Tasting Notes With Jim Beauregard: Yes, we have more tequila

By JIM BEAUREGARD August 21. 2018 7:12PM

In last week’s Tasting Notes I suggested a selection of the lighter tequila blancos. This week I’m wrapping up our tequila talk with my list of reposados and añejos — darker tequilas that get their hue from being aged in barrels.

Cobalto Tequila Reposado. Clear in the glass, with clear, intense nose that captures agave, along with oak and some smoke. Dry on the palate, good alcohol, well integrated but of course, standing out, medium body, with flavors that match the nose — agave and oak that give it some weight here, and hints of citrus. Long and holds you right to the end.

Patrón Tequila Reposado. Clear with golden hints. The nose is not as intense here, but it’s rich and inviting. Very smooth on the palate, with hints of smoke, citrus, vanilla, and some herbaceousness in the background. If the word “elegant” can be applied to Tequila, this is where it fits.

Don Valente Tequila Reposado. There is a more pronounced golden hue in the Don Valente, and the nose is lighter but insistent. Oak is more noticeable here. This is a heavier feel on the palate. The oak really comes through giving both breadth and depth, along with citrus spectrum flavors that include tangerine. Long and steady finish with the citrus coming to the forefront.

Casa Noble Tequila Reposado. Noble House Tequila, the label says, and in this case a rich gold hue, bright and clear. Even though we remain in the Reposado realm, one finds very noticeable differences among the different spirits. Here, citrus takes the lead on the nose, along with some herbaceousness. The palate switches the score, with the herbaceous notes bringing earthiness and weight to the palate, giving it a medium-plus body and a smooth texture, with a long finish.

Herradura Double Barrel Tequila Reposado. A little lighter on the gold hue this time around with agave and citrus on the nose. The palate is sharp, with oak flavors followed by orange fruit, followed again by hints of vanilla, cedar and some spicy peppery flavors. Long finish that manages to hold onto all of these right to the end.

Adictivo Extra Añejo Cristalino Tequila. Back to clear white in the glass, with perhaps just the slightest hint of gold if the light catches it just right. Strong and insistent nose, clean and intense. This is the most flavorful one in today’s tasting so far, with a rich, almost creamy palate and balanced alcohol, medium-plus body and pronounced flavor intensity of citrus and stone fruit, some orchard fruit, and hints of tropical fruit. Long and pleasing finish.

Herradura Double Barrel Tequila Añejo. Back into the realm of gold again, with a very strong nose — the alcohol is very much present there. On the palate, there is almost a hint of sweetness with good texture and weight. The flavors are in balance and while they do not jump out at you, they accompany you all the way to the finish. Citrus in the orange domain, a little lemon, pear, and some floral notes in the background.

Tierra Azteca Tequila Añejo. Wood. Lots of wood greets you from this light golden Tequila, which has a rich nose, medium body, and rich oak-related flavors on the palate — cedar, charred wood, sawdust, vanilla, caramel, and more.

Adictivo Extra Tequila Añejo. Here we pass from gold to amber color, and a rich, subtle nose. There is a hint of sweetness on the palate, which is balanced and flavorful with tangerine, peach, melon, white pepper, agave, vanilla, hints of butterscotch and caramel, and a long finish.

Patrón Tequila Añejo. Pale golden straw colored, good legs. Rich nose with fruit and wood. Balance and harmony reign while at the same time there is an aggressive note to the alcohol and flavor. Toast, cedar, coffee hints, spice, gooseberry, lime. Long finish that holds it all together to the end.

So there you have it. There’s loads to choose from and something for every conceivable taste among Tequila lovers. And you know where to find it.

Next week: A little wine and beer, so you don’t forget that I write about those too.

Contact wine and beer writer Jim Beauregard at tastingnotesnh@aol.com.

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