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Jose Cuervo
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Silver Medal - 2006 San Francisco World Spirits Competition

Jose Cuervo Tradicional Reposado Tequila

Jose Cuervo Tradicional Reposado Tequila - Rested in oak barrels six months to achieve a smooth, refined taste. Tradicional is the first Tequila created by the Cuervo family in 1795. The bottles are hand-crafted, numbered, and marked with the year of production.

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Overall rating 
 
78
Aroma-Nose 
 
78  (11)
Initial Taste 
 
78  (11)
Body 
 
80  (11)
Finish 
 
77  (11)
Enjoyability 
 
77  (11)
Price 
 
78  (11)
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78  (11)
This is not a bad choice. A reasonably priced 100% agave reposado in an attractive but unassuming bottle.

BTW, what's up with all these whacky "designer" tequila bottles lately? Jeez.

Anyway, Cuervo's Tradcional is a direct competitor to Sauza's Hornitos. Both are value-priced reposados that are decent but undistinguished. I have a slight preference for Hornitos, but if I'm going to be entertaining with Margaritas, either makes an excellent Maggie.

For sipping, it's smooth but rather bland. Certainly not bad, but it won't make you sit up and take notice like a top shelf reposado will.
Overall rating 
 
81
Aroma-Nose 
 
83
Initial Taste 
 
84
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84
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84
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83
Price 
 
56
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Reviewed by skoro May 25, 2013
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Solid but unexceptional

This is not a bad choice. A reasonably priced 100% agave reposado in an attractive but unassuming bottle.

BTW, what's up with all these whacky "designer" tequila bottles lately? Jeez.

Anyway, Cuervo's Tradcional is a direct competitor to Sauza's Hornitos. Both are value-priced reposados that are decent but undistinguished. I have a slight preference for Hornitos, but if I'm going to be entertaining with Margaritas, either makes an excellent Maggie.

For sipping, it's smooth but rather bland. Certainly not bad, but it won't make you sit up and take notice like a top shelf reposado will.

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If I'm not mistaken, this is the best selling tequila in Mexico. First, Mexicans aren't subjected to the mixto garbage that we have to have cluttering the shelves. Second, this tequila is everywhere and a very inexpensive. Third, 80% of tequila consumed in Mexico is reposado tequilas. I'm not sure why that is, but I'm sure there's a good reason for it. Anyway, it's a Casa Cuervo product that is the top dog of the brand in Mexico so I figured it was one that I had to try.

Aroma: Basic agave with hints of earth and vanilla.
Initial Taste: Earthy agave with a hint of sweetness and pepper. Very basic, but decent.
Body: Medium body. Agave, oak, earth and light spice. Nothing about it stands out. The agave is present throughout, but you can really tell that it's flash cooked instead of slow oven cooked.
Finish: Light oak and pepper are the most prominent flavors with the agave. Pleasant, but unspectacular.

This tequila is very basic and kind of bland in a non-threatening way. It makes sense that it would sell as well as it does because of those facts in kind of the same way that we know that there's an Applebee's everywhere despite the fact that we all know that the food isn't that good. Perhaps predictably mediocre and inexpensive is just something that you always need on your shelf. This tequila is solidly in the category of "OK." If you're looking for something that you will always get what you expect at a cheap price, this tequila might be a solid choice for you.
Overall rating 
 
84
Aroma-Nose 
 
82
Initial Taste 
 
84
Body 
 
85
Finish 
 
84
Enjoyability 
 
84
Price 
 
92
Presentation 
 
82
Reviewed by Tequila Tourist September 19, 2012
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If I'm not mistaken, this is the best selling tequila in Mexico. First, Mexicans aren't subjected to the mixto garbage that we have to have cluttering the shelves. Second, this tequila is everywhere and a very inexpensive. Third, 80% of tequila consumed in Mexico is reposado tequilas. I'm not sure why that is, but I'm sure there's a good reason for it. Anyway, it's a Casa Cuervo product that is the top dog of the brand in Mexico so I figured it was one that I had to try.

Aroma: Basic agave with hints of earth and vanilla.
Initial Taste: Earthy agave with a hint of sweetness and pepper. Very basic, but decent.
Body: Medium body. Agave, oak, earth and light spice. Nothing about it stands out. The agave is present throughout, but you can really tell that it's flash cooked instead of slow oven cooked.
Finish: Light oak and pepper are the most prominent flavors with the agave. Pleasant, but unspectacular.

This tequila is very basic and kind of bland in a non-threatening way. It makes sense that it would sell as well as it does because of those facts in kind of the same way that we know that there's an Applebee's everywhere despite the fact that we all know that the food isn't that good. Perhaps predictably mediocre and inexpensive is just something that you always need on your shelf. This tequila is solidly in the category of "OK." If you're looking for something that you will always get what you expect at a cheap price, this tequila might be a solid choice for you.

