Review: Jose Cuervo Tradicional Tequila – Silver and Reposado (2015)

Review: Jose Cuervo Tradicional Tequila – Silver and Reposado (2015)

jose-cuervo-tradicional-reposado-tequilaCuervo’s cheapest 100% agave tequila — Cuervo Tradicional — has been with us for a few years now, but we’re only just now getting around to reviewing the original — the reposado bottling. We first looked at Tradicional Silver four years ago, now we’re hitting it up for a second review, plus a first review of the Tradicional Reposado.

Let’s dig in. Both tequilas are 80 proof.

Jose Cuervo Tradicional Silver Tequila (2015) – This is a clean and well-crafted tequila, with moderate herbal, agave notes on the nose. Hints of cinnamon and cloves emerge if you give it time. On the body, the tequila is quite simple, with some citrus and more clove emerging over time. The finish is agave-focused, lightly bitter, and moderate in length. Well made and perfectly fine as a mixer, but it’s a little plain on its own for serious sipping. B / $19 [BUY IT NOW FROM TOTAL WINE]

Jose Cuervo Tradicional Reposado Tequila (2015) – Aged two months in oak, the legal minimum to call a tequila a reposado. Very pale yellow in color. A blend of caramel and agave starts things off on the nose, with a decent balance between the two notes. On the tongue, it’s significantly sweeter than the Silver, which helps to balance out the spirit’s herbal character. We’re left with some citrus, and a bit of cotton candy on the back end — oddly that pairs pretty nicely with this reposado’s herbal core. Again, this is hardly a special occasion tequila, but for under 20 bucks — and at the same price as the Silver — it’s hard not to think of this for your frozen margarita machine. B+ / $19 [BUY IT NOW FROM TOTAL WINE]

Jose Cuervo Tradicional Reposado Tequila (2015)




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. Kelly Batchelor on January 5, 2020 at 8:41 pm

    I love Jose Cuervo, but this has got to be the worst tasting Tequila I’ve ever had. Sorry. I picked it up for a get together. My regular Cuervo was out of stock. AND THEN I SAW THIS!!! I was excited. It was a a bit more expensive, but I thought “Why not”! I was wrong. The first taste hit me like dirty dishwater. As it went down, it burned and not a good burn. Needless to say, it didn’t get finish

  2. Adam Chambers on July 26, 2023 at 9:08 pm

    There’s no accounting for taste it’s my personal favourite .
    It won my first blind tequila tasting contest against a lot of others … I love it and it’s generally well received by most people who try it , but I didn’t know one guy you hated it, so there you go .

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