I am skeptical about silver (blanco) Tequilas for sipping but I wanted to try one to calibrate my taste buds. A true fan of whisk(e)y and especially single malt scotch, I like a strong natural flavor to appear in my glass. I love true Oaxacan blanco Mezcal for its unrelenting earthy, smoky character but I also appreciate subtlety and elegance in distillates, like flowery lowland scotches. That being said, I found very little character in the nose, pallate and finish of Espolon Blanco. There was nothing at all offensive or aggressive, but that was perhaps the problem...
The nose certainly showed agave and mild smoke. The initial taste was dry, clean and mild, showing some slight vegetal hints of cactus and aloe. The finish was dry and clean, with a light trailing waft of the agave. Unfortunately, the overall impression was that of an agave-flavored vodka, with clean alcohol and a light burn being the dominant characteristics. This is surely well-made stuff, but uninteresting on its own and something that disappears in a cocktail. Un-aged and under-aged stuff should reek of its natural components; this did not.
Overall, a very un-offensive, mildly tasty tequila, and great for the price as there are NO off-notes whatsoever, but if you're looking for gutsy, risk-taking flavor in your strait glass or mixed drink, go for something else!
Buy and by, I'll throw this bottle into many margaritas and have a nice clean buzz with no hangover to worry about!
At $14.98 a bottle when it's on sale, $17.98 otherwise, it's usually all that I buy. It's the best bang for the buck that I've found out there to date. It mixes well and it's quite passable for sipping.
Some reviewers complain about the simple bottle. Does it really affect the flavor any? I rather like the bottle. Easy to hold, easy to store (not some awkward bottle that looks like a US state or too tall and narrow to fit into the liquor cabinet), and after drinking the empties make great Molotov's.
The bottle may not catch your attention but the price does. Don't let that mislead you, I was skeptical when I brought this home but then was extremely surprised by the smooth taste and nice aroma. This is better than most blancos that are 30% higher in price. As with most very good Tequilas, sip out of snifter if possible and you will then enjoy the complexities of this Tequila.
Aroma: Pretty potent earthy aromas that are dominated by sweet agave. Quite herbal and flowery. A little smokey.
Initial Taste: Real clean and crisp. Has a burst of freshness like cold, natural spring water. Agave, moderate spice, and a tinge of bitterness are present. Really just an excellent first impression.
Body: Pretty oily. Makes for a pleasant sip.
Finish: Long and smooth. Rounds out nicely as it rests on the tongue. The bitterness becomes mildly sweet and the spices really pick up. Also finishes with a hint of smokiness you'd expect from a lighter reposado. The finale is all agave.
Awesome for the price. Picked it up for $19 and I'll keep it around, especially for cocktails. I'm not big on blancos, but this one is quite good. My favorite blancos currently are Azunia, Milagro, Chinaco, and Casa Noble.
Silver-grey cast - bright and polished with moderate to heavy viscosity. Offering initial aromas of cooked agave, melon and earth, the first sip flows across the tongue with a soft bitterness and deep earthy agave. Yum! Aroma expands to include a whiff of smoke, as the body offers insights into the deepening flavours of agave and earth. Finishes with smoke, pepper and reminders of the earthiness of the fine tequilas of Arandas. This is an excellent blanco at a very modest price. Thanks again, Seth - Espolon Blanco is a keeper.