Reposado

Review: Zacbe Mezcal Reposado by Jason Hambrey

ABV
39.6%
Aging
3 months
Recipe
Espadin Agave
Distiller N/A

This is quite the Mezcal - just a nose of it and you will see so! It is one of my best and most interesting mezcal experiences, though I know very little about the Mezcal itself. I suspect they may be distilling flavor components other than just agave, or else they are brilliant at creating flavour! A few whisky fanatics absolutely loved this when we tried it together. It is generally available in Ontario.


Review (2016)

  • Batch: LV02

  • Bottling Code: N/A

  • Bottling Date: ~2013

Fruity, exotic, and creamy – with a bit of a green mango smell to it. Mango sherbet, pineapple sherbet, peppery, and a bit sweet - but not super smoky. A bit of a rubber-factory type scent to it all. Big, smoky, and creamy on the palate with a huge load of fruit as well. I’m thinking this might work fabulously with a cigar…quite nice, really, it is. Very complex, but not super smoky. So interesting with the candy-creaminess….and the smoke. Lightly drying on the finish. One of the creamiest non-cream liquers I have tasted. This has been a huge winner at tastings – I’ve tasted this alongside whiskies I’ve scored in the 90s and it has still come out the majority winner among whisky enthusiasts and experts. If you see one, I’d get it. I’ve also tasted this one in flights of mezcals, and after tasting it, the others taste rather bland, to show you the power of flavour here. It does fairly well with air in the bottle as well.

Assessment: Very Highly Recommended.

Value: High. Nice stuff at a good price!


Review: Cazadores Tequila Reposado by Jason Hambrey

ABV
40%
Aging
Reposado (2 - 12 months)
Recipe
100% Blue Agave
Distiller Bacardi Y Cia (Arandas, Mexico)

One thing I do really like about Mexico is that the distillery has to be written on the bottle - with Norma Oficial Mexicana (NOM) codes. (See here.) I wish whisky had the same...it might cut out quite a bit of misleading or illegitimate marketing, which is everywhere in the whisky world.

The stag on the bottle comes from the deer which grazed among the blue agave plants outside the house of Jose Maria, who founded the brand. The tequila is double distilled, and double fermented (like wine).


Review (2016)

  • Batch: N/A

  • Bottling Code: N/A

  • Bottling Date: 2016

Quite candied on the nose, with some creamy and spicy notes as well.  Dry and spicy, with cilantro, and rising woody spice through to the peppery, methol, fresh orange, toffee, and creamy finish. Fairly clean, and also a bit sweet (too much perhaps). The finish also has some dried berries. Overall, again, no bad off notes – but lacking complexity I search for.

A decent tequila.

Value: Average. This sits in the mid-range of tequila prices, and is a decent buy.


Review: Casamigos Reposado Tequila by Jason Hambrey

ABV
40%
Aging
American Oak; 7 months
Recipe
100% Blue Agave
Distiller Productos Finos De Agave (Jesus Maria, Mexico)

Exploring different spirits is something I always enjoy, and throwing in good Tequilas to tastings is always interesting (though lots of folk have had too much experience with bad tequila to appreciate it...). I bought this one before even hearing about it thanks to a medal from the New York International Spirits Competition - a rare spirits competition which doesn't give out awards like candy - only about 50% of entries are awarded a medal (most competitions give out medals for nearly all of the entries).

The brand was founded by Clooney and a business partner, and the tequila is made at the same distillery as the well known Clase Azul, Avion, and others. The reposado ("rested") designation means that the tequila was aged between 2 months and a year - this one, apparently, for 7 months.


Review (2016)

  • Batch: N/A

  • Bottling Code: N/A

  • Bottling Date: 2015

Sour, vegetal and spicy on the nose – pickled jalapenos, cilantro’s soapiness, dill, black pepper, vanilla, and freshly charred white oak – and some fresh, creamy tropical fruits emerge – like guanabanas. The palate has white pepper, agave, celery, and a bit more cilantro – a very nice vegetal and spicy balance with a bit of a buttery feel to it. Quite restrained, and balanced. Slightly sweet.

Finishes in a vegetal fashion with some dryness, and a bit of white pepper, with some tropical fruits emerging after the initial fade.  Slight saccharin. The tropical fruit notes bring in quite a lot of diversity and balance to the tequila, and make it quite interesting. I quite enjoy sipping this. Very complex.

Assessment: Recommended. One of the better tequilas in the Canadian market, and it’s quite decent stuff. I like it more than the “highly recommended” hornitos black barrel, but that got a higher recommendation because of uniqueness, not necessarily quality.

Value: Average.