round, crisp, dry medium body and a compelling, medium-long finish with notes of green, herbal, floral, and savory, lemon rind, honeysuckle, dark bitter chocolates, anise, chinese five spice, leather, pine, and salsa verde. A well-balanced and harmonious reposado with hints of oak.
90 points $20 Best Buy
Baluarte Tequila Blanco Triple Destilado
90 points
$42
Slivery straw color. Grassy aromas and flavors of oak, vanilla, marzipan, and confectioners sugar, lemon, lime, pepper, grass, pink pepper, and freshly harvested garden herbs with a round, vibrant, dryish medium-to-full body and a tingling, appealing, medium-long finish that shows notes of vanilla buttercream, honey comb, papaya, pepper, lemon, ginger, and toasted cedar smoke. A soft, creamy, and approachable Blanco Tequila.
Zignum Reposado Mezcal
90 points
$44
Clear gold color. Exotic, tropical, sweet, citrusy, clean aromas and flavors of red apple, cherry gum, lime zest, pecan pie, passionfruit, guava, and toasted marshmallow with a satiny, soft, dry-yet-fruity light body and a warming, breezy finish that shows touches of honey pistachio, guava, passion fruit, apricot, and oak. A rich, delicious Mezcal for sipping with friends.
Mezcal Vago Mezcal Ensamble En Barro
90 points
$80
Clear color. Floral, grassy, green, herbal, umami aromas and flavors of candied flowers, fruity pebbles, lemon verbena, candied ginger, and bbq with a round, racy, dry-yet-fruity medium-full body and a warming, intricate, medium-long finish displaying overtones of cured pork with white floral honey and roasted nuts, hard cheese and charcuterie, anise, and chamomile. A lively Mezcal with nice notes of sweet and savory on the palate.
Lunazul Blanco Tequila
89 points
$19
Best Buy
Clear color. Dusty, woody, herbal aromas and flavors of clay, butter, and floral garden with a soft, dryish light body and a peppery, amusing, medium-length finish imparting notes of cream, vanilla, white pepper, dried oregano, and wet bark. A spicy, creamy Blanco Tequila that would mix well with rich coffee.
89 points $19 Best Buy
1800 Blanco Tequila
89 points
$29
Clear color. Creamy, cheesy, minerally aromas and flavors of chihuahua cheese, clay stills, pachuga, cheese stuffed poblano peppers with a spicy mole sauce, aloe vera, artificial cinnamon, and candy corn with a round, soft, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tingling, stimulating, medium-long finish that shows notes of spearmint, wintergreen, fresh green herbs, thyme and sage. A mineral and green herb-driven blanco that will be great for sipping or cocktails.
Jose Cuervo Reserva De La Familia Platino Blanco Tequila
89 points
$64
Slivery straw color. Fresh, boozy, grassy, green, herbal aromas and flavors of lemon, lime, with a tinge of solventy lemon pledge, roasted sweet peppers, melon, black pepper, and cream notes with a velvety, lively, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a medium-to-long finish displaying nuances of sweet lemongrass and basil, lemon creme brulee, key lime pie, grilled pineapple, honey dew, simple syrup, and savory/umami. A pleasant and well-rounded blanco for all occasions.
Convite Artesenal Joven Madrecuishe Mezcal
89 points
$69
Clear color. Exotic, confected, creamy aromas and flavors of warmed buttered banana bread, confectioner’s sugar, cream, and lavender soap with a round, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a warming, delightful, medium-length finish displaying notes of mesquite smoke, lemongrass, fresh cut grass, and green tea. A pleasant and approachable Mezcal for the Tequila drinker looking to branch out.
Querendón Agave De Amatitán Reposado Tequila
89 points
$69
Straw color. Aromas and flavors of raisin compote, spiced nuts, glued wood, and sweet pickles with a lightly tannic, crisp, dryish medium body and a peppery, medium-length finish revealing suggestions of dusty sweet potato, grass, and pepper. A go-to, all-purpose Reposado Tequila.
Don Fulano Imperial Extra Añejo Tequila
89 points
$189.99
Amber color. Aromas and flavors of cheesy, umami, pork belly in hot oil and browned butter, 5 spice, cocoa dust, and cinnamon with a round, medium-to-full body and a delightful, medium-to-long finish with overtones of bitter orange peel, coconut, jalapeño poppers with jam, mesquite, flan, and black walnut. An extra añejo with savory-sweet aromas that will appeal to well-aged brown spirits fans.
