You Say You Want A Revolucion? Too Bad This Tequila Isn’t Worth Fighting For

While the protests in Egypt remind us what a true revolution is—new, energizing, passion-driven— Tequila Revolucion seems the opposite. It doesn’t ignite our senses, nor does it hark back to the image of Mexican revolutionary Pancho Villa, throwing back a bold, traditional tequila before riding out to seize hacienda land.

Tequila Revolucion: Blanco, Reposado, Anejo

Tequila Revolucion: Blanco, Reposado, Añejo

Instead, it’s just unremarkable, which is a shame considering the price point.

We recently sat down and sampled the blanco, reposado and anejo, which retail at about $40, $42, $50, respectively. They also offer a 100-proof blanco, and will soon have an extra añejo.

The blanco has a mild nose of citrus, herbs and raw agave that remind me of Siete Leguas blanco, but dialed down. Once in the mouth, it’s a bit watery. The taste is relatively unoffensive, but what you remember is a strange astringency at the back of your throat and top palate that lingers unpleasantly. Unfortunately, this is carried through the line, and is particularly strong in the reposado.

The repo is aged 10 months in white oak and carries light vanilla, honey and butterscotch aromas. It has a soft front, and then that annoying astringency that hangs around for minutes.

The añejo is an intensified version of the repo, but with less bite at the back. Still, it feels uneven in the mouth, as though it does not have enough oils for a pleasant mouth feel, even though it’s aged 18 months in white oak.

Cascahuin-tequila-distillery

A worker tends to the brick ovens inside of the Tequila Cascahuin distillery — where Tequila Revolucion is made.

Tequila Revolucion is made at NOM 1123, in distillery Tequila Cascahuin. This is a tiny, ancient place on the road to Tequila. Grover and I visited it on our first tequila tour and were surprised to find it was producing any modern juice. That said, Revolucion is modern. After all, it is going after the “smooth, premium” market. The problem is that it’s just too rough around the edges to win any devotees, let alone spark a revolution.

- Scarlet

23 Responses to “You Say You Want A Revolucion? Too Bad This Tequila Isn’t Worth Fighting For”

  1. I was always curious about this tequila. Thanks to your review, you just saved me some pesos. I just found your site. What’s your take on Siete Leguas? It’s another one I’ve been curious about.

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    • Hi Boss (-;
      Siete Leguas is a traditional, great-quality tequila. If you like your tequila with a little bite, this is a good choice. We recommend you try it! The repo is my favorite but many people love the blanco.

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  2. I don´t agree with you in anyway. I love this tequila (one of my favorites).

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  3. I would really love to try this tequila, is it available in the states? I have two different tequila’s now that are NOT distributed in the U.S. I love them (Don Diamonte an Dona Carlotta)

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  4. It is available in a number is states, including California, florida, and Georgia. They have a map on their website to places you can purchase it.
    I wonder if the author here works for a competing brand, it seems like it by the way this article is written.
    The tequila is not distilled in Brick ovens, they are distilled in stone ovens.

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  5. I cant believe this review, I love this tequila I always buy it at duty free stores!!!
    Amber: i think they really work for specifics brands!

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    • Everyone has their own opinions, and nobody’s opinion is right or wrong, it’s just theirs. However, we’re not supporting any brands – if we like it, we say so. If we don’t, we (sometimes) say so too. Of course, that’s not always welcome – so now we just just mostly talk about brands that we like.

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  6. Just left Cabo yesterday. We always buy Milagro at the airport. This time the sales person really pushed the Revolution saying we were overpaying because of the Milagro bottle and that Revolution was way smoother. I caved in and bought the Revolution. When I noticed it was prominently displayed in the front of the store I wondered,did I make a mistake?

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    • Mistake? Nah. You might really like it — many people do. After you taste it, let us know what you think.

      One thing I haven’t tried yet is their 100 proof blanco – which I think will be a better match for me. The version we tried (for this story) was the 38% abv that is sold in Mexico. I think the 40% (80 proof) (and above) versions are better.

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  7. I will. Not sure if I could even tell the difference unless they were side by side. I’m an amateur.

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    • If you have an iPhone (and a willing partner), you can use the “Rate It Blind” portion of our new app, Tequila Matchmaker. Have someone pour you 2 different tequilas without telling you which is which, and see what you like better. It’s the most unbiased way to rate a tequila. The app is free – find it here: http://tequilamatchmaker.com

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  8. This tequila is really good. Its better than Jose Cuervo or wutever u call it. You’re just being self absorbed snobs.

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  9. All the Revolucion Tequilas are 40% abv, with the exception of the 100% proof(50%abv). This is one of the best tequila I have ever tried. It has the cleanest and smoother taste then most tequila. This tequila goes up there with Don Julio, Herradura, Corzo or Milagros.

    If you get a chance try their extra anejo aged for 3 years and a half.

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    • @Nids – In the USA, yes. But in Mexico, they’re 38% abv (except for the 100 proof, which I don’t know if you can even buy in Mexico.)

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  10. I’ve tried a lot of Tequila in my days and the Revolucion Anejo has to be my favorite hands down … it’s the smoothest Tequila I’ve had thus far, I have to order it from CA and have it shipped to TN but is well worth it, everyone’s taste is different, I’ve had 2 dollar cigars I’d put up against any Opus X I’ve ever smoked and I guess it’s the same with Tequila, all each persons opinion

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  11. Just had the repo tonight and it was sweet. Decided to mix w sierra mist for fun and tasted great. On my list for the summer swim parties!

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  12. It’s quite evident that the author of this article either has no real knowledge about tequila or has a hidden reason to criticize one of the best tequilas I have ever tried.

    It’s true what they say about this tequila aiming for a more sophisticated market and more refined pallads… It will be unappreciated by springbreakers (or reminiscent adults) at Señor Frog’s.

    This article shows nothing more than lack of knowledge about PREMIUM quality tequila, clearly biased towards the more “touristy” brands.

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    • Interesting opinion you have there. We’re certainly not spring breakers, and we’ve done our time studying the world of tequila – you may want to research our backgrounds before you start throwing insults around.

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  13. This review is horrible! This tequila, specifically the Reposados is very smooth excellent taste. I always have this when I’m at my Favorite Mexican restaurant. Not sure what they’re looking for, but maybe need to retry their tastebuds!

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