Tequila Tapatio (no relation to the hot sauce) has a cult-like following in Mexico (and among frequent visitors to those parts), and now it’s coming north of the border. Made from 100% Highlands blue agave, this brand has been around for 75 years.
Imported by the Charbay family, it is (at least for now) only available in one-liter bottles. An anejo and reposado are available; we just got the blanco (aged 6 months in stainless steel; no oak). Here’s how it goes down.
Modest agave, and black pepper, on the nose. Hints of earthiness, but overall very mild.
The body is initially hot, but it settles down with some time in the glass. Nice balance on agave, lemon, sweetness, and chile powder. Touches of black pepper hit the back of the throat for the finish. Simple and easy to drink, it’d be a great mixer and works just fine on its own, too. Maybe I’m missing what all the fuss is about, though…