Tequila Reposado

Best Reposado Tequila

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.

For more technical information about tequila in general, see: Blanco Tequila.


The Fifty Best Reposado Tequila Tasting



The Tasting:
The Fifty Best held a “blind” tasting of 20 reposado tequilas with a panel of 17 judges. Strict tasting rules were applied. The order of service was established beforehand by lottery. The tequilas were poured into fresh glasses from new sealed bottles, and served at slightly above room temperature. Only ice water, neutral unflavored crackers and chips were available to cleanse the palate.

The judges wrote down their impressions of each product on score sheets. The scoring was done on a 5-point system, with 5 as the best. Double-Gold, Gold and Silver medals are awarded according to a set range of final point scores received from the judges. There were no bronze medals awarded for this tasting. The tasting notes that follow are summaries of the judges’ opinions, with all replicated commentary eliminated. The municipalities of origin are identified for each brand.


Oro de Lidia

Nose: Butterscotch, honey, rum toffee, lemon, lemon peel, citrus, melon, fruity, sweet agave, vegetal, bell pepper, herbal, mint, pepper, wet stone, ash, oak.
Palate: Caramel, butterscotch, honey, tropical fruit, peach, citrus, lemon, raisin, flowers, full agave, vegetal, nuts, spice, pepper, cinnamon, oak, wood, smoky, earthy, refreshing.
Finish: Caramel, butterscotch, lemon, papaya, toasted almond, spice, mint, ash, oak, smoky, smooth, well balanced.

Double Gold Medal
Double Gold medal

   Oro de Lidia Reposado


Nose: Butterscotch, toffee, vanilla, cream, honey, brown sugar, fruity, papaya, citrus, agave, grass, roots, wine, light.
Palate: Toffee, butterscotch, honey, raisin, brown sugar, fruity, dried fruit, agave, floral, lavender, cinnamon, nutmeg, spicy, pepper, oak, wood, smoky, silky, smooth.
Finish: Toffee, fruity, raisin, vanilla, creamy, coffee, spice, oak, smooth, clean, balanced, beautiful, easygoing.

Double Gold Medal
Double Gold medal

Bracero Reposado

Hotel California

Nose: Caramel, vanilla, creamy, honey, lemon, banana, green melon, quince, fruity, dried fruit, vegetal, spicy, smoky.
Palate: Honey, brown sugar, vanilla, fruity, citrus, melon, dried fruit, agave, vegetal, bell pepper, herbaceous, herbal, spice, pepper, earthy, light wood, oak, smooth.
Finish: Honey, melon, almond, pepper, spicy, tobacco, oak, menthol, earthy, smooth.

Double Gold Medal
Double Gold medal

Hotel California Reposado


Nose: Brown sugar, vanilla, candy, light fruit, citrus, lemon, melon, agave, vegetal, Nordic spices, light mint, coffee, cream, butter, pastry.
Palate: Butterscotch, caramel, buttery, vanilla, honey, sugar cane, cotton candy, citrus, herbal, root beer, spice, mint, licorice, anise, coffee, smoke, oak.
Finish: Vanilla, creamy, clove, cinnamon, spice, pepper, licorice, Galliano liqueur, grass, smooth.

Double Gold Medal
Double Gold medal

Calavera Reposado

(Amatitán, Lowlands)

Nose: Molasses, burnt sugar, vanilla, pineapple, citrus, lemon, orange, poached pear, agave, sweet grass, herbaceous, mint, cigar, burnt wood, oak.
Palate: Caramel, honey, vanilla, baked apple, roasted agave, citrus, honeysuckle, herbaceous, grassy, spice, baking spice, allspice, pepper, white pepper, black pepper, anise, tobacco, smoky, balanced.
Finish: Lemon, peppermint, spicy, peppery, white pepper, smooth, flavorful, clean, well balanced.

Double Gold Medal
Double Gold medal

Herradura Reposado


(Highlands, Los Altos)

Nose: Butterscotch, vanilla, honey, candy, citrus, fruit punch, melon, persimmon, full agave, herbal, mint, leather, earth.
Palate: Caramel, brown sugar, vanilla, cream, honey, lovely fruit, cherry, lemon, lime, citrus, melon, raisin, agave, vegetal, jalapeño, bell pepper, spice, anise, mint, cola, oak, wood, smoky, full flavor.
Finish: Caramel, honey, sugar, citrus, lemon peel, floral, spearmint, spice, grass, coffee, tobacco, smoky, earthy, balanced, fresh, clean, smooth, beautiful.

