Reposado or ‘rested’ tequila is any tequila which is aged for a minimum of two months but less than a year in oak barrels. It takes on a golden hue and has a balanced and robust flavour caused by the combination of agave and wood from the barrels.
Cenote's citrusy, peppery tequila gets delicious vanilla notes in this Reposado, thanks to its three month spell in American oak barrels. This range of tequila is inspired by the spectacular underground freshwater pools in Mexico's Yucatan peninsula, known as Cenotes, which were regarded as sacred by the ancient Mayan people.
An unbelievably good Reposado tequila, made from Organic agaves which are grown for over 9 years before slow cooking in traditional ovens. The fermentation is done using the company's secret blend of yeasts, and then comes distillation followed by triple filtration. It is aged in very fine oak barrels, and is bottled in these tall, handsome decanters which are hand-painted and numbered by local artisans. Clase Azul's incredible Reposado has been awarded Gold medals by the Beverage Testing Institute and the San Francisco World Spirits Competition.
Don Fulano Reposado is another stylish offering from the distillery who do things a little differently. It has similar characteristics to the blanco with rich, herbal freshness. However, the time spent developing means this reposado has notes of bitter dark chocolate and warming maple added into the mix. A sharp boost of peppery spice also lifts this tequila, though it still remains wonderfully fruity and intensely herbal.
Don Julio Reposado Tequila is a 100% agave offering which spends eight months maturing in bourbon casks. It has a depth of flavour which is largely down to this maturation process and both almond and coconut notes come through alongside subtle spice and creamy vanilla in the nose. On tasting you’ll enjoy a biscuity depth with notes of sweet orchard fruits, cinnamon and white pepper which hangs around until the end.
El Jimador Reposado is made from mature blue agave and spends two months resting in American oak barrels. Golden hues escape from the bottle thanks to this process and the flavour mellow yet rich with toasted agave at the forefront. Almond, vanilla and baking spices create an aroma to draw you in and then they also prop up the agave flavour with additional sweetness. Smokiness comes through at the end and is a welcome addition to the sweetness.
This is the Reposado expression from Tequila El Rayo, which is distilled in 105 year old copper stills and matured for 7 months in casks that previously held whiskey before being bottled. The name is an homage to the legend that lightning struck an agave plant, cooking it and creating the first Tequila.
Gran Centenario Reposado is one of a range of classic and enjoyable tequilas from the top distillery. Sweet and floral on the nose with a little spice, the agave comes through in the flavour with warming hints of caramel and cinnamon. It’s classic in its flavour and any fan of tequila will enjoy mixing, sipping or slamming Gran Centenario Reposado. Spice lingers on after you’ve finished drinking, making this a particularly memorable tequila.
Herradura Reposado was launched in 1974 and the recipe has stayed the same ever since. One of the world’s first commercial reposado tequilas, the flavour benefits from 11 months ageing in oak casks. The aroma has an enticing note of cider, sweet apples, vanilla and cinnamon. This heady concoction is built upon as you sip with full bodied caramel, chocolate, nutty almonds and black pepper coming through. It’s the nutty notes that linger until the end.
The classic golden tequila, Jose Cuervo Gold has a distinctive flavour that stands out against the crowd. Smooth and mellow compared to other tequilas, it benefits from a maturation process which involves time resting in oak casks. Blending both young and aged tequilas together ensures you have an ingredient that just begs to be added to your next margarita or dashed over the rocks for an enjoyable, thirst quenching drink.
The clear, light golden hues of Jose Cuervo Tradicional Reposado are home to a wonderful array of flavours that never disappoint. A limited edition tequila, Tradicional intriguingly opens with a nose full of smoky notes, vegetal sweetness and banana. The flavour too carries through that smokiness and a woody depth also comes through, with nutmeg, cinnamon and delicate hints of ginger. It’s an earthy mellow offering from Jose Cuervo which is just begging to be sipped.
Ocho Reposado Tequila is timed to precision to deliver the exacting flavour that its creators demand. Aged for exactly 8 weeks and 8 days, Ocho Reposado is made from 100% blue agave and has an aroma which is rich in vanilla and leads into a soft, delicate flavour that brings out sweet almond and vanilla notes with a little cinnamon spice. Vegetal notes come through in the flavour of red peppers and are teamed with citrus. It’s a vegetal tequila which is light, enjoyable and subtle to the end.
Olmeca Altos Reposado spends a little longer being aged than other Olmeca tequilas, with 18 months in 200 litre white American ex-bourbon casks. It retains a super sweet and fresh flavour with its aroma packed full of bright fruitiness, notes of strawberry and cherry. The woody smokiness from the casks is apparent and is brought out even further when you take a sip. Slightly sweet honey comes through alongside the smokiness and the aftertaste is long, powerful and memorable.
The third of Patrons triumvirate of exceptional tequilas, Patron Reposado has a complex and distinctive flavour profile. Smooth from the first sip, you can taste the smokiness of the oak used in the maturation process and light fresh agave also comes through quickly. As the flavour builds you’ll enjoy notes of citrus and smooth honey, leading to a sweet and short aftertaste of honeyed vanilla and citrus zest.
Sauza Hornitos Tequila Reposado is a golden tequila which spends a year maturing to develop a woody depth to its flavour. Multi-layered aromas are revealed on opening with salt, pepper and liquorice even coming through. A tinge of black pepper entices you to drink and the flavour is exceptionally sweet, especially compared to the other Sauza offerings. Vanilla, oak and light spice bring the end note to a satisfying close.
This delicious and moreish tequila has a rounded flavour that isn’t lacking in spice. Tapatio Reposado is robust without being overwhelming and mellow agave is supported by more prominent notes of sharp green apple and a trademark pepperiness this brand is known for. As it coats the palate a creamier depth becomes apparent, with notes of sweet caramel and chocolate tempering the hot pepperiness. Remnants of the ageing process are apparent until the end, with wood smoke lingering on.
Fortaleza tequila is hand-made from stone-crushed agave by Guillermo Sauza, a fifth generation Sauza family-member. The Reposado is a perfect balance of vegetal notes from fresh agave and vanilla wood from its resting in bourbon barrels.
The Añejo is aged for 14 months. It is refined and complex, with flavours of soft caramel and vanilla. A perfect balance of sweetness from the blue weber agaves, with subtle spice from the oak barrel ageing and a long, smooth finish.
AquaRiva Reposado Tequila is intended to be a bar Tequila, specifically for cocktails. It is produced from 100% Blue Weber agave. On the palate, there are hints of caramel biscuits and delicate ripe fruit. The brand is owned by comedy actress (among other things) Cleo Rocos.
Tequila produced by Orendain family and released as part of their very handsome Gran Orendain range, all of which are made with agave grown on the hill of Tepecoste. This particular expression spends months maturing in French oak barrels before being bottled, resulting in a complex and powerful flavour profile.
Produced and distilled in the heart of Tequila, Mexico, by Fabrica de Tequilas, this reposado was made with blue agave that was cooked in autoclaves using steam for 10 hours. A special yeast is then added to the agave juices before fermentation, which lasts as long as 72 hours before distillation.
Rooster Rojo reposado is subsequently double pot distilled in stainless steel pot stills, before being 'rested' in oak. Water filtered through Mexican silver is added to blend the product down to a measured 38% ABV.