Review: Lalo Tequila Blanco

Review: Lalo Tequila Blanco

OK, who’s Lalo? Not a celebrity, but rather Eduardo “Lalo” González, the grandson of the one and only Don Julio González — who you know best as Don Julio. As you can imagine, the concept with Lalo is to go ultrapremium, using Highlands agave to make tequila using traditional processes and Champagne yeast. The company only makes a blanco, its intent being to showcase the power and flavor of the agave and its terroir. The all-white label, with just a smattering of text, underlines that effort.

Let’s give it a try, shall we? (We shall.)

While billed as a blanco, there’s some color to this tequila, a very pale yellow. There’s no mention at all of any kind of resting in the production process, so its color remains something of a mystery. Putting that aside, it’s a glorious product. The nose is immediately enveloping, quite light but soulful with notes of fresh lemon juice, white pepper, and a hint of cinnamon. The herbaceous quality of the agave is present but muted, and it complements the preceding aromas, giving them an element akin to basil or sage.

The palate feels impossibly gentle, to the point where I had to double check this was actually at full proof. It is. A light dairy cream character lifts the body, allowing notes of milk chocolate and cinnamon to roll across the tongue. Notes of rosemary are light as can be, alongside more touches of white pepper. While it seems impossibly easygoing at first, it becomes even more so as it develops in the glass, later evoking nutmeg, grains of paradise, and a gently earthy note. It’s never green, but driven more by the soil — and ever so subtly. It drinks like a cross between a blanco and a reposado, culling the best of both worlds.

For this to be priced at only $45 is a massive surprise — albeit a welcome one. It’s also the easy front runner for my #1 tequila of the year, and one of the best blancos I’ve ever encountered. Get it.

80 proof. NOM 1468.

A / $50 / lalospirits.com [BUY IT NOW FROM TOTAL WINE] [BUY IT NOW FROM RESERVEBAR]

Lalo Tequila Blanco

$50
9.5

Rating

9.5/10

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.

2 Comments

  1. ClarenceC on September 21, 2023 at 6:52 pm

    Yep. I concur with the reviewer. Buy it now. 100% blue agave tequila is a bargain at this price point. It’s amazing that I can find a tequila this good in my local supermarket (albeit an upscale one). I’m used to paying twice as much for 100% blue agave tequila from small producers. Forget the celebrity branded “100% de agave” plonk. This is legit.

  2. Jeff S on January 7, 2024 at 5:17 pm

    Every time I pour this I am surprised at home much I love it’s sweet agave nose and taste. I concur with Mr. Null on how easy this is to drink – not a hint of harshness or burn. I usually go for the reposado or Anjeos for sipping, but this is blanco has unusual depth and is perfect on its own.

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