Casamigos is a brand creating small batch Blue Weber agave tequila designed for sipping. And it’s no secret that it’s also celebrity owned. Nowadays, celebrity drinks brands are under an intense amount of scrutiny, with tequila tasters finding many come up short of big name promises.
So, George Clooney (see also: George Clooney Tequila Reviews)must be hoping that Casamigos has more to rely on than his reputation for charm and sophistication.
A joint venture between actor Clooney, businessman Rande Gerber, and entrepreneur Mike Meldman, Casamigos might be the rare celebrity tequila to buck the trend, and be enjoyable on its own merits.
The three tequilas that form the core of the brand — a Blanco, Reposado, and an Anejo — are surprisingly delicious, with an easy drinking smoothness that makes up for the pervasive sweetness. But are they really worth the price? Or is it more Hollywood marketing at work?
Casamigos: The Basics
When Casamigos was first announced, it was to a world less weighed down by celebrity-owned drinks brands. A charming advert starring owners Clooney, Gerber, and Meldman certainly attracted the crowds, while the easy taste bought buyers back.
In this review, we’ll be taking a look at the Blanco, Reposado, and the Anejo. All three are designed to be sipping tequilas, and are made from 100% Blue Weber Agave.
Rested for 2 months, the Casamigos Blanco is the simplest of the range, with a crispness that gets slightly lost in the notes of vanilla.
Initially, there’s a lot of vanilla on the nose. Give it some time, and you might start to get some other notes. Specifically, tropical fruits. But these are lost among the vanilla sweetness that really dominates. There isn’t much in the way of agave, and little depth.
The Blanco starts light and fresh, with some sweetness and an agave brightness. The herbal notes help to open the whole thing up. By the mid-palate, the agave has become more pronounced, and some tropical fruits come out to play.
There’s some fiery pepper playing alongside the bold vanilla, which keeps everything light. The back of the palate brings out that pepper and vanilla even more, although the herbal tastes come back stronger.
A light body with a slightly oily feeling on the mouth.
The finish is a little dry, and the herbal notes come back strong to lend a medicinal aftertaste. The vanilla lingers around for a while.
How To Drink Casamigos Blanco
The Blanco has a pretty mellow palate, without much burn at the nose or the finish. In testing, we found that it could definitely be sipped without any additions, as long as you don’t mind the sweet notes.
It isn’t brash like cheaper tequilas, but it does lack the sophistication of a real sipping tequila. Add a squeeze of lime to brighten things up a bit.
We can recommend using the Blanco for cocktails. The sweet notes will play well in a classic margarita or even a skinny margarita. But avoid anything too complicated, or you’ll lose the notes of the tequila.
Enjoyable and sweet, this is a tequila best suited to those who are new to the drink. The vanilla notes are fun, but the sweetness lingers, and a slightly medicinal finish can put you off sipping. It’s easy drinking, even if it lacks the refinement of a premium tequila.
The hardest thing to swallow is the cost. Expect to pay roughly $50 for a 750ml bottle. Not bad, but you can get better for the price.
Casamigos Reposado is aged for 7 months to give it an oak weight and an elegant body.
The Casamigos Reposado is aged, and the oak does come through in the nose. Vanilla adds to the creaminess, and a slight touch of fruit brings an extra sweetness. It opens up to something fresher, with the agave peeking through towards the end.
A good nose, with some weight.
Things start with a little more weight for the Reposado, which is what you’d expect. The agave note comes through strong, offering something cheerful, but given a sturdy base by the spice of oak. At the mid-palate, some complexity starts to sneak in.
There’s a medium body, made creamy by that vanilla, and some subtle hints of caramel. By the back of the palate, things are mellowing. Oak is prominent, with some pepper spice, and a little bit of cocoa depth.
There’s a good oily weight to the Reposado, and a fair amount of character even after the shorter aging process. Like the Blanco, there’s an overall sweetness to it, and the agave is fairly light.
