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Cabo Wabo Reposado Tequila

4 Ratings: 2.0
A 100 % Weber Blie Agave Spirit

Recognized as one of the finest tequilas in the world, Cabo Wabo Tequila Reposado delivers a distinctive experience that even the most discerning drinkers find delightful and unique. An assertive nose of sweet lime, orange and fresh herbs excites upon … see full wiki

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Cabo Wabo Reposado Tequila

  • Feb 23, 2010

Cabo Wabo Rep0sado Tequila    88.5/100
A Review by Chip Dykstra (Aka Arctic Wolf)
The Rum Howler Blog (and now Whisky Too!)

Cabo Wabo Tequila is made from 100 percent blue weber agave grown in the lowlands of the Mexican state of Jalisco.  Interestingly enough the founder of Cabo Wabo Tequila is rock musician Sammy Hagar.  The online advertising calls Cabo Wabo ‘Rock n Roll in a Bottle’.
An interesting slogan, we’ll see if it is true.

Cabo Wabo Repasado 2

In the Bottle  4.0/5

I like the nice blue bottle representing I believe,  that Cabo Wabo is made from 100% weber blue agave.  There is a nice etching/drawing on the back of the bottle of Land’s End Cabo San Lucas.  The only drawback is the corkage.  I have found the cork dries out considerable faster than it should, indicating I believe insufficient density of the cork.

In the Glass  9/10

This is a pale yellow spirit indicating a short time in oak.  Reposado (which means “rested”) tequilas spend less than one year in Oak.   This particular reposado has spent only 4 to 6 months in oak.  This means I am happy with the colour as if it was any darker, it might indicate the addition of caramel.  I swirl for legs, I see teensy tiny ones.  The aroma is spicy and very citruslike.  The typical punky Agave smell peculiar to Tequila is muted somewhat allowing the other notes some life.  This might be due to the fact that Cabo Wabo Repasado is double distilled.  The second distillation may have removed some of the harsher flavours and aromas allowing the lighter notes some headway.

In the Mouth  53/60

This is spicy with lots of citrus. The spice is hot, more like pepper than cinnamon.  The Citrus notes taste like fresh squeezed lemon and/or lime.  Its hard to be specific as the punky agave flavour masks other notes to some degree.  I  feel a little oil on my palate.  As everyone knows, tequila bites hard, but in spite of the hot citrus and punky agave, this has a milder bite than other tequilas I have tried.   Pleasingly so. As an experiment  I decided to use my Jose Cuervo Margarita mix and lots of ice.  The resulting Margarita is tangy and refreshing.  The agave and the lime coexist nicely.  I probably should have used fresh lime and Triple Sec but sometimes you have to go with what you have.

In the Throat  9.0/10

This is spicy and fresh in the throat and on the back of the palate .  The agave note ends quickly but the citrus/pepper stays.  I taste no irregular bitterness or any off notes in either the straight spirit or the Margarita that I mixed.

Afterburn   13.5/15

Everything seems very well in balance.  The agave does not get overwhelming which for me is very pleasant. The advertising calls Cabo Wabo Reposado “rock and roll in a bottle”, I’m not sure I agree.  For tequila this is surprisingly mellow.  So maybe I’ll call this “soft’ rock in a bottle’… and that’s just fine with me.

Some Extra Thoughts
I must admit that I hesitated in putting numbers to the rating.  I do not indulge in tequila to any great degree so it was hard for me to know what the aficionado of tequila is actually expecting.   I finally decided that my numbers represent my enjoyment at each phase of the drinking experience.  While I might get it wrong, it is probably better to fail trying than it is to refuse make the effort.   Hopefully I did not fail.

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March 02, 2010
I am pleased that you enjoyed the review! I shall endeavor to find some of yours Peace!
March 02, 2010
Just stumbled across this review. Excellent work. When I first saw Cabo Wabo Tequila, I thought it would be a cheap Cuervo style and I thought Sammy Hagar was trying to milk some extra cash out of his bar in Cabo of the same name. I was very surprised that it's actually good stuff. In fact, some guy in Bon Appetit magazine named it one of the top 3 tequilas in the world at the time. I'm not a big Tequila drinker, but I think its very good stuff. I can't wait to read more of your reviews. thanks!
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