About Tequila, Mezcal and Agave Spirits from USA

About Tequila, Mezcal  and  Agave Spirits from USA
The spirit industry in America is much like the beer industry; some large corporate distillers turning out good quality vodka, gin and whisky along with a growing number of artisan producers of these same products. In large cities such as Chicago and San Francisco, small distilleries turn out superb spirits, many of them organically produced. Vodkas and gins are most common, but there are even a few examples of single malt whiskey. This is certainly an encouraging alternative to the commercially produced spirits in the US, but the truth is that these artisan spirits are a drop in the bucket next to the huge amount of vodkas, gins and whiskeys made by the large companies and are sold in huge numbers; given the promotional money spent by these firms. But the new competition is a bright sign at least in terms of some of the famous whiskey producers that have recently introduced specialty bourbons, aged for a dozen or more years, many of them single barrel products. They are responding to a public looking for more high quality American spirits. The success of these products is a great thing for the American sprits industry.

Top Picks for USA

Tequila, Mezcal and Agave Spirits

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.
Western Reserve Distillers Organic Blanco Agave Spirit
88 points
$32
Clear color. Aromas of butterscotch and lanolin with a lean, crisp, bone-dry light body and a tingling, breezy hints of white sugar, chamomile and minerals finish. Herbal, grassy and full of life, this brings an earthy honesty to the table.
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.
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.
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.
Western Reserve Distillers Organic Reposado Agave Spirit
84 points
$35
Gold color. Aromas of caramel corn, hints of baking spices, and cinnamon candle with an oily, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a polished, intriguing, medium-length banana candies, butterscotch sauce, and hints of red bean finish. A creamy spirit with sweet oak flavors.
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.
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.
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.