La Adelita is a new brand of tequila that spans five expressions: blanco, reposado, anejo, cristalino, and extra anejo, all hitting the market straight out of the gate. The brand lays claim to being a “single estate” spirit, but it’s hard to read the name of said estate on the label. Rancho el Fraile, from the looks of it, which is a Highland agave plantation.
We received the two entry-level expressions — blanco and reposado — for review. Let’s dig in.
Both are 80 proof.
La Adelita Tequila Blanco – Modestly herbal, with lots of lime leaf and some grapefruit on the nose, along with a spicy white pepper kick. Refreshing and full of citrus on the palate, it has plenty of lingering pepper to keep things popping and spicy on the tongue as things settle down with time in the mouth. The finish takes a slightly green direction, though this ultimately complements both the sweet and spicy notes on the conclusion. Balanced and engaging, it’s great on its own or as a cocktailing base. A- / $36
La Adelita Tequila Reposado – Aged for 3 months in ex-whiskey barrels. Very pale Champagne gold in color. It’s amazing how 3 short months of aging have totally changed this tequila. The nose is hyper-sweetened, with notes of maple syrup, lots of vanilla, and apple butter all in a melange. And the palate… is even sweeter. Pushy maple candy, sweet cream, banana pudding, and powdered sugar. It’s like eating a dessert in New Orleans, with caramel sauce dripping over what sugary monster is underneath. The finish finds room for just a touch of pepper and spice, but it’s a tough proposition given the massive level of sweetness that dominates the experience. I can’t even fathom what the extra anejo must taste like. B- / $50