Espolon Blanco Tequila
Nose: earthy, hints of black pepper
Taste: mild citrus, mild black pepper
Remember a couple of days ago when I raved about Cazadores? Well, it’s all still true, but Espolon is better! Both the quality and price of Espolon marginally beat out Cazadores.
And, to be consistent: Espolon Blanco is true tequila. Meaning: it’s made from 100% Blue Agave. And, as this is a Blanco/Silver tequila, it meets my requirement of: Unaged = the Real Deal. And just like Cazadores, no silly handcrafted jug to drive the cost up needlessly!
When I reviewed Cazadores Blanco, I put it up with $40 bottles of tequila for comparison. I realize that I may have slightly overstated there; but here is the real deal. Seriously, compare Espolon Blanco to Patron Silver, Don Eduardo Blanco, Don Julio Blanco… it holds up! Not only that, it holds up against Clase Azul Plata. Not kidding here, either! We did a taste test. (More on that later.)
Let’s Not Mince Words: Espolon Blanco is fantastic. Compared to any tequila at $35 or less, Espolon will win out, and do it at $20 a bottle!
In its price point, compare Espolon to Jose Cuervo, Sauza, Hornitos, Corazon, Cabrito, 1800, and Cazadores. Espolon will beat them all, and do it smoothly.
Espolon is smooth. I mean SMOOOOTH. It’s not as herbaceous or complex as Cazadores. It’s more like Clase Azul Plata: smooth, no bite, mild citrus notes.
Espolon Blanco is fantastic. Compared to any tequila at $35 or less, Espolon will win out, and do it at $20 a bottle!
While taste testing Espolon Blanco at my dining room table, I sat and savored. And then was moderately pissed off that I had spent so much more money on the other tequilas at the table! I was able to purchase my bottle at a local shop for $19 before taxes. $19!!! That’s insane for what you get in this little bottle!
There’s a slight disconnect in scent and flavor with Espolon Blanco. You get earthy, nearly terracotta notes when you smell it, but none of that comes through on your palate. Honestly, not much comes through on the tongue at all. It’s as if the distillers found a way to water down the taste, without killing alcohol content.
There are no overpowering tastes or scents in Espolon Blanco; just mellow smoothness and a warmth down your throat. There is zero “tequila bite” here. I know a lot of you expect to keel over sipping a cheap tequila, but that will NOT happen with Espolon.
There are no overpowering tastes or scents in Espolon Blanco; just mellow smoothness and a warmth down your throat.
Yes, Espolon Blanco will work perfectly in Margaritas and Tequila Sunrises. Before you mix, try it over ice with a twist of lime. It’s outstanding.
Being honest folks: Espolon Blanco approaches Clase Azul Plata in smoothness. But with a price tag of about one fifth: mix it, slam it, spill it, and you won’t be crying over every lost drop.
Final Rating: 90 out of 100