Don Julio 1942 Tequila Anejo

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Don Julio 1942 Tequila Anejo

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2011 TEQUILA.net Awards - "Best of the Best" Best Highland Añejo Tequila
2011 TEQUILA.net Awards - Best of the Best

Don Julio 1942 Tequila Añejo

Don Julio 1942, an exquisite Tequila Añejo created to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the opening of Don Julio's first distillery.

In 1942, Don Julio Gonzalez founded his distillery, La Primavera, under the brilliant sunshine of Los Altos de Jalisco. From the cultivation of the Agave to the bottling of the final product, he refined an intricate process that produces one of Mexico's most exquisite Tequilas.

The process begins by hand selecting Agave plants that take seven to ten years to mature. The Agave is then slowly roasted for 70 hours in traditional masonry ovens and double distilled in a special alambique. This limited edition Tequila is crafted from the finest Agave and aged until it reaches the most extraordinary levels of flavor and character.

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94
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95(29)
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94(29)
Body
 
94(29)
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95(29)
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95(29)
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88(29)
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95(29)
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95
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90
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95
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98
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90
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100
This is my Favourites, it's extremely smooth and amazing taste. I just with they could make a bigger bottle.
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Overall rating
 
94
Aroma-Nose
 
95
Initial Taste
 
95
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95
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95
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95
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85
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90
Strong character of roasted agave, wood, nutty and smoke. Very smooth. I detect a savory, woody smoke finish. Hints of fruit. Absolutely fantastic drink. Complex, warm, smooth.
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94
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93
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96
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92
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96
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95
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91
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94
The nose is all butterscotch and vanilla. With just a hint of oak and some agave. The initial taste is more of the same with some caramel, maybe toffee and agave at the end. The body is a little thin, but the amazing taste more than makes up for it. The finish carries on and on. Which drives the enjoyability. The price is high, but I'm not sure this one isn't worth it.

I've seen this called the king of anejo's and I can't argue.
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Don Julio 1942 - Value
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97
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97
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97
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97
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97
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97
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100
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95
Honestly I feel it's a crime the average user rating for this tequila isn't in the 95-100 range. I suspect it's due to the fact that other (inexperienced) reviewers we're eval the price of this nectar below 90, thus driving the overall ave down. Here's the bottom line, for tequila of this quality you should be expecting to pay a much higher price. High quality, fair price. That's called value. I've had my fair share of extra anejo's and this stuff blows many of them out of the water...and remember, this is just a plain old anejo we're talking about here. Let me be specific. I can smell vanilla and butterscotch from about 10" from the glass. The taste and finish echo the scent. When this stuff goes in my mouth, I just let it sit there. Let my tongue marinate for a while. The finish just resinates that flavor. Maybe 10...maybe 15 seconds after it's down. At this price point, A+
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sweet and woody
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91
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86
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86
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90
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100
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94
Sampled out of the newer, sleek tapered brown bottle.

First of all, I normally don't enjoy anejos. I think woodiness and caramel and butterscotch should be only minutely present in my tequila.

Aroma: butterscotchy-vanilla-creamy-caramel, oak, hint of agave and pepper. Nicely wrapped together.

Initial: sweetness, oak, fresh yellow pepper, hint of agave. Also nicely wrapped together.

Body: The mouthfeel is really nice, but I personally don't mind a silky thin liquor anyway. This one's a tad heavier than medium, with no alcoholic burn! just enough to remind you it's alcoholic... in fact, I've had some heavy mixed drinks that had the same amount of burn. Very pleasant body overall.

Finish: much nicer than initial and body; oak and sweetness take a backseat with oak and agave coming forth. I like this finish a lot, but it's a bit faint for what I would prefer.

Enjoyability and price: Even though I wasn't overjoyed, I was happy I got to try this. I probably wouldn't buy it for myself at $100.

I was honestly disappointed with this sample. Perhaps it was an old bottle? Until the aftertaste reminded me, it didn't taste like tequila. In fact, it was initially like a sweet single malt scotch. The aroma and taste didn't impress me, but I liked the finishing notes and aftertaste duration. It's a fantastic transition for someone who normally doesn't drink tequila, or someone who drinks bourbons and whiskeys. And apparently a lot of tequila fans and tequila.net reviewers love the stuff. The more I tasted it, the more I kept hoping to find more citrus or familiar agave spiciness. I found that the flavors I tasted during and after each sip were very consistent. I like something that keeps me guessing, but doesn't go overboard. Don't get me wrong: you get plenty of pleasant flavors with such small sips, it's just lacking the flavor profile I prefer.
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