August 21, 2006

Dos Lunas Reposado Tequila Review

Dos Lunas Reposado
Super-Premium Tequila Imported from Mexico
Aged One Year in Oak Barrels
80 Proof (40% ABV)
Typical Price: Around $54.99
Dos Lunas Website

Dos Lunas Reposado TequilaFor a lot of people, Tequila is a drink reserved solely for shots or mixed drinks, and quite often people don't think of it as a sipping drink. That's been changing a bit lately thanks to an influx of higher quality Tequilas rather than that stuff you used to drink in high school, whose name rhymed with Shmosay Shmairvo.

Dos Lunas is the latest we've encountered, and while we enjoyed the first bottle we tried (read our Dos Lunas Silver review) we were really looking forward to the Reposado. We tend to like liquor that has been set aside to mellow out a bit, and putting it in oak barrels always makes us think of our favorite drink, Bourbon. We uncorked our bottle of Dos Lunas Reposado last week with high hopes - read on for our thoughts on the taste and quality.

The Color:
The color was kind of a straw gold, maybe a bit darker, and we liked the way it caught the light, especially in the bottle. As we mentioned when Dos Lunas arrived, the bottle has a window in it that allows you to see through it to an image on the back, which is pretty cool.

The Nose:
The nose was much mellower than the Silver and a bit oakier, which wasn't a surprise considering that it was aged in oak barrels - the oak even put us a little bit in mind of a nice scotch for some reason. The back end was more vanilla, and there was a huge whiff of caramel too. We loved the sweetness, which took an edge off the alcohol tang you find in many tequilas.

The Taste:
The reposado kept all the flavors we liked in the Silver, and added a sweet and sassy edge to the proceedings. It was very drinkable alone, but if you're nervous about sipping straight Tequila it tasted nice on the rocks as well - we didn't even have to add lime but it'd probably be tasty that way too. We didn't even bother mixing it into margaritas because it would have dulled the fine taste.

The Verdict:
All in all, as much as we liked the Silver we liked the Reposado more. Not only was it a touch less bite-y, the touch of caramel sweetness was A+. We recommended buying the Silver and sipping it with lime, but if you're going to buy it just to sip we say drop the extra five or so bucks on a bottle of this stuff and have a grand old time. Keep an eye out for Dos Lunas in a store near you - they haven't had their nationwide release yet (it'll be available everywhere by the end of '07) but we think this is definitely a Tequila that'll be going places once more people get a chance to try it.

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Posted by Jake Jamieson at August 21, 2006 6:55 AM
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