By: Jackson Lee
K&L Staff Member
Sadly, I am one to judge a book by its cover when it comes to food and beverage. We consume with our eyes before any of our other senses can join the party (with the exception of maybe the aroma). While I don’t let that judgment affect my impressions from the senses that really matter, this tequila did fall short (pun intended) on the shelf.
What it lacks in looks, it makes up for in quality. On the nose, this tequila screams lowland agave: Rocky minerals, iron, and beach sand after a retreating wave are first on the scene, followed immediately by a banana biscuit with a slight hint of vanilla and key lime. On the palate I get a soft, chewy feel- especially for sitting right at the 80 proof marker. Sweet roasted agave stands up and runs alongside a clean minerality with hints of the banana making yet another appearance. That hot peppery-ness that can end up in some of the lower tiered tequilas is almost nonexistent, making this perfect for a daily sipper or if you want to elevate your cocktails.
The finish has a slight sharpness about it, letting you know not to forget it. As the heat dissipates, you’re left with a light vanilla note accenting the cooked blue weber agave. For a sub $30 blanco, this one is hard to beat.