For years Reposado tequila has not been getting it’s due as the best of the tequilas. Tequila drinkers in most cases have been caught up in the argument between blanco and anejo. Little do most know that they have been neglecting a perfect middle ground. Blanco is not barrel aged and thus it lacks the bite and flavor that anejo has. On the other side of the coin, anejo is barrel aged for well over a year. Although it has plenty of bite and flavor, it lacks the smoothness that blanco brings to the table. The answer to the two extremes has been under everyone’s nose the whole time and that answer is the reposado. Reposado is tequila that is barrel aged for only a 2-12 month period. It perfectly balances the strong biting flavors of an anejo with the smooth friendly consistency of a blanco forming a perfect combination of silky inviting texture with bold challenging flavor. Today we meet in the middle ground and list our 5 favorite reposados. Salud!
We may be going a bit mainstream right out of the gate, but Casamigos offers such a deliciously balanced reposado that it’d be almost blasphemous for it to not kick off this list. Barrel aged for a perfect seven months, this reposado offers a smooth silky texture with every sip from start to finish. It’s initial classic leather and peppery bite wakens the drinker as it gives way to sweet notes of caramel and chocolate. These notes result in a long sweet finish that leave a whirlwind of fire and flavor sitting in the drinker’s chest warming their entire body.
With a finger firmly on the pulse of modern society, Corzo brings forth their own unique style to their reposado tequila. Their modern edgy flare is well represented by a reposado with a unique barrel aging process. With two different barrel-aging cycles, the Corzo reposado presents a complex flavor that will surely excite and challenge anyone who drinks it. This tequila features a trifecta of sweet aromas: cream, toasted coconut, and grilled fruit. Don’t let the sweet smell fool you. The taste is countered by kicks of jalapeno spice, baked banana, and cinnamon. These biting flavors flow into a long smooth finish with notes of tropical custard pie.
Partida really brings the party with their lively colorful style. The narrative is no different with their reposado. The lightly barrel aged tequila features a shimmering gold color that truly pops in every glass. This liquid gold features a rich bold flavor and Partida’s signature sweet touch. With classic agave flavors coupled with notes of bourbon, butter, and hazelnut makes this reposado one of the smoothest in the tequila game. In other words, enjoy it neat.
Don Julio Reposado
A staple on most bars’ high end shelves, Don Julio has worked their way into stardom through consistently pumping out quality tequilas. Their reposado is no different. Barrel aged for 8 months in American white oak barrels, this tequila features a surprisingly light sweet flavor. With notes of dark chocolate and vanilla giving way to a silky smooth fruity finish, this reposado is perfect for any tropical mix drink during a hot summer day.
Clase Azul Reposado
The highest end of all the tequilas represented on this list, the reposado from Clase Azul’s top shelf quality is apparent just from the extravagant packaging. Its smooth flavors are highlighted by blue agave that has roasted and distilled for eight months in hand selected barrels. Clase Azul’s intricate and meticulous distilling process results in a reposado with bold full-bodied flavors that are countered by its rich creamy texture. The 8-month process creates a strong amber color, which may lead one to believe that the taste would be biting, but this is not the case. Because the blue agave is both fermented and roasted, the intense barrel flavor is subsided by the sweet notes of roasted agave, vanilla, coffee, and caramel. This combines to stretch out a long smooth roasted finish sure to leave any drinker floating on air.