Sip Outsider looks to provide recommendations on traditional tequilas that are accessible in the marketplace. Knowing as many quality brands as possible gives consumers the most optionality for finding high-quality and traditional tequila when the market is so filled with over-commercialized, additive-filled tequila brands.
We recently reviewed Siete Leguas “Siete Decadas,” a special edition Blanco made to honor the brand’s 70th anniversary. Although pricey, Siete Decadas was one of our overall favorites, receiving a 92 rating.
We decided to take another look at Siete Leguas Reposado. We are constantly looking for readily available expressions, affordably priced and good sips for consumers looking for traditional tequila that would be considered “smooth” and relatable to the sweeter mass-market-produced brands that so many have grown accustomed to.
Siete Leguas Reposado was the ideal candidate for consideration in this category and here’s why we recommend the expression with an 87/100 rating:
Why we think you will love Siete Leguas Reposado
- Family-owned traditional brand crafted by one of the top overall distilleries (NOM 1120)
- It is widely available — you can find it
- Affordably priced at $55
- Produced at two distillers side by side in Los Altos, then blended together to ensure that every bottle is consistently the same
- It drinks like a Blanco – which you know is our favorite expression – but the 8-month used Oak barrel aging ads light vanilla and caramel flavors
- Smooth and sweet and not overly complex
Should you Sip
There are some better Reposodas on the market that are more complex and richer in flavor (see below). However, our goals with this recommendation were to: 1) expand our catalog of traditional tequilas that were more accessible to consumers, and 2) build an inventory of brands and expressions that are “smooth” and less complex, appealing to the millions of consumers who have been overpaying for the sweeter additive-filled tequilas like Casmigos and Clasa Azul.
Siete Leguas Reposado is a viable option. It is smooth in flavor with some sweet agave, light vanilla, caramel, citrus, and a hint of pepper. Much like the Blanco, it is silky with a definite mineral coat and some slight heat at the finish.
Siete Leguas comes in with a solid 87 rating in taste, quality, and value. While we wouldn’t pick it over some of our favorites, it will remain a staple in our bar for guests wanting a smooth, slightly sweet with a hint of heat and a less complex Sip.
My Four Favorite Reposados
#1. Wild Common Reposado
#2. G4 Reposado
#3. Fortaleza Reposado
#4. Tapatio Reposado Tequila
See our full Reposado Recommendation List Here
The History of Siete Leguas
Produced at NOM 1120, Tequila Siete Leguas is considered one of the top overall distilleries. Siete Leguas means seven leagues and was the name of Pancho Villa’s favorite house. It also is the distance a man can travel on a horse (21 miles) in one day and is the common distance between many towns in Mexico.
Since 1952, Siete Leguas has remained family-owned and operated, focused on traditional practices and the highest quality tequila. It has two distilleries located 150 yards apart and grows its own agaves in fields nearby. Siete Leguas is best known for producing the original Patron tequila from 1988 to 2002. Patron later opened their own distillery, as Siete Leguas couldn’t keep up with demand. That hasn’t stopped the family from continuing to produce great tequila.