Summer is fast approaching, although looking out the window you'd be forgiven for thinking otherwise (my car was recently hammered with hail stones the size of golf balls). Stay positive, I'm sure summer is just around the corner now. One tequila I always tend to pick up around this time is a bottle of Sauza Hornitos reposado for those afternoon margaritas. I've always found that it does the job rather well, and it's not too shabby straight up either. Unlike the bottle of Sauza that you'd typically find in restaurants and bars this bottle is 100% agave and it's not that much more expensive, which makes you wonder why people are forced to drink the mixto!? Anyway...
Name: Sauza Hornitos Reposado
Distillery: Tequila Sauza, S.A. de C.V.
Location: Lowlands - Central
Hornitos reposado is pale yellow with a light agave nose. It has an intense floral smell, is lightly spiced and is somewhat earthy. The initial taste is sweet with a light alcohol effect, which isn't the unpleasant burning sensation that you might be familiar with from the standard 'mixto' Sauza. There are hints of caramel and wood present with strong citrus fruit flavours, which is why I think it lends itself to making a great Margarita. The alcohol sticks around after swallowing, but not for an excessive amount of time, and leaves your tongue somewhat numb...but once again for only a short period.
Now, Hornitos is certainly not my first choice when I'm sipping tequila...but it definitely doesn't offend me. If you're new to the tequila scene and looking for a multi purpose bottle then you certainly could do far worse than picking up a bottle of Hornitos.