The El Bandido Yankee Tequila Firm launched in mid-2021, providing a blanco and reposado obtainable regionally (particularly in Illinois, Texas, and Michigan). Based by former NFL participant James Robert Morris and NHL Corridor of Fame hockey participant Chris Chelios, it’s one other semi-celebrity tequila that goals to supply a high-end, 100% agave spirit which is — as all tequila needs to be — all pure and additive free.
This blanco is unaged and presents largely as anticipated, with a contemporary, inexperienced, and natural nostril that provides a strong however absolutely approachable lemon pepper character. The palate is mushy and fairly easy, a calmly peppery and mildly candy providing that feels nearly good for sipping neat. The lemon notes persist, pairing nicely with the sweeter facet of the tequila, main the way in which to notes of toasted marshmallow and vanilla on the contemporary but pretty quick end.
Straightforward to drink to a fault, El Bandido Yankee’s blanco is probably not dripping with complexity — and saddled with terrible branding — nevertheless it’s surprisingly laborious to place down. I’d haven’t any qualms utilizing this as a go-to margarita base — or sipping it solo when the temper for a contemporary, crisp blanco strikes.