A pale straw-coloured reposado made from 100% blue agave and rested in white oak barrels. Only a limited amount of this rare tequila is produced each year.
Nose: Fresh and balanced aromas of baked agave, vanilla, salted butter and slight wood notes.
Palate: Botanical and dried grass flavours with a delicate finish.
Finish: Smooth with a slight dusty bitterness.
Nose: Lushly sweet, delicate, slightly buttery, intriguing and refined.
After a long spell of golden-aged tequila, Jose Cuervo Tradicional Reposado was a pleasant surprise. It’s a stylish and elegant tequila with a soft, elegant and smooth taste – almost buttery with an appealing finishing bitterness. It’s the sort of tequila I’d like to drink neat and savour over a longer session. Had it been purveyed in a hipster glass, this would have fit right in with the rest of our tray of drinks.
Nose: Unobtrusive and unspectacular, with aromas of salt, freshly cut grass, lemons and a dash of white pepper.
Palate: The salt impact kicks in with a high level of intensity, but it is nicely countered by a grassy note and the citrus oils.
Finish: A pleasing cracker-dryness with pithy citrus flavours and some flowers on the finish.
Nose: A powerful faux estery hit with baked agave, salt, spice and a touch of mentholated menthol.
The Jose Cuervo Tradicional Reposado has an alcohol strength of 38% and the tequila feels it, it is a brute. There is a lot of alcohol burn with a fair hit of pepperiness and some bitter citrus oils. Not an unpleasant experience, but not exactly a showcase for the reposado designation.
The Arandas Distillery in Amatitán, Jalisco was founded in 1926 by Don Jose Trigo and is currently operated by his grandson, Guillermo Trigo. In 2006, the distillery began producing a premium añejo in tequila’s most traditional manner.
Nose: A fair hit of agave, a hint of mint, wood and light lemon with subtle hints of vanilla.
Palate: Meaty, green and plant-like with hints of salt and smoke.
Finish: Not much is left behind after Jose Cuervo finishes, except for a lingering saltiness.
Nose: Crisp, grassy agave with solid oak notes, a peppery note, hints of vanilla and some light smoke.
The nose on this tequila is a corker. It is complex, interesting, inviting and the rich oaky character is there. On the palate, however, the tequila is a bit below par, the greenness and plant-like contribution is over-played and the saltiness is rather prominent. The back is quite roasted, but it’s nothing like a good blanco. It is certainly not the best añejo of which I’ve had the pleasure to try.
Despite the name, Rancho de San Miguel was a brand that had been dormant for many, many years until it was acquired by the Grupo Modelo family in 2005. Their aim was to restore the brand’s good name and bring back the year-old stock tequila, which they did so successfully that the brand has been re-established as a premium tequila.
Nose: Sugary agave, rich vanilla bean, allspice and green apple.
Palate: Cracker dry, sweet, spicy and a hint of honey.
Finish: Bitter lemon oil and traces of black pepper.
Nose: Spicy agave, agave syrup, lemon oil and vanilla with a hint of mint.
Palate: Spicy, fruity and quite ‘syrupy’ with notes of mango, pineapple and pepper.
Rancho de San Miguel has a good clean nose with a strong aroma of agave, vanilla and black pepper. The palate is quite good too, the fruity flavours are plentiful, the liquor is enlivened with some well-placed black pepper and there is a nice dry finish. Rancho de San Miguel is a pleasant surprise, it’s nicely done and any tequila-drinker would be delighted if a bottle of this were purchased for their birthday or attached to a card with a mildly amusing poem. If you spot a bottle of the Reserva Familiar on your travels, give it a go, you might be pleasantly surprised.
Listed as 100% agave, the tequila is in fact 100% Blue Agave from the distillery in the town of San Martin, Jalisco. The distillery was founded by Jose Gonzalez del Camino in 1934 and the Blue Agave used in the production of the tequila is grown nearby by Village Farms of Mexico. It is bottled in San Diego, California.
Nose: Dried grass, lemon, pine forest and light mint.
Palate: Gingerbread and Cedarwood with a buttery character.
Finish: Fresh and smooth with a hint of cinnamon and honey on the finish.