By Kevin Gray
on 10.10.11
Photo by Espolon

Crafted from 100% blue agave in the highlands region of Jalisco, Mexico and aged for six months in American oak barrels, Espolon Reposado Tequila ($20) has a rich, golden hue. The nose gives off pleasant aromas of spicy agave, pepper and hints of sweet caramel, and the bold flavors range from roasted agave and sweet tropical fruits to brown sugar, cinnamon and vanilla.

The balanced agave notes are a testament to Espolon’s preference for craftsmanship over mass production. To extract richer flavors from the spirit, the distillery cooks the agave for 18-20 hours, more than the industry standard of 12 hours, and the distilling process last about two hours longer than the industry average. The slower cooking and distillation process results in tequila that’s smooth, refined and flavorful, while omitting the harsh notes that often result from cheaper, quicker production methods.

And all that comes standard for about $20. If you’ve got money to burn, there are better reposado tequilas out there, but you’d be hard pressed to find one at this price.

Buy Now: $20