It’s Bargain Bottle Battle time, again! And for this smackdown, Th’ Lip tried yet ANOTHER tack in attempting to dethrone the unstoppable El Ultimo Agave reposado: How about slipping in a brand which has never before been tasted on the Tequila Whisperer Show? That brand, El Jimador reposado, is the lowest cost, entry-level tequila from the mighty Hacienda Herradura family of tequilas! Take THAT, El Ultimo Agave!
Lippy Double-Teamed the El Jimador with Agavales repo, another super low-cost favorite from a few shows ago. Your Tequila Whisperer is pulling no punches in his efforts to find another champion to take the place of El Ultimo Agave and present the most worthy reposado for under $20! Will this combination finally yield a conquering winner? Watch and see!
CHAMPIONSHIP BATTLE NOTES:
Your Lip was itching for a real upset in this Bargain Battle. It’s no secret that he’s getting a bit bored with El Ultimo Agave’s (NOM 1522) sweet attack and spicy alcohol spike load that persists all over the mid palate. This repo has very high peaks and low valleys. It commands a lot of “tongue attention’ and refuses to become anonymous in the mouth. Ultimately this bold flavor statement is what turned the tide for Th’ Lip in EUA’s favor. It’s an inexpensive reposado that refuses to be ignored, and you gotta give it credit for that mix.
The El Jimador brought a surprisingly mellow flavor and nose to the taste party. There is a nice melding of sweet vanilla wisps with a modicum of wood presented here, but generally the flavors have been so balanced and turned down that there isn’t a whole lot to love. When compared to Herradura’s next level up, the Antiguo repo, El Jimador pales considerably. There just isn’t much “there” there.
Agavales started strong on the nose with a deeper, smokier, olfactory offering. But upon tasting, Lip found it as toned down and bland as the El Jimador. In fact a taste–off between those two would find the Taster having a very difficult time telling them apart. Eventually the Agavales opened up a bit in the glass and presented a slight and pleasing coconut side-wall flavor, and that was enough to elevate it above the El Jimador (barely). Still, if you’re looking for a very inexpensive reposado (even cheaper than El Ultimo Agave), Agavales should be your choice.
Da Winnah and STILL Champeen: El Ultimo Agave reposado !! – Yayyy!!
Got a suggestion for an under $20 reposado that could conceivable BEAT El Ultimo Agave? Comment below!