Last Friday, Espolón Tequila rolled through the offices here at Complex for a quick tasting of two of their liquors. On a table generously loaded with chips, salsa, and guacamole sat small glasses filled with Espolón's Blanco and Reposado. We dug in.
The Blanco shames the Cuervo you swilled in college—this clear booze is smooth and clean. There's a hint of pepper and rich caramel in the nose. On the palate the taste is full-bodied, even a little creamy. There's no question as to why it won a Double Gold Medal at the 2011 San Francisco World Spirits Competition.
The Reposado, slightly golden in color due to the barrels its aged in, has hints of vanilla and orange. Again, this tequila is smooth and velvety. Many American aren't accustomed to sipping tequila, but this Reposado is apt to change that.
After guiding us through the tasting, Espolón poured two different cocktails. Keep clicking for the recipes.