Bottle of El Luchador Blanco

El Luchador Blanco

Nom
1480
36 Ratings See All
$48.98
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Production Details
NOM : 1480 ,
Agave Region : Single Estate ,
Region : Jalisco (Los Valles) ,
Cooking : Stone/Brick Ovens ,
Extraction : Roller Mill ,
Water Source : - ,
Fermentation : 100% agave, Open-air fermentation, Fermentation with fibers, Stainless steel tanks ,
Distillation : 2x distilled ,
Still : Stainless w/Copper Coil ,
Aging : - ,
ABV/Proof : 55% abv (110-proof)
Other : Organic

Tequila Profile

Aromas & Flavors Detected By Our Community

Aromas Detected

8
Agave (cooked)
4
Pepper (black)
3
Citrus
3
Alcohol
3
Vegetal
3
Vanilla
2
Earth
2
White Pepper
2
Medicinal
2
Chocolate
1
Banana
1
Melon

Flavors Detected

6
Agave (cooked)
4
Pepper (black)
3
Cinnamon
3
Grass
3
Vegetal
3
Alcohol
2
Earth
2
Citrus
2
Medicinal
2
Anise
2
Fruity
2
Chocolate

Ratings

Personal Scores & Reviews From Our Community

Tequila Ninja
122 ratings
  • 80 Rating

Had this from the source at Tequila Las Americas. Wonderfully hot and spicy. Reminiscent of Tequila 1 (Uno) with more up-front agave and pepper. Vegetal notes with roasted nuts, anise and asparagus. This juice surprised me, in a good way.

Tequila Phenom
312 ratings
  • 85 Rating

This is rocket fuel, powerful heat in the front palette that disappears right as you think it’s going to overwhelm you. Lots of roasted agave here and the finish is completely perfect, this is too good to make cocktails with but I think it would be a perfect match!

Tequila Enthusiast
5 ratings
  • 76 Rating

nice agave after a sip of water. but not too much water. vanilla, chocolate, aroma builds

Tequila Ninja
154 ratings
  • 78 Rating

This is a 110 proof tequila that will singe your nose hair to the quick, but when you timidly venture a taste, will be pleasantly surprised by a rich posse of flavors and an exquisite finish. As was explained to me by My Mentor this eve, 1 2 3’s proprietor and mastermind behind this high octane offering, wanted to produce a tequila with a nod to the more raucous and scrappy tequilas of old. Too bad it tastes so good.

Tequila Savant
198 ratings
  • 79 Rating

For me - this is a keeper for sipping, which I prefer, or it could be used as a tasty, classy mixer. I knew of this tequila, but unexpectantly found some of it today and for a great price. After tasting, scoring and liking it; I was shocked to find some mighty low scores posted. Thanks to the folks that shared the fact that there was apparently a change of recipe or process that apparently caused a negative tasting experience for folks compared to the former issue/production. Mr Levy thanks for the heads-up! Don't know why or how but I apparently tripped and fell into some of the earlier production!! These here are all #ed under well under the #2,000. It'd be interesting to determine what changes created the lesser product AND if they have corrected or even improved the current product! I had no negative taste experiences, but will continue taste testing of it - of course, only because of my dedication to duty and persistence to tequila tasting! It has many positives including a distinctive finish that persists for a pleasant duration. What I have - I am enjoying and appreciating. (Enough so, that I returned to the shop and got more than a dozen additional bottles. I'll do a repeat or updated eval. when I've gotten into or through my third bottle. I recommend this tequila based on what I have sampled so far . . . to me, this batch is solid and has been available here at near give-away pricing of well under $20.00/750ml. (with tax!). That has to be the best pricing value I've ever found for acceptable tequila here stateside. (I'd gotten over a dozen bottles - went back for more, just to find that the 4 dozen more that had remained all flew the coop! Darn!

Tequila Ninja
77 ratings
  • 51 Rating

Chocolate??? Yes Bitter dark chocolate. Fuckin KAH??

Tequila Ninja
176 ratings
  • 66 Rating

Odd nose, a combination of vanilla, mint, and grape jelly. Sweet, numbing entry, almost acidic. That overly sweet note continues through the finish. The addition of water takes the acidity, but the sweetness persists. The sweet taste is too dominant, throwing the experience out of balance.

Tequila Ninja
151 ratings
  • 92 Rating

Big round flavorful pepper with long balanced finish

Tequila Phenom
322 ratings
  • 77 Rating

Aroma has a more subdued vegetal nose than others with just a bit of clay and fruit. Heat is upfront in the flavor but without the strong burn exhibited in some of the other high proof blancos. There is also another distinct flavor I can't pinpoint - almonds? The finish is warm and moderate to long.

Tequila Ninja
186 ratings
  • 86 Rating

soft agave hits the nose followed by gentle vanilla, citrus and slight pepper. very subtle aroma. extraordinary. complex on the tongue. fruity, peppery, and tartness of anise. solid taste that I enjoyed the more I drank it. by the end I really appreciated it's complexity, but this is not a tequila for the Ill prepared tongue.

Tequila Badass
465 ratings
  • 60 Rating

Sweet chemical on the nose. Flavor had light agave but big chemical on the tongue. Finish was spicy little flavor.