Gold Medal
Gold medal

Excellia Reposado

(Tlajomulco de Zuniga)

Nose: Toffee, caramel, butterscotch, cream,brown sugar, honey, vanilla, lemon, mint, baby powder, mild.
Palate: Butterscotch candy, toffee, caramel, creamy, vanilla, honey, coconut, pear, fruit, lemon bar, agave, flowers, cake, almond, spice, coffee, smooth.
Finish: Honey, vanilla, creamy, coconut ice cream, light marzipan, citrus, floral, vegetal, soft, smooth, very light, perfect.

Gold Medal
Gold medal

Suavecito Reposado

Route 66
(Atotonilco El Alto)

Nose: Butterscotch, vanilla, whipped cream, brown sugar, berries, lemon, citrus, fruity, agave, cactus, vegetal, herbs, hay, almond, spice, mellow.
Palate: Toffee, butterscotch, creamy, vanilla, honey, fruity, citrus, orange, lemon, fig, dried fruit, agave, vegetal, pepper, spicy, coffee, roasted, oak, smoky, smooth, silky, mellow.
Finish: Toffee, fruity, citrus, floral, spice, pepper, oak, cedar, earthy, flavorful, smooth, clean, tickles the tongue.

Gold Medal
Gold medal

Route 66 Reposado

Pueblo Viejo
(Zapotlanejo-Tepatitan Acatic)

Nose: Caramel, vanilla, honey, melon, lime, dried fruit, agave, aloe, vegetal, hay, grassy, spice, oak, light cream, buttered rum, bourbon.
Palate: Toffee, caramel, creamy, vanilla, butterscotch, brown sugar, honey, star fruit, melon, lemon, citrus, fruity, agave, green pepper, herb, baking spice, pepper, mint, tobacco, oak, wood, perfectly balanced.
Finish: Orange, spicy, vanilla, grass, coffee, mineral, woody, oak, creamy, smoky, smooth, gentle.

Gold Medal
Gold medal

Pueblo Viejo Reposado

Number JUAN

Nose: Butterscotch, vanilla, candy, clotted cream, banana, cran-apple, cherry, orange, citrus, raisin, fruity, agave, hibiscus, herbal, mint, cinnamon, coffee, charcoal, smoky, oak, white oak.
Palate: Creamy butterscotch, caramel, vanilla, honey, orange, citrus, lemon peel, melon, fruity, dried fruit, agave, hot chili, almond, lapsang souchong tea, mint, coffee, cola.
Finish: Honey, vanilla, creamy, brown sugar, baking spice, pepper, grassy, warm wood, oak, clean, smooth.

Gold Medal
Gold medal

Number JUAN Reposado


Nose: Brown sugar, vanilla, creamy, fruity, citrus, dried fruit, light agave, vegetal, floral, herbal, almond, dry grass, mineral, ash, menthol, oak, woody.
Palate: Caramel, vanilla, honey, creamy, raisin, citrus, melon, agave, vegetal, herbs, bay leaf, nutty, spice, mint, ginger, pepper, grassy, woody, oak, earthy, smoky.
Finish: Honey, agave, jalapeño, ginger, grassy, spicy, peppery, roasted, dry wood, woody, clean, crisp.

Gold Medal
Gold medal

Agavales Reposado

(Zapotlanejo-Tepatitan Acatic)

Nose: Butterscotch, honey, lemon candy, jolly rancher, honey, citrus, green apple, dried fruit, agave, vegetal, gentle flowers blooming, herbal, spice, almond, wood.
Palate: Caramel, vanilla, pineapple, orange peel, citrus, fruity, sweet corn, graham cracker, almond, floral, herbal, spearmint, allspice, spice, cinnamon, light pepper, cola, tobacco, oak, smooth, complex.
Finish: Honey, agave, fruit, floral, lingering spice, pepper, mint, oak, smooth, well balanced.

Gold Medal
Gold medal

Orgullo Reposado

Mar Azul

Nose: Butterscotch, honey, vanilla, caramel, lemon, orange, citrus, cherry, pineapple, baked apple, fig, fruity, herbal, vegetal, spearmint, clove, hemp, hay, wood, earthy.
Palate: Toffee, caramel, vanilla, honey, citrus, lime, cherry, tropical fruit, apple, agave, floral, herbal, spicy, mint, cinnamon, coffee, oak, smoke, hemp, earth.
Finish: Brown sugar, fruity, dried fruit, vanilla, creamy, agave, vegetal, spice, pepper, mint, grassy, mocha, oak, smooth.

