Review: Hornitos Spiced Honey Tequila

Hornitos Spiced Honey Bottle ImageThe flavored tequila world isn’t necessarily the most successful one out there. Most offerings in this space are tolerable at best.

Hornitos Spiced Honey is a more ambitious product than the Hornitos Lime Shot that came before it — lime-flavored tequila isn’t much of a stretch — adding honey and a blend of spices to standard blanco Hornitos.

The nose offers a slightly sweet take on dense agave, vegetal notes balanced by what at first seems more like apple cider than honey. On the palate, it’s quite sweet, with notes of pineapple, ripe pear, and indistinct spices — gingerbread character, with a backing of toasted marshmallow.

The palate is as sweet as expected, with notes not just of honey but of milk chocolate and a bit of cinnamon. Some coffee notes emerge with time, and the herbal agave character shows its face as things open up. Not so much pungent as it is mildly sultry, the agave meshes fairly well with the honey and the spice notes — though these don’t really add much aside from a layer of sweetness atop an otherwise straightforward blanco.

70 proof.

B- / $18 /

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4 Responses

  1. Vicki W September 3, 2016 / 1:53 pm

    I find this tequila to be a lovely change. It is excellent mixed with iced tea or alone with ice. I personally could not do that with any other tequila. We love it.

  2. Dan L October 16, 2017 / 9:49 pm

    have a sniffer of it as i type. terrific! lovely balance of sweetness and strength

    afraid its not being continued – apity.

  3. Janice Stiffler November 30, 2017 / 1:28 pm

    Hornitos Spiced Honey is my favorite. I add fresh lime and it is heavenly !!

  4. Emily January 2, 2018 / 10:32 am

    Fantastic product!! Very disappointed this tequila is being discontinued!!!! Please PLEASE start producing this Hornitos Spiced Honey Tequila in 2018 !!!

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