As you know by reading many of our previous reviews, a reposado is our favorite style of tequila to pour into a margarita. The additional aging time in barrels gives the tequila an added flavor that creates additional complexity in a margarita that a blanco just doesn’t have. Our next tequila up for review is the Tres Agaves offering in the style so we see how this version stacks up.
According to their website, Tres Agaves reposado is “100% de Agave. Estate Grown. Aged for ~9 months in re-purposed Bourbon and Tennessee Whiskey barrels. Balanced taste of baked tropical fruits, with hints of citrus, spice, and complementary barrel notes. Ideally balanced and perfect for sipping or mixing.” They market this tequila as the “best for margaritas” and the bottle we purchased even had a hanger tag promoting this message. You can find additional promotional information stating that their “entire product family has been carefully designed to help people make world-class margaritas. ” Let’s see if that’s the case.
BUT — Before we turn this one into a margarita, let’s see what its like outside of a cocktail. The aroma is slight wood and sweet agave. The taste boasts much the same as it goes down rather smooth due to its thinner body and ends with a slight but not over whelming alcohol burn. NOW — We tossed it in a margarita and felt the flavors compliment the lime base well. Those that typically enjoy blanco tequila in their cocktail will enjoy this one as well because of the overall rounded flavors of this reposado.
A bottle of Tres Agaves reposado is around $33 at our local Texas liquor store chain. While there are cheaper reposado’s on the market, outside of a few brands, you really start to see a slow decrease in quality at anything below this price point. For the value and taste, we do recommend Tres Agaves reposado. You don’t have to buy an expensive tequila if it will go into a margarita but please don’t go too cheap and never 100% de agave.
Try out this recipe using Tres Agaves reposado tequila:
Jalapeno Cilantro Margarita
- 1 1/2 oz Tres Agaves Reposado tequila
- 1 oz Margarita Texas Mix
- 3 small pieces of fresh jalapeno pepper
- 1/4 oz orange liqueur
- 8 cilantro leaves
Muddle cilantro and jalapeno pieces, add tequila and orange liqueur. Shake and strain over ice. Garnish with cilantro and pepper.
TIP: When first making this margarita, start with a small amount of jalapeno pepper to gauge your taste. Increase for a spicier drink.