Tequila Reposado 2011
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Best Reposado Tequila - 2011

Reposado is fast becoming the most popular of the three NOM standard types of 100% blue agave tequilas (Blanco, Reposado, or Añejo).

The reason is simple:
Reposado (also referred to as "rested" and "aged") is Blanco tequila that has been stored in wood barrels for between two and eleven months. The aging gives Reposado its pale color, a pleasing bouquet, and a mellowed taste that is gentler to the palate— perfect for sipping as well as for cocktails.

 

The Fifty Best Reposado Tequila Tasting

 

The Tasting:
At Beacon in NYC, 30 journalists, retailers and aficionados tasted 22 100% blue agave reposado tequilas. Strict tasting rules were implemented. The products were served "blindly", without distractions of brand names. The order of service was established beforehand by lottery. Each of the tequilas were poured into fresh glasses from new sealed bottles, and immediately served at slightly above room temperature. The judges wrote down their impressions of each product on score sheets. Ice water on the side, bread and crackers were available to cleanse the palate. Food was served during a break.

The scoring was done on a 5-point system, with 5 as the best. Double-Gold, Gold and Silver medals are awarded based on a set range of final point scores received from the judges.

The tasting notes are summaries of the judges’ opinions. Prices quoted are for 750ml sizes. Prices may vary by state and does not include sales tax.

TASTING RESULTS:

 

7 Leguas

DOUBLE-GOLD MEDAL WINNERS:

1. 7 Leguas - $40

Fruity light citrus nose, spicy, nutty, fruity, very light and mellow, smooth, slight tropical finish, vanilla, hint of pepper, floral, peppery, buttery, creamy, sweet, soft, grapefruit, hint of butter, woody, smoky, herbasceous, dusty, earthy, reminiscent of blanco, fresh, medium body, short finish.

Double Gold Medal
Double Gold medal

2. Semental - $50

Vegetative, dried fruit & caramel nose, light, nutty, fruity, floral, herbal, earthy, woody, oak, cedar, vegetative, herbaceous, agave, tobacco, smoky, pepper, cucumber, spice, sweet, vanilla, caramel, strawberry, butter, peach, pineapple, buttery lemon, phenolic smoke, dusty, resinous, medium bodied, nice delicate finish.

Double Gold Medal
Double Gold medal

Semental
Cazadores

3. Two-Way Tie - Cazadores - $40

Medium vegetal nose, agave, hints of berry, butter, caramel, fruity, hazelnut, anise, peppery, spicy, smoky, soft, smooth, easy finish.

Double Gold Medal
Double Gold medal

Herradura - $40

Light caramel vanilla nose, nutty, caramel, honey, peach, vanilla, butter, citrus, fruity, tropical, oak, bourbon barrel, earthy, pepper, dried tobacco, floral notes, cotton candy sweet, soft, very smooth, front end citrus, medium body, medium finish, nice.

Double Gold Medal
Double Gold medal

Herradura
Alma de Agave

4. Three-Way Tie - Alma de Agave - $32

Medium vegetative nose, buttery, caramel, butterscotch, maple, vanilla, chocolate, hint of coffee, black cherry, light sweet pepper then spicy, cardamom, woody, smoky, almost peaty, herbaceous, salty, smooth, balanced, clean medium finish.

Double Gold Medal
Double Gold medal

Exotico

Inviting tropical fruit nose, honey, raisin, clover, caramel, agave, orange, banana, sweet, spicy, comprehensive pepper, herbaceous, woody, bit of smoke, luscious mouth-feel, smooth, soft long finish.

Double Gold Medal
Double Gold medal

Exotico
Tres Agaves

Tres Agaves - $35

Agave citrus & floral nose, woody, earth, salty, vegetal, raspberry, clover, caramel, vanilla, tropical fruit, melon, banana, peppery, hot pepper, intense, mild, very smooth, medium body, long subtle finish.

Double Gold Medal
Double Gold medal

5. Two-Way Tie - Don Eduardo - $45

Medium citrus vanilla nose, spicy, fruity, grassy, lemon zest, floral notes, herbaceous, nutty, sweet, smoky, woody, cedar, hint of perfume, medium body, smooth start, long vanilla finish.

