About Reposado Mezcal

About Reposado Mezcal
Reposado mezcal is mezcal that is aged up to one year in an oak barrel, usually an ex-bourbon barrel. This is less time aging than an añejo mezcal (one to three years of aging) or extra añejos (three years or more). While these examples do not have the finesse of an añejo mezcal, these are a step or two up in refinement and smoothness from a blanco mezcal and can be served neat or in a cocktail.

Mezcal is often confused with tequila, as both are made from agave. But while tequila must be made from one specific blue agave, mezcal can be produced from eighteen different types of agave (maguey). There are two types of mezcal, those made exclusively from maguey and those made from at least 80% maguey mixed with other ingredients. Mezcal has similar aging terms as tequila, such as reposado and añejo, but generally mezcal is more of an artisanal product, so examples of mezcal vary more than tequila.

Most are double-distilled, while some are triple-distilled and then aged for several years in oak barrels. Flavors range from smoked herbs and pepper to tobacco and charred fruits.

Top Picks for Reposado Mezcal

Xicala Mezcal Reposado Lot XR-001
93 points
A nicely balanced Reposado Mezcal with a gentle, creamy, sweet agave character.
93 points $49.99
Los Amantes Reposado Mezcal
93 points
A rich and traditional mezcal with complex smokiness.
Se Busca Reposado Mezcal Artesanal
91 points
A very tasty and approachable reposado mezcal with sumptuous flavors and texture.
91 points $44.99
Zignum Reposado Mezcal
90 points
A rich, delicious Mezcal for sipping with friends.
Nucano Mezcal Reposado
90 points
A tasty and elegantly crafted Mezcal that rewards each sip.
Lobos 1707 Reposado Mezcal
86 points
A slightly smoky, velvety Mezcal with hints of nuttiness.