Kah Tequila – More Than Just a Pretty, Scary Face

Kah tequila (reposado and blanco)

Kah tequila (reposado, left, and blanco).

Kah tequila has gotten a lot of attention for its seriously cool skull-shaped Day of the Dead bottles, but what about the juice?

While in LA, Grover picked up the Kah blanco and reposado and we sat down to look, literally, into the calaveras of this fairly new brand. If our suspicious minds thought this tequila was all about marketing, the blanco quickly erased the notion.

Kah tequila (reposado)

Kah tequila’s reposado is a powerful 110-proof mixture that is still surprisingly drinkable.

With a heavy herbal nose, and whiffs of white pepper and cooked agave, the blanco certainly doesn’t smell like a generic brand. Instead, it falls into the category of pungent herbal contenders. Now, I admit that grassy tequilas are not my personal preference, but some people really enjoy them so I proceeded with an open mind.

In the mouth it is surprisingly balanced, with a medium finish that hits you in the back of the throat. It has a lightweight mouth feel that’s pleasing, but in the glass it looks a bit watery.

Moving on to the heavy hitter – the 110-proof (!) reposado, which is aged 10 months in French oak. Now, the nose on this one is predictably strong, so we switched from a brandy snifter to a champagne flute to try to minimize the alcohol aromas and pick up on the more subtle flavors. When we did, we got nice butter, vanilla and cinnamon aromas, and the herbal elements were reduced.

Bracing ourselves for the burn, we took a sip. Surprisingly, this 110-proof juice is just as balanced as the blanco, and has good flavor, unlike many other high-proof tequilas. And the burn, while there is some, spikes and then fades rather quickly. This is a high-proof tequila that you could actually sip for a while, and enjoy. Not a wussy drink, for sure, but why would you want that?

Kah also makes an añejo, aged 2 years, and a limited-edition extra añejo, aged 4.5 years.

It is made at the Fabrica de Tequilas Finos distillery, in Tequila, where they also make El Diamante de Cielo, Agave 99, and Costco’s Kirkland brand tequila, among others.

The bottom line is that you may be attracted by the pretty bottles, but there is also a reason to crack those skulls open and give this tequila a try.

Kah tequila (blanco)

Kah tequila’s blanco bottle is white, with black hand-painted details.

23 Responses to “Kah Tequila – More Than Just a Pretty, Scary Face”

  1. Never understood people’s infatuation with fancy bottles. If it significantly adds to the price of the juice that’s inside then I think that’s ridiculous and I won’t buy it.

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  2. Yeah… And I’ve never understood peoples infatuation with driving a Lexus or BMW…. I mean, if it gets you from point-A to point-B, then there is no need to pay for all the other bells and whistles! ;-)

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  3. I would buy them *because* of the bottles. They’re seriously bad a$$!

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  4. I think they are cool and unique and anyone that is willing to think outside the ‘bottle’ is alright in my book :D Way to go Kah Tequila!

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  5. I guess I’m more of a tequila drinker than a bottle collector. I’ve never kept an empty bottle of anything before.

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  6. I whole heartidly agree with Grover on this juice. Great bottle AND juice. If it gets the Patron buyers to pick it up because of the bottle and converts them to tequila, all the better.

    I have the blanco and anejo and love both of them. The repo is on my short list of bottles to buy.

    Thanks guys, really enjoy the site

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  7. The bottles are what makes tequila and Mexico great. Art is critical in all that they do.

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  8. The anejo is good! The bottles are cool no doubt but the stuff inside is good!

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  9. Just bought the Reposado and it is very smooth and tasty. Love the decanter and plan on buying a bunch for my Tiquila loving friends for the Hollidays.

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  10. Well, i hope the new importer hasn’t changed the tequila as they have changed the bottles. My local store increased the price on all varieties by $7 – $10 each. When i asked why, he explained that Kah has a new importer that jacked the price up. Additionally, the bottles are no longer hand-painted; they are screen printed (and look it). The bottles still look good. However, i don’t understand the price increase when they have CUT costs by having machines paint the bottles.

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  11. John— There is a reason to keep the bottles…. Check history. However, the bottle is what got my attention. I think they are beautiful… Got one of my male best friends for a gift… HE LOVED IT. So… go away… why are you so negative and cold about something this simple… hmmm…

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  12. I been collecting artesanal bottles,and this new bottlers are few of my favorites,the taste and looks of the bottle are unique,

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  13. I would def buy it, love the bottles,

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  14. Wait I won’t buy now. I would of with the hand painted bottles but forget it now. Just another gimick, back to 1800 gold

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  15. I have 3 of the 4 bottles,I thank its just as good as Patron. But for everday Ill stay with ESPOLON.But it will turn heads when you pull it out, to give someone a shot.

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  16. just tried the anejo this afternoon… fantastic! i might just start drinking tequila again.

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  17. fan or not of the bottle, this tequila should not be overlooked! tasted reposado at Oyamel! (love the bottle)

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  18. I’ve purchased both Blanco and Reposado and they are ok. The Reposado definitely has a bite. I mainly purchased for the art work bottles because Day of the dead stuff is bad ass. I would not buy regularly as too many good tequilas are out there.

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  19. The KAH website still says the bottles are hand painted:

    “Kah – A truly unique experience, offering not only smooth sipping tequila, but an individually numbered, hand painted skull shaped bottle inspired by the Mexican Day of the Dead. Kah is an instant collector’s item, providing both superior drinkability and a stunning visual.”

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  20. When did they stop hand painting the bottles ????

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