El Espolón Reposado Tequila 750mL

Tequila lovers rejoice because Honest Booze Reviews is committed to trying and not just review scotches (he says knowing last weeks post). Anyway this week we come to something I bought just because of the art on the bottle intrigued me – a clear motif for Mexico’s Day of the Dead.


Thankfully though while there might be dead people on the bottle – this is not a deadly rotgut tequila, and is actually very enjoyable neat. I wish I had their anejo to try as I would think that to be a superb sipping tequila.


What they Say: “Handcrafted in Los Altos, the Highlands regions of Jalisco, El Espolón reveals the essence of Mexico. At its core is the spirit of the iconic rooster a symbol synonymous with Mexico’s proud history. Out tequila is a tribute to the Mexican artists who inspired the world with their true portrayals of the rich storied culture of Mexico. El Espolón takes you to where people celebrate everyday life – it pours you into the heart of real Mexico.”


Taste: 4.0 – Far too light, especially for a reposado.

Aftertaste: 5.5 – Here though it does get into the agave, but it’s nearly gone before you know it, and all the lingers is too little too late.

Burn/Smooth: 7.0 – It’s smooth but like the aftertaste the warmth it could give you is cut clean.

Aroma: 9.0 – Oh. That is perfect for what I want a tequila to smell like. The right amount of agave where it’s not overwhelming in power. It could be a bit more complex with other flavors but that’s asking for more gravy at this point.

Honesty: 7.0 – I love the art, and it’s nice they pay tribute to artists. I do also have to give some points here for claiming a ‘cock’ as Mexico’s symbol – which as we all know is ballsy (not sorry). The bottle is also quite iconic, and there’s not a lot of wank.

Mixability: 5.0

W/ Rocks: 6.0 – Decided to not do a Lime as it’s not needed. While this does give more taste, it’s really not enough.

Tequila Sunrise: 4.0 – I made this a bit stronger than usual, but it’s still not enough for it to just get kind of lost.

Value: 5.0 – That’s actually not too bad, but I just wish the taste backed up that perfect smell.

Google Shop Average: $24

Website: http://www.tequilaespolon.com/


Reviewer Scores:

BuffaloJern: 5.0

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Metric Score: 42.5/70 |+| Metric Average: 6.07 |+| Reviewer Average: 5.0

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Final Thoughts: I do look forward to getting their anejo with the hope there’s a much stronger taste although I’ve seen it’s been aged in bourbon barrels – which could go either way.


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