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2011 TEQUILA.net Awards - "Best of the Best" Best Lowland Reposado Tequila
2011 TEQUILA.net Awards - Best of the Best

Tequila el Jimador 100% Agave Reposado

A labor of love.

Making tequila is this and so much more. It is in this craft passed down among generations that we find our inspiration, el Jimador, the skilled harvester of the agave plant. From first sip to last, agave, cinnamon and hints of citrus and spice delight the palate.

Reposado means rested – neither too long nor brief. Made from 100% pure agave, Tequila el Jimador Reposado is aged two months to its moment of maturity, el Jimador is rewarded by all of Mexico as its #1 tequila.

The name el Jimador honors the men who harvest the locally grown agave. It is their way of life. It is their passion. And we honor these men by taking the utmost of care at every step in crafting the finest tequilas the world can experience. Tequila el Jimador 100% Agave is the #1 tequila in Mexico, a testament to its high quality and authenticity.

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Overall rating 
 
89
Aroma-Nose 
 
88  (5)
Initial Taste 
 
89  (5)
Body 
 
88  (5)
Finish 
 
88  (5)
Enjoyability 
 
90  (5)
Price 
 
94  (5)
Presentation 
 
82  (5)
I have seen El Jimador at my local liquor store and always pass it up for its bland look, thinking it might be okay as a mixer... Boy was I wrong. Decided to try a shot of the reposado at a local tequila bar Aug 2012. Had it shaken on ice first, then poured into a glass and served neat (I like to get a taste of tequila both chilled and room temp). Had a nice aroma and taste right out of the gate, with a very natural and enjoyable palate right on through to the finish, where it went down smooth and somewhat short. This tequila pretty much had it all: Agave-check. Sweetness-check. Spice-check. As it gained a little temperature, it still didn't dissapoint. It is a very solid reposado at a price that cannot be beat, although I think with a better looking bottle, they might justify a little higher price. It would get more people to look and try it I think. It's a jewel in disguise.
Overall rating 
 
92
Aroma-Nose 
 
91
Initial Taste 
 
92
Body 
 
91
Finish 
 
93
Enjoyability 
 
94
Price 
 
99
Presentation 
 
84
Reviewed by coupe August 23, 2012
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I have seen El Jimador at my local liquor store and always pass it up for its bland look, thinking it might be okay as a mixer... Boy was I wrong. Decided to try a shot of the reposado at a local tequila bar Aug 2012. Had it shaken on ice first, then poured into a glass and served neat (I like to get a taste of tequila both chilled and room temp). Had a nice aroma and taste right out of the gate, with a very natural and enjoyable palate right on through to the finish, where it went down smooth and somewhat short. This tequila pretty much had it all: Agave-check. Sweetness-check. Spice-check. As it gained a little temperature, it still didn't dissapoint. It is a very solid reposado at a price that cannot be beat, although I think with a better looking bottle, they might justify a little higher price. It would get more people to look and try it I think. It's a jewel in disguise.

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Bought August 2011 for $17.95 in Portland, OR while shopping for low-cost 100% agave repos. So far this is my favorite from repos available in this price range available in my area (limited selection due to OLCC control of liquor sales). Has a nice initial taste on the tongue with no single strong taste coming to the front, some agave, wood, caramel, maybe a little fruity, but nothing that stands out. Decent heat on the finish but not strong or harsh. No unpleasant tastes or aftertastes...a very balanced repo...if I was guessing price from blind tasting I would have guessed it was a more expensive repo. Summary: nothing astonishing in the flavor profile, but nothing disappointing, very balanced and smooth short finish...for this price an outstanding repo and a good choice for everyday drinker and makes great margaritas.
Overall rating 
 
88
Aroma-Nose 
 
86
Initial Taste 
 
88
Body 
 
87
Finish 
 
86
Enjoyability 
 
90
Price 
 
95
Presentation 
 
83
Reviewed by dodoherty September 21, 2011
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Bought August 2011 for $17.95 in Portland, OR while shopping for low-cost 100% agave repos. So far this is my favorite from repos available in this price range available in my area (limited selection due to OLCC control of liquor sales). Has a nice initial taste on the tongue with no single strong taste coming to the front, some agave, wood, caramel, maybe a little fruity, but nothing that stands out. Decent heat on the finish but not strong or harsh. No unpleasant tastes or aftertastes...a very balanced repo...if I was guessing price from blind tasting I would have guessed it was a more expensive repo. Summary: nothing astonishing in the flavor profile, but nothing disappointing, very balanced and smooth short finish...for this price an outstanding repo and a good choice for everyday drinker and makes great margaritas.

