I’m back to tequila, of course, pouring myself a few glasses of Caramba Reposado both at room temperature (“straight”) and on ice. This tequila pours a nice light golden copper as many reposado’s do, considering their slight age (usually in oak) helps bring out some neat color.
The bouquet is a potent agave with a sweet nectar-like flavor near the tail end of my initial sniff. Taking a deeper sniff continues the strong agave but uncovers a hidden white pepper scent with a pineapple skin wrapping. If you take just one breath and smell, you’ll probably miss some of the more subtle hints that make the best of the bouquet.
The taste of the Caramba Reposado was well received on my palate. Bright spiciness right on the front attack with a mid-palate sweetness of agave nectar and a light caramel finish that’s subtle and clean. The finish is a bit short, lasting about 20-seconds but was good while it lasted. I would have loved it to linger for about 30-seconds more if possible.
The liquid has a good viscosity with good smooth and inviting flavors mixed with the peppery spice not too unfamiliar to me in a good reposado tequila. When put on ice, I’m experiencing another style of spirit all together. On the ice you’ll reduce the sweetness and bring up the agave, and spice. The chill also seems to bring out an oak, it makes me think of an Irish Whiskey at first sniff, which was not expected at all. It is as if the ice and its dissolved water seems to bring out a bit more of the maturity of the liquid.
Overall, a solid tasting experience that goes above your standard tequila. I also had the opportunity to consume a few margarita’s with some friends using the Caramba reposado. A few folks thought it was a bit “strong” on flavor but within a few minutes they were asking for a second glass. What some people experience as strong is their palate warming up to the idea of the alcohols and that attack fades upon the third sip.