Avión Tequila Reposado, 88 Points

Distilled from 100% Blue Weber Agave by Distillery Productos Finos de Agave, Jesús María, Los Altos, Jalisco, Mexico.

Age: Six months in American oak barrels.

ABV: 40%

Appearance: Lighter in hue than even many blancos; a lightly oily consistency and very long legs.

Nose: Considerably more vegetal than one expects from a reposado, with a balanced blend of fruit and wood.

Flavor: Robust—almost aggressive—with distinctive notes of agave nectar and black pepper.

Finish: Extraordinarily long, piquant, and even.

Conclusions: A reasonably distinctive entry in an increasingly crowded field, this tequila’s budget-sensitive price point recommends it, particularly to someone looking to build a basic collection.

Cocktail Recommendation: Because, like this tequila, it balances sweet and dry—and is nothing if not a study in contrasts—I recommend a Perfect Manhattan, with tequila subbing for rye whiskey, of course.

Score: 88/100

Philip Dobard

Philip Dobard is Vice President of the National Food & Beverage Foundation (NatFAB) and plays an integral role in all its programs. He serves as Director of The Museum of the American Cocktail and President of Pacific Food & Beverage, NatFAB’s Los Angeles-based West Coast operations. He leads Nitty Grits Media and produces NatFAB's Pacific Taste, The Thoughtful Feast, and Touring the Cocktail events. Under the Nitty Grits Media banner, he’s executive producing several web series, among them Drinking Heads, Eating Heads, Touring the Cocktail, and World Eats. Philip produced the series Deadtime Stories for Nickelodeon, and his film Grave Secrets enjoyed its world premiere at the San Diego Film Festival. He served as General Director of Opera Columbus and Professor of Arts Policy and Administration at The Ohio State University. At the University of New Orleans, Philip directed the Graduate Program in Arts Administration and conducted research sponsored by the National Endowment for the Arts and Pew Charitable Trusts. He completed graduate studies at UCLA, is an advisor to the Art Institute of California, Los Angeles, contributes to several publications, among them Bonfort's Wine and Spirits Journal, Drink Me Magazine, Nitty Grits, and The Tasting Panel Magazine, and regularly serves as a judge at cocktail, spirits, and cooking competitions.

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