Reserva de Don Ramón Tequila Reposado http://www.tequila.net/media/reviews/photos/thumbnail/350x350s/d0/72/9f/681_don_ramon_tequila_reposado_1189283501.jpg Hot
Tequila Reserva de Don Ramón Reposado
Tequila Reserva de Don Ramón Reposado is 100% Agave, aged up to one year in oak barrels. Starting by harvesting Agaves that have matured between 9 and 10 years, we then steam cook the piñas for approximately 36 hours. All natural fermentation of the Agave juice follows and lasts 4 days, and then is distilled twice to create the perfect Agave spirit.
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About 2 years ago I bought a bottle of the standard Don Ramon reposado and was disappointed. Its ornate frosted bottle design is pretty to look at (and many people seem to buy it in tourist shops based on this fact) but the tequila inside is thin and a little harsh in the finish; better suited for mixing than drinking straight. It just goes to show what a little aging can do. The reserve edition is aged a year (the standard is aged only 2 months) and the difference in all areas is like night and day. The Reserva is smoother with a woodier cask flavour and a sweet finish that makes it a very enjoyable sipper when served neat. The only minor complaint I would have is that it is a little too light for my taste as I generally enjoy a fuller flavour. Also, because it carries the "reserve" distinction and because that lower version exists, it can be very over priced in tourist shops. I tasted this in one such shop and was quoted a price of $40 US per 750 ml bottle, but found it at a local grocery store for $17 US. It is actually worth $40 in my opinion so it is a complete steal at $17. In the end, I would absolutely recommend this tequila as an after-dinner drink, served without ice... just buy it where the locals do.