Agavales Tequila – blanco, reposado, tequila review (episode 71)

You say you’re looking for a bargain tequila brand that won’t break your bank (wallet) but won’t leave your palate busted, either?  Then look no further, fearless Tequila Taster!  Th’ Lip has searched far and wide to bring you some worthy agave juice for UNDER $10.00!

Introducing Agavales tequila!  Here’s a completely worthy pair of blanco and reposado (no anejo) that will be just dandy in a cocktail, and certainly worthy as a slightly less-complex sipper during those long nights in front of the tube or computer!

TEQUILA Details:

BRAND: AGAVALES

NOM: 1438

AGAVE SOURCE: 60% HIGHLANDS, 40% LOWLANDS

GENERAL TASTING NOTES:

Agavales is a surprisingly tasty and sweet ride through the agave fields of both highlands and lowlands.  Though created specifically for use as a “well brand” (read: cheap & anonymous) for bars and clubs, this juice surprised Lippy with its balanced bounty of flavors.  The blanco was a bright and peppery agave-soaked tingle that had big notes of bight mint, menthol and spice in its liquid load.  Though the main taste structure was quite thin in the mouth, the loudness of the spices made up for the lack of complexity.  The reposado introduced planks of unsophisticated oak on the nose, but this gave way to some very nicely spiced vanilla and coconut flavors along with a thick slather of butter atop it all.  Though the reposado will not have the complicated family of flavors to keep your interest over a long session of sipping, the price and the surprising balance of flavors will definitely have you coming back for more in both Margaritas and solo sipping sessions.

BUY RECOMMENDATION: Agavales Reposado

FLAVOR Profiles for AGAVALES REPOSADO (out of a possible 4 points)


20 Responses to “Agavales Tequila – blanco, reposado, tequila review (episode 71)”

  1. Reg March 29, 2011 at 6:20 pm #

    I found and tried the reposado just two days ago. Salud, compadre. For the price, I was very, very surprised. Yum.

  2. Lippy March 29, 2011 at 7:43 pm #

    So glad you are digging the repo, Reg. For the price, it’s one of the top 3 repos in its class!

  3. Crown April 23, 2011 at 8:03 pm #

    Great review, Agavales is on fire thanks to people like you picking it up and giving it a little love. I can’t explain the passion my co-workers and I have for the brand. It has been alot of fun bringing a quality 100% agave tequila to consumers at an affordable price. I think it has actually educated a broader spectrum of consumers on the importance of 100% agave as the gold standard for tequila. Thanks again, and keep up the good work!!

    P.S.- Life is too short to poison your palate with mixto tequila!!!

  4. Roberto April 26, 2011 at 3:48 pm #

    I deliver liquor for my job and I ask around and I am always on the lookout for great undiscovered spirits. Agavales is a remarkable find of pure agave splendor. Try it, you’ll understand right away why it is so well loved. The blanco is my favorite, round and peppery, smooth and sweet too.

  5. Lindsey January 9, 2012 at 9:58 am #

    Agavales is def. the best! And for the price? How can you go wrong with that?! Amazing product.

  6. Lainee Sue August 7, 2012 at 7:55 pm #

    This is my usual brand I started buying it because it was cheep. And then I found that I love it, more than expensive brands. NOW… they have gone and put the price way up. Just in the last 3 weeks!!! I am MAD about this!

  7. Lippy August 7, 2012 at 10:42 pm #

    That Stinks! My understanding was that this brand was formulated and marketed to be a BARGAIN brand. Sorry to hear that it’s gone so UP in price. Doesn’t portend well for tequila in general!

  8. SMYLBRYTE October 7, 2012 at 8:58 am #

    The fella at the liquor store referred this after I asked for clean not very expensive tequila. I normally prefer to leave the tequila out because of the heavy overpowering flavor but I wanted to try something for my Long Island Iced Teas that would also make a nice Margarita. He recommended Agavales and it does work well for both. Two thumbs up.

  9. Lippy October 8, 2012 at 1:19 pm #

    So glad you’re liking the Agavales!

  10. Tre Deuc e June 6, 2013 at 9:18 am #

    Also recommended by a liquor store help person in Texarcana. At $14.00, more then I usually pay for a mixer Tequila, but pleasantly surprised.

    Wasn’t available, but at this particular store in the ArkLaTex area. Back in the NW/Nor-Cal/Oregon/Washington, can’t find it anywhere. Stores don’t seemed interested in ordering it in as they have to many brands of tequila on the shelves.

    A definite ‘like’ for me.

  11. Lippy June 23, 2013 at 12:23 pm #

    Thanks for the feedback!
    -Lip

  12. Martin August 10, 2013 at 3:28 am #

    Well, it’s now in Japan too. I took a chance on the Blanco when I picked up my regular bottle of Chimayo Reposado, mostly because it was 100% Agave (I never buy a Tequila that isn’t – I learnt the hard way in London in the late 80s), and because it was so keenly priced. And hey, I am very impressed. It’s nice and peppery, vegetal, good nose, smooth mouthfeel, everything I want from a good Blanco! Nice one guys.

  13. Lippy August 10, 2013 at 6:30 am #

    Hi Martin!
    I’m so glad that you checked out the Agavales. If you’re a fan of reposados make sure you taste THIS one. For the price it’s REALLY tough to beat!
    -Lip

  14. Martin August 11, 2013 at 1:59 am #

    The liquor store had a Gold version for the same price as the Blanco, equivalent to just over 14 dollars US, but I don’t remember a Reposado. They’re not usually the same thing. Either way, I shall definitely be recommending Agavales to my colleagues and friends. I might even buy them a bottle as a gift. Btw, are you a brand ambassador? You work for the company?

  15. Lippy August 11, 2013 at 12:39 pm #

    Nope! Not a brand ambassador of ANY company, Martin. I’m COMPLETELY neutral! I am just an agave – loving NUTCASE!

    BTW, that Agavales “Gold” is just the blanco with food coloring (heard that straight from the brand..) DO check out the reposado(it’s actually AGED). I think it’s the best age of Agavales. But since you are also in the market for “bargain bottles” check out “El Ultimo Agave” repo! It consistently wins my TOP honors as a bargain sipper.

    -Lip

  16. Dianne Massanelli October 8, 2013 at 8:55 pm #

    Like it better than Sauza Gold which is about 8-10 dollars higher. Definitely more for your money.

  17. Mass Margarita May 30, 2014 at 2:47 pm #

    Was recently convinced of the value is choosing 100% agave. Found this at local liquor store for >$12.00 Have been enjoying the camarena resposado in my margaritas. This is certainly comparable and at 12.00 cannot see the down side

  18. Lippy May 30, 2014 at 7:02 pm #

    Glad you’re liking it, Bob

  19. Dane Henas June 25, 2014 at 10:51 pm #

    On my 3rd bottles of the blanco and reposado. Amazing bargain! The reposado is even better than the Costco reposado, which is the same NOM and very close to the Megavo Anejo—same NOM as well.

  20. Lippy June 26, 2014 at 11:21 am #

    So glad you’ve discovered a personal TREASURE!

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