Tasted on 7/25/08. This reposado was a good 'starter' reposado. It's subtle and pleasant.
Aroma: Light agave nose, with spice and earth.
Initial Taste: Slight bitterness, thin mouth feel, followed by sweet taste.
Body: Subtle agave presence, with slight hint of caramel and wood.
Finish: Of short duration with slight alcohol burn.
This is my go-to for mixing. I feel that fine reposados and anejos deserve to be enjoyed straight up or with a sangrita sidecar.Don't get me wrong, Hornitos is totally acceptable as a sipping tequila, too. But it isn't in the same class as the top shelf choices. It's THE best Margarita tequila, though. Mix it a little stronger than you normally would and let some of that agave character come through. You'll be glad you did.
Straight up, it's just a tad harsh. Good flavor but more alcohol burn than I like.
This is probably the best value of the Sauza bunch. It's flavor is decent. It mixes well. And it can be easily found at a good price.
Aroma: Agave, fruit and alcohol.
Initial Taste: Fruity agave sweetness with a touch of wood and alcohol.
Body: The oak comes through along with a bit of burn. It's a thin body for an aged tequila.
Finish: Typical Sauza burn, but not in an unpleasant way.
This is a decent tequila for shooting or mixing. I find it hard to savor ones that burn too much. Good value for the money. If you're going to buy anything in the Sauza line, I'd recommend this one.
Hornitos Reposado is fantastic, especially for the price. It's definitely a "lighter" reposado, with a very clean entry, body and finish. Definitely a little a fruity side. I recommend this tequila "hands-down" to people new to tequila who are looking for a low-priced, high-value tequila to keep in their homes. It runs the gamut and can be enjoyed in margaritas, as shots, or on the rocks with a squeeze of lime. I have seen this bottle range anywhere in price from $17 to $30. Typically, it's around $20 which is a fantastic deal.