There are a few names that come to mind when one mentions tequila to the average person. For those who follow rock 'n' roll from the 1980s and '90s, Cabo Wabo is one of those brands and it is probably thanks to the brand's founder, Sammy Hagar, most famously, of Van Halen.
The brand contains the standard three-style range for tequilas and I had the opportunity to try the youngest (the blanco) multiple times, both straight and in a variety of cocktails. While I think it's a good tequila, it's not the best I've had.
The Review of Cabo Wabo Tequila
Is it the rock hall of famer along with brilliant marketing that made this tequila so popular? It's likely so. I am typically very skeptical of a celebrity-backed spirit label, which is why I prefer to know as little as possible about a newer brand prior to having a taste of it.
However, Cabo Wabo is not one of the newest brands on the market and it has been difficult to avoid it in the media and on the street. Its association with Sammy Hagar is hard to avoid.
Between conversations with many wannabe rock 'n' rollers who seem to enjoy it based only on that fact and various (seemingly random) marketing encounters—including Hagar donating his classic muscle car at a Barrett-Jackson Auction (complete with a signed guitar and case of Cabo Wabo in the trunk) to charity—this one is far more difficult to be subjective on. I have done my best.
All of the marketing hype aside, I have to agree with many of the tequila aficionados on Cabo Wabo Blanco Tequila: it is mediocre. While I have tasted significantly superior tasting tequilas, I have tasted many inferior tequilas as well. Cabo Wabo falls in the middle.
I do not honestly think that this is a tequila worth shelling out $40. I could see paying $25-30 given the comparisons in that range, but when you can find a bottle of Patron Silver for around $40, the far smoother option of Patron would be my preference (and there are still better tequilas at the same price).
Again, I do not completely dislike Cabo Wabo like I do Jose Cuervo Gold. I think it has potential, but I have others that I personally prefer.
While it is certainly not my favorite tequila to sip, I find it makes some excellent cocktails. Mix it in any tequila cocktail you like, from a Tequila Sunrise to a Margarita or Paloma. It is not likely to disappoint, though it may not necessarily be thrilling, either.
Cabo Wabo is best with heavily fruity drinks and is especially tasty in blended cocktails, namely Margaritas.
The nose is filled with a sweet floral tone. The palate is oily and has a slightly bitter tone marked with a faint agave flavor and earthy notes. The finish is, as with the whole experience, mild, lacking the full alcohol burn of some other tequilas, and nicely spiced, though there is a bitterness in the aftertaste that makes it unusual.
Cabo Wabo Tequila Cocktails
About Cabo Wabo Tequila
- Blanco tequila, unaged and produced from 100% 8-12-year-old blue Weber agave plants.
- Imported by Campari America
- 40% alcohol by volume (80 proof)
- Retails for around $40/750ml bottle
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