The Top Scoring Tequilas & Mezcals of March 2017

Our agave tasting experts on the Distiller Tasting Table reviewed tons of tequilas and mezcals in March, but these ten were their favorites.
Apr 03, 2017
  • 10
    10 Purasangre Reposado Tequila
    85
    Tart
    This 100% agave tequila is distilled in Los Altos of Jalisco by Enrique Fonseca Cerda, Master Distiller. Distilled twice, the first time in a stainless-steel alembic pot-still and a second time in a copper pot-still. Their reposado is aged for 9 months in French oak barrels.
  • 9
    9 La Cava de Don Samuel Tequila Reposado
    86
    Sweet & Rich
    La Cava de Don Samuel tequila is produced in the Jalisco highlands. The distillery uses a combination of traditional and modern methods of processing and distillation to achieve the final product. It is aged 4 - 6 months in a combination of unspecified barrels that include ex-bourbon.
  • 8
    8 Tequila Regional Blanco
    86
    Earthy & Mineral
    Tequila Regional was founded in 1974 by a co-op of agave growers dedicated to producing an excellent Tequila in the traditional method. It is double-distilled from Weber Blue agave grown in 7 counties in the Tequila region. It's produced by Empresa Ejidal Tequilera de Amatitán (NOM 1503) in the Mexican state of Jalisco.
  • 7
    7 Kimo Sabe Mezcal Joven: Albedo
    87
    Sweet
    The company works with local farmers in the Grower Support Program to sustainably grow and harvest the agave used in the mezcal. Kimo Sabe ("trusted friend") mezcal was made by using a combination of new traditions--agaves steam-cooked in ovens, then milled and old traditions--agaves roasted in open pits then crushed with tahonas. These two batches ferment separately and then are blended together before distillation. The third distillation is done in a pot-still.The joven is bottled unaged at 43% ABV.
  • 6
    6 6 Degree Tequila Blanco
    87
    Sweet & Rich
    The idea behind this tequila brand is that "...wonderful things can happen when people are connected by 6 degrees," and therefore, a quality tequila should be a shared connection. This is a 100% blue weber that is triple-distilled and rested in stainless steel tanks 2 months. The uniquely shaped bottles are handcrafted and numbered.
  • 5
    5 Villa Lobos Blanco Tequila
    90
    Fruity & Floral
    Carlos Camarena and Dale Sklar join forces to bring us Villa Lobos Tequila. Originally produced for the UK market, there was no way that they could keep a new offering from Carlos Camarena from the US. Produced via old school production methods using only the ripest of agave, it is aged for 6 months in steel tanks after distillation.
  • 4
    4 Rey Campero Tobalá Mezcal
    90
    Earthy
    The Rey Campero line is produced primarily of wild agaves harvested and distilled in Candelaria Yegolé, Oaxaca by master mezcalero Rómulo Sánchez Parada. Tobalá is 100% agave potatorum (which takes 13 years to mature and grows at 5600 feet) roasted in earthen pits, stone ground, fermented with the aid of natural yeasts in wood casks and distilled in a copper alembic still.
  • 3
    3 Fuenteseca Reserva Extra Añejo Tequila 15 Años
    92
    Rich
    The agave for this tequila was harvested in 1998 in Atotonilco. To compensate the low sugar content of that year's harvest, nearly all of the spirit was aged in American oak barrels; 3% of the spirit went into French oak. Three quarters of the American barrels were former bourbon casks, and the remaining quarter had been previously used for California red wine, along with one former Chardonnay cask. It is bottled at 43% ABV.
  • 2
    2 Tequila Ocho Extra Añejo "El Carrizal" 2008
    92
    Mineral & Floral
    Master Distiller Carlos Camarena represents the third generation of his family of tequila producers. The Camarenas use traditional methods to produce tequila exclusively with agave from their own fields. Rancho El Carrizal is located 6,500 feet above sea level, with the red soil that’s typical of the Los Altos region. Warm days and cool nights impart a balance of sweetness and acidity to the agave, similar to wine grapes.
  • 1
    1 Tequila Ocho Añejo "El Puertecito" 2011
    92
    Sweet & Salty
    Tequila Ocho is the first and only Single Estate vintage tequila on the market. Crafted by Tomas Estes & Carlos Camarena. Each bottle is hand bottled, labeled, and has the personal tasting notes for each expression by Tomas on the back label. All the agave is sourced on family farms and therefore each expression from each estate showcases its own terroir. “El Puertecito” is the most northerly agave ranch in the Tequila Ocho family. When they began harvesting here about 25% of the plants were over-matured or decayed. This leads to a very high sugar and acidity content.