Tequila Regional (“Ray-he-o-nahl”) is the product of a sort of agave collective of farmers in Mexico; 36 farms from 7 counties are represented. This is a rare 100% agave tequila that’s sourced from both highlands and lowlands agave, then blended into the final bottling.
Blanco, reposado, and anejo bottlings are on the market. We sampled only the blanco.
Racy on the nose, but not overwhelming. Notes of sausages on the grill, mustard, charcoal and smoke. On the palate, it’s more of same, a very rich and savory tequila with an unusual level of smokiness. Sweetness is an afterthought, but it’s there. You’d be forgiven for thinking this was a milder mezcal, though there’s not so much savoriness that non-mezcal fans will mind.
Overall it’s a journeyman tequila that doesn’t really distinguish itself, though it’s certainly drinkable, particularly at this price.
B- / $20