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Agave 99 Tequila Añejo
Seductive and generous, Agave 99® Tequila Añejo is aged for a minimum of two years in white American oak barrels. With great silkiness, its first impressions are of velvet. Powerful, intense flavor leaving a stream of herbs and spices on the tongue. Subtle whispers of white oak in the finish.
Agave 99® is an overproof tequila, which has a definite marketing appeal, not only because it appeals to a certain kind of customer who likes their drinks stronger, but Agave 99® Tequila makes life more interesting and creative for the bartender by expanding options. Even something as basic as a Margarita or a Bloody Mary can take on new life when an overproof spirit is swapped out for a traditional variety. Also, while some tequilas are produced with an "American Palate" in mind, that palate has changed dramatically in past years with exposure to new ethnic foods, recipes and presentation styles.
People want to eat and drink outside their comfort zone, and the advent of an ultra premium, overproof spirits like Agave 99 reflect this movement. Consider this: by law in Mexico, tequila must be distilled at 35% - 55% alc./vol. no higher than 110 proof. Many distillers cut the spirit's strength with water to bring it to the commercial standard of 40% alc./vol. (80 proof)--what the American palate may have been perceived as being "used to" at one point. The perception of overproof tequila being "harsh" due to the higher volume of alcohol is changing, thanks to more refined and advanced technology. The proprietary methods of distillation of Agave 99® result in an ultra smooth, high proof tequila that provides the strength and body that an increasing number of American consumers are demanding, not just for strength but a distinctive type of flavor that to them improves upon a satisfying sipping experience or a favorite cocktail. By the same token, Mixologists consider themselves artists, and overproof spirits give them more colors to paint with. And with this in mind Agave 99® has rich, hearty and sophisticated flavors that separate the line from others on the shelf and are bound to inspire bartender and customer alike.
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There should be a different category for tequilas like this. Extra Alcohol. I drink tequila because I like the flavor (Agave is a deity) That said I do like some higher proof tequilas, like Kah which is also made by Tequila finos, along with the excellent Don Camillo, Tenoch, and the very good " El Kirko" silver from Costco. So I picked up a bottle of 99 during a close-out sale. (You can hit it big). The aroma-nose was very good. No fumes to speak of. Then the initial taste was Oh my god! just a mouth full of ethanol, then a hint of good Anejo tequila, then more heat. (gag). the next sip was much better with a nice anejo barrel flavor with a hint of bourbonness and a very nice finish. Subsequent sips were quite nice being very much smoother with a nice body ( even a bit syrupy) and a nice anejo tequila finish. All and all quite enjoyable and a bit on the wild side. Great for those high energy type occasions like bachelor parties. I give Agave 99 a nice solid score of 99. (just kidding) but it does get a 90.