A short to mid-length finish, the oak is lent character by the slight tobacco hints that can be tasted in the finish. The agave adds a light freshness, as do some pepper notes, but neither are particularly bold. Overall, an easy finish, with no brashness, and no burn.
How To Drink Casamigos Reposado
You can definitely sip the Casamigos Reposado neat, and this is one of the better ways to drink it. The start and finish are both easy going, with no harsh burn to ruin the flavors.
Still, it’s certainly on the sweeter side. The agave comes across like a fruit, and the grass notes are minimal.
If you fancy a cocktail, there’s a decent body to the Reposado which holds up well. Expect to lose some complexities, but the sweetness will play with sharper ingredients. A Casamigos Reposado margarita sounds like a fantastic choice for a sunny evening.
Casamigos themselves recommend trying a Paloma.
Overall, the Reposado has oak weight and a certain elegance to it. We rank it higher than the Blanco, and might even consider it over the Anejo. But be prepared for sweetness. Again, the price is a bit of a sticking point.
Expect to pay upwards of $50 for 750ml. It’s not a total turn-off, but you can get a similar quality for a lower price.
With a 14-month aging process, the Casamigos Anejo is the most complex of them all, bringing bolder notes and an oak heft.
Vanilla and oak really come through on the nose in the Casamigos Anejo, giving it considerably more richness than the rest of the range. This is welcomed in an Anejo, and those heavier notes open up to fruity aromas, and even a zip of orange citrus.
Agave comes through initially, but doesn’t linger.
The palate starts with oak and agave, giving a balance of fresh and rich notes. The oak has a punch of spice, while the agave is grassy. There is a slight alcohol burn as you first sip, but it’s more of a nip than a bite. As the Anejo gets to the mid-palate, things get sweet and fresh.
Pepper comes through pretty strong, balancing well with the fruit sweetness. The back of the palate finishes sweet again, with caramel and vanilla complementing the depth of the oak. The oak gives a solid base, and it tempers the spice, rather than boosts it.
The Anejo has a medium body, with the oak lending weight. Sweetness is still pervasive, however, which can make things a little too delicate for aficionados’ tastes.
Finishing with more of those oak and caramel notes, plus another dash of pepper to lighten things up, the end is a touch too dry. The oak that was balancing the pepper adds to this drying effect, and things end quicker than you might expect. Some tobacco smoke brings elegance.
How To Drink Casamigos Anejo
The Casamigos Anejo really is designed to be sipped, and you’ll lose all the complexity if you try shooting it. Over ice can help freshen up the heavier notes, but we found neat just as enjoyable in our testing.
Casamigos haven’t made a particularly heavy Anejo, so it isn’t one that needs plenty of contemplation.
Casamigos recommend trying the Anejo for a riff on the Old Fashioned, but we’re not completely sure it has the body to work. But this could still be a good cocktail tequila, if you don’t mind muddling the complexity.
Oak and agave have found a decent balance in the Casamigos Anejo, giving it a grassy and fresh elegance that has a decent body of spice notes to grow on. It’s sweeter than some would enjoy, and aficionados may find it a bit too light to be enjoyable.
But if you’re entering the world of sipping tequila, there are few better places to start. Expect to pay roughly $60 for 750ml. It’s on the pricey side, but the cost feels justified.
Should You Try Casamigos?
Undoubtedly, Casamigos have made some good tequilas. All three are on the sweeter side, but they play well with a crowd. Even tequila purists are likely to find Casamigos an easy drinking brand. And if you have a sweet tooth, then Casamigos can ease your way from shooting to sipping.
Other than the sweetness, which is in many ways a personal preference, the major sticking point is the price. The bottles aren’t outrageously expensive, but there’s a definite sense you pay an extra $10 for the celebrity connection.
But if you’re after a crowd pleaser with some versatility, Casamigos is enjoyably drinkable.