The nose is all butterscotch and vanilla. With just a hint of oak and some agave. The initial taste is more of the same with some caramel, maybe toffee and agave at the end. The body is a little thin, but the amazing taste more than makes up for it. The finish carries on and on. Which drives the enjoyability. The price is high, but I'm not sure this one isn't worth it.
I've seen this called the king of anejo's and I can't argue.
Honestly I feel it's a crime the average user rating for this tequila isn't in the 95-100 range. I suspect it's due to the fact that other (inexperienced) reviewers we're eval the price of this nectar below 90, thus driving the overall ave down. Here's the bottom line, for tequila of this quality you should be expecting to pay a much higher price. High quality, fair price. That's called value. I've had my fair share of extra anejo's and this stuff blows many of them out of the water...and remember, this is just a plain old anejo we're talking about here. Let me be specific. I can smell vanilla and butterscotch from about 10" from the glass. The taste and finish echo the scent. When this stuff goes in my mouth, I just let it sit there. Let my tongue marinate for a while. The finish just resinates that flavor. Maybe 10...maybe 15 seconds after it's down. At this price point, A+
Sampled out of the newer, sleek tapered brown bottle.
First of all, I normally don't enjoy anejos. I think woodiness and caramel and butterscotch should be only minutely present in my tequila.
Aroma: butterscotchy-vanilla-creamy-caramel, oak, hint of agave and pepper. Nicely wrapped together.
Initial: sweetness, oak, fresh yellow pepper, hint of agave. Also nicely wrapped together.
Body: The mouthfeel is really nice, but I personally don't mind a silky thin liquor anyway. This one's a tad heavier than medium, with no alcoholic burn! just enough to remind you it's alcoholic... in fact, I've had some heavy mixed drinks that had the same amount of burn. Very pleasant body overall.
Finish: much nicer than initial and body; oak and sweetness take a backseat with oak and agave coming forth. I like this finish a lot, but it's a bit faint for what I would prefer.
Enjoyability and price: Even though I wasn't overjoyed, I was happy I got to try this. I probably wouldn't buy it for myself at $100.
I was honestly disappointed with this sample. Perhaps it was an old bottle? Until the aftertaste reminded me, it didn't taste like tequila. In fact, it was initially like a sweet single malt scotch. The aroma and taste didn't impress me, but I liked the finishing notes and aftertaste duration. It's a fantastic transition for someone who normally doesn't drink tequila, or someone who drinks bourbons and whiskeys. And apparently a lot of tequila fans and tequila.net reviewers love the stuff. The more I tasted it, the more I kept hoping to find more citrus or familiar agave spiciness. I found that the flavors I tasted during and after each sip were very consistent. I like something that keeps me guessing, but doesn't go overboard. Don't get me wrong: you get plenty of pleasant flavors with such small sips, it's just lacking the flavor profile I prefer.