Calle 23 Anejo 100%
Calle 23 Anejo 100% is a 100% Blue Weber Agave Tequila made from agave grown in the highlands of Jalisco, Mexico. As a highland tequila, we can expect the Don Julio to exhibit strong fruity citrus notes and to have a little hot pepper in the finish. The company was established by Don Julio González, who apparently began to examine the prospect of making his own Tequila in 1942.
He established his distillery called, La Primavera, (TEQUILA DON JULIO NOM 1449, DOT 163, LOCATION: Atotonilco, Jalisco) and spent nearly forty years refining his Tequila into the spirit which now bears his name. This distillery produces the entire Don Julio portfolio.
Calle 23 Anejo 100% is produced in small batches, aged in American white-oak barrels for eighteen months.
Calle 23 Anejo 100% In the Bottle
To the left is a bottle shot of the 750 ml Calle 23 Anejo 100% (bottled at 40 % Alcohol by volume). the distinctive squat bottle with its brown and oak color scheme which belief is chosen to remind us that this Calle 23 Anejo 100% Tequila is an aged spirit that has spent over one year in oak barrels. The labeling is attractive, and each bottle is serial numbered which reinforces in our minds that the product is made in small batches.
Calle 23 Anejo 100% In The Glass
The Calle 23 Anejo 100% is a light amber color which is only a smidgen darker than the Don Julio Reposado. the aroma rising into the breezes was very pleasant. The herbaceous agave is accented by light touches of caramel.
There is a mild sweet fruitiness that reminds of canned apricots and marmalade, some soft peppery notes, and tinges of lime citrus zest. sense a hint of vanilla and some scattered tea leaves. This promises to be a very nice spirit.
Calle 23 Anejo 100% Flavour
The Calle 23 Anejo 100% Tequila is soft and smooth. The agave flavor is mellowly accented by mild touches of white pepper, and the sweetness of light caramel. taste a very mild oak presence and an underlying honey-like sweetness which is very appealing.
There are some fruit flavors, in particular lime zest and apricot jam, and these flavors are melded very well into the agave, the light oak, and the caramel. Some scattered tea leaves, some hints of coffee, and perhaps a touch of cocoa round out the taste experience. After a few sips, the mouth is heated by the agave pepper, but the sensation is never uncomfortable.
The Calle 23 Anejo 100% tequila exits with smooth honey-like sweetness which is firmly accented by herbaceous agave. There is some spicy black pepper in the finish, but the tonsils are warmed not battered. Impressions of caramel and coffee linger.
Last thought about Calle 23 Anejo 100%
The Calle 23 Anejo 100% is a very nice sipping spirit. This is not an agave spirit that would mix into fruity cocktails like the Margarita. It is much more suited to Old Fashioned style cocktails, or to be enjoyed neat in a brandy or tequila glass.
Barrel-aged in smaller batches for eighteen months in American white-oak barrels, Don Julio® Añejo Tequila is a testament to the craft of making a superior tasting, aged tequila.
Rich, distinctive, and wonderfully complex, its flavor strikes the perfect balance between agave, wood, and hints of vanilla. Best experienced neat in a snifter or simply on the rocks.
Medium-dark amber color, with delicious light shades of wood, intertwines with a rich touch of light vanilla and coffee. Seductive aromatic, with a successful balance of herbs and spices. It manages to be smooth and light, yet really characterful. On the tongue, one tastes notes of freshly ground coffee and tobacco as a concluding experience.
Enjoy it with a great Cuban or New World Cigar!