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Sauza Hornitos

Sauza Hornitos
100% Puro de Agave
Reposado Tequila


By Robert Plotkin

Tequila Sauza is today the second largest distiller of tequila and the fastest growing spirit brand in the world. Their spirit is the bestselling tequila in Mexico. Sauza struck pay dirt with the introduction of Sauza® Hornitos 100% Puro de Agave Reposado Tequila.

Hornitos is distilled entirely from mature blue agave at the Sauza La Perseverancia Distillery in Jalisco, Mexico. The harvested agaves are baked, shredded, fermented and double-distilled in both an alembic still and a stainless steel column still. Sauza then ages Hornitos for 4 to 6 months in large vats, which is just enough time in the oak to soften its character without being appreciably affected by the tannins in the wood. As a result, Hornitos has the exuberance and fresh agave character of a blanco tequila with a touch of the mellow refinement of an añejo.

A quick sniff, sip and swallow will quickly reveal why Hornitos has become such a runaway success. The pale golden color belies its complexity and surprisingly full, rounded body. Hornitos has an alluring bouquet concentrated with the rich aromas of pepper, caramel and citrus. Its vibrant palate is an array of semisweet flavors, notably caramel, black pepper, luscious fruit and the herbaceous taste of agave. Hornitos finishes warm and long.

For all of its sophistication and market dominance, Sauza Hornitos is priced well below most top-shelf 100% agave reposados, earning its merit as one of the best tequila values. The brand is game for any tequila-based assignment.