Latitude Beverage — which markets Hunt & Gather and Wheel Horse Whiskey — is getting into the tequila business. Tequila Zarpado is made in Jalisco at the Cavas de Don Max distillery, which I’m not familiar with but which has been around for decades. This is a low-cost, 100% agave product available exclusively as a blanco for the time being. Let’s give it a try.
No big surprises here: This is a clean, classic expression of unaged agave spirit, featuring notes of saline, white pepper, and fresh oregano on the nose, with a subtle earthiness backing it up. The palate is creamy and hints at vanilla, despite this not seeing any time in oak. A bold squeeze of lemon brightens up the experience with some acidity and fruit. On the finish, a lengthy reprise of pepper is evident, though it’s gentle and refreshing with the pinch of spice it provides. Overall, the experience is quite rounded and almost chewy, showcasing a well-structured spirit that represents an exceptional value at this price. Drink it solo or mix freely.
A- / $22 / tequilazarpado.com