Double Gold Medal
Double Gold medal

Don Eduardo
Puro Verde

Puro Verde- $36
Organic

Beautiful light floral nose, tea, almond, butterscotch, caramel, creamy layers, lemon, anise, licorice, green olives, sandalwood, eucalyptus, hint of banana, agave, pepper, buttery, spicy, floral, sweet, salty, soft, woody, intense, complex, flavorful, smooth, long finish.

Double Gold Medal
Double Gold medal

GOLD MEDAL WINNERS:

Corzo- $50

Medium vegetative and honey caramel nose, earthy, smooth, well balanced smoke, grappa, lots of pepper, spearmint, vanilla tones, honey, figs, pineapple, melon, peppery spice, cinnamon, slightly nutty, bit fruity, citrus, light-medium body, long finish, very good.

Gold Medal
Gold medal

Corzo
Republic

Republic - $42
Organic

Light smoky nose, fruity, apple, caramel, vanilla, grass, grains, wheat, peppery spice, jalapeno/bell pepper, leather, woody, earthy, zesty, balanced, smooth, very elegant, long finish.

Gold Medal
Gold medal

Cuestión

Light floral & citrus nose, resinous, honey, apple, walnut, floral, tropical fruit, woody, zesty, smoky, vague caramel into pepper, caramel, dark burnt chocolate, lavender, earthy, leather, woody pine, smooth, light , light smoke, medium body, long, sweet finish.

Gold Medal
Gold medal

Cuestión
Riazul

Riazul - $50

Light floral vegetal nose, caramel, peach, pineapple, lemon citrus, semi-sweet, vanilla, peppery, green olives, floral, grassy, harsh, vibrant, smooth, complex, elegant, long finish.

Gold Medal
Gold medal

Avión- $45

Light floral nose, vanilla, butter, smooth, sweet, fruit, caramel, honey, strawberry jam, bit of peach, lemon, rose petals, citrus notes, sherry, menthol, grassy, woody, oak, earthy, nutty, light, long finish.

Gold Medal
Gold medal

Avion
Baluarte

Baluarte

Light vegetal nose, fruity, pineapple, cherry, sweet, caramel, butterscotch, mellow, floral, citrus notes, oak, woody, mild spice, hint of pepper, hint of lavender, light body, well balanced, soft, smooth, light-medium finish.

Gold Medal
Gold medal

Milagro Select Barrel Reserve- $65

Light vegetative nose, flowery, berry, salty, sweet, molasses, vanilla, agave, roast pepper, vegetative, spicy heat, peaty, smoky, sharp, very smooth, even medium finish.

Gold Medal
Gold medal

Milagro
El Jimador

El Jimador - $22

Floral & vegetal nose, earthy, flowery, sweet, vanilla, woody, oak, fruit, orange, candied fruit, citrus, hint of spice, vegetative, spearmint, some caramel, soft, long clean finish.

Gold Medal
Gold medal

 

 

SILVER MEDAL WINNERS:

Ambhar - $54

Medium vegetative nose, fruity body, aromatic, floral, pepper notes, dried fruit, rose, almond, woody notes, sweet, caramel, leather, smooth, nuanced, medium finish.

Silver Medal
  Silver medal

Gran Centenario - $40

Light fruity nose, earthy, agave, spicy, buttery, raisins, sweet, caramel, fresh grass, crisp lemon, nutty, barley, wheat, hint of cedar, clove, fishy, smoky, oily, bold, hot, sharp, well-balanced, sweet medium finish.

Silver Medal
  silver medal

1800 - $28

Medium vegetal nose, fruity, woody, smoke, salty, sweet, pepper, green vegetables, geranium, licorice, tobacco, earthy, grassy, smoky, oily, fishy, harsh, smooth medium finish.

Silver Medal
  Silver medal

Chinaco - $50

Light smoky caramel nose, earthy, strong, syrupy, grapefruit, guava, bell pepper, ginger, fruity, vanilla, butterscotch, smoky, spicy, vegetative, chemical, harsh, medium body, long finish.

Silver Medal
  Silver medal

 

Best Non-Tequila Agave Distillate Reposado

Los Osuna - $50

Light woody nose, butterscotch, fruity, apple, melon, almond, caramel, flowery, floral accents, earthy, nutty, spicy, pepper, smooth, light, well-balanced, enjoyable, elegant, peppery long even finish.