Gold Medal
Gold medal

Mar Azul Reposado

Pura Vida

Nose: Honey, vanilla, pear, citrus, light agave, cactus, magnolia, herbs, spicy, mineral, ash, woody, oak.
Palate: Caramel, creamy, sweet fruit, lemon, citrus, raisin, date, roasted agave, floral, vine leaves, hibiscus, spice, herb, mint, pepper, grassy, ash, smoke, oak, woody, earthy, smooth, balanced, classic tequila profile.
Finish: Toffee, vanilla, lemon, raisin, agave, floral, almond, grassy, earthy, spicy, flavorful, smooth, clean, mountain spring water.

Gold Medal
Gold medal

Pura Vida Gold


Nose: Sugar cane, vanilla, whipped cream, subtle fruit, lemon, citrus, agave, flowers, mint, pepper, cocoa, ash, balanced.
Palate: Butterscotch, vanilla, sugar cane, caramel, creamy, honey, brown sugar, citrus, fruity, pear, smooth agave, floral, spicy peppers, herbal, vegetal, mint, pepper, earthy, oak, woody, balanced.
Finish: Honey, burnt sugar, caramel, vanilla, spicy, pepper, baking spice, spearmint, mineral, nice, silky, smooth.

Gold Medal
Gold medal

Lunazul Reposado



Nose: Toffee, vanilla, creamy, honey, banana, citrus, kaffir lime, fruity, raisin, agave, grass, almond, cayenne, smoke, subtle.
Palate: Caramel, vanilla, orange, citrus, quince, banana, dried fruit, floral, herbal, sweet corn, bell pepper, nuts, spice, cinnamon, anise, wintergreen, grass, toasty, light tobacco, oak, wood barrel, smoke, delicate, easy-drinking.
Finish: Honey, light lemony, lemon peel, fruity, raisin, spice, vanilla, pepper, clove, grassy, oak, menthol, earthy, smooth, excellent.

Silver Medal
Silver medal

Hussong's Reposado


Nose: Butterscotch, caramel, cotton candy, vanilla, honey, light fruity, lemon, tropical fruit, agave, rice, almond, macadamia nut, cinnamon, honeysuckle, mint.
Palate: Butterscotch, vanilla, cream soda, tropical fruit, lemon, dried fruit, agave, herbal, almond, spice, mint, licorice, earthy, oaky, smoky.
Finish: Caramel, vanilla, buttery, berries, herbaceous, spice, pepper, mint, tobacco, oak, delicate, subtle, mellow, smooth.

Silver Medal
Silver medal

Centinela Reposado


Nose: Caramel, toffee, creamy, vanilla, honey, fruity, lemon, agave, cactus, herbs, nutty, mint, spicy, baking spice, grassy, wet stone, brine, light smoke, earthy, rum.
Palate: Cotton candy, honey, cream, citrus, lemon, pear, dried fruit, fruity, agave, honeysuckle, lavender, herb, licorice, clove, mineral, fresh, smoky, silky, smooth.
Finish: Caramel, cinnamon, spicy, mineral, crystal clear, smooth, mild, balanced.

Silver Medal
Silver medal

Campeón Reposado

Tarantula 100
100 proof  (Tequila)

Nose: Toffee, sugar, lemon, citrus, apple, light fruit, mild agave, vegetal, herbal, minted Berber spice, magnolia, cocoa, oak, mountain air, green forest.
Palate: Orange, citrus, melon, tropical fruit, strong agave, ginger, mint, anise, spice, pepper, tobacco, oak, woody, earthy.
Finish: Citrus, spicy, cinnamon, pepper, mint, smooth.

Silver Medal
Silver medal

Tarantula 100 Reposado


Nose: Pear, fruity, orange, citrus, raisin, agave, vegetal, green pepper, vanilla, mineral, rested oak, smoke, ash.
Palate: Butterscotch, vanilla, creamy, honey, lemon, lemon peel, citrus, melon, agave, white tea, floral, lilac, bitterroot, cinnamon, spice, mint, tobacco, mineral, wet stone, earth, wood, oak, light, smooth.
Finish: Caramel, creamy, vanilla, lemon, citrus, full agave, spice, pepper, tobacco, earthy, smooth.

Silver Medal
Silver medal

512 Reposado




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