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Tarantula 100 Reposado 100% Puro de Agave Azul Tequila

Tarantula 100
Reposado 100% Puro
de Agave Azul Tequila


By Robert Plotkin

Reposados are the bestselling expression of tequila worldwide and high octane Tarantula 100 Reposado 100% Puro de Agave Azul Tequila will only fan the flames. Tarantula is a 21st century spirit made at a state of the art distillery. But in this instance, its fast growing popularity is more a result of what it is than where it comes from.

Tarantula 100 Reposado is an exuberant tequila bottled at an invigorating 100 proof (50% alcohol), a feature perfectly in step with consumer trends. While the vast majority of tequilas on the market are 80-proof (40% alcohol), Tarantula 100 ratchets up the alcohol content by reducing its water content. Less water means the tequila is inherently more flavorful and therefore better suited to be a major player behind the bar.

Tarantula 100 Tequila is made at high-tech Desilería Leyros [NOM 1489] in Guadalajara. After harvesting, the mature agaves destined to become Tarantula 100 are brought to the distillery where they are cooked with steam in stainless steel autoclaves. The baked agaves are shredded and the extracted juice—referred to as aguamiel—is transferred to large vats where fermentation is precipitated with a proprietary strain of yeast. The fermented must is then distilled in a stainless steel, multi-column still. Desilería Leyros prides itself on its energy efficient, environmentally friendly production process.

The distillery is also deservedly proud of the high quality finished product. Tarantula 100 Reposado is matured in charred, American white oak barrels used previously to age bourbon. The tequila has a faint straw hue, a silky, lightweight body and a generous fruit and herbal bouquet. For being 100-proof its entry is impressively smooth and it quickly fills the mouth with the flavors of tropical fruit, anise, cloves, cacao and wisps of char smoke. Like the entry, the finish is flavorful and remarkably devoid of heat. This is a well-conceived, well-produced spirit. Kudos!

Tarantula 100 Plata 100% Puro de Agave Azul Tequila is bottled shortly after leaving the still. The crystal clear tequila has a lightweight body and the aromas of fresh fruit, dried herbs and light citrus zest. The longer it is allowed too breathe, the more enticing aromatics come to the forefront. Its flavor payload is a refreshing assortment of pears, plums, herbaceous agave, spicy cinnamon and roasted peppers. The finish is long and spicy warm.

Tarantula 100 Tequilas are best suited for consumers who care more about flavor and bona fide value than pedigree and lineage. They're excellent sipped on the rocks and tailor-made for drink making. That's about all you can ask from a tequila.