Tequila Bribon is best known as a budget tequila brand that nonetheless offers 100% spirits (though it’s unclear from what region Bribon harvests its agaves). Today we look at the brand’s complete lineup, which lays claim to combining old world heritage with high tech, new world techniques. (One of those is a double distillation that Bribon says combines pot and column distilling, plus a proprietary yeast developed three generations ago.)
All are 80 proof.
Tequila Bribon Blanco – Unaged. Lots of pepper and green vegetable notes on the nose, all coming across as a bit underwhelming and undercooked. The palate is somewhat more interesting, showing more fresh fruit notes, white pepper, fresh green herbs, along with a layer of vanilla and caramel. The finish remains on the vegetal side, but there are enough brighter flavors here to merit a peek. B- / $19
Tequila Bribon Reposado – Aged 6 to 9 months in “toasted American oak barrels” (it’s unclear as to whether these are bourbon barrels, but let’s presume so). Again, quite sharp on the nose, though here the tequila sees a strong lemon note alongside the notes of pepper and greenery. There’s a whiskeylike character here, with lots of vanilla and barrel char notes giving it a sweet-and-savory combination, though the agave still feels a bit overgrown and weedy, lingering for a particularly long while on the back end. B / $25 [BUY IT NOW FROM TOTAL WINE]
Tequila Bribon Anejo – Aged 18 months; bourbon barrels are specified. Better composition here, but there’s still ample pepper, rosemary, and agave notes ultimately dominating the nose. The palate is quite sweet as expected, a bold nougat and caramel note leading the way to an apple cider element that is a bit unusual and interesting. The finish is chewy, seeing notes of cola, some black pepper, and lingering vanilla, none of which is overly out of the ordinary. B / $28