Don Julio Blanco
Don Julio Blanco 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.
The identified NOM on the back label of the bottle is 1449 CRT. This NOM identifier is required by the Mexican Government to be placed on the label of each bottle of tequila to verify that it is produced legally from agave sourced in the Tequila region of Mexico.
Each distillery has its own NOM, and by researching this we can discover exactly which distillery produces each brand of tequila. It came as no surprise to me to discover that the Don Julio brand is produced at the Don Julio Tequila Distillery located in Atotonilco, Jalisco. This distillery also produces the 3 Magueyes tequila brand.
Don Julio Blanco In the Bottle
To the left is a bottle shot of Don Julio Blanco. the distinctive bottle with its light blue color. The labeling is attractive, and the bottle is sealed with a very nice high-density cork which gives me that nice satisfying ‘pop’ when opening it.
Each bottle is individually numbered which reinforces the impression that the spirit is crafted rather than manufactured.
Don Julio Blanco In the Glass
After pouring a little of the Don Julio spirit into Glencairn, tilting my glass and giving it a swirl, a light oily sheen that disappears over time rather than releases legs. Soft peppery notes come forward out of the glass, followed by lemon and lime citrus juices.
Muted fruity agave and a hint of vanilla waft into the air as well providing just a little more softness. the glass to breathe, and the aroma did not change significantly. hoping the agave notes would grow in the glass, but the scent remained quite mellow.
Don Julio Blanco Flavour
Don Julio Blanco has a smooth presence in the mouth with soft agave flavors combined with warm citrus. the term ‘soft’ agave tries to give an indication that the typically earthy and punky flavor of agave is restrained in this spirit to the point where one cannot really call it punky or earthy anymore.
It resembles a taste that sits somewhere between the flavors of cucumber and squash, but it has a more herbaceous quality than either. Citrus flavors reminiscent of lemon-lime and perhaps a touch of passion fruit are melded into the agave. As you sip on the Don Julio, the citrus begins to turn peppery in the mouth with flavors of citrus zest and scattered white pepper.
mix a Margarita and can see why this tequila is a favorite for many. The soft agave flavor meshes extremely well with the lime making a very tasty cocktail that would please any crowd. Afterward, mix a Paloma Cocktail and is pleased that the tequila is also able to shine in a tall bar drink with soda as well.
When sipped neat, taste warm agave and citrus flavors in the exit which give way to spicy citrus zest and white pepper in a finish that is crisp and smooth.
Last thought about Don Julio Blanco
Don Julio Blanco is a soft refined spirit. It works well as a shooting tequila and makes really nice cocktails. The agave flavor is perhaps not as strong as many aficionados would prefer; but on the flip side, the spirit has a smooth clean taste that will be accessible to a wide variety of palates.
Using the finest blue agave plant and a time-honored distillation process, Don Julio® Blanco Tequila is tequila in its truest form.
Don Julio® Blanco Tequila is the base from which all of our other variants are derived. Commonly referred to as “silver” tequila, its crisp agave flavor and hints of citrus make it an essential component to various innovative drinks, including margaritas. It can also be enjoyed neat or on the rocks. 100% blue agave plant.
Pair it with a great Cigar from our wide selection, Cuban or New World!
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