Hornitos Reposado

by Jason Lightner | July 30th, 2013 | Spirits

agave interruptedIt’s been a while since we’ve taken a look at Hornitos Plata, an affordable tequila that doesn’t disappoint. After nearly a year, I thought it time to take a look at the middle child of the bunch, Hornitos Reposado. This is the part where I’d usually link to the company’s website, but unfortunately they have a really terrible design up at the moment, and I don’t feel like subjecting our readers to the pain.

Hornitos Reposado tequila comes encased in the usual, unassuming Hornitos bottle, green label and all. The tequila has a lighter color than you might expect — lighter than other tequilas, anyway — which is due in no small part to the amount of time (or lack thereof) during which the tequila is rested in oak barrels.

Now, at this point I’d usually go into the description of the smell and taste of the drink, but I’d like to take a moment for a quick diversion. As in last year’s review, I found it interesting to note that Hornitos is actually owned by the Sauza Tequila Import Company. At the time I’d made an educated guess about Sauza Blue and Hornitos Plata being one and the same and, after some testing I can confirm that this does not actually appear to be the case. With that little bit out of the way, we can move on to what really matters.

Hornitos Reposado is a pale amber, quickly rested, and carries a strong aroma of burnt agave. The flavor is bold, with a peppery and briny bite that envelops the mouth in a warm bath of agave and lingers on the finish, which is in itself an experience. Due to this tequila’s particular punch, I’d advise a side of lime and salt to go with one’s shot.

This particular tequila, while not amazing, does the job well and creates a perfectly reasonable margarita. The added oomph from the slight resting makes this tequila’s flavor more nuanced than its silver brethren, and the price is modest, which is great for the more frugal among us.

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