Wow! This is delicious. So incredibly smooth. The cognac barrels definitely add some great flavors to the already fine tequila of El Tesoro. I tried this 1/23/09 at a tequila bar out of a snifter for $20/shot - I wasn't complaining though since the bartender poured me about 4-4.5 ounces! I even got a "souvenir" El Tesoro shot glass!
The aroma was fairly complex - some citrus notes, slightly smokey, carmel, subtle vanilla - a nice sweet smell overall.
Initial taste was carmel, vanilla, very mild pepper, and mild agave. Body was similar with a little bit of a smokey flavor than the initial taste. Finish was medium duration with very little alcohol flavor.
The most notable thing about this tequila is how incredibly smooth it is. I was amazed. I think I may splurge a bit beyond what I usually spend and add this to my collection soon. Highly recommended!
El Tesoro Paradiso Anejo NOM 1139 Tasted 5/22/07. On this date I tried this tequila by doing a blind tasting. This tequila is a golden brown color and has intense aromas of earth, fruit, and floral. There are also moderate aromas of vanilla and spice followed by mild caramel and smoke. A mellow taste on the tip of the tongue leads to a sweet tequila taste with no bitterness. The El Tesoro Paradiso Anejo flavor contains intense fruity, agave, and floral flavors. The tequila also has moderate intensities of vanilla and caramel followed by a mild earth and spice accents. El Tesoro Paradiso Anejo finishes with a long duration of flavor and a slightly numbing alcohol feeling. This tequila has been awarded the overall rating of A/A-.
I will start by saying that I am not familiar enough with cognac to instantly recognize the flavor within a tequila (as opposed to AsomBroso La Rosa in which the Bordeaux is readily identifiable). But El Tesoro de Don Felipe Paradiso certainly has a unique personality and is worth a try.
Initial tasting yielded flavors of agave and peppery spices with a hint of vanilla. Wood is mild, but present. The finish has bite with a slight numbing of alcohol, but a good duration of flavor.
Overall, it left me satisfied; and the unique flavors that (I assume) are derived from the cognac barrels peak a certain amount of interest on the palate.
Tasted out of a snifter. This anejo definitely was worth the money. It is quite possibly the smoothest tequila I have sipped so far. It had great balance and the agave was not lost along the way. I cant really afford a bottle of this, but if I had the extra money I'd definitely buy a bottle. Another great tequila from a great line.
Aroma: A very clean aroma full of fruit (berry) and distinct floral (violet).
Initial Taste: A semi oily mouth feel with no bitterness and no burn. First taste was fruit (again berry).
Body: A great agave body complimented nicely by slight fruit, slight vanilla, and slight cinnamon.
Finish: Great finish! A nicely heated finish of medium to long duration with a beautiful 'El Tesoro' flavor lingering.
I am an El Tesoro lover anyway and when I tried this it knocked my socks off...The price is a little rich for my pocket at $100 plus a bottle retail and $20 per shot...
It has the base of El Tesoro tequila which is naturally sweet, flavorful and spicy...but the aging in Cognac barrels gives it a real premium spirit taste and silky mouthfeel.
I am a bourbon drinker too and I like a good Bourbon from a snifter...warmed by the hands to unlock the flavor. This product drinks the same way. I spent about a half hour to 45 minutes savoring this stuff up in a snifter. I don't know if it was because I had to get my moneys worth or if I liked it so much. Anyway, it is a fine spirit and the next time I have $20 burning a hole in my pocket I am going to Agave Bar and Grill in Lakeview (Chicago) and having another go at it...
I really wish more tequila bars carried it aqs it's a true tequila art form!