NLF: Hornitos Spiced Honey

Hornitos SpicedHoney

Hornitos Spiced Honey
70 Proof – Tequila
Approx. $19.99 750ml


Christal’s Review:
It’s been a few weeks since our last review. You would think that I would have taken advantage of this time and maybe knocked out a few reviews to have ready, but then you’d be under estimating my procrastination. I’ve had tonight’s bottle for a little while now, and even had plans of devouring it on New Year’s, but once drinking commenced, I felt like all those plans just went out the window.

The idea of spiced honey was very infringing. I gave it a sniff to see what I was in for, but all I could smell was the agave tequila. According to the Hornitos website, it recommends to have it neat, on the rocks, or as a shot.  I chilled it on some ice and poured myself a shot and it was extremely sweet. I tasted no “spiced” flavor, so I took a sip of it neat at room temperature,  and tried to ignore the sweetness. The spiced side is very faint. It has a slight peppery taste, but is very overpowered by the sweetness of the honey. I only got the peppery from it when neat. Once chilled, it was just too difficult to get past the sweetness. Also, the actual tequila taste at the end tastes like a very mediocre tequila. I can’t say I’ve had many Hornitos tequilas, but there’s probably for a reason for it.

Next, I tried it as a mixed drink. I tried it in a multi citrus blend juice, and then a mountain dew. Normally tequila goes great with citrus drinks, but not this one. Once again the sweetness was unbearably sweet. The only thing I had other than water and milk. that was not already sweet on its own, was sugar free Cranberry juice. This sounded like it would be horrible but ended up being the only way I could drink it. By all means it wasn’t good, but I managed to get it down.

I understand that probably going sweet would be the best way to cover up the agave taste from the tequila, since it is a very distinct taste, but this was a bit much. Also, as Jeff was taking the picture, he noticed that the bottle says it’s a “Spiced Honey Liqueur”, but then the smaller print says it’s made with 100% agave tequila. I checked the product page from Hornitos again, and it does not say liqueur anywhere in the description, unless you zoom in on the picture of the bottle. My guess would be that they made it, then tasted it, and were like “uh oh” when they realized it was too sweet. And, since most liqueurs are acceptable for being overly sweet, they just went ahead and threw the word on the label real quick.

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