Reposado tequila ranks as one of the most popular spirit categories ever in terms of common party drinks, however, there are many big and small distilleries and brands that are responsible for crafting exceptional examples of sipping tequila.
By far the two biggest brands in the premium tequila market, Don Julio and Patrón both have their own versions of 100% blue agave reposado tequila available.
The Don Julio Reposado Tequila is famed for its pronounced citrus and sweet agave base, which is intertwined with subtle flavours of vanilla and honey, making it well balanced and easily enjoyable neat or over ice.
Similar in its flavour profile, the Patrón Reposado is another example of premium sipping tequila, which possesses a sweet agave base that mellows into an oaky finish that includes hints of vanilla, honey, and light floral notes.
Outside of these premium brands, lower priced alternatives include Espolon Reposado Tequila or El Jimador Reposado Tequila, which are both similar tasting examples of 100% blue agave bottles that are finely balanced and enjoyable neat.
Moving into the mixtos, or gold, tequila category, however, and it is always a best practice to use these bottles as cocktail bases.
Popular examples of these tequilas include Jose Cuervo Especial Reposado and Sierra Tequila Reposado, both products that are ideally consumed in cocktails or as alcoholic bases with popular mixers, including orange or pineapple juice.
Do not be afraid to venture beyond the few brands mentioned here, however, as there are many examples of fine reposado tequila available for purchase.
Just be sure to look for those made from 100% blue agave as these usually denote a higher quality product that is far more expensive to produce and nicer to consume, many of which are mentioned here.
How to Drink Reposado Tequila
Reposado tequila, like most aged spirits, has a variety of flavours crafted throughout not only the initial distillation process, but more importantly, the time spent ageing in oak prior to being bottled and sold.
At the base of any aged tequila, reposado or añejo, is an unaged blanco tequila that is made from either 100% blue agave or a blend of 51% blue agave and other sugars.
Depending upon the percentage of blue agave used during production, the quality and flavour of the resulting blanco, and eventual reposado or añejo tequila, is significantly affected.
That being said, most reposado tequilas are known to possess flavours of sweet agave, citrus, and pepper that are balanced out by subtle additional layers of light smoke, vanilla, and caramel.
This delicate combination of traditional tequila flavours mellowed out by additional tastes found in many other aged spirits means reposado tequilas can easily be consumed neat or over ice.
They key, as with all tequilas, is to seek those bottles that are made from 100% blue agave, as these will always be of a higher quality than blended mixtos tequilas, which are often cheaper and made for quick production.
If looking to make tequila cocktails, however, reposado can be used within a variety, including the Reposado Old Fashioned, Yellow Jacket, or Dominican Sunrise, with more being explored here.
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