Review: Riazul Tequila
This new line of tequilas comes from the Jalisco Highlands — said to be harvested from land held by a single family for more than 200 years — and is imported into and distributed from Houston, Texas. All three expressions are of course 100 percent agave and 80 proof.
Riazul Silver Tequila – This blanco has a very fresh and bright character, slightly sweet, with a silky texture and bright, unadultered agave. Very curious on the finish, Riazul’s Silver brings forward a distinct mocha coffee flavor, one that lingers and invites further exploration. A / $45
Riazul Reposado Tequila – Though aged a long 9 months in both American and French oak, Riazul’s Reposado is surprisingly light in color. The flavor is not unlike the blanco, but the agave is smoother, with more caramel and bigger chocolate notes. That said, this tequila feels somewhat out of balance compared to the blanco, which is all too common with reposados. B+ / $55
Riazul Anejo Tequila – My immediate reaction: This tequila is bizarre. Aged two years, I was expecting rich wood, chocolate, and coffee notes. Instead, Riazul’s anejo offers a baffling attack of lime fruit, then a long caramel body. Highly rated, I found this the least balanced of all the tequilas on offer, a near-crazy mix of citrus and candy sweetness that — separated — might both be great. Together it’s all over the map. Unique, to a fault, but perhaps Riazul needs to ria-think its wood strategy. B / $60