Part of the Sauza mini-empire (along with Hornitos), Tres Generaciones is the company’s newest and most premium tequila, 100 percent agave, of course.
We tried the plata (silver) and reposado bottlings (but, alas, the anejo wasn’t available). Both are 80 proof.
Tres Generaciones Plata
This is a very respectable blanco tequila, extremely smooth, lightly sweet with solid, but not overpowering, agave character. The sweetness has a fairly vanilla note to it, which harmonizes well with the fresh taste provided by the agave. The nose is actually stronger than the body. That said, this is a pretty simple tequila in the end, so those looking for a complicated range of flavors in their blanco may be let down. Very nice on its own or, especially, in cocktails, where it won’t overpower the drink. A- / $40
Tres Generaciones Reposado
This reposado spends just about two months in oak, giving it a very light gold color. Flavor is quite similar to the plata — vanilla and pure agave, very smooth and totally without any “burn.” The time in oak comes forward in the finish, with light caramel and just a hint of smokiness coming into play. I’m not normally a reposado fan — preferring the intricate whiskey-like character of good anejos — but the Tres Generaciones won me over. For once I even prefer it to the blanco… though I can’t wait to see what 3G has done with its anejo, which spends a year or more in barrels. A / $44