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 36 reposado tequilas with 17 pre-qualified judges. Strict tasting rules were applied. The order of service was established beforehand by lottery. Each of the tequilas were poured into fresh glasses from new sealed bottles, and served at slightly above room temperature. Only ice water and unflavored, unsalted chips and crackers were available to cleanse the palate. The judges tasted through 5 flights of 7 tequilas each, and 1 flight of 2 tequilas. There was a food break after the third flight.

The judges wrote down their impressions of each product on score sheets. The scoring was based on a 5-point system, with 5 as the best. Double-Gold, Gold and Silver medals were awarded using a pre-established range of final point scores received from the judges. There were no Bronze medals awarded in this tasting.

The tasting notes that follow are summaries of the judges’ opinions, with all replicated commentary eliminated.


Luna Nueva Reposado


Luna Nueva

Nose: Caramel, brown sugar, honey, molasses, toffee, root beer, peach, smoke.
Palate: Cotton candy, creamy, vanilla, cream soda, dried fruit, raisins, cinnamon, hazelnut, coffee, spice, smoky, oak.
Finish: Smoky, spice, medium

Double Gold Medal
Double Gold medal


Nose: Pineapple, mango, melon, caramel, light molasses, honey, mint, herbal, dusty, oaky, charred wood, smoke.
Palate: Vanilla, custard, tropical fruit notes, citrus, pistachio, cinnamon, mint, herbal, eucalyptus, bell pepper, vegetal, wood, fresh.
Finish: Smoky, smooth, dry, short.

Double Gold Medal
Double Gold medal

Montalvo Reposado

Dos Lunas

Dos Lunas

Nose: Subtle pear, citrus, vanilla, cream, honey, caramel, nectar, coffee, mineral.
Palate: Crème brûlée, caramel, vanilla, custard, marshmallow, nougat, toffee, chocolate, cocoa, mocha, almond, banana, citrus, vegetal, spice, well-balanced, excellent, perfect.
Finish: Butterscotch, citrus, dried fruit, clean, balanced, short.

Double Gold Medal
Double Gold medal

Mi Casa

Nose: Vanilla, caramel, cream, banana, ripe fruit, Triple Sec, herbal, vegetal, celery.
Palate: Grape, fig, dates, raisin, vanilla, caramel, honey, walnuts, eau-de-vie, malt, herbal, floral, light oak, balanced.
Finish: Honey notes, rich, soft, mild, medium.

Double Gold Medal
Double Gold medal

Mi Casa Reposado
Muerto Reposado


Nose: Lemon meringue pie, coconut, vanilla, butter cream, cotton candy, dried fruit, toasted almond, vegetal, herbal, crisp.
Palate: Mango, melon, papaya, citrus, tropical fruit, dried fruit, toffee, honey, cola, hazelnut, almond, coffee, cinnamon, sandalwood, spice, pepper, smoke, fresh, rich.
Finish: Butterscotch, soft, exceptionally smooth, long.

Double Gold Medal
Double Gold medal

Tres Agaves

Nose: Apple, pear, banana peel, coconut, mango, guava, citrus, candied fruit, white sugar, slight malt.
Palate: Melon, peach, mango, pineapple, plum, cherry, orange, dried fruit, creamy, caramel, almond, subtle oak, refined, memorable.
Finish: Smooth, gentle, cinnamon, well-balanced, medium.

Double Gold Medal
Double Gold medal

Tres Agaves Reposado

Peñasco Reposado


Nose: Citrus, lemon, banana, tropical, slight caramel, honey, nutmeg, green olive, leather, smoky, subtle.
Palate: Orange peel, lemon drops, cantaloupe, light caramel, vanilla, butterscotch, Mallomars, Graham cracker, raisins, dried fruit, coffee, mint, pepper, refined wood, hints of smoke.
Finish: Vanilla, dried fruit, herbs, jalapeño, spicy, short.

Double Gold Medal
Double Gold medal


Blue Nectar

Nose: Peach, pear, melon, pineapple, lemon, honey, cinnamon, spice, caramel, burnt maple, herbal, pine, toast notes.
Palate: Melon, pear, subtle citrus, brown sugar, butterscotch, cinnamon, spice, pepper, vegetal, licorice, agave, pine, wood, oak.
Finish: Minty, oaky, wood barrel, smoky, rich, medium.

Gold Medal
Gold medal

Blue Nectar

Casa Noble Reposado

Casa Noble

Nose: Vanilla custard, butterscotch, caramel, toffee, honey, cola soda, citrus, floral, agave.
Palate: Fig, coconut, caramel, toffee, roasted cashews, almond, vegetal, frankincense, sweet spice, mint, smooth, elegant.
Finish: Spicy, oak, fresh, light, medium.

Gold Medal
Gold medal


Nose: Mango, pineapple, ripe melon, citrus, black olives, malt, herbs, pine.
Palate: Custard, caramel, butter cream, butterscotch, toffee, bright citrus, toast, vegetal, briny, subtle smoke.
Finish: Spice, light, smooth, constructed, lingering.

