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
$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
Los Amantes Reposado Mezcal
93 points
$65
Light gold color. Smoky aromas and flavors of grilled peppers and pineapples, burning pine and hickory embers, singed herbs, and overripe plantain with a silky, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tingling, appealing, medium-long finish with suggestions of singed palo santo and pine sap, roasted coconut milk, grilled squash and fiddle head ferns, and lava stones finish. A rich and traditional mezcal with complex smokiness.
Se Busca Reposado Mezcal Artesanal
91 points
$44.99
Golden amber color. Roasted aromas and flavors of smoked salted caramel nut bar, chocolate figs and yams, fiddle faddle, and rubber cement with a supple, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tingling, appealing, medium-long finish displaying impressions of chocolate mousse with coconut milk, smoked nuts and bbq apple and peach woods, and mesquite honeycomb on dried pineapple and papaya finish. A very tasty and approachable reposado mezcal with sumptuous flavors and texture.
91 points $44.99
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.
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.
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.