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