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.
84 proof. Note: Peligroso has changed hands and is now distilled elsewhere and is bottled at 80 proof.