Tasted on 11/18/08 out of a snifter. I'm a blanco lover all the way. It will always be my first choice. But I am always pleased when I find an anejo I love almost as much as blancos, and this one is pretty darn good!! Smooth, complex, tasty. Everything that an anejo should be.! The taste (IMHO) was very similar to El Tesoro Anejo (my current anejo favorite). I'm a huge fan of anejos that don't come across as too syrupy. Also, big plus for the nice cork stopper! Aroma: Vanilla, floral, fruit, and smoke Initial Taste: A semi oily mouth feel. It was sweet upon entry with no bitterness. First taste was fruit. Body: A very complex body! Intense agave, followed by caramel, floral, spices, and smoke. Finish: A long heated finish with a lingering taste sensation of spices and smoke.
I paid a little more than other reviewers, but it was the only place I found it - in NY for $56. For the $35-40 others have paid I'd say it would be one of the best values out there. At $56 I'd say it's still a great anejo for the price, but in that range there are others I'd prefer. It's a high quality anejo still and for the most part just comes down to personal preference at that price point. Nose is mostly pleasant with strong caramel, vanilla, fruit, even a slight hint of floral; pretty complex aroma compared to most, even in the $50 range. A fairly thick anejo, not quite syrupy, but leaning that way. Entry is sweet and caramel/vanilla are the predominant flavors with agave and oak quickly coming forth. This actually has a touch more oak flavor than I prefer, but the agave is still present. Bottle is simple, yet unique, and done well, including a nice cork.
Chinaco Anejo NOM 1127. Tasted on 1/1/09. Two ounces in a snifter at my home tequila bar. Medium golden in color. I was pleasantly suprised at the earthiness of this tequila. The bottle tag stated that this tequila was aged up to four years. I have to say that it tasted like it had been been stored in the oak for the entire period. I particularly enjoyed the natural sweetness that engulfed my palate and the intense agave flavor did not get overpowered by the natural smoke. For the very reasonable price of $39.99, I would rate this anejo equal or above others costing twice as much. The bottle presentation is handsome as well.
Aroma/Nose: Strong Floral & Fruit
Initial Taste: Sweet,intense vanilla, slightly syrupy.
Body: Intense agave, earthy with mild smokiness
Finish: Smooth caramel followed by heat with no biterness.
I purchased a bottle of this from Wineandliquordepot.com. Let me just say that I was blown away at the quality, not to mention the price relative to high quality tequilas in the industry. This tequila had so much character. As I sipped it there was nothing that I didn't like about it. It was so good that I tasted it side-by-side to Don Julio 1942, and Don Julio (my two favorite anejos). It had strong aromas of vanilla and fruit. It was very sweet, syrupy with no detectable bitterness. The Don Julio anejos are slightly sweeter, and fruitier (citrus) with NO bitterness. This tequila has a much more earthy taste which I appreciated. There were also hints of smoke. This is my new go-to tequila. I am blown away at the quality and have a will have a hard time enjoying the more affordable tequilas that I have been searching for in these economic times. Top-notch all the way, very high in character.