Review: Peligroso Tequila Reposado

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.

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

A / $50 / 

Peligroso Tequila Reposado




Christopher Null is the founder and editor in chief of Drinkhacker. A veteran writer and journalist, he also operates Null Media, a bespoke content creation company.


  1. Joe on November 9, 2010 at 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 on November 10, 2010 at 12:25 am

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

  3. Lippy on November 10, 2010 at 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 on November 10, 2010 at 7:13 pm

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

  5. Julie on February 23, 2011 at 1:41 pm

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

  6. Sal on July 22, 2014 at 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 on March 19, 2015 at 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. Ishmail on March 19, 2015 at 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.

  9. Christopher Null on March 19, 2015 at 11:12 am

    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…

  10. Ishmail on March 19, 2015 at 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.

  11. Carter on June 23, 2015 at 6:41 pm

    I, too, am curious about the nature of the 80 proof blanco expression. It showed up recently on our store shelves (GA) and I am wondering why it’s not the 84 proof variety.

  12. Carter on June 23, 2015 at 6:45 pm

    Their website doesn’t show any of their products with the 42 moniker, so I’m assuming they just decided to go to 80 proof.

  13. Christopher Null on June 23, 2015 at 6:56 pm

    Carter (and all) – I’ve received no response from the brand owners after many months of trying.

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