Review: Peligroso Tequila Reposado

This new tequila brand has arrived with no fanfare, but damn if it doesn’t deserve some.

Peligroso (Spanish for “dangerous”) is a Highlands tequila, 100% blue agave, aged in old whiskey barrels and bottle at an unusual 84 proof (hence the “42” on the label). The results, at least with this reposado (the only expression reviewed here) are astounding.

Smooth vanilla and caramel notes dominate, though the color is a light gold. Agave bite hits you a couple of seconds in and stretches long into the finish, but it’s balanced, not harsh. Secondary notes include some light citrus character, chocolate, and black pepper. It all comes together with a lush, juicy, and silky body that is a shockingly easy sipper.

Based on this reposado, I’m already salivating over what the anejo must be like.

A / $50 / peligrosotequila.com


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13 Responses

  1. Joe November 9, 2010 / 7:10 pm

    I’ll definitely have to keep my eye peeled for this one. It also will look really cool in your bar with a bottle like that!

  2. Mike November 10, 2010 / 12:25 am

    It’s actually aged in new american oak barrels….super smooth.. available from anywhere at oldtowntequila.com ….

  3. Lippy November 10, 2010 / 1:03 am

    “Peligroso” is a GREAT new brand. I, too, dig the extra alcohol content. Gives it a “spiky” burst.

    I reviewed it recently on my “Tequila Whisperer” Live Webcast:

    http://www.tequilawhisperer.com/?p=1223

    -Lippy

  4. XullioS November 10, 2010 / 7:13 pm

    Aged in whiskey barrels… mmmmmm. I will keep an eye on this.

  5. Julie February 23, 2011 / 1:41 pm

    I just found out you can buy it online from Bevmo now too! This tequila is my new favorite.

  6. Sal July 22, 2014 / 7:06 pm

    Just picked up a bottle of the Silver today, and was surprised to find that the prominent “42” in the label had been dropped… probably because it’s been quiescently watered down to 80 proof. Guess that is the new management’s (Diageo) dynamite new marketing plan…take the one thing that made this brand unusual, and get rid of it. The linked Peligroso website’s homepage is “coming soon”, all it shows is a picture of the full range of products… all without the “42”. I’ll let you know how it tastes when I can track down a bottle of “real” 42 so I can compare them.

  7. Ishmail March 19, 2015 / 9:05 am

    I’m no spirits expert, but I do enjoy silver tequilas. Usually I mix them but I always sip whatever I buy to compare. As an amateur it is difficult to express an opinion that others can use or relate to, but I’ll try. Of all the medium and premium silvers I’ve tried ($20 -up) I find Peligroso to be the most harsh; I don’t like its flavor either. Unfortunately I can’t put into words what it is, other than harshness like a cheap grain alcohol. It reminds me of Sauza Blue, which is crap. This is the (apparently) new style of silver that comes in a round mostly clear bottle and rated at 80 proof, not 84 aka 42%. Maybe the old Peligroso products were much better. The price was about $40 if I remember correctly, which is way too high for this. There are very fine, albeit simpler, silvers for $20 – $30 out there.

  8. Christopher Null March 19, 2015 / 9:56 am

    AFAIK Peligroso is still 84 proof, so I’m not sure what you were sipping on.

  9. Ishmail March 19, 2015 / 10:58 am

    That’s cute; it’s as if you are suggesting that either I can’t read or I’m lying. I just looked again to verify my bottle of Peligroso Tequila Silver’s neck label states 80 proof. According to you the reply from “SAL” must be inaccurate as well.

  10. Christopher Null March 19, 2015 / 11:12 am

    Sorry Ishmail – didn’t mean to sound snarky or accusatory or even that you were mistaken (frankly I didn’t quite understand your original comment). I still have not seen the 80 proof Peligroso anywhere so I am not 100% sure what’s going on with it. I am going to contact the owner and see if we can get samples for an update like we did with Sauza 901 recently. Apologies for the misunderstanding…

  11. Ishmail March 19, 2015 / 11:34 am

    No problem. Typed comments lack emotion as we all know. I was just piggybacking on what SAL had said about the changed product.

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