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Bought 2nd June 2011 from Selfridge's, Birmingham, England, for a trip to Stonehenge; I wanted something to introduce some friends to 100% agave tequila, and it looks like I really hit paydirt.

Tasted out of a snifter the same day.

I had previously toyed with trying out an El Jimador repo, but at the time assumed it was a mixto. Indeed, when I first saw this on the shelf, I managed to miss the 100% agave label; however, seeing as it was the cheapest one on the shelf (bar the blanco of the same line), i went for it. £26 for a 100% agave tequila in the UK is almost unheard of.

Presentation:
Pretty boring bottle. Nothing of note here, although the fact that it's a tall bottle means it's easier to find in our crowded liquor cabinet :P

Look:
Pale amber, lots of strong legs & tears

Nose:
Smells like a lighter anejo - albeit there's no wood, but plenty of cooked agave, a hint of fruit and sweetness hidden behind the kick.

Initial:
Sweet, very fruity - there's almost a hint of either strawberry or cherry in there somewhere. There's this kind of buttery smoothness over everything that continues throughout the whole experience. VERY pleasant.

Body:
A very slight - but not unpleasant - bitterness/sourness comes through, less so when warmed up somewhat; this is coupled with a slightly diminished continuation of the initial taste, albeit without the fruit. There is a hint of wood in there, with some obvious cooked agave - you can taste the 'cookedness' (struggling to put this into words) of it. There's some mild spice in there too, although I don't find the cinnamon that others have. I do get the butterscotchiness though; it's a very smooth feel.

Finish:
Short, peppery, some heat - but very little compared to e.g. DJ anejo - a mild numbess and a very distant, well-distributed but not overpowering alcohol burn. There's some wood there, and - interestingly - the agave and fruitiness from the initial return for a second finish a few seconds later!



Overall, this is a great tequila for the money. Astonishingly good for the money, actually. I preferred this to the Don Julio anejo I bought for over twice this price, and also over the unfortunate Sauza mixto repo I've been drinking for the past month or so, which just tastes like white wine to me. This has earned a firm place at the moment as my favourite tequila - at least until I get time to try out some more anejos. It IS pretty sensitive to temperature; it tastes good at room temperature, but REALLY comes into it's own when brought up to body temperature. I still can't get over how much I love the inital taste, and how it returns for a second coming after the finish! Well impressed.

I've no idea how this compares to the mixto version (which I have no desire to try unless by some miracle it is actually better than this), but I can say that it walks all over the other mixtos I've tried.

As others have said, I can see this working really well as an introduction to the wonders of the agave plant; we'll see how well my prediction works out this weekend!
Overall rating 
 
89
Aroma-Nose 
 
88
Initial Taste 
 
91
Body 
 
87
Finish 
 
88
Enjoyability 
 
90
Price 
 
94
Presentation 
 
79
Reviewed by AxeSlash June 02, 2011
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Bought 2nd June 2011 from Selfridge's, Birmingham, England, for a trip to Stonehenge; I wanted something to introduce some friends to 100% agave tequila, and it looks like I really hit paydirt.

Tasted out of a snifter the same day.

I had previously toyed with trying out an El Jimador repo, but at the time assumed it was a mixto. Indeed, when I first saw this on the shelf, I managed to miss the 100% agave label; however, seeing as it was the cheapest one on the shelf (bar the blanco of the same line), i went for it. £26 for a 100% agave tequila in the UK is almost unheard of.

Presentation:
Pretty boring bottle. Nothing of note here, although the fact that it's a tall bottle means it's easier to find in our crowded liquor cabinet :P

Look:
Pale amber, lots of strong legs & tears

Nose:
Smells like a lighter anejo - albeit there's no wood, but plenty of cooked agave, a hint of fruit and sweetness hidden behind the kick.

Initial:
Sweet, very fruity - there's almost a hint of either strawberry or cherry in there somewhere. There's this kind of buttery smoothness over everything that continues throughout the whole experience. VERY pleasant.

Body:
A very slight - but not unpleasant - bitterness/sourness comes through, less so when warmed up somewhat; this is coupled with a slightly diminished continuation of the initial taste, albeit without the fruit. There is a hint of wood in there, with some obvious cooked agave - you can taste the 'cookedness' (struggling to put this into words) of it. There's some mild spice in there too, although I don't find the cinnamon that others have. I do get the butterscotchiness though; it's a very smooth feel.

