Review: Hornitos Black Barrel Tequila / by Jason Hambrey

>1 year
100% Blue Agave
Distiller Tequila Sauza (Tequila, Mexico)

I picked this one up in the Mexico duty free in Mexico city after tasting a bunch of different tequilas. It is aged to be quite woody - four months in deep charred oak barrels, then an additional two months in specially toasted barrels. And there might be a whisky barrel in their too, but I can't get a clear story. Maybe I liked this one because I like whisky more than tequila though....definitely has some parallels. I like to taste this one blind in whisky tastings to see if I can trick people.

Review (2016)

  • Batch: N/A

  • Bottling Code: N/A

  • Bottling Date: 2015

This is very oaky – oak, peppermint, light bourbon aromas, vanilla, pickled jalapeno, grilled pepper….the palate is creamy and sweet, full of vanilla and asparagus before leading into a wave of oak and classic tequila flavours underneath. If you like whisky and want a tequila to start with, this is terrific – though very oak driven which squashes some of the agave’s impact. But, I really like it…the finish is dry, spicy, and oaky. I like to throw this one in at whisky tastings for fun…all you “smooth” word lovers would throw it in here.

Assessment: Highly Recommended. On a taste basis, this is a “recommended” but I find it so unique and it appeals to many non-tequila drinkers because of the oak - so I recommend.

Value: High. A buy that I recommend.