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Kind of a Cuervo house nose, that is to say it shares quite a few similarities to the classic gold Jose Cuervo. Off putting at first but it mellowed out and with a touch of water it opened up. Very mineraly agave aroma, soft alcohol, not a lot of depth yet not boring. Nice weighty mouthfeel, almost oily in the mouth, very enjoyable for sipping. Flavors similar to the aroma but with a touch of smoke. Better than expected, probably would choose most other reposados on the market however.
Overall rating 
 
78
Aroma-Nose 
 
71
Initial Taste 
 
76
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Finish 
 
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74
Price 
 
75
Presentation 
 
82
Reviewed by guaranified June 12, 2012
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Kind of a Cuervo house nose, that is to say it shares quite a few similarities to the classic gold Jose Cuervo. Off putting at first but it mellowed out and with a touch of water it opened up. Very mineraly agave aroma, soft alcohol, not a lot of depth yet not boring. Nice weighty mouthfeel, almost oily in the mouth, very enjoyable for sipping. Flavors similar to the aroma but with a touch of smoke. Better than expected, probably would choose most other reposados on the market however.

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This stuff really isn't bad. It's not great, but I don't mind it at all. I don't think I'd buy another bottle because I have other tequilas sitting around that I enjoy more in that particular price range (like Muchote), but I wouldn't turn my nose up at it if someone offered me a glass.

Aroma: Straight-forward, agave and alcohol.
Initial taste: A bit sweet, a little bitter, but pretty well balanced. Drier than I expected.
Body: Hardly any complexity. Just agave, some spice, and a light heat that builds.
Finish: Relatively short, semi-heated, but controlled.

Like I said, you can find better tequilas for the price (if you're lucky enough to live as close to the border as I do), but if this is all that's available to you don't hesitate to give it a shot. It's very straight-forward and I agree that it tastes like a reposado with training wheels; eventually you're going to want something with more character.

As far as presentation goes, I don't like the screw cap/pour top on this tequila.
Overall rating 
 
80
Aroma-Nose 
 
81
Initial Taste 
 
83
Body 
 
77
Finish 
 
80
Enjoyability 
 
80
Price 
 
85
Presentation 
 
75
Reviewed by JungleLarry December 07, 2011
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This stuff really isn't bad. It's not great, but I don't mind it at all. I don't think I'd buy another bottle because I have other tequilas sitting around that I enjoy more in that particular price range (like Muchote), but I wouldn't turn my nose up at it if someone offered me a glass.

Aroma: Straight-forward, agave and alcohol.
Initial taste: A bit sweet, a little bitter, but pretty well balanced. Drier than I expected.
Body: Hardly any complexity. Just agave, some spice, and a light heat that builds.
Finish: Relatively short, semi-heated, but controlled.

Like I said, you can find better tequilas for the price (if you're lucky enough to live as close to the border as I do), but if this is all that's available to you don't hesitate to give it a shot. It's very straight-forward and I agree that it tastes like a reposado with training wheels; eventually you're going to want something with more character.

As far as presentation goes, I don't like the screw cap/pour top on this tequila.

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Like many people who grew up in Canada or the US with "cheap tequila shots", I was scared of the Jose Cuervo label after spending time in Mexico and being introduced to finer tequilas. I only tried the Tradicional because, after spending some time with a bartender in Playa Del Carmen, he let me in on a secret; the tequila that he and his friends drink after work is Cuervo Traditional. But there is a catch. He puts a bottle in the freezer at the beginning of his shift and only takes it out at the end of the night to enjoy with his friends after work. The reason is that this tequila transforms when chilled to freezing. As a room-temperature sipper, this tequila is just what other reviewers have stated: a little harsh and more like a gold than a finer reposado. However, when pulled from a freezer after a few hours, it is a completely different story. Served ice cold (not on ice, which dilutes the flavour that is not overly abundant to begin with) it becomes very smooth and devoid of any harsh bite while a nice mellow flavour shows through. I realize that this can be true of many types of alcohol, including other tequilas, but it is more pronounced in the Tradicional. My numeric ratings are based on this specific serving method.
Overall rating 
 
89
Aroma-Nose 
 
81
Initial Taste 
 
89
Body 
 
90
Finish 
 
90
Enjoyability 
 
92
Price 
 
89
Presentation 
 
80
Reviewed by jmsmusic December 28, 2010
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Like many people who grew up in Canada or the US with "cheap tequila shots", I was scared of the Jose Cuervo label after spending time in Mexico and being introduced to finer tequilas. I only tried the Tradicional because, after spending some time with a bartender in Playa Del Carmen, he let me in on a secret; the tequila that he and his friends drink after work is Cuervo Traditional. But there is a catch. He puts a bottle in the freezer at the beginning of his shift and only takes it out at the end of the night to enjoy with his friends after work. The reason is that this tequila transforms when chilled to freezing. As a room-temperature sipper, this tequila is just what other reviewers have stated: a little harsh and more like a gold than a finer reposado. However, when pulled from a freezer after a few hours, it is a completely different story. Served ice cold (not on ice, which dilutes the flavour that is not overly abundant to begin with) it becomes very smooth and devoid of any harsh bite while a nice mellow flavour shows through. I realize that this can be true of many types of alcohol, including other tequilas, but it is more pronounced in the Tradicional. My numeric ratings are based on this specific serving method.

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