Way back in 2013 we positively reviewed Suerte Reposado Tequila, a 100% agave Highlands bottling. Finally we’re filling out the line with a look at the blanco and the anejo. (We still haven’t tasted the extra anejo.) Thoughts on the pair of tequilas follow.
Both are 80 proof.
Suerte Blanco Tequila – Initially a bit restrained, with time in glass Suerte’s blanco opens up to reveal a moderately peppery note that punctuates pungent, green agave aromas. There’s fruit in the nose, but it’s a bit cooked, and the saltiness comes off as a bit sweaty. On the palate, Suerte is more aggressive, salty and peppery, with emerging fruit notes — apple and tangerine — that eventually give way to a racy, spicy finish. This is a solid blanco with ample complexity — though it comes across as just a bit scattered in the end. B+ / $30
Suerte Anejo Tequila – Aged in oak for 24 months, quite a lengthy amount of time for an anejo. Lots of toasty oak and vanilla on the nose, but the spice of the agave endures. There’s plenty more on the palate, too — and here you’ll also find notes of coconut, roasted banana, some baking spice, and a little tobacco, too. It’s sweet like a good anejo should be, but never overblown, with ample agave backing up the gentle sugars. A- / $50