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Cabo Wabo Blanco Tequila

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There are a few names that come to mind when one mentions tequila to the average person. For those who follow rock 'n' roll from the 80's and 90's one of those brands is Cabo Wabo, the brand that is known probably most for its founder, Sammy Hagar of, most famously, Van Halen. The brand contains the standard three-style range for tequilas and I have had the opportunity to try the youngest (blanco) multiple times, both straight and in a variety of cocktails and while I think it's a good tequila, it's not the best I've had.

Pros

  • Good as a mixer in tequila cocktails.
  • Better than the worst of blanco tequilas available.

Cons

  • The celebrity of Sammy Hagar does nothing for making this tequila more appealing.
  • For the same price there are better blanco tequilas.
  • I don't think it resembles the "premium" tequila market admirably.

Description

  • Blanco tequila, unaged and produced from 100% 8-12 year old blue weber agave agave plants.
  • Imported by SKYY Spirits
  • Retails for around $40/750ml bottle
  • 40% alc/volume (80 proof)

Guide Review - Cabo Wabo Blanco Tequila

Is it the rock hall of famer along with brilliant marketing that has made this tequila so popular? It's likely so. I am typically very skeptical of a celebrity-backed spirit label which is why I prefer to know as little as possible about a newer brand prior to having a taste of it. However, Cabo Wabo is not one of the newest brands on the market and it has been difficult to avoid it in the media and on the street. It's association with Sammy Hagar is hard to avoid and between many wannabe rock 'n' rollers who seem to enjoy it based only on that fact and various, seemingly random, marketing encounters, including Hagar donating his classic muscle car on a Barrett Jackson Auction block (complete with a signed guitar and case of Cabo Wabo in the trunk) to charity, this one has been more difficult to be subjective on. I have done my best.

All of the marketing hype aside I have to agree with many of the tequila aficionados on Cabo Wabo Blanco Tequila: it is mediocre. While I have tasted significantly superior tasting tequilas, I have tasted many, many inferior tequilas, and Cabo Wabo falls in the middle. I do not honestly think that this is a tequila worthy of $40 a bottle. I could see paying $25-30 given the comparisons in that range, but when you can find a bottle of Patron Silver for around $40, the far smoother option of Patron would be my preference. Then again, celebrity status says a lot for many among the liquor world, just look at Trump's Vodka, which I would pass by any day for a $10 bottle of Gordon's: celebrity equals price.

Again, I do not completely dislike Cabo Wabo like I do Jose Cuervo Gold (Hangover calling you? Drink that.), I think it has potential, but I have others that I personally prefer. While it is certainly not my favorite tequila to sip I find it makes some excellent cocktails. With that I recommend that this is not a sipper, but a mixer and one of the smoother shooters. Mix it in any tequila cocktail you like, from a Tequila Sunrise, Margarita, or Paloma to an Envy, Juan Collins, or Toronha and you will not be disappointed. I have yet, with the exception of a Tequini, found a drink Cabo Wabo does not work well in. It's best with heavily fruity drinks and is especially tasty in blended cocktails, namely Margaritas.

Tasting Notes:
The nose is filled with a sweet floral tone. The palate is oily and has a slight bitter tone marked with a faint agave flavor and earthy notes. The finish is, as with the whole experience, mild, lacking the full alcohol burn of some other tequilas, and nicely spiced though there is a bitterness in the aftertaste that makes it unwonted.

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