Gold Medal
Gold medal




Nose: Pineapple, pear, lemongrass, caramel, dried fruit, cinnamon, herbal, black olive, pine, toasty.
Palate: Caramel, custard, crème brûlée, toffee, dried fruit, tropical fruit, mint, agave, bell pepper, light vegetal, coffee, spices, leather, mineral, perfect.
Finish: Spicy, soft, elegant, medium.

Gold Medal
Gold medal

Don Anastacio

Nose: Banana, strawberry, pineapple, pear, lime, vanilla, brown sugar, bell pepper, vegetal notes.
Palate: Walnut, vanilla, sweet tropical fruit, apple, wheat grass, sweet tea, barley, herbal, cinnamon, almond, earthy, woody element, classic.
Finish: Lime zest, mild spice, agave, woody, silky, soft, medium.

Gold Medal
Gold medal

Don Anastacio

EC Charro Reposado

EC Charro

Nose: Custard, honey, pineapple, tropical fruit, raisin, green pepper, mint.
Palate: Fig, dates, grape, pineapple, papaya, banana, lemon, eau-de-vie, coffee, toffee, walnuts, grassy, pisco, spicy, woody, silky.
Finish: Cinnamon, oaky, medium.

Gold Medal
Gold medal

Los Azulejos

Nose: Lemongrass, lime, citrus, orange, peppermint, herbal, bell pepper, vegetal, subtle grass notes, slight cocoa, oak.
Palate: Tropical fruit, lime zest, citrus, peppermint, herbaceous, rosemary, agave, vegetal, subtle grass notes, spice, slight cocoa, piney, wood, very smooth.
Finish: Citrus, slight toast, fresh, savory, medium.

Gold Medal
Gold medal

Los Azulejos Reposado

El Jimador Reposado

El Jimador

Nose: Lemon, melon, banana, citrus, herbaceous, toasted almonds, vanilla, wood, oak.
Palate: Vanilla cream, creamy, pound cake, caramel, mango, key lime pie, mint, agave, herbaceous, spice, elegant, balanced.
Finish: Woody, oak, short.

Gold Medal
Gold medal


Nose: Mango, banana, pear, lemon, citrus, spearmint, rye, agave, pisco, herbal, oaky.
Palate: Banana, cantaloupe, aguamiel, raisins, brown sugar, creamy, floral, pepper, bell pepper, herbal, silky, slightly chalky, dry, oaky, smoke, classic.
Finish: Creamy, sage, black pepper, soft, balanced, medium.

Gold Medal
Gold medal

Semental Reposado

Bracero Reposado


Nose: Honey, subtle, citrus, lemon, anise, herbs, pepper, spice.
Palate: Crème brûlée, toffee, Golden Grahams, banana pudding, buttery, raisin, nutty, cinnamon, pepper, pine, smooth.
Finish: Vanilla, creamy, rich, woody, short.

Gold Medal
Gold medal

Milagro Single Barrel Reserve

Nose: Herbal, mint, citrus, coconut, honey, simple sugar, light oak.
Palate: Vanilla frosting, butter cream, peanut, floral, mineral, jalapeño, subtle spice.
Finish: Crisp, fresh, medium.

Gold Medal
Gold medal

Milagro Single Barrel Reserve Reposado

Milagro Reposado


Nose: Vanilla, custard, lemon chiffon, banana, toffee, slight burnt sugar, almond, floral, agave.
Palate: Lemon, vanilla custard, dried fruit, herbal, grassy, eucalyptus, vegetal, cinnamon, spice, pepper, new wood, dry, smooth, elegant.
Finish: Faint oak, wood, brown sugar, creamy, medium.

Gold Medal
Gold medal

Grand Leyenda

Nose: Cotton candy, caramel, butterscotch, vanilla, creamy icing, butterscotch, Cracker Jack, sweet tea, nectar, lavender.
Palate: Vanilla, caramel, buttery, creamy, milk chocolate, peach, tropical fruit, dried fruit, cinnamon, allspice, black pepper, toast, woody, silky, exceptionally smooth.
Finish: Spicy, slight almond, smooth, balanced, elegant, short.

Gold Medal
Gold medal

Grand Leyenda Reposado

Agavales Reposado


Nose: Orange, citrus, pineapple, vegetal, evergreen, herbal, mint.
Palate: Caramel, toffee, cola, hazelnut, rye bread, agave, olive, vegetal, black pepper, smoky, some salt, smooth, savory, complex.
Finish: Black pepper, fresh, silky, smoky, short.

Gold Medal
Gold medal


Nose: Vanilla, coconut, butter cream, toffee, light brown sugar, citrus, agave, herbaceous.
Palate: Vanilla, custard, caramel, butterscotch, buttery, creamy, tropical fruit, raisins, dried fruit, floral, eucalyptus, agave, cinnamon, spice, biscuit, clay, oak, very smooth.
Finish: Spicy, buttery, oak, clean, elegant, medium-long.