Double Gold Medal
Double Gold medal

Los Osuna

 

 

 

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Comments and Suggestions:

 
Tue. August 21, 2012 6:13 PM - by: Dan Burton
Los Osuna is the best blue agave reposado I've ever tasted! Congratulations, Pancho and Checo! Hasta pronto!
 
 
Fri. June 8, 2012 4:33 PM - by: rodolfo
Muy sorprendido de ver considerado como Tequila a EL JIMADOR
 
 
Mon. September 19, 2011 11:09 AM - by: Luis Goon
Dany.....¡¡felicidades...estoy viendo cómo posteo esto en mi FB!!....¡arriba La Noria!!
 
 
Wed. September 14, 2011 9:48 AM - by: Bernardo Lizarraga Laveaga
Muchas Felicidades Los Osuna!!
 
 
Tue. September 13, 2011 6:01 PM - by: Leonardo Kelly
Mis más sinceras felicitaciones a mi gran amigo Lic. Daniel Osuna Román, y a sus sobrinos Alfonso Y Sergio Pelayo Osuna por tan merecido reconocimiento a un buen producto hecho con tanto esmero y dedicación, La recompensa es la obtención de este premio, que viene a posicionarlos como uno de los mejores elaborados en México, para orgullo de ellos y de estas tierras mazatlecas. Enhorabuena, y que vengan muchos éxitos más, y sosteniendo esa calidad mostrada hasta ahora.
 
 
Tue. September 13, 2011 10:50 AM - by: fernando madero
muchas felicidades checo y poncho!! les deseo muchos premios mas
 
 
Mon. September 12, 2011 3:28 PM - by: LEONARDO ALVAREZ
Es un orgullo para los Sinaloenses con un alto arraigo en la fabricación de bebidas de agave que hoy se reconozca que podemos fabricar TEQUILA aunque no se nos permita nombrarlo. Felicidades a Checo, Poncho y Dany por tan merecido reconocimiento.
 
 
Mon. September 12, 2011 12:40 PM - by: Gerardo Barros
Muchas Felicidades Checo y Poncho por tan merecido premio, les deseo mucho exito en lo que sigue. Saludos
 
 
Sat. September 10, 2011 10:56 AM - by: Letty Coppel
a mis querídisimos Amigos los Osuna Urrea los felicito por toda esta variedad de tequilas, yo me voy por el Riazul pero se ven todos muy buenos solo nos falta el limón, la sal de grano, la sangrita Y LOS MARIACHIS Y AJUA VIVA MEXICO Y MIS AMIGOS TAMBIEN UN BESO LOS QUIERO LETTY COPPEL.
 
 
Thu. September 8, 2011 4:20 PM - by: Griselda Apple
IT IS NO SURPRISE TO ME THAT TEQUILA "LOS OSUNA" WAS AMONG THE WINNERS. IT IS A GREAT TEQUILA AND I RECOMMED IT. CONGRATULATIONS TO SERGIO PELAYO.
 
 
Thu. September 8, 2011 10:32 AM - by: Fernando Azcona
FELICIDADES POR LA NOMINACION Y POR EL PRIMER LUGAR. Excelente decision.
 
 
Wed. September 7, 2011 5:10 PM - by: Dan Burton
Los Osuna can be purchased in the Bay Area at 3005 El Camino Real Redwood City, California 94061 (650) 364-8544Open Mon,Fri 10am-7pm; Sat 9am-7pm; Sun 10am-6pm Do yourself a favor and try it. You'll be very glad that you did!
 
 
Tue. September 6, 2011 7:34 PM - by: carlos alvarez del castillo
WHAT A SURPRISE YOU WINNER LOS OSUNA, I´M A TEQUILA DRINKER, WHERE CAN I FIND IT? I´VE NEVER SEEN IT, CARLOS
 
 
Tue. September 6, 2011 9:32 AM - by: Gail starr
I am very pleased that you have picked Republic Tequila as a top ten. I enjoy the smooth taste and the gentle flavor as I sip it on the back porch!!!
 
 
Sat. October 23, 2010 11:56 PM - by: Alfonso
For an ancient spanish conqueror was hard to recognize any old beverages but Heradura Antiguo would be recognized forever... just for it freshness,
 
 
Wed. July 7, 2010 11:08 AM - by: sandra kessler
CANNOT FIND Chateau du Breuil in the US /Canada!! Can anyone help? Sandra
 
 
Thu. November 26, 2009 12:00 PM - by: gauravroy
wines from india
 
 


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