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Hornitos Black Barrel Tequila Review

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Every good spirit has a story. Sometimes that story comes from the pioneers who made it; sometimes from the rebels who drank it; and sometimes from the taste, it leaves in your mouth.


This story makes the mouth run dry.

It was a September afternoon. The “Old Bull” William S. Burroughs and his wife Joan shared the pallid space of a friend’s living room with the usual cast of characters. Drunk on tequila and marital resentment, with enough junk in his system to kill an elephant, Bill starts in again about transplanting to South America. “Gonna live off the land,” he said. “Gonna kill and eat wild boars,” he said. His wife was snidely amused.

“Bill, if you were our hunter, we’d starve to death,” Joan taunted. “Now, show the boys what kind of shot old Bill is. Show ‘em your famous William Tell routine.”

Placing a glass on her head, she turned sideways, giggled and said, “I can’t look; you know I can’t stand the sight of blood.”

Before anyone could raise an objection, Bill raised his gun and fired. There was no scream or sound of shattered glass. All that could be heard was the sound of Joan sinking in her chair. He had missed. And the glass lay unbroken on the floor.

Now this, my friends, is the taste Hornito’s Black Barrel Tequila leaves in your mouth: trouble in paradise. And I don’t hate it.

That’s right, I said tequila. This isn’t your saltylimehandlickingmakeherclothesfalloff tequila, though, so read on if you want to know more.

The distinctive Hornitos® Black Barrel® aging process creates a spirit unlike anything else in the tequila category. With oaky-vanilla notes and a peppery spiciness, the tequila offers light smoky oak notes and smooth, sweet agave character. Hornitos® Tequila

Hornitos Black Barrel Tequila

  • AGE: 18 Months
  • YEAR: 2014
  • PROOF: 80 (40% ABV)
  • MSRP: $29.99
  • BUY ONLINE: Binny’s
NOSE: Trouble – flowers, cyanide, and a dirty oak chair

TASTE: Oaky goodness |  Soot  |  Vanilla  | Pepper

FINISH: This mashup is all bourbon in the front and tequila in the back, but somehow that combination dulls the burn, like life in a heroin haze.

SHARE WITH: Your fun friends. This will be fun to serve up to those friends who don’t have quite the refined palate all you fine folks do. They just might think it’s bourbon! Admit it; you get a tiny surge of joy from feeling superior to the plebian palate. I sure do. So, serve it to them blind, make them guess what it is and report back to me! I’ll tell you now, my friends are idiots. They’ll probably down the glass, no questions asked, and request more of that…vodka.

WORTH THE PRICE: The suggested retail price for this bad boy is $29.99, but I’ve seen it for slightly less. Either way, that’s less than thirty bucks for an Anejo tequila with a bourbon tease, which ain’t no raw deal.

BOTTLE, BAR OR BUST: Grab a bottle the next time you’re having your weird friends over. Hornitos Black Barrel has all the fun of tequila with a dash of that bluesy bourbon grit. Live a little. But, keep the glass off your head.


Disclaimer: A sample of Hornitos Black Barrel Tequila was provided to us by Beam for this review. We appreciate their willingness to allow Bourbon & Banter to review the booze with no strings attached. Thank you.

About the Author

Lindsey Wehking

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Lindsey was raised on cheap bourbon and the Blues. Since peddling fine spirits in London and discovering the peatiest of whisky in Scotland, she has classed up her tastes a bit. But, you’ll still find her sipping on Old Crow Reserve and haunting dive bars on your periphery. She lives in St. Louis, Missouri where she is a strategic planner by day. If you’re ever passing through and would like to swap a good story, let her know, there is nothing she enjoys more.

  • kirk says:

    What a horrible Burroughs reference. Bill Burroughs was a spoiled, elitist, morally depraved cultural programmer who shot his wife on purpose and got away with it because of his old money. Shame on you, Lindsey, for romanticizing it. Use your head and think before you write, no matter how sociopathic our culture is to normalize such a hideous act of cold blooded spousal murder. No it wasn’t an accident. Burroughs was a woman hater and that much is abundantly clear. He never married again. His wife conveniently didn’t get any divorce money did she? No. It was no secret that the two fought bitterly in Mexico before Bill Burroughs shot her dead while high on meth.