Review: Camarena Tequila

This tequila is just arriving in the U.S., but the family behind it (Familia Camarena, natch) claims six generations of tequila-making experience. Farmed in the Los Altos Highlands region of Jalisco, this 100% agave spirit arrives in two varieties to start (sorry, no anejo), both big bargains.

Both 80 proof.

Camarena Silver is intensely peppery on the nose, with hints of petrol and mint. The body is smoother than the nose hints at, with black pepper, agave, and a bit of lemon citrus. The finish is unfortunately a little watery, alas, which limits its utility as a sipper and largely positions it for margarita makings. B- / $20

Camarena Reposado is rested for two months in both new and used oak barrels, giving it a far different character than the Silver, despite an extremely pale yellow color that would indicate otherwise. (It’s perhaps the lightest color reposado I’ve ever seen.) It’s got more bite in the body, but it is successfully mellowed by vanilla and some sweetness, then the agave vegetal character kicks in and lingers on the finish. Not at all watery like the Silver, it has more complexity and is worth experiencing on its own. B+ / $20

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16 Responses to Review: Camarena Tequila

  1. That reposado sounds like a pretty good deal for the $$.

  2. Loved the reposado one was great

  3. You can get it as low as $14.60 at Safeway in California, so it’s an excellent deal. The competition in this space is Azul, which runs about $16 in some stores. I find the blanco decent for margaritas.

  4. Wookieknuckle

    Found this on sale for $17 so I decided to try it. Normally, I go with Lunazul for my bargin 100% agave tequila. I think I’m going to switch to Camarena, i really liked the reposado. Great tequila, great price!

  5. I just picked this up– the reposado– for $20. I’ll give it a whirl this week.

  6. I had this tequila during the sampling phase and I thought it was the best
    tequila I’ve ever had…I drank the whole bottle in one seating…I’d highly Recommend it…

  7. Michael, are you referring to the blanco or reposado (or both)?

  8. The Camarena reposado is very nice. It’s one of the better affordable 100% agave tequilas. A nearby store is selling 1.75L of this for $33.99 for either the blanco or reposado, an outstanding value.

  9. Just tried it, and I thought it was lousy.

  10. Spike, the Camarena reposado was better than the Tenampa Azul reposado in my opinion. This one just arrived in NW Indiana recently, both sell for around $20 here. I think I’ve just found my new go-to tequila for mixing margaritas, and it is pretty sippable as well.

  11. Found this at my local store for just under $17/750ml. Bought both the Silver and the Repasado (same price) and prefer the Repasado mixed as well as straight. The Repo was smoother and finished with a touch of wood. The silver was just a bit harsh, but still had good flavor.
    Excellent values!

  12. Received a bottle of Camarena for my birthday. Found it harsh and had a headache the entire day following the margarita’s . A week later my daughter had a margarita and had a headache from it also. Usually that happens after drinking cheap booze. I won’t purchase it..

  13. FYI for all the people who’ve had headaches, it’s not the tequila’s fault, it’s the sugar in your mixed drinks. If you want a terrible tequila/mixto, get Jose Cuervo Especial, 50% sugar = 100% headaches. I rarely drink margaritas, more of a sipper, I never get headaches.

  14. Exactly, its the stuff you mix the tequila with. Have been drinking this one since it came out in san diego, which is like a year, never ANY headache whatsoever. This is the best deal for a 100% agave tequila out there, no doubt!

  15. This tequila has a delightful flavor, and is a great for the money. We can usually get a pint for about $8. We typically have shots of the Repasado, although it is good mixed too.

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