Don Julio Anejo
Don Julio Anejo 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.
Don Julio Anejo is produced in small batches, aged in American white-oak barrels for eighteen months.
Don Julio Anejo In the Bottle
To the left is a bottle shot of the 750 ml Don Julio Anejo (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 Don Julio Anejo 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.
Don Julio Anejo In The Glass
The Don Julio Anejo 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.
Don Julio Anejo Flavour
The Don Julio Anejo 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 Don Julio Anejo 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 Don Julio Anejo
The Don Julio Anejo 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.
Enjoy it with a great Cuban or New World Cigar!