89 points $189.99
Familia Camarena Reposado Tequila
88 points
$19
Best Buy
Clear slivery straw color. Fruity, fresh, creamy, toasty aromas and flavors of caramel, green apple, dark chocolate, and lime with a satiny, soft, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a peppery, interesting, breezy finish that shows notes of lime salt, pepper, purple mint, and black pepper. A clean Reposado Tequila that will satisfy the everyday sipper.
88 points $19 Best Buy
Lunazul Reposado Tequila
88 points
$19
Best Buy
Clear slivery straw color. Herbal, grassy, roasted aromas and flavors of pencil shavings, wet stone, caramel apple, grass, and polish with a supple, soft, dryish thin body and a peppery, stimulating, medium-length finish that exhibits notes of mint, white pepper, and cedar. A dry, wood-accented reposado for cocktails.
88 points $19 Best Buy
Lunazul Añejo Tequila
88 points
$22
Golden yellow color. Dusty, funky, umami aromas of dusty old library, parchment and leather books, cocoa bean, baker’s chocolate, chalky, and malt balls with a medium-to-full body and a medium-to-long dried fruits, balsamic, ginger and walnut finish. A rich, barrel-aged añejo that tastes older than it is.
Jose Cuervo Tradicional Añejo Tequila
88 points
$32
Amber color. Umami, fatty, meaty aromas and flavors of teriyaki sauce, umami, grilled meats, soy, sweetness, herbs, dark chocolate, coffee grounds, and burnt sugar with a satiny, vibrant, dryish medium body and a warming, complex, relaxed finish with nuances of smokey oak, charred meat, soy sauce, stewed purple fruits, blueberry, walnut paste, sweet tobacco, and salted caramel gelato. A savory añejo driven by complex oak flavors.
Zignum Espadin Añejo Mezcal
88 points
$59
Clear golden amber color. Baked, boozy, toasty, sweet aromas and flavors of allspice, creme brulee, honey, and dates with a round, soft, dryish medium body and a warming, refreshing, breezy finish imparting impressions of caramel, creme brulee, green mango, strawberry, and dates. An oak-forward Añejo Tequila with notes of vanilla that will appeal to Rum fans as well.
Enemigo 89 Añejo Cristalino Tequila
88 points
$69
Slivery straw color. Buttery, waxy aromas of salted watermelon, pine, raspberries, blue berries, orange zest, lychee, and kiwi, and elderflower with a medium-to-full body and a medium-to-long vanilla roasted almond, ginger candies, red apple, honeynut cherrios in milk, raspberry, and blueberry finish. A smooth, approachable palate pleaser of a cristalino that would pair well with fruit.
Familia Camarena Añejo Tequila
87 points
$29.99
Straw yellow color. Citrusy, grassy, toasty aromas and flavors of grilled cedar plank, vanilla cream citrus, roasted sweet bell pepper, black tea, cinnamon gum, and over steeped tea with a round, crisp, dryish medium-to-full body and an interesting, medium-length finish evoking shades of fresh ground black pepper on a creamy caesar dressed garden salad and maillard reaction on oak and agave. An oaky añejo that showcases the flavors of ripe and roasted agave.
87 points $29.99
Marfanista Single Batch Reposado Tequila
87 points
$89
Straw yellow color. Oaky, floral aromas and flavors of vanilla whey protein powder, creamy cheese and vanilla, caramel corn, oak, circus peanuts, honeysuckle, sweet jasmine green tea, and marzipan with a round, crisp, dryish medium body and a warming, medium-length finish imparting suggestions of madagascar vanilla extract butter cream frosting, green tones of citrus, herb, pepper, oak and sugar, jalapeño, and butterscotch. A sweeter style Reposado Tequila that carries the oak well.
Marfanista Single Batch Añejo Tequila
87 points
$99
Clear gold color. Baked, toasty, roasted aromas of white chocolate, cinnamon, roasted walnut, marzipan, dark cherry, and sugar cookies with frosting with a silky, shy, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a medium-length cinnamon, white chocolate, cocoa nibs, cake batter, and purple mint finish. A barrel-forward añejo that will appeal to Rum and Bourbon drinkers alike.
