Espolon Tequila has long been a cult favorite. It never got a lot of fanfare, but aficionados in-the-know had routinely sung its taste praises. Then it went away for almost 2 years. A new distillery owner brought the brand back with bold new graphics, a hip marketing campaign, and a MUCH lowered price!
In this episode Lippy tastes the two new presentations of Espolon: blanco and reposado. What he finds may surprise you –as it did HIM. Watch along and see how the new juice holds up against its original bottling. Also you’ll see Th’ Lip read from some of his first-ever written reviews of tasting Espolon blanco and anejo. And don’t miss Lippy doing a Bebop improvisational riff with his bottle of Espolon reposado. It’s culture time on the “Whisperer” show and You are THERE!
AGAVE SOURCE: Arandas, HIGHLANDS
GENERAL TASTING NOTES:
Espolon was known for its fiery heat as well as its long – lasting flavor bloom. While the new juice DOES hearken back to its roots in most of its flavor notes, the heat has been much diminished. Look for mounds of sweet spice on the blanco with little to no “bottom end”. The reposado features a bit more spice and a certain oak profile for sure, but sadly, the way the taste has been changed for a more modern palate has left the repo without a lot of excitement.
Still, it has to be said – for the inexpensive price of these two hardy soldiers, there is a lot to recommend and they should be tasted and considered.
FLAVOR Profiles (out of a possible 4 points)
Music Picks From This Show:
“Rocket 88” – Jackie Brenston With His Delta Cats[audio:http://www.tequilawhisperer.com/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2010/10/2-01-Rocket-88.mp3|titles=Rocket 88]
“When My Man Comes Home” – Buddy Johnson And His Orchestra[audio:http://www.tequilawhisperer.com/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2010/10/1-02-When-My-Man-Comes-Home.mp3|titles=When My Man Comes Home]