Tequila is more well-known for the unforgettable moments, both good and bad, it provides. Reposado, specifically, is considered the sweet spot between Blanco and Anejo. It offers interesting flavors with the original tequila kick, a mix some consider the best of both worlds.
Things get interesting, though, when you try comparing reposado styles. Read ahead to see why each variation is fantastic and which would best fit your palate.
Comparing Reposado Types
Tequila is considered reposado when it rests between two months and a year before the bottling process. If you compare a reposado versus Blanco, you’ll notice immediately that the former takes on a golden hue.
The color change comes from the reposado age process that takes place in barrels. Therefore, the wood used for these containers is a major factor in the final flavor.
So, the time spent aging and barrel type are primary measurements for making a comparison. They’re also factors that impact the reposado cost.
Different Flavor Profiles
Agave, the plant that provides the liquid that’s later fermented, forms the backbone of all tequila and mezcal flavor profiles. This is a sweet and peppery kick.
Reposados mix this original taste with new touches from different barrels. Common variations include American and French oak, but there are plenty of alternatives. The typical result is vanilla or oak taste slightly highlighted in every sip.
This is where you can start to really tell the difference between reposado versus Anejo. The latter has a darker tone along with deeper flavors that hide the agave background taste.
Reposados Available In T27
At T27, you can find plenty of reposado brands with full-bodied and complex flavors. A few that stand out are Herradura, Vida, Casamigos, and the unique Herradura Double Barrel Reposado. These might be the perfect drinks to consider for National Taco Day.
Here’s a quick look at what each has to offer.
This bottle comes filled with agave hearts roasted in clay ovens and aged in American oak for 11 months. It has classic aromas of agave, caramel, and vanilla. The hit is considered mild with a light note of orange peel. It has a medium body.
This reposado brushes the palate with vanilla sweetness and slowly carries it into its oak, pepper, and honey background tastes. It’s a wonderful flavor spiral.
This pale amber reposado has a smoky vanilla aroma. It offers the palate a caramel, oak, tobacco, and brown butter flavor.
Herradura Double Barrel Reposado
A unique aging process sets this bottle apart from so many others. This is due to two factors:
- Eleven months in a standard barrel
- One final month in a newly charred barrel
The smell points towards its roots in American white oak barrels and their heavy charring. It has a powerful taste, filling the palate with vanilla, oak, and small hints of citrus.
Don’t Hesitate to Taste.
While Blanco and Anejo tequilas are great, there’s something that makes reposados so special. It might be the soft initial flavors or the final kick, but either way, these blends are sure to surprise you.
Whether you’re a tequila expert or just getting started, it’s never too late to give this unique version a try and start comparing reposado types.
Don’t wait too long, though. The Herradura Double Barrel Reposado is only available at T27, and there are only 240 bottles in total. Once they’re gone, they’re gone for good!