Our Espolon tequila tasting turns into a comparison against Hornitos Plata tequila. Always good to find two affordable tequilas and taste the difference, figure out which one we’d purchase for our $25.
First thing to notice, the price is great on both products is great and the flavors of these 100% de agave tequilas is quite serviceable. While both would work in a margarita cocktail, it’s clear Hornitos has a more vibrant yet slightly aggressive attack on the senses, helping to cut through all the other ingredients.
When oak aging hornitos, you get a nice warm sipping tequila with some oak flavor. While espolon can probably be oak aged, if it gets any more round and subtle it might lose all its senses of taste. Espolón has a great forward flavor with a good aroma but lacks anything in the tail end of the finish. Hornitos is a bit more salty and agave-centric with a great finish but starts a bit more subtle.
If you could combine these both into a single product it would have a good start, middle and finish flavor. Both these Mexican spirits would be a worthwhile buy at $25, but I’d still probably go Hornitos as it may have a few more applications in cocktails.
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