Azteca Azul Plata Tequila
86 points
$24
Clear color. Meaty, funky, waxy, piney aromas and flavors of leather and wax, shoe polish, cedar pine needles, kiwi, tropical notes, dried orange, and rose water with a round, crisp, dryish medium-to-full body and a warming, delightful, medium-long finish manifesting notes of lime peel, lemon verbena, pine, juniper berry, marzipan, and thyme and oregano. A fresh and herbal blanco for shots and the like.
Lunazul Primero Añejo Cristalino Tequila
86 points
$29
Clear color. Interesting aromas and flavors of cocoa-dusted butter roasted pecans, ovaltine and mocha, waxed cedar, moss and clay, and stove-roasted peppers with a glycerous, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a peppery, interesting, medium-long finish conveying suggestions of grilled artichokes, nopales and chilis, coconut milk latte, green herbs, and pepper. An interesting, very savory, green, and peppery Tequila for rich, savory cocktails.
Mijenta Blanco Tequila
86 points
$48
Clear color. Creamy, roasted, attractive, clean aromas and flavors of whipped cream, citrus, and mango with a supple, shy, dryish light body and a warming, brisk finish manifesting notes of cantaloupe, white pepper, and charcoal. A straightforward and friendly Tequila for all traditional cocktail applications.
Lobos 1707 Reposado Tequila
86 points
$49
Golden yellow color. Aromas and flavors of flan and toasty pineapple pastry with a soft, bright, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a tingling, medium-long finish with accents of spiced melon and kiwi and vanilla nuts. A light and lively reposado for cocktails.
Baluarte Tequila Reposado Reserva Especial
86 points
$50
Clear light gold color. Citrusy, tropical aromas of lemon, lime soda, caramel, circus peanut, and toasted coconut with a satiny, soft, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a warming, interesting, medium-length almond, grilled lime, caramel apple, mango, honey, and butterscotch finish. A nicely balanced Reposado Tequila for more serious cocktails.
Tequila Ocho Añejo Tequila
86 points
$74
Slivery straw color. Grassy, grainy, herbal, green, savory aromas of solventy, rubber, green tones, roasted peanut, artificial candies, roast agave, tropical tones, stir fried plum, and paint on the nose with a medium body and a medium caramelized vanilla peppers, lemon oil, mesquite and saline finish. An Añejo Tequila that would work well in tropical cocktails.
Enemigo 00 Extra Añejo Tequila
86 points
$159
Clear golden amber color. Citrusy, attractive aromas and flavors of cola, candied ginger, chicory, grilled lime, and creme brulee with a round, soft, dryish medium body and a peppery, compelling, medium-long finish revealing impressions of dates, tobacco, roasted garlic, and orange liqueur. An extra añejo with a nice combination of spice and aging notes.
Azteca Azul Reposado Tequila
85 points
$26
Straw color. Grassy, savory, minerally aromas of wet straw/ hay, roasted hazelnut, potting soil, candied plums, dates, figs, yellow flowers, lychee, clove, popcorn, anise, figs, and eggo waffles with a medium body and a medium fresh cream, grass clippings, eucalyptus oil, ground pepper, and dry oregano finish. A warming, solid example of a reposado.
Espolón Reposado Tequila
85 points
$27
Straw color. Creamy aromas and flavors of fresh churned butter, lemon, cream, and chives or maybe garlic, vinyl, creamed corn, and under ripe peach with a velvety, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a warming, delightful, medium-length finish with overtones of lemon pepper, sage, brioche, bananas and pineapple. A tropical and savory agave that will be good for cocktails.
1800 Coconut Flavored Tequila
85 points
$29
Clear color. Candied, creamy, confected, sweet, toasty aromas and flavors of coconut, orange liqueur, cinnamon, pineapple, and marzipan with a syrupy, flat, cloying medium-full body and a smooth, very long finish that presents impressions of cinnamon, creme brulee, and roasted coconut. A coconut and cinnamon-forward Tequila great for mixed shots.
Lunazul El Humoso Smoked Blanco Tequila
85 points
$29
Clear color. Citrusy, clean, green aromas of terra-cotta, white pepper, grass, hay, banana, sea breeze, and mesquite with a supple, soft, dry thin body and a warming, brisk white pepper, plantain, and apricot finish. A very light Tequila with subtle flavors.
