This past weekend in Vegas, we took the time out to try some spirits that don’t have much access to on the East Coast and specifically in Philadelphia. While at the Pink Taco at the Hard Rock Casino in Las Vegas, we saw Avion Reposado on the menu, a sight never seen to us before. Aged 6 months, with a roasted agave presence, the oak aroma is elegant and well balanced. This is a solid tequila both smooth and complex. We would definitely drink it again. Although there is a lot of hype with Avion Tequila being the subject of multiple episodes on HBO’s Entourage, the tequila speaks for itself. Try it and let us know what you think.
About Avion Tequila:
Tequila Avión is about a journey to create a new standard in taste and quality – Taste Elevated. An entrepreneurial spirit and a devotion to excellence that has provided us with the much talked about Tequila Avión Silver, Reposado, and Anejo.
Tequila Avion is love. The obsession to produce the world’s smoothest tequila begins high in the hills of Jalisco, 7000 feet above sea level, where the finest handpicked Blue Weber Agave slow roasts in brick ovens to bring out an unparalleled blend of natural flavors and aromas.
But before it’s bottled, Tequila Avión is loved a little longer. Ten times longer than other tequilas to be exact. The proprietary Ultra Slow Filtration process filters Tequila Avión into the smoothest Silver, Reposado and Añejo varietals in the world.
The result is a flavor profile and smoothness loved by everyone who tastes, including the judges at the 2011 San Francisco World Spirits Competition who honored Avion with Double Gold distinction.
Whether you sip it, mix it or enjoy it straight up, Tequila Avion loves everything and everyone.
Made with 100% Blue Agave, the 1800 Tequila is named after the year in which tequila was aged in wood for the very first time, 1800. When released in 1975, 1800 Reposado became the first premium tequila. Reposado tequila’s are medium aged tequila’s, usually in American Oak barrels for 2-4 months which gives it a light brown color and sweet flavor. Silver tequila’s are usually age about a month while the more premium Anejo Tequila’s are aged between 1-2 years. While Silver’s seem to be the most popular tequila’s these days from the Patron trend, the Reposado’s and Anejo’s are what makes a unique, complex and full of flavor perfect for sipping neat. The 1800 Reposado Tequila, while solid, is just that. It’s not too bad but it’s not great either. While we wouldn’t turn it down if offered, there are probably better Reposado’s for the price.
The 1800 Reposado Tequila Tasting Notes:
The 1800 has a sweet scent with a sweet syrupy flavor. It’s smooth but lacks bite and complexity. There is a good burn with an oak flavor and sweet, slightly dry finish.
Made from 100% estate grown blue agave, Milagro tequila is made in the old world style, slow roasting the Agave pina’s in clay ovens. Milagro Reposado is a small batch, triple distilled tequila and the slow roasted pina’s allows for a more natural flavor. This reposado is aged for 6 months in oak barrels, 4 months longer than most reposados. This is a very solid and complex reposado.
Milagro Reposado Tequila Tasting Notes:
Scent of citrus, the taste is smooth, sweet and tangy with a thin but good and complex mouth feel. Good flavors of oak and sweet flavors of agave. Highly recommended.
Legend has it that before the Hispanic era, in what is now known as Jalisco, a group of Indians were looking for shelter from a storm and hid in an area full of Blue Agave. By the hand of the Mayan God Mayahuel, a flash hit the maguey bush and it began burning for hours. When Tlaloc the Rain God finally put out the fire, the aroma coming from the maguey bush was very enticing. When one Indian tasted the plant, he passed it around to the others and the Agave plant and tequila became one of the most important treasures to the tribes of pre-Hispanic Mexico. —The Tequila Correlejo web site.
Correlejo Reposado Tequila
Aged for 4 months in three different types of cask barrel; French Oak, American Oak and White Oak, this unique three cask reposado tequila has won double gold medals twice and three separate gold medals in international spirit competitions. The Correlejo Reposado has a scent of sweet caramel with a thick mellow sweet flavor. This tequila has a great mouth feel, and dry complexity and aftertaste. Correlejo is a solid reposado tequila.
Hornitos Reposado Tequila
The Hornitos Reposado is unique in that it is aged in large barrels and rarely touches the wood for a reposado tequila leaving it light in color. Mostly, the flavor of the oak and wood that liquors are aged in provide much of the character. Surprisingly, the Hornitos Reposado has a good oak flavor. With sweet notes and hints of oak the Hornitos has good mouth feel with a salty finish.
Casa Noble Reposado Tequila
The Casa Noble Reposado is aged for 364 days in new but lightly charred French White Oak Barrels. 364 days is the maximum time a tequila can be aged to be labeled a reposado. It’s also much more expensive to age as there are investment and storing costs, along with the angels’ share, the amount of liquor that evaporates from the barrel overtime. The longer it ages, the less you have. The Casa Noble Reposado Tequila is smooth, sweet with a thick mouth feel and great vanilla flavor. This is an excellent reposado with a great smooth finish.
Patron Reposado Tequila is aged in oak barrels for over two months and blended to have a clean flavor like Patron Silver, but with a hint of the oak flavor in Patron Anejo. According to Patron, Agave, which is the plant distilled to make tequila, has been used to make clothing and as a food source for more than 9000 years. Although Agave looks like a cactus, it is actually part of the lily flower family. Patron specifically uses the Blue Agave grown in the highlands of Jalisco Mexico. The Agave is then harvested at the peak of sweetness and then slowly steamed in small batches for about 36 hours. Each Patron bottle is unique and hand made by an artisan glassmaker in which about 20% of the bottles are actually rejected.
The Parton Reposado Tequila Flavor, Taste & Review
The color of Patron Reposado Tequila is clear, but with a beautiful light gold tint. The scent of the Reposado is a spicy agave with a mellow but tangy and sweet aroma. Having a small bite but long warming and thin mouth feel, the Patron Reposado is slightly dry with a complex aftertaste. The flavor is fruit, sweet and salty with a slight spicy touch. This is an excellent tequila! Although a bit pricy, we love the Patron Reposado Tequila! The Patron Reposado is best when served warm and sipped neat.