Here is the list of the Tequila Spirits I have Reviewed:
- 1921 Añejo Tequila (93)
- Agave 99 Anejo Tequila (78)
- Alamo Reposado Tequila (92.5)
- Alamo Añejo Tequila (88)
- Avion Silver Tequila (92.5)
- Cabo Wabo Blanco (87.5)
- Cabo Wabo Reposado (88.5)
- Corzo Reposado Tequila (93)
- Corralejo Tequila Blanco (82)
- Cruz Del Sol (Silver) (85)
- Cruz del Sol (Reposado) (90.5)
- Don Julio (Blanco) (83.5)
- Don Julio (Reposado) (87.5)
- Don Julio (Anejo) (91.5)
- Heradurra (Reposado) (84)
- Herencia de Plata (Blanco) (90)
- Herencia de Plata (Reposado) (88.5)
- Hornitos Plata Tequila (82.5)
- Hornitos Reposado (79)
- Jose Cuervo Especial Plata (Silver) (79)
- Jose Cuervo Tradicional (Reposado) (86)
- PaQuí Tequila (Silvera) (85)
- Patrón Silver Tequila (84.5)
- Patron Reposado Tequila (87.5)
- Patrón Añejo Tequila (89)
And here are my Reviews of Agave Based Liqueurs
- 1921 Tequila Cream (87)
- Agavero (Licor de Tequila) (75)
- De la Tierre (Tequila Maple Liqueur) (81.5)
- Patrón XO Cafe (83)
Each Tequila Review contains a rating or score out of 100, and these scores can be interpreted using the following scale:
0-25 A spirit with a rating this low would actually kill you.
26-49 Depending upon your fortitude you might actually survive this.
50 -59 You are safe to drink this…but you shouldn’t.
60-69 Substandard swill which you may offer to people you do not want to see again.
70-74 Now we have a fair mixing spirit. Accept this but make sure it is mixed into a cocktail.
75-79 You may begin to serve this to friends, again probably still cocktail territory.
80-84 We begin to enjoy this spirit neat or on the rocks. (I will still primarily mix cocktails)
85-89 Excellent for sipping or for mixing!
90-94 Definitely a primary sipping spirit, in fact you may want to hoard this for yourself.
95-97.5 The Cream of the Crop
98+ I haven’t met this bottle yet…but I want to.
Very loosely we may put my scores into terms that you may be familiar with on a Gold, Silver, and Bronze medal scale as follows:
70 – 79.5 Bronze Medal (Recommended only as a mixer)
80 – 89.5 Silver Medal (Recommended for sipping and or a high quality mixer)
90 – 95 Gold Medal (Highly recommended for sipping and for sublime cocktails.)
95.5+ Platinum Award (Highest Recommendation)
I use the same Review Methodology for Tequila as I have been using for Rum and Whisky. Although this is currently under review, for the time being the method I use is detailed here:
A note about Tequila
Tequila is not a drink distilled from cactus juice. It is an Agave based spirit distilled from the Blue Agave plant in the Tequila Region of the state of Jalisco in Mexico. If the product is produced outside of this Tequila region then the spirit must be labeled as Mescal. This is like the distinction between Cognac and Brandy.
Tequila may be labeled as Mixto or 100% Agave. 100% Agave tequila uses only Weber Blue Agave as the base ingredient for fermentation. Mixtos may use other varieties of Agave, or other sugars (fructose) in the fermentation process, but they still must use at least 51% Weber Blue Agave.
Tequila may be labeled as “Blanco” (unaged clear), “Gold” (usually caramel colored blanco), “Reposado” (rested in oak for two months to a year), “Anejo” (aged in oak for one to three years) and “Extra Anejo” (aged in oak for more than three years).