Bottle of Calle 23 Criollo

Calle 23 Criollo

Nom
1433
46 Ratings See All
$96.99
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Production Details
NOM : 1433 ,
Agave Region : Jalisco (Los Altos), Single Estate ,
Region : Jalisco (Ciénega) ,
Cooking : Autoclave ,
Extraction : Roller Mill ,
Water Source : Deep well water ,
Fermentation : Stainless steel tanks, 100% agave, Open-air fermentation, Fermentation without fibers ,
Distillation : 2x distilled ,
Still : Stainless w/Copper Coil ,
Aging : - ,
ABV/Proof : 49.3% abv (98.6-proof)
Other : No additives, Rested in stainless steel

Tequila Profile

Aromas & Flavors Detected By Our Community

Aromas Detected

12
Agave (cooked)
9
Flowers
7
Mint
5
Cinnamon
4
Earth
3
Citrus
3
Pepper (black)
3
Herbal
3
Minerals
3
Vegetal
2
Rosemary
2
Butter

Flavors Detected

12
Agave (cooked)
6
Pepper (black)
6
Mint
5
Minerals
5
Vegetal
4
Earth
4
Flowers
4
Cinnamon
2
White Pepper
2
Butter
2
Citrus
2
Olive

Ratings

Personal Scores & Reviews From Our Community

Tequila Guru
88 ratings
5 stars
  • 92 Rating

Wow, I don’t think i ever had such an interesting, complex, deep blanco. As a huge fan of high-proof blancos, this was amazing to me. The aromas and notes kept on coming. Tons of agave, earthy, herby, citrus on the nose. Despite the high ABV, it wasn’t hot at all. Lots of minerals on the palate. Vegetal, grassy, briny and citrusy. I tasted in both my Riedel and a high-alcohol glass and saw no difference. I believe the price is commensurate with what is inside. Well done, Sophie.

Tequila Connoisseur
64 ratings
5 stars
  • 94 Rating

Just wow!, I tried Calle 23 Criollo at home on a flight with a very tough competition, drank side by side with Fortaleza Blanco Still Strength, Gran Dovejo High Proof and G4 Blanco, in my opinion best of the best line up for blancos. Criollo aroma is the best I have ever had in any tequila. On Flavor, it is also pretty amazing but comparing it against Fortaleza SS and G4 is up to your preference and palate, very close, all 4 are really outstanding. On Finish and overall rating my preference is 1) Criollo, 2) Fortaleza SS, 3) G4, 4) GD HP.

Tequila Enthusiast
6 ratings
5 stars
  • 93 Rating

Easily the best blanco on the market. Hard to find but pick up if you can. One of the best tequilas I’ve ever had.

Tequila Connoisseur
61 ratings
5 stars
  • 95 Rating

Brilliant blanco with a lovely cooked floral sweet agave aromas alongside lime, freshwater combined with minerals, and a little spice.

Tequila Guru
77 ratings
5 stars
  • 92 Rating

This blanco tequila is special! It’s made from the smaller ripe agaves called “Criollos” and it come in at the higher proof of 98.6 (49.3% ABV). I first detect the smell of fresh agave and citrus peel but then there is a sweet almond finish. I taste a lot of agave, bright citrus, white pepper and some brine. The high ABV accentuates the flavors without ruining the finish. The finish is unlike any other finish I’ve experienced. There is a pleasant tingling thats long and a sweet. The $97 price is high but it’s still worth it for a one of a kind. If you’re an aficionado then you must add this to your collection. Salad!

Tequila Maniac
35 ratings
5 stars
  • 92 Rating

Wow. Believe the hype on this stuff. On a different level than any blanco I've had before and the finish... Wow! If you are going to drop 80 to 100 on a bottle this one just may be worth that much$

Tequila Fanatic
16 ratings
5 stars
  • 92 Rating

Believe the hype. This Blanco while mild in aroma boasts an incredibly complex and layered group of flavors with the most extended and exciting finish I have personally experienced in a tequila.

Tequila Ninja
101 ratings
5 stars
  • 95 Rating

Wow...this is exceptional!!!

Tequila Phenom
322 ratings
5 stars
  • 90 Rating

This is a great blanco tequila in the “traditional” fashion. The aroma is full of vegetal notes - cooked agave, dirt/earth, green pepper and mint. The flavor picks up on the aroma and begins softly with vegetal flavors then evolves to a spicy black pepper and cinnamon. Finally, a bitter almond flavor emerges and carries into a long, lingering finish. This blanco takes a spot among some of the truly great blancos in the tequila universe. The aroma, flavor and finish combine into something special. However, with a price of $85 (from Astor Liquors) this blanco is double the price of other great blancos (Siete Leguas, Suerte, 123). So, it is hard to score the Criollo highly on value. 11/03/2018

Tequila Savant
218 ratings
5 stars
  • 90 Rating

Aroma: Very unique aroma. I get a lot of mineral notes (clay, wet rocks) and also mint, cinnamon, and flowers. Not something that I've ever experienced before. Flavor: Very smooth for a high proof tequila. I still get a lot of the mineral notes and a lots of mint. There's almost a buttery flavor as well. Finish: Incredibly smooth. I'm surprised it's high proof because there is no burn but finishes really smooth and hangs around.

Tequila Maniac
33 ratings
5 stars
  • 94 Rating

I have heard all about this tequila before I did this sampling. it did not let me down. .lots of cooked agave goodness in this. It will make.your tastebuds sing!!

