Tequila Face-Off: The New Reps

Finally, right? We all knew a Venn diagram was coming.

And for the first installment, I’ll be contrasting and comparing a pair of new tequilas to our shelf, both reposados, yet, in a lot of ways, two extremely different interpretations of the style.

First, and on the left of the diagram, Señor Frog’s Reposado, the vacation, party, have-a-good-time tequila that bears the name of a tourist-attraction chain of restaurants that can be found throughout Central America, Mexico, and a few spots in the states.

To the right, 123 Certified Organic no. 2, also a reposado and, perhaps, at least in name, mission, and scale, the antithesis of Señor Frog’s (Currently, a pair of Señor Frog’s restaurants can be found out on the high seas aboard cruise ships.), the conscious choice for the conscious, perhaps introverted and somewhat snobbish, consumer.

Nevertheless:

Overall, both tequilas satisfy. Señor Frog’s isn’t as complex as 2 Certified, but it does have that highly enjoyable peanut brittle quality to it that evokes warm memories of hanging out at grandma’s house. Further, Mr. Frog leans more towards a silver, while 2 is more in line with an añejo.

Having said that, the ways in which the pair contrast are what made this Venn valuable. Aside from the honey-like and nutty qualities both possess at varying levels, their similarities were rather typical of most reposados, showcasing earthy, agave, and oak notes. 2 had a lot of bright and lively fruits to contrast its darker qualities, that, when combined, created quite a unique experience. On the other hand, Señor Frog’s had a great minty and herbal quality to it that was pretty refreshing and bright, which complimented nicely with its citrus notes.

As for a preferred reposado, I will say this: I’d go Señor Frogs for a margarita and 2 Certified Organic as something to sip and savor. No matter preference, though, both are now available at La Margarita Fountain Square.

Salud!

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