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Espolon Reposado 100% Agave Tequila

Espolón Reposado
100% Agave Tequila


By Robert Plotkin

After several years absence, super-premium Espolón Reposado 100% Agave Tequila is again available in the American market. And we're a much better nation for it. This classy spirit hails from the 600-acre Plascencia Alvarez estate located high in the mountains surrounding Arandas, Jalisco. The family started in the tequila business in 1904 and now maintains one of the region's most esteemed facilities and agave plantations.

Espolón Tequila is crafted at Destiladora San Nicholas (NOM 1440) through state of the art technology and traditional tequila making techniques. The agaves used in production are cultivated in the estate's rich red soil. After harvesting, the plants are steam baked in stainless steel autoclaves to express their sugar-rich juice. The juice is transferred to a vat where is allowed to slowly ferment over the course of 18-20 hours. Master distiller Cirilo Oropeza then double distills the fermented wash in stainless steel continuous stills. The entire production and bottling process takes place on the estate. The range is bottled at 40% alcohol by volume (80 proof) and produced without any added chemicals, flavorings or artificial coloring.

Espolón Reposado 100% Agave Tequila is aged for 6 months in small American white oak barrels. The reposado has a rich golden hue and a wafting bouquet of fruit, vanilla beans and warm caramel. Its lush, medium-weight body delivers a savory palate of spices, dried herbs and roasted peppers. The finish is long, dry and herbaceous.

Espolón Reposado is a tequila of style and substance best savored neat. The longer it is left to breathe in the glass, the more personality shines through. That said, with a suggested retail price under $25, it also makes an inspired choice for use in gourmet Margaritas, Palomas or other tequila-based drinks.

Silver tequila enthusiasts will genuinely appreciate Espolón Blanco 100% Agave Tequila. Bottled directly from the still, it is a lively spirit with crystalline clarity, a lightweight body and a generous fruity, floral and spicy bouquet. The palate is a fresh, exuberant offering of peppery and spicy flavors that gradually fade to a warm, satisfying finish. It possesses every quality you look for in a great blanco—and a little bit more.

The brand's authenticity is also reflected in the artwork on its labels. Inspired by 19th century folk art, the design on Espolón Blanco label depicts Father Miguel Hidalgo leading the revolution against Spain, while the scene on the reposado portrays an Aztec marketplace. ¡Salud!