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 /

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8 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 ….

  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:


  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.

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