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Today I'll be reviewing and comparing three tequilas in one review. We're spending the month looking at Hornitos Tequila. Hornitos was the first high-quality tequila made for the "Working Man" back in 1950 by Sauza Tequila. It is still one of the best tequilas you can buy for the price, especially considering it is double-distilled and uses only 100% Blue Agave. So in this review we'll explore Hornitos Plata, Reposado and Anejo tequilas.

The first bottle, Hornitos Plata is crystal clear as it should be (it is unaged after all).  It is very crisp and has a strong agave/tequila kick to it. There are notes of citrus, especially lemon, that follow the agave that you taste at the beginning. The nose is floral with fruits, and a citrus bouquet. It has a warm and dry finish that leaves a slight tingle in your mouth. Overall this is a good, young, tequila that will really enhance any cocktail it is mixed with.

The Hornitos Reposado is aged in huge, 10,000 gallon oak vats for two months. It is the color of pale straw - almost a light blonde. What's notable about the Reposado is because it rests in those huge oak vats there is less contact with the wood than other tequilas that rest in small barrels. This means that there is less of a "woodsy" taste and a more agave forward flavor.  So like the Plata the first taste is agave, but then you get hints of vanilla and perhaps cinnamon (no doubt from the oak). It's also much mellower than its clear brother and isn't as sharp on initial taste. The nose is agave scents of black pepper and green apples. The finish has a bite and is slightly astringent. This is a great choice for sipping neat or mixed in your favorite margarita.

The Hornitos Anejo, my favorite, is a beautiful, rich, brown color, due to aging in American white oak barrels for at least a year.  Because of the time it spends aging, there are immediate sweet flavors produced in the agave taste. There are hints of nuts and dark cherry as well as warm spices. The aromatic is chocolate and vanilla, with subtle hints of toasted wood and nuts. The delicious finish is complex, rich and a bit dry. In all honesty my mouth just wants another taste! This is certainly a sipping tequila and can be enjoyed either on the rocks or neat in a snifter.

Combined it's hard to see a reason NOT to buy and drink Hornitos! Any of them are excellent tequilas and depending on how you plan on drinking it any one of the three would be a great choice.

At La Posta de Mesilla they use Hornitos in one of their most popular Margaritas aptly named the "Horny 'Rita"!  This is a hand-shaken margarita made with Sauza Hornitos 100% Reposado agave tequila, Patron Citroenge, agave nectar, and freshly squeezed lime juice. Try one the next time you stop in, or just go by now and get one today!  Salud!