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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 10 reposado tequilas with a panel of 16 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 and Gold medals are awarded according to a set range of final point scores received from the judges. There were no Silver or 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.



DOUBLE-GOLD MEDAL WINNERS

Alacrán A.T.A.
(Jesús María, Los Altos, Jalisco)

Nose: Toffee, caramel, creamy, molasses, vanilla, gentle sugar, honey, crystalized honey, meringue, marshmallow, cookie dough, marzipan, almond, green olive, moss, wood.
Palate: Toffee, caramel, butterscotch, cane sugar, vanilla, clotted cream, soft silky whipped cream, biscotti, semi-sweet praline, lemon meringue pie, lemon zest, ginger, raisin, floral, allspice, peppercorns, nutty, mineral oil, light wood, fresh, soft, can drink all night, perfection to sip every time.
Finish: Toffee, creamy, burnt caramel, cherry cola, berries, figs, plantain, delicate, smooth, rich, delicious.


Double Gold Medal
Double Gold medal



   Alacrán A.T.A. Reposado Tequila



Loma Azul
(Arandas, Altos Sur)

Nose: Caramel, toffee, butterscotch, brown sugar, vanilla, hot buttered rum, tropical fruit, pear, lemon, roasted figs, herbaceous, minty, green plants, popcorn.
Palate: Toffee, butterscotch, caramel, creamy, nougat, praline, sweet light brown sugar, maple syrup, vanilla, honey, agave, sweet piña, orange, lime, citrus, dates, herbs, minty, grassy bell pepper, toasted almonds, spicy, unique, delightful.
Finish: Mocha, clotted cream, creamy, sweet leaf, smoky jalapeno, clean, crisp, soft, smooth, really nice, delicious.


Double Gold Medal
Double Gold medal



Loma Azul Reposado Tequila



Pura Vida
(Arandas, Jalisco)

Nose: Toffee, butterscotch, caramel, creamy, clotted cream, vanilla, light coffee with cream, sweet honey, lemon, citrus, light lime, floral, green olive, grassy, cut grass, burnt toast, pleasant.
Palate: Salted caramel, vanilla, honey, caramelized banana, banana, lemon, lemon zest, citrus, flowers, herbaceous, cocoa, coffee, roasted pepper, mint, spearmint, smoked mint, tarragon, baking spice, green tea, earthy, smoky, woody, flavorful, delightful.
Finish: Creamy, cola, light brown sugar, licorice, sandalwood, cinnamon, earthy, well balanced, flavorful, complex, clean, smooth.


Double Gold Medal
Double Gold medal



Pura Vida Reposado Tequila



GOLD MEDAL WINNERS

Mar Azul
(Amatitán, Lowlands)

Nose: Toffee, dark butterscotch, nougat, praline, root beer float, creamy vanilla, honey, pears, fresh fruit, citrus, floral, herbs, grass, green pepper, bell pepper, pickled red onions, mint, baking spices, allspice, anise, nutty, coffee grounds, faint brine, fresh.
Palate: Toffee, new chocolate, light cream, vanilla, honey, tropical fruit, pear, eucalyptus, herbal, grassy, olive, pepper, spicy, brine, tobacco, earthy, woody, cedar.
Finish: Toffee, pear, cream, sandalwood, pepper, black pepper, spicy, pine, smooth, big, rich, intense.

Gold Medal
Gold medal



Mar Azul Reposado Tequila



Mi Rancho
(Jamay, Jalisco)

Nose: Fresh crisp apple, pears, melon, lemon peel, raisins, dried fruit, cane sugar, flowers, mint, grass, green olive, toast, mineral, saline, earthy, leather, wood.
Palate: Caramel, café au lait, vanilla, orange blossom honey, Meyer lemon peel, citrus, bitter lemon zest, raisins, lavender, floral, mint, spicy, vegetal, toast, grainy, coffee, tobacco, leather, earthy, woody, crisp, clean, pleasant, lots of depth.
Finish: Honey, lemon, pith, raisins, fennel, licorice, cinnamon, pepper, spicy, brine, cedar, well-balanced, soft, buttery smooth.