Gold Medal
Gold medal

Campeón Reposado

Embajador Reposado


Nose: Tropical fruit, banana, pineapple, agave nectar, cola.
Palate: Butter cream, butterscotch, caramel, fruity, barley, wheat, pleasant.
Finish: Clean, toast, earthy, oak, medium.

Gold Medal
Gold medal

4 Copas

Nose: Mango, orange, vanilla, peppery.
Palate: Mango, pineapple, pear, apple, melon, fig, dates, raisin, creamy, bell pepper, vegetal, leather.
Finish: Barrel oak, wood, spicy, lingering.

Gold Medal
Gold medal

4 Copas Reposado

Azunia Reposado


Nose: Melon, pineapple, lime, ripe banana, floral, herbaceous, sandalwood, teak, scotch-like.
Palate: Caramel, vanilla, crème brûlée, coconut custard, cream soda, orange peel, fruity, herbs, white pepper, jalapeño, agave, cactus, pine, woody, smooth.
Finish: Clean, fresh, medium.

Gold Medal
Gold medal


Nose: Apple, pear, corn, honeysuckle, honey, vanilla, earthy, herbal.
Palate: Blood orange, orange, citrus, passion fruit, grape soda, brown sugar, toffee, anise, smoke.
Finish: Dried fruit, citrus, short.

Gold Medal
Gold medal

Amate Reposado

Toro de Lidia

Toro de Lidia

Nose: Melon, honey, almond, soft floral, rosemary, vegetal, mint.
Palate: Vegetal, grassy, eucalyptus, floral, hibiscus, citrus, spice, butterscotch, butter cream, woody, very smooth, balanced.
Finish: Oaky, malt, gentle, short.

Gold Medal
Gold medal


Nose: Vanilla, touch of caramel, butterscotch, toffee, raisins, coffee, citrus, herbaceous, mild jalapeño, medium agave, slight barrel.
Palate: Vanilla, caramel, custard, creamy, luscious pineapple, pear, almond, anise, toast, oak, subtle smoke.
Finish: Almond, cinnamon, minty, spice, silky, short.

Gold Medal
Gold medal

Karma Reposado

Herradura Reposado


Nose: Subtle, slight caramel, burnt sugar, citrus, agave, herbaceous.
Palate: Fig, banana, tropical fruits, toasted coconut, toffee, creamy, milk chocolate, Graham cracker, cinnamon, spice, bell pepper, agave.
Finish: Spearmint, pepper, spicy, clean, short.

Gold Medal
Gold medal

Don Roberto

Nose: Banana, apple, agave nectar, toffee, light cream, pine, grass, herbaceous.
Palate: Pineapple, apple, mango, banana, tropical fruit, dried fruit, vanilla, creamy, burnt sugar, molasses, anise, jalapeño, pepper, spice, herbaceous, floral, light oak.
Finish: Moderate spice, tart, smooth, well-balanced, inviting, lingering.

Gold Medal
Gold medal

Don Roberto Reposado

Los Arango Resposado

Los Arango

Nose: Caramel, brown sugar, citrus, thyme, very subtle.
Palate: Dates, figs, caramel, nougat, toffee, walnuts, nutmeg, roasted agave, vegetal, tobacco, creamy, velvety, balanced.
Finish: Minty, spicy, robust, medium.

Gold Medal
Gold medal

Hotel California

Nose: Banana, melon, vanilla, caramel, toffee, light agave, oak.
Palate: Crème brûlée, custard, butter, creamy, vanilla, toffee, brown sugar, sweet popcorn, orange, coffee, subtle spice.
Finish: Brown sugar, malt, short.

Gold Medal
Gold medal

Hotel California Reposado

Mar Azul Reposado


Mar Azul

Nose: Candied apples, salted caramel, agave nectar, citrus, lemonade, wood, oak.
Palate: Grassy, vegetal, slight jalapeño, pepper, spice, dried fruit, raisins, vanilla, toffee, coffee, oak.
Finish: Smooth, spicy, raisins, medium.

Silver Medal
Silver medal


Nose: Vanilla, pineapple, agave, light herbal, spice, white pepper.
Palate: Mango, orange, pineapple, cantaloupe, candy apple, butterscotch, toffee, caramel, raisins, roasted agave, bell pepper, clay, smoke.
Finish: Subtle honey, peppery, smoke, fresh, dry, short.

Silver Medal
Silver medal

Mañana Reposado

Corralejo Reposado


Nose: Minty, chalky, woody elements.
Palate: Tropical fruits, lemon, candied lemon drops, creamy, buttery, toffee, Graham crackers, almond, eucalyptus, vegetal, clay, spicy, silky.
Finish: Creamy, lemon, spice, fresh, medium.

Silver Medal
Silver medal

Dulce Vida

Nose: Mint, rye, cashew, thyme, espresso, caramel, brown sugar, vegetal, citrus, lime zest.
Palate: Honey, buttery, butterscotch, raisin, nutmeg, champagne yeast, mint, spicy, jalapeño, pepper, pine, smooth.
Finish: Caramel, peppery, lingering.

Silver Medal
Silver medal

Dulce Vida Reposado




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Comments and Suggestions:

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