Masuave Blanco Tequila
85 points
$33
Clear color. Umami, grassy, herbal, green aromas and flavors of fresh cut grass, lemon balm, parmesan/ umami, green pepper, cracked black pepper, and lemon pledge with a round, crisp, dry medium body and a warming, delightful, medium-length finish with touches of lemon grass, lemon pepper, roasted pineapple and plantain, cilantro, jalapeño, sweet peppers, licorice, and banana foster. A pleasant and refreshing blanco that lets the agave shine through.
Herradura Ultra Anejo Tequila Cristalino
85 points
$59
Clear color. Interesting aromas and flavors of spumoni ice cream, spicy papaya-mango relish, pineapple-cherry danish, and caramel-maple fudge with a satiny, bright, off-dry medium-to-full body and a tingling, amusing, medium-long finish that exhibits overtones of horchata, pink pepper, and pineapple sherbet. A noticeably confected Tequila for shots and creamy cocktails.
Phrases Made of Words Agave De Amatitán Reposado Tequila
85 points
$69
Slivery straw color. Mature, herbal, creamy aromas and flavors of toasted waffle, honey comb, jasmine, honey suckle, elderflower, and clove honey with a velvety, dry medium body and a warming, very complex, medium-length finish with impressions of white flower honey, honey comb, dessert wine, orange marmalade, key lime pie, cocoa nibs, sweet peppers, maple syrup, and clover honey. A nice reposado that offers a little bit of everything to everyone.
Santo Cuviso Bacanora Blanco
85 points
$94
Clear color. Chemical, rubbery, minerally, green, meaty aromas and flavors of clay, cedar, grilled lamb, rubber, and green papaya with a supple, soft, fruity light body and a hot, interesting, medium-length finish imparting shades of stone, lime pith, and mesquite. A complex and interesting agave spirit that has many cocktail applications.
Espolón Blanco Tequila
84 points
$27
Clear color. Creamy, minerally, peppery aromas of granite, white chocolate, and green mango with a soft, shy, dry light body and a warming, short soy sauce, green vegetal tones, and cedar finish. An approachable, easy to sip Tequila with a smooth finish.
1800 Reposado Tequila
84 points
$29
Gold color. Aromas and flavors of pencil shavings and eraser, smoked nuts, frosted carrot and pineapple cakes, and lit beeswax candle with a supple, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, compelling, medium-long finish with accents of buttery toasted fruit cake with cinnamon, gingerbread, and cedar. A very woody reposado with fun cinnamon and spice notes for creative cocktail play.
Reserva del Señor Añejo Tequila
84 points
$30
Clear gold color. Creamy, buttery, baked, chemical aromas and flavors of vanilla extract, nutmeg, chocolate, and kettle corn with a satiny, shy, moderately sweet medium body and a polished, brisk finish with accents of honey comb, cola, candied lemon peel, and baked pineapple. A fruity, round, and barrel-forward Tequila.
Casa Maestri Reposado Tequila Reserva
84 points
$69
Clear straw yellow color. Green, curious, toasty aromas and flavors of butterscotch, grapefruit, bubblegum, honey, and waffle with a silky, soft, moderately sweet light-to-medium body and a warming, compelling, medium-length finish conveying notes of milkshake, cayenne pepper, ginger snap cookie, and mocha. A sweeter Tequila to sip and drink on its own or use in stirred cocktails.
Casa Maestri Añejo Tequila Reserva
84 points
$89
Golden amber color. Aromas and flavors of caramel-scented candle, cedar sock drawer, dried pineapple and papaya, and bacon fat with a supple, soft, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a tingling, carefree finish that shows notes of coffee ice cream and spiced dried fruits. A somewhat odd and waxy añejo for creative cocktail play.
Viva Casa Tulum Reposado Honey and Vanilla Tequila
81 points
$30
Clear golden amber color. Woody, sweet, toasty aromas and flavors of caramel, berry tea, hay, marshmallow, peanut brittle, pecan pie, suede, and moth balls with a syrupy, flat, very sweet medium-to-full body and a silky, short-lived finish that presents notes of cherry cola float and macadamia milkshake. A very sweet Tequila designed for a dessert cocktail.
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