Review: Espolon Anejo

Paid: $30 for 750ml

Distilled/Owned by: Destiladora San Nicolas Nom 1440

Region: Jalisco, Los Altos

40% ABV

Aged For: 1 year

Agave: 100% blue weber

Cask Type: 10 months in new American oak, 2 months in Wild Turkey Bourbon barrels

Extraction and Cooking: Roller mill, Autoclave

Color: A touch darker than white wine

Drank: Neat, in a glencairn

Nose: Strong vanilla and agave notes, oak, honey, caramel, butter, touch of tobacco

Feel: Medium body

Taste: Oak, agave, pepper, vanilla, caramel, butter, honey

Finish: Light warmth and medium length, honey, vanilla, agave, butterscotch, oak, and a slight grassiness  

Thoughts:  I really enjoy this, and for the price I think it’ll be my go to agave distillate for now.

Review: Corazon Tequila Expressions Anejo Sazerac Rye Aged

Paid: $75 for 750ml

Distilled/Owned by: Tequila San Matias de Jalisco, S.A. de C.V. NOM 1103 / Sazerac

Region: Jalisco

45% ABV

Aged For: 24 months

Agave: Undisclosed

Cask Type: Ex-Sazerac rye barrels

Cooking/Extraction: Stone & Brick Ovens / Roller mill

Fermentation and Distillation:  Stainless steel tanks, open-air fermentation, 2x distilled

Master Distiller: Miguel Cedeno Cruz

Bottle and Barrel # : 219 / 12941

Color: 0.4. Corn gold

Drank: Neat, in a glencairn

Nose: Lot’s a of vanilla, caramel, and oak, citrus, agave, pepper, and salt

Feel: Medium to full bodied

Taste: Sweet, with berries, oak, vanilla, rye whisky notes, herbs, although the agave is a bit of an after thought

Finish: Medium warmth and length, whisky, oak, pepper, citrus, earth, and finally the agave shows back up

Thoughts:  As primarily a whisky drinker, this is more of my style, but those who want a spirit driven by agave are likely to be turned off at how muted the agave is.

Score: Recommended

Review: Espolon Extra Anejo

Paid: $60 for 750ml

Distilled/Owned by: NOM 1440 Destiladora San Nicolas, S.A. de C.V. /

Region: Jalisco

40% ABV

Aged For: 6 Years

Distillate: 100% blue weber agave

Cask Type: American White oak, and ex-bourbon barrels

Extraction: Roller Mill

Color: Yellow Gold

Drank: Neat, in a glencairn

Nose: Cooked agave, vanilla, citrus, black pepper, oak, vegetal, earthy, touch of caramel

Feel: Light bodied

Taste:  Oak, vanilla, caramel, pepper, agave, honey, and a vegetal undertone

Finish: Medium warmth and length, Earthy vegetal vanilla and caramel notes with agave present throughout.

Thoughts:  I would have expected a big leap in complexity over the Anejo offering but its not a crazy jump. Still good though.

Review: Espolon Reposado

**Paid:** $20 for 750ml

**Distilled/Owned by:** Destiladora San Nicolas S.A DE C.V

**Region:** Highlands – Los Altos

**40% ABV**

**Aged For:** 6 Months

**Agave:** 100% Blue Weber

**Cask Type:** New American oak

**Color:** Pale straw

**Drank:** Neat, in a copita

**Nose:** Agave, pepper, vanilla, lemon, salt and alcohol

**Feel:** Light bodied

**Taste:** Butterscotch and vanilla, light vegetal and agave notes, and a bit of wood

**Finish:** Light to medium warmth and length, mostly a re-tread of the nose taste

Review: ArteNom Seleccion de 1146 Anejo

**Paid:** $80 for 750ml

**Distilled/Owned by:** Tequilena, S.A. de C.V.

**Region:** High;amds – Los Altos

**40% ABV**

**Aged For:** 3 to 4 years

**Agave:** 100% blue weber

**Cask Type:** Ex-Cabernet franc French Oak, and Ex-Rye  or Bourbon whisky American white oak

**Additives:**  None

**Color:** Golden

**Drank:** Neat, in a glencairn

**Nose:** Vanilla agave, champagne, lime, caramel, and powdered sugar

**Feel:** Light bodied

**Taste:** Light oak and vanilla with an agave aftertaste, caramel, and citrus

**Finish:** Light warmth and short length, vanilla and agave cinnamon

**Thoughts:**  With my second agave review I continue the trend that I need oak to balance out the vegetal notes of the spirit.

**Score:** 80 out of 100