Finish:
Short, peppery, some heat - but very little compared to e.g. DJ anejo - a mild numbess and a very distant, well-distributed but not overpowering alcohol burn. There's some wood there, and - interestingly - the agave and fruitiness from the initial return for a second finish a few seconds later!



Overall, this is a great tequila for the money. Astonishingly good for the money, actually. I preferred this to the Don Julio anejo I bought for over twice this price, and also over the unfortunate Sauza mixto repo I've been drinking for the past month or so, which just tastes like white wine to me. This has earned a firm place at the moment as my favourite tequila - at least until I get time to try out some more anejos. It IS pretty sensitive to temperature; it tastes good at room temperature, but REALLY comes into it's own when brought up to body temperature. I still can't get over how much I love the inital taste, and how it returns for a second coming after the finish! Well impressed.

I've no idea how this compares to the mixto version (which I have no desire to try unless by some miracle it is actually better than this), but I can say that it walks all over the other mixtos I've tried.

As others have said, I can see this working really well as an introduction to the wonders of the agave plant; we'll see how well my prediction works out this weekend!

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The return of El Jimador 100% Agave Reposado, NOM 1119 which I obviously found to be much more enjoyable than the mixto version. Why they put this 100% agave tequila on moth balls for four years I'll never know. The price was almost exactly the same.

Light amber color & a light agave, slight oak initial taste. I found the light/medium body & smoothness to be the highest qualities of this spirit. The finish was short/medium with traces of cooked agave & a little aging. Still a decent tequila but not great!

"Tequila El Jimador 100% Agave is the #1 tequila in Mexico, a testament to its high quality and authenticity." This is not at all difficult to believe since most Mexicans won't spend big bucks on the over-priced agave products that are shipped north to us Americans. In Mexico, El Jimador reposado sells for around $100 pesos or $7.50 usd.
Overall rating 
 
84
Aroma-Nose 
 
83
Initial Taste 
 
84
Body 
 
85
Finish 
 
82
Enjoyability 
 
86
Price 
 
90
Presentation 
 
75
Reviewed by El Jefe May 12, 2009
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The return of El Jimador 100% Agave Reposado, NOM 1119 which I obviously found to be much more enjoyable than the mixto version. Why they put this 100% agave tequila on moth balls for four years I'll never know. The price was almost exactly the same.

Light amber color & a light agave, slight oak initial taste. I found the light/medium body & smoothness to be the highest qualities of this spirit. The finish was short/medium with traces of cooked agave & a little aging. Still a decent tequila but not great!

"Tequila El Jimador 100% Agave is the #1 tequila in Mexico, a testament to its high quality and authenticity." This is not at all difficult to believe since most Mexicans won't spend big bucks on the over-priced agave products that are shipped north to us Americans. In Mexico, El Jimador reposado sells for around $100 pesos or $7.50 usd.

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Tasted out of a snifter at home on 01/16/09. Reposados usually are my least favorite type of tequila to drink. But this one is pretty darn good. It doesn't taste like most reposados and for $18 bux a bottle, you just can't find a better bargain. I'd even go so far as to say it's a great starter tequila for newbies interested in delving into the world of tequila. I'm glad it's 100% agave now!

Aroma:A pretty nice aroma of butterscotch and agave. A first for me!
Initial Taste: A semi oily mouth feel, its sweet upon entry with very low bitterness. Initial taste was woody agave.
Body: Woody agave, earth, spices, and cinnamon, with a slight fruity undertone too.
Finish: A semi heated finish of medium duration with a lingering aftertaste of butterscotch/agave.
Overall rating 
 
90
Aroma-Nose 
 
91
Initial Taste 
 
90
Body 
 
90
Finish 
 
89
Enjoyability 
 
91
Price 
 
94
Presentation 
 
89
Reviewed by Piña January 16, 2009
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Tasted out of a snifter at home on 01/16/09. Reposados usually are my least favorite type of tequila to drink. But this one is pretty darn good. It doesn't taste like most reposados and for $18 bux a bottle, you just can't find a better bargain. I'd even go so far as to say it's a great starter tequila for newbies interested in delving into the world of tequila. I'm glad it's 100% agave now!

Aroma:A pretty nice aroma of butterscotch and agave. A first for me!
Initial Taste: A semi oily mouth feel, its sweet upon entry with very low bitterness. Initial taste was woody agave.
Body: Woody agave, earth, spices, and cinnamon, with a slight fruity undertone too.
Finish: A semi heated finish of medium duration with a lingering aftertaste of butterscotch/agave.

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