October 18, 2006

Fina Estampa Reposado Tequila Review

Fina Estampa Reposado
100% Agave Golden Tequila
Imported from Mexico
80 Proof (40% ABV)
Typical Price: $35-$40
Fina Estampa Website

Fina Estampa ReposadoIt's really tough not to make "stamp of approval" jokes about Fina Estampa - after all, our brush with their blanco was a joyful experience. But, as we look down the barrel of their reposado we're torn between concerns of a sophomore slump and worries that the guys at Fina Estampa have made tequila good enough to finally push us over the edge to full-blown alcoholics. Either way, we were approaching the Reposado with a little bit of nervousness, but that wasn't the only reason our hands were shaking as we poured our glass...it was also excitement.

Pale Straw

Light and peppery, with a slightly sour tang.

Thin and peppery, a bit on the smokey side. There's a sharpness up front accompanied by a briny seawater flavor, but there is a sweetness on the back end that mellows it out. Reposados are typically aged from two months to a year, which means it's generally not as youthful and fiery as blanco but not as mellow as an anejo. We like to think of them as the tweener of tequilas - bratty but on their way to adulthood, and definitely a demographic you should pay attention to (right EnuhCorK?) This one fits right into that mold.

All in all we were very impressed with Fina Estampa's Reposado. We liked it straight, and it was great on the rocks with a little twist of lime. This is the one for you if you're scared off by blancos and want something that's been tamed a bit by oak. Don't be afraid to throw this in a margarita either, but please just make sure to make your own...we recommend Cointreau instead of Triple Sec and using real limes. But that's just, like, our opinion man.

Below is a list of the places where you can currently get your hands on a bottle:

New Mexico
New York
New Jersey
Also available online at HiTimeWine

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Posted by Jake Jamieson at October 18, 2006 1:40 PM
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