The Justin Timberlake-backed 901 makes an impressive silver tequila, and now the company is (understandably) back with the other two traditional expressions, a reposado and an anejo.
Both are triple-distilled from 100% agave and bottled at 80 proof.
901 Reposado Tequila – Lots of agave still shining through on the nose, balanced by pepper and wood. The body is sweeter than you might expect, offering pineapple and lime candy notes. Heavy wood character comes on strong in the finish, along with some smoky notes, ample vegetal agave flavors, and a brooding, raked-coals denouement. Worthwhile as a sipper. B+ / $45
901 Anejo Tequila – A substantial improvement over the reposado. Pretty floral notes on the nose and plenty of nougat, but balanced with chile pepper heat. Great overall mouthfeel — silky without being syrupy — and a solid balance of all the flavors you want in anejo, with vanilla running throughout the touches here and there of banana, wood oil, and cayenne pepper. Agave shows its face on the very back end of the finish. Fun stuff. A / $50
Note: In 2014, Sauza acquired 901 and rebranded it as “Sauza 901.” These specific expressions of 901 are no longer available.