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Cabo Wabo Reposado

Review: Cabo Wabo Rep0sado Tequila    88.5/100
A Review by Chip Dykstra (Aka Arctic Wolf)
Posted on November 3, 2009

Cabo Wabo Tequila is made from 100 percent Blue Weber Agave grown in the lowlands of the Mexican State of Jalisco. The distinction between agave grown in the lowlands versus the highlands is important because lowland agave tends to carry more earthy and vegetal flavours into the final distilled Tequila than Agave grown in the highlands. Interestingly, the founder of Cabo Wabo Tequila is rock musician Sammy Hagar, and his Tequila was apparently named after the nightclub he owns in Cabo San Lucas.

The online advertising calls Cabo Wabo…. ‘Rock n Roll in a Bottle’.

An interesting slogan, we’ll see if it is true.

Cabo Wabo Repasado 2

In the Bottle  4.0/5

I like the nice blue bottle representing I believe,  that Cabo Wabo is made from 100% weber blue agave.  There is a nice etching/drawing on the back of the bottle of Land’s End Cabo San Lucas.  The only drawback is the corkage.  I have found the cork dries out considerable faster than it should, indicating I believe insufficient density of the cork.

In the Glass  9/10

This is a pale yellow spirit indicating a short time in oak.  Reposado (which means “rested”) tequila spends less than one year in Oak.   This particular Reposado Tequila has spent only 4 to 6 months in oak.  This means I am happy with the colour as if it was any darker, it might indicate the addition of caramel.  I swirl for legs, I see teensy tiny ones.  The aroma is spicy and very citrus like.  The typical punky Agave smell peculiar to Tequila is muted somewhat allowing the other notes some life.  This might be due to the fact that Cabo Wabo Repasado is double distilled.  The second distillation may have removed some of the harsher flavours and aromas allowing the lighter notes some headway.

In the Mouth  53/60

This is spicy with lots of citrus. The spice is hot, more like pepper than cinnamon.  The citrus notes taste like fresh squeezed lemon and/or lime.  It’s hard to be specific as the punky agave flavour masks other notes to some degree.  I  feel a little oil on my palate.  As everyone knows, tequila bites hard, but in spite of the hot citrus and punky agave, this has a milder bite than other tequila I have tried. Pleasingly so. As an experiment  I decided to use my Jose Cuervo Margarita mix and lots of ice.  The resulting Margarita is tangy and refreshing.  The agave and the lime coexist nicely.  I probably should have used fresh lime and Triple Sec but sometimes you have to go with what you have. (Good limes are out of season and hard to find in the winter)

In the Throat  9.0/10

This is spicy and fresh in the throat and on the back of the palate .  The agave note ends quickly but the citrus/pepper stays.  I taste no irregular bitterness or any off notes in either the straight spirit or the Margarita that I mixed.

Afterburn   13.5/15

Everything seems well in balance.  The agave does not get overwhelming which for me is very pleasant. The advertising calls Cabo Wabo Reposado “rock and roll in a bottle”, I’m not sure I agree.  For tequila this is surprisingly mellow.  So maybe I’ll call this “soft’ rock in a bottle’… and that’s just fine with me.

You may read some of my other Tequila Reviews (click the link) if you wish to have some comparative reviews.


Recipe Suggestion

(Note: Recipe Added January 31, 2012)

I am going to suggest a new recipe of mine called Pale Gray for Guilt. This cocktail continues my series of Tequila cocktails named after the Travis McGee novels of American author John D. MacDonald. I have always like the Travis McGee novels, and the titles of these novels just seem to me to be particularly well suited to be also the names of great tequila cocktails.

Pale Gray for Guilt

1 1/2 oz  ice-cold Cabo Wabo Tequila
1/4 oz  Dry Vermouth
1/8 oz  Olive Brine (the juice from the jar)
1/8 oz  Green Chartreuse

2 Olives
Radish slice (salted)

Mix in a metal shaker with 3 ice cubes for about 5 seconds
Strain into a simple cocktail glass
Decorate with 2 olives full of red pepper and a salted radish slice.

Please Enjoy!!


You may (loosely) interpret the scores as follows.

0-25     A spirit with a rating this low would actually kill you.
26-49   Depending upon your fortitude you might actually survive this.
50 -59  You are safe to drink this…but you shouldn’t.
60-69   Substandard swill which you may offer to people you do not want to see again.
70-74    Now we have a fair mixing Tequila.  Accept this but make sure it is mixed into a cocktail.
75-79    You may begin to serve this to friends, (we are probably still cocktail in territory).
80-84    We begin to enjoy this spirit neat or on the rocks. (I will still primarily mix cocktails)
85-89    Excellent for sipping or for mixing delicious cocktails!
90-94    Definitely a primary sipping spirit, in fact you may want to hoard this for yourself.
95-97.5 The Cream of the Crop
98+       I haven’t met this bottle yet…but I want to.

Very loosely we may put my scores into terms that you may be familiar with on a Gold, Silver, and  Bronze medal  scale as follows:

70 – 79.5    Bronze Medal (Recommended only as a mixer)
80 – 89.5     Silver Medal (Recommended for sipping and or a high quality mixer)
90 – 95         Gold Medal (Highly recommended for sipping and for sublime cocktails.)
95.5+            Platinum Award (Highest Recommendation)


2 Responses to “Cabo Wabo Reposado”

  1. Hi Powderhound,

    I am currently working on a review of Herr-a Dur-a Reposado, a heavier tequila with more agave flavour and less citrus. Hopefully it will be done soon.


  2. powderhound said

    Cabo wabo is one of my favorites. Two, actually, as I love the Blanco Tequila they put out as well – try that one over ice, it’s a unique, easy drinking, refreshing tequila. Very light and citrusy – not a full bodied tequila, but very good.

    Another I’d recommend if I may is Gran Centranario, which is absolutely amazing!

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