So we come to part 2 of my UK travels, and because I know exactly when reviews go up – I anticipated this posting on July 4th. And while as I write this I may not be in the USA – I am still very much an American. (I have a drawer in my fridge for cheese). Now if you feel that a Mexican tequila isn’t considered American at all – well hello Trump supporter! Also piss off, because I like having Mexicans become part of my country.
Especially though if that means we can get access to better tequila (that doesn’t break the bank), because while this certainly could be worse – on looks alone I was expecting a much higher quality of product. Sadly though we get something stings like a bee, but does not float like a butterfly. (Rest in Peace Ali)
What they Say: “Together with our Expert Tequila Distiller, we developed this fine 100% de Agave Tequila with such passion and conviction that I’ve put my name on it”
Taste: 4.0 – You get a bit of that agave flavor, but sadly it’s nearly covered by that initial burn below.
Aftertaste: 5.5 – It lingers a bit, and you really start getting the kind of flavors you want from a reposado. However there’s not some great aspect, flavor, or complexity here.
Burn/Smooth: 3.0 – While it mostly dissipates rather quickly this on first instinct is very heavy on the burn, but it also doesn’t fully go away.
Aroma: 6.0 – It smells like how a nice reposado tequila should smell. Not that it does much beyond going slightly above average, but it’s solid.
Honesty: 7.0 – Cork (but fake), and the raised writing and bottle shape do well here. I also don’t see a whole lot of wank (just that that like what they’ve done) so kudo points for that. Overall you take the bit of good here with no faults and it does well.
w/ Rocks: 4.0 – That makes it more ‘open’ I guess in terms of flavor (gets into your nose), but it’s not exactly a good thing…
Tequila and Lime: 2.0 – Even if you get the lime real close you just can’t escape that first burn so it kind of makes this a truly failed Tequila and Lime where usually the burn comes at the end, but is killed via lime.
Tequila Sunrise: 6.5 – Well at least it makes a good sunrise, maybe all hope is not lost if you can just remove that initial burn.
Value: 2.0 – That is quite simply far too much for this. This should at best be half the price.
Google Shop Average: $33
Metric Score: 31.67/70 |+| Metric Average: 4.52 |+| Reviewer Average: 3.5
Final Thoughts: Well folks – don’t look forward to the silver or Anejo versions of this spirit anytime soon, as I am way more likely to branch out to something new than hope this was a fluke. (That burn at a silver scares me).