Don Julio 1942 Tequila Anejo

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I purchased this in Michigan for $99.99 if memory serves me well, and at that price I feel like it's a pretty good value.

If you like Don Julio's anejo you'll most likely love this as it has a very similar flavor with added smoothness, and a bit more complexity without losing the agave presence. There is a nice nose on this with vanilla, oak, nut, and a touch of cinnamon. A very smooth tequila with a really nice finish.

Also, I couldn't help but think that I kept smelling and tasting a slight cognac presence... I have no idea if this is true, and I've never heard this, but it wouldn't surprise me at all if this spent some time in cognac barrels. I would think that would be something they'd want to let people know as El Tesoro does with Paradiso, but who knows. I could be way off, but after I realized that's what I thought it reminded me of it became more present to me. By the way, being that it reminded me of it, it pales in comparison to Paradiso, but is still an excellent anejo and most definitely worth trying, again, especially if you like Don Julio.

I like the bottle this comes in because it's unique, but it doesn't fit in my cabinet and I hate their caps so that takes presentation down a bit for me.
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This is an excellent tequila and is unique for an anejo. It has more agave taste then most anejo tequila's and you really do not taste any oak that is common to anejos. If reposados are your favorite type of tequila this is highly recommended because the it is so much smoother then just about any reposado I have tasted but the flavor is similar. The nose has some vanilla to it and that is nice. There is basically no alcohol burn to it.
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Tasted out of Double Ball glass. As Ive stated numerous times, Im a true blanco lover (too much wood taste and I get ill) and its hard to get me away from blancos. Don Julio 1942 does a great job of showing me that not all aged tequilas have to be dominated by the taste of wood. An excellent sipper to be reckoned with!

Aroma: Pleasant wood and cinnamon tones.
Initial taste: a very pleasant agave sweetness. No bitterness.
Body: An oily mouth feel of warm wood, smoke, agave, and slight vanilla.
Finish: Smooth as silk, with no alcohol burn.

It seems to me, that the Don Julio line is one of the most consistent out there. I love their blanco, and I like their repo. Im gonna have to give the anejo a shot. I hope they never lose their consistency.
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Tasted out of a Reidel glass on 4/16/08. I purchased Don Julio's 1942 for 99.99 at the local liquor store in Waco, Texas. The presentation was quite elegant with a slender classic bottle, shaded an olive green. The case it came in was nice as well, the only negative was there was no cork, like all Don Julio bottles...I like corks though. The color of the tequila was a beautiful honey shade, and very oily. I was surprised the tequila was not darker, after being aged 3 years. When the Reidel was tipped at a 45 degree angle and back, the oil residue slowly dripped down the side of the glass. The aroma went hand in hand with the taste. I could initially smell hints of cinnamon and spice when I smelled from the bottle. After pouring into a Reidel, more characteristics stood out. Very strong wood and smoke tones, not much alcohol hit my palate while smelling which is a good sign. I was able to also smell hints of vanilla, nuts, and very sweet agave. The initial taste took me by surprise, very potent and sweet agave, followed by a well aged flavor. The taste was much as expected after smelling the aromas...smoke, spice, vanilla, nuts, wood. The only negative here were the oils, I thought the tequila was very oily. This was all followed by wonderful aspects... The length was medium and didnt fade out immediately, the alcohol was balanced and not overpowering, the finish was very complex with a somewhat tingling alcohol burn. I thought the finish was the best part as it was very refreshing. I have not consumed many anejo's in my time period so this was a good one to get my feet wet with. Initially I was disappointed but that went away after a couple drinks. I had high expectations and didnt know what to compare too and I havent tried a comparable tequila. This is a must try for any aficionado out there.
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I echo the thoughts of tvJefe. This doesn't taste like most good anejo tequilla. First, it is unusually sweet. Second, it substitutes smoothness for complexity and power. But upon reflection it is delicious and, dare I say, noble.

People may prefer other tequillas. But I doubt anyone who enjoys fine spirits will not enjoy this at least to some degree. There's scarce harshness to be found beyond the alcohol content.
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