Kara Newman

Kara Newman

Spirits Editor

Reviews spirits.

Kara Newman is the Spirits Editor for Wine Enthusiast Magazine, and author of Cocktails for a Crowd (coming in Spring 2013) and Spice & Ice: 60 tongue-tingling cocktails, both from Chronicle Books. An active member of the New York cocktail and mixology scene, she loves dive bars and speakeasies alike.

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Herradura Coleccion de la Casa Reserva 2014 Scotch Cask Finish Reposado Tequila

  1. $90

The newest addition to Herradura’s stunning collection of cask-finished Tequilas nods to Scotland. It smells like a dessert wine, showing stone fruit, Sherry and honey. Those flavors are echoed on the palate, a lingering, smoky wisp that evokes peaty Islay Scotch. It’s smooth and sips well. Aged for 11 months, then transferred to single-malt Scotch casks from the…

 — K.N.  (5/1/2015)
95
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Herradura Coleccion de la Casa Reserva 2013 Cognac Cask Finish Reposado Tequila

  1. $90

Fruity and bright, this soft, Cognac cask-finished Tequila evokes honey and butterscotch, with just enough jalapeño backbone to remind that this is an agave spirit. The lovely finish shows honeysuckle and a mouthwatering saline touch. Aged for 11 months, then transferred to former Cognac casks for three additional months of aging.

 — K.N.  (5/1/2015)
95
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Siete Leguas Tequila Reposado

  1. $43

Delicate and balanced, this Tequila is pale straw in the glass, with hardly any color. The nose and palate seem to trade back and forth between jabs of jalapeño pepper and smoothing vanilla-honey sweetness, even into the elongated fade. Sip or mix.

 — K.N.  (5/1/2015)
94
points

Casa Noble Tequila Reposado

  1. $60

Layering sweetness and spice, this bold honey-hued spirit fills the nose and mouth with brown sugar and butterscotch. Clove, jalapeño and black pepper seem to grow more present with every sip.

 — K.N.  (5/1/2015)
94
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Don Ramon Tequila Reposado

  1. $36

A warm honey aroma wafts from this smooth and gentle Tequila. Well-integrated flavors of honey and bright jalapeño pepper finish with a prickle of ginger. Recommended for cocktails or straight-up sipping.

 — K.N.  (5/1/2015)
94
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Partida Tequila Reposado

  1. $47

Soft, light and crisp, this six-month-aged reposado is bright in the glass and offers mild honey, pear and white flower scents. It’s soft and fruity on the palate, accented by ginger and white pepper. Though an easy sipper, this Tequila would elevate margaritas too.

 — K.N.  (5/1/2015)
93
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Tequila Tapatio Reposado

  1. $44

Though it’s light straw in the glass, with hardly any color, the flavor is robust and complex. Scented with perky black pepper and spice, the palate echoes the pepper up front, followed by a fleeting meaty umami note midpalate and a long finish that boasts sparks of ginger and cayenne. Aged eight months.

 — K.N.  (5/1/2015)
93
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IXA Organic Tequila Reposado

  1. $47

Bright gold in the glass, this organic Tequila shows rounded notes of vanilla and buttery brioche, enlivened by a gentle white-floral touch and a sprinkling of baking spices. Squeeze some organic grapefruit juice and start making all-organic palomas.

 — K.N.  (5/1/2015)
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