Tequila Ninja
141 ratings
5 stars
  • 89 Rating

Wow this tequila is special one of the best Blanco available. If you have the chance grab a bottle a d try not to drink it too fast.

Tequila Badass
441 ratings
5 stars
  • 91 Rating

On the nose I get cooked agave, floral notes, mint, some sweetness, and earthiness. The flavor is full of agave, vegetal, is creamy with a hint of cinnamon. The finish is long with agave and pepper.

Tequila Badass
453 ratings
5 stars
  • 95 Rating

Nose: Initial wave of aromas is almost overwhelming. There are many layers here. First sally brings rosemary, hierbas finas, mineral notes and the aroma of wet river rocks. There’s lots of sweet agave and floral suggestions. Hints of cinnamon. Flavors: Rich luxurious mouth feel, juxtaposing with vibrant notes of pepper, cinnamon and cloves. Super creamy agave sweetness. Lite nutty hint. Finish: It blooms and lingers, and blooms and lingers.... I want more in my glass! Thanks G&S! Edit 9/24/2018 This is truly in a class unto itself. Nothing I’ve ever had compares: It tickles, assaults, surprises and awakens all your senses.

Tequila Fanatic
15 ratings
5 stars
  • 95 Rating

My first time tasting this was at a bar in Copenhagen Denmark, the Barking Dog. I was tasting some Siembra Valles earlier with Carl Wrangel at his “Shop” Shoppen. We then went to the bar where I was drinking a tequila grapefruit cocktail. Carl then comes by the table and leaves my wife and I a generous pour of a blanco tequila. I approached it not knowing what it is. We sat there and smelled it for a while before even tasting. We got lots of cooked agave with a very herbal and floral aromas. A lot was going on. I also smelled notes of petrichor which made me think of only a couple of old school blancos I love. Then tasting it blind I was blown away. Definitely tons of cooked agave that didn’t go away. Other vegetal notes of mint. The finish on this tequila was very looong. I had to know what I was tasting so I asked Carl. He knew I couldn’t visit Copenhagen without him sharing this most wonderful tequila. I look forward to next week sharing this with my good friend here at home who appreciates the finer things. Other than him I will be hoarding this for myself. 7/14/18

Tequila Guru
77 ratings
5 stars
  • 96 Rating

This stuff is absolutely amazing. I get aromas of citrus, a nice light smoke, light mint, fresh sweet agaves, and a naturally sugary and sweet aroma, with the slightest hint of cinnamon and some floral. The taste on this high-proof showed medium to thick oils, a little bit of heat, some anise, minerals, earthy, delicious sweet cooked agave, citrus, green fresh raw and bright, slightly fruity but smooth considering the abv, with a little touch of olive brine. There's a touch of pepper and spice that comes on at the very finish, which is a long amazing ride. I never rate this high. This is special, regardless what the price is, and needs to be tried by everyone who loves quality blanco tequila.....a must!!

Tequila Wizard
753 ratings
5 stars
  • 93 Rating

Oh my. This is a special treat. Difficult figuring out where to start, so I'll begin at the end and work forward. Let's start with the finish. Killer, long lasting, super pleasant, naturally sweet, and evolving on your palate. For me, I really love a finish that does 2 things: 1) prolongs all of the things you love about the aroma and flavor, and 2) adds something new that the aroma and flavor didn't -- a surprise, if you will. This does exactly that. The finish brings a nice creamy, buttery, clean lingering end to each sip. Try this and you will feel waves of character evolving long after you've swallowed. Flavor: Cooked agave (omg, tons!) black pepper, some vegetal, and mineral notes as well on the palate. A solid example of what tequila can be, should a creator put their heart into it. The beauty here is in the subtleties and the delicate approach it takes. Agave is honored and respected, and allowed to give us its natural gifts. Aroma: This is high proof, so the longer you allow it to open up, the more you get to experience. Don't rush this one because you'll miss a lot. I picked up on cooked agave, earth, and pepper immediately. After some time I detected some cinnamon and mint. Then brine/salt. Then butter. The evolving complexity of the aroma here is impressive. Let it open up and keep checking back to see what other gifts it wants to give you. Bravo, Sophie, for your part in the creation of this masterpiece.

Tequila Badass
385 ratings
5 stars
  • 93 Rating

Delicious, creamy and filled with fresh notes of mint, flowers, cream soda snd cinnamon. What a nice surprise in a different variety of blue agave. High proof (49.3%), but you’ll barely notice because it is well balanced.

Tequila Wizard
853 ratings
5 stars
  • 94 Rating

Made from agave of a certain size, the Criollo Blue Agave stays small at maturity. Roast agave and floral notes along with some alcohol evident in the aroma. In the mouth this almost 50% ABV Blanco just blooms...rosemary, pepper, roast agave and on and on with a finish that lasts a looong time, long time. The open bottle was obtained in the US and is slightly different from the autographed MX release. Excited to see this in wider distribution. Somewhat pricy but bold enough to justify it I think. This really is about Sophie's brilliance as a fermenter and distiller. 10072018

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Additional news and perspectives about Calle 23 Criollo

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Dec 18, 2018

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Criollo is really special and unique. It is a high proof, additive free blanco tequila, at the top of it's class, and it is absolutely stunning. It's high powered in abv as well as flavors, and so silky and enjoyable to sip.

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