Gold Medal
Gold medal



Mi Rancho Reposado Tequila



Titanium
(Highlands, Jalisco)

Nose: Vanilla, honey, wildflower honey, agave, melon, apple cider, ripe dark fruit, raisins, flowers, herbs, mint, vegetal, briny, aged wood.
Palate: Caramel, creamy, vanilla, cream soda, honey, fresh agave, pear, citrus, orange peel, dried fruit, floral, green plant, olives, spice, brined salty almonds, light coffee, mineral oil, earthy, smoky.
Finish: Orange, figs, creamy, licorice, pepper, spicy, pine nuts, woody, bourbon, balanced, silky, smooth, velvety.


Gold Medal
Gold medal



Titanium Reposado Tequila



Señor Rio
(Jamay, Jalisco)

Nose: Caramel, sweet cream, honey, fig, lemon rind, agave, bell pepper, green olive juice, pickles, tarragon, thyme, fresh taco, black pepper, hickory wood.
Palate: Caramel, nougat, creamy, molasses, vanilla, honey, creamy citrus, dried pineapple, grassy, charred bell pepper, caramelized olives, mint, anise, nutty, spice, hot pepper, earthy, woody, oak, smooth, balanced.
Finish: Roasted pepper, root beer, creamy, dried herbs, grassy, pepper, brine, well-balanced, clean, smooth, easy drinking, super-interesting.


Gold Medal
Gold medal



Señor Rio Reposado Tequila



Azuñia
(Amatitán, Lowlands, Jalisco)

Nose: Cane syrup, maple syrup, hint of vanilla, honey, lemon drops, lemon, lemon zest, light citrus, apple cider, agave, pineapple, papaya, dates, perfume, floral, flowery, nutty, mocha, coffee, licorice, smoky, very soft.
Palate: Toffee, nougat, clotted cream, vanilla, bubblegum, Juicy Fruit gum, tropical fruit, citrus, melon, agave, dates, bell pepper, nutty, herbs, licorice, anise, anisette, cinnamon, spices, black pepper, brine, new wood, pine.
Finish: Honey, fruity, pepper, spicy, light toast, bamboo, oak, wood, smoky, rich, smooth, clean, crisp, great sipping tequila, a beautiful dessert drink to sip by the fire.


Gold Medal
Gold medal



Azuñia Reposado Tequila



Herradura
(Amatitán, Lowlands)

Nose: Butterscotch candies, brown sugar, cotton candy, candy corn, creamy, whipped cream, whipped butter, vanilla, berry, dried fruit, rainwater, tarragon, smoky, woody.
Palate: Brown sugar, very light vanilla, creamy, berry, lemon, citrus, mango, cactus, cola, mint, almonds, toast, oregano, spicy, peppercorns, woody, wood chips, smoky, smooth.
Finish: Vanilla, creamy, lavender pepper, spice, cedar, clean.


Gold Medal
Gold medal



Herradura Reposado Tequila



Corazón
(Highlands, Jalisco)

Nose: Butterscotch, toffee, caramel, light brown sugar, sour molasses, agave, melon, lime, citrus, peppers, bell pepper, cilantro, vegetal, spicy, olive brine, green olives, fresh pickles, dry dill, thyme, nutty, wormwood, fresh bread, crisp.
Palate: Caramel, creamy, dark brown sugar, pineapple, fresh agave, lemon, dried apple, raisins, sandalwood, coffee, dry nuts, herbs, mint, bell pepper, peppers, vegetal, olive brine, spicy, tobacco, smoky, smoked wood, light wood, pine, oak, flavorful.
Finish: Vanilla, creamy, pepper, spice, some sweetness, subtle wood, woody, cedar, soft, smooth, crisp, bright finish.


Gold Medal
Gold medal



Corazón Reposado Tequila

 

 

 

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