Severo is a brand new tequila model from Tequilera Don Roberto, imported by San Francisco’s Hotaling & Co. It’s constituted of seven 12 months outdated agave vegetation, rising area unspoken. Slightly backstory on Don Roberto:
Established in 1924, Tequilera Don Roberto is one in every of two remaining Mexican-owned heritage tequila companies and continues to be owned and operated throughout the founder’s household. The recipes used at the moment are direct descendants of the unique distillery, practically 100-years-old carrying the wealthy historical past of Submit-Revolutionary Mexico – with the robust uncooked power, satisfaction and emotion of that interval.
Severo is on the market in 4 expressions — Plata, Reposado, Añejo, and Añejo Cristalino — every packaged in antique-style glass bottles carrying handwritten batch and bottle numbers. We acquired the complete lineup for evaluate. Ideas comply with.
All are 80 proof.
Severo Tequila Plata – Rested in chrome steel for six months; yellowish shade is from the bottle glass solely; the tequila itself is obvious. Peppery, participating nostril, with inexperienced natural notes and a jalapeno character beneath. It’s fairly creamy on the palate, a light-weight dairy cream notice balanced by sharper lemon peel and lime leaf parts, extra pepper, and an fringe of sassafras. Nicely-rounded however not completely earth-shattering; if this have been much less pricy it’d make for a flexible mixer. Reviewed: Batch #SVP-05. A- / $50
Severo Tequila Reposado – Aged 10 months in oak barrels. Surprisingly a lot sharper on the nostril; with some delicate petrol notes, ample lemon peel, and extra of that greener, jalapeno-laced character current within the plata. The palate is equally aggressive and carries forth with lots of the similar parts — closely natural and pungent, virtually gritty at instances. Issues soften up barely because of vanilla notes on the end, however the total expertise is a bit scattered and haphazard. Reviewed: Batch #SVR-05. B / $60
Severo Tequila Añejo – Aged in oak for 18 months. Nonetheless peppery and inexperienced — virtually grassy — on the nostril, with a spicy, racy fragrant profile. The palate is nevertheless significantly sweeter, with notes of maple and honey up entrance. Issues cool down because the tequila opens up within the glass, a smoldering, smoky, and barely vegetal character giving option to a considerably winey notice that gives a vermouth-like notice plus a random sampling of the spice cupboard. A butterscotch and vanilla pudding character infuses the end with a reprise of sweetness, right here once more clashing considerably with the greener parts that underlie the expertise. Reviewed: Batch #SVA-06. B+ / $70
Severo Tequila Añejo Cristalino – Similar as the usual anejo, however filtered to colorless. The peppery/natural Severo DNA clearly can’t be filtered out of the drink, and this stays flippantly inexperienced up entrance, regardless of delicate overtones of caramel and butterscotch. That stated, it lacks the aggressive sweetness of the usual anejo, presenting itself in some methods a bit nearer in type to the reposado. Fruitier than different entries into the Severo lineup, with a chewy baked pear notice and a dusting of cocoa powder to shut issues out, the tequila in all fairness balanced and feels higher capable of play effectively with others in a cocktail… although at this worth, you might effectively demur from such endeavors. Reviewed: Batch #SVAC-05. B+ / $80