Tequila Savant
202 ratings
  • 95 Rating

This stuff is magical. Too many to note all aromas and flavors. Every sip is new experience it keeps evolving. Butterscotch Hot Buttered rum Licorice on the back of the throat. A real kick in the pants.

Tequila Wizard
888 ratings
  • 90 Rating

From a blind tasting. Nice pearls in the glass when pouring indicitive of the higher proof of this and all the samples. Typical of what is seen in 90+ proof mezcal. Some oiliness and viscosity in the mouth along with some earthy, vegetal notes that I haven't tasted with any of the other samples. Interesting, very interesting. It wasn't until the brands were revealed that I learned that this sample was from an second bottling which some think isn't as good and drastically different from what it was in the first bottling and release. Different? Yes, but I personally don't dislike the 2 ounces I had to sample with. ymmv

Tequila Savant
218 ratings
  • 91 Rating

The aroma is very unique. I get green apple but also has a slightly briny note. Not a ton of agave but it's there. The flavor has a lot of the apple note mixed with some pepper and agave. It finishes with a very tannic and effervescent note. This is a great high proof tequila. One that can easily be sipped.

Tequila Ninja
146 ratings
  • 89 Rating

Original Release: El Luchador has a very pleasant aroma complexity with a dominant pepper note, nicely interchanging with minor note of orange blossom, agave and some cinnamon, everything is magically interlaced with a clear sweet cake batter aroma. While smelling it amazingly you don't detect much alcohol on front, frankly much less than many 80 proof blancos, only a delayed burning in the back wall of your nose in the end reminds you, that you are after all dealing with an ovenproof beast. On the palate it keeps many of its promises although with a little less complexity. A nice agave presence only muted down by a fun alcohol spice and pineapple notes and some mild "suspicious" sweetness. A pleasent oily and creamy mouthfeel and a long tingling agave finish. Excluding Fortaleza, which I find to be in a category by itself, this one is probably one of the absolute best "modern" tequila. Although if I may, I find it to be a little bit too by "design" and in the end I kind of miss an unpredictable rustic element... If that's a thing. Current Release (2015), blind rated 66 overall: Blind tasted. This one has a very particular aroma. Very little agave, some sweetness and a distinct medicinal smell. Not of my likings, although I can't really say I completely dislike it. In the palate the experience is very similar. A particular medicinal/vegetal taste. Quite a lot of alcohol burn and taste. Some bitterness. in the medium to long finish finally some agave appears. The finish I would say it's its best feature, but over all I don't really like it much.

Tequila Savant
262 ratings
  • 67 Rating

Newer lot. Aroma: agave with hints of acetone and rubber. Nice thick mouth feel, but something in the flavor immediately makes me wince. There's agave and pepper there, but I'm getting a big hit on the palate of something like sour spoiled coffee grounds. The finish is full and lingering which may not be a good thing since the off flavor comes with it. The agave/spice/pepper is also present in the finish. This version is not like the initial release. So very sad about this. The original lot was damn near perfect juice. Don't buy this unless you can find a low # bottle, less than bottle #2000 may be the sweet spot, or unless Don Ravandi goes back to the original formula. The review below is for the initial product release. Rated blind. This was nearly perfect juice. 25/29/24/8—96 points overall. From the same NOM as other noted organics—Don Abraham, Grand Leyenda, and 1, 2, 3—and more notably, from the same producer as 1, 2, 3 (all of these also in my library). Same bottle and packaging as 1, 2, 3, with different graphics by the same artist, even the same Pantone red ink! El Luchador seems to have been a response to the needs of leading mixologists, but what a gift to the aficionados as well! VS 1,2,3 Uno: The alcohol is much more prominent, née dominant, on the nose of the 80 proof 123 Uno compared to the 110 El Luchador. The nose of El Luchador is gorgeous and complex. I could spend hours enjoying the nose alone. One would expect aromas to be more intense in a still-strength spirit, but it's very surprising to find the agave taking center stage over the alcohol compared to its 80 proof cousin. El Luchador has a thicker, more oily mouthfeel than the Uno as well. I could stop here, and El Luchador would be worthy of high recommendation, and I haven't even gotten to flavor or finish. The flavor of El Luchador is agave and citrus, in keeping with the Tequila Valley (although this comes from the higher portion of the valley—4,200ft). The labeling suggests "racy agave, lemon pepper, and sea salt aromas," but these could also be indicated in the "creamy, full-bodied flavors" as well. The words gorgeous and buttery come to my mind. If you look for it, you may find a touch of smoke from the roasting process as well. The finish of El Luchador holds true to the promise made by the aroma and flavor—long, creamy, wet, and peppery—with the flavor lingering as a major component of the finish. In my mind, this replaces Uno. Don Ravandi has really outdone himself with his new entry! When can I buy a reposado? Grand Leyenda and Don Abraham don't compare either. This is now my top rated tequila of any brand or expression and has probably rendered a large part of my library obsolete.

Tequila Badass
404 ratings
  • 90 Rating

With a cinnamon and white pepper aroma and red hot flavor this is an impressive 110 proof blanco.

Tequila Wizard
775 ratings
  • 67 Rating

Sadly, I have to re-rate this tequila because it is very different than it once was. The flavor profile has completely changed, and it's not to my liking at all. Too bad.

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