We are hitting the end of the summer, and thus the end of the Buffalo buying different tequilas to throw into random citrus or tropical mixes. (Recipes of which exist for all of the 3 seconds). The problem with reviewing spirits in this manner is you sort of just accept how standard it is mixed, and try to neglect that should you review it in a context where seven types of fruit juices are not involved it’s likely a bad tequila.
And make no mistake this is. However it’s poignant enough because it’s awfulness does not stem from a lack of flavor or an overabundance of sweetness. In truth it doesn’t even burn like a rotgut. No instead we get something that I wonder came less from a still and more from the floor the still was under.
What they Say: “In honor of the man who with pride, determination and courage, has mastered the art of selecting and harvesting the best blue agaves, we name out tequila: El Jimador”
Taste: 4.0 – It starts off nice and clean – almost medicinal which sadly is a precursor to the aftertaste.
Aftertaste: 1.0 – Which – and I will be honest I have not done this personally – tastes like what they would have in a bucket for a school/prison mop. It’s not that it makes you vomit or react like a poison, but it tastes like what you feel a cleaning solution tastes like.
Burn/Smooth: 3.0 – There is no discernible burn. However I wouldn’t drink Windex and call it smooth.
Aroma: 5.0 – Aside from it being a bit too light – it is a pleasant smell. The agave is there but isn’t overpowering – again though you really have to get your nose into it.
Manliness: 3.5 – It does many things for manliness in terms of not really wanking, and bottle shape/name. Sadly though if this is made to honor a man – you should commit seppaku.
Salt & lime: 4.0 – Making it lime-scented does not dramatically improve this.
Sunrise: 5.0 – Well at least it’s aftertaste isn’t as drastic.
Margarita: 5.5 – At least it can do this.
Value: 3.0 – I’m sorry but if this was 10 I could say – hey it’s a decent mixing tequila, but at that price point – never again.
Google Shop Average: $20
Metric Score: 27.83/70 |+| Metric Average: 3.97 |+| Reviewer Average: 3.0
Final Thoughts: I think the worst thing here is that this is made in a man’s name. Not a corporation with a massive marketing team thinking of the perfect name for soccer mom’s – no. This was named and made with purpose and quite frankly if I was the man El Jimador I would be nothing but disappointed.