I hadn't looked at the reviews before trying this and as I was sitting down to write this thought it deserved mid- to high-eighties, and am glad to see the other reviewers agreed pretty much. I paid the Michigan state minimum price of $51.98 for the bottle and feel like for that price there are much better anejo's - still good, just not great. Other reviews would probably hate me for saying this, but I'd take Patron's anejo over this any day for around the same price. And I can get Don Julio's anejo for about the same price too, which is a clear winner in that range.
Anyway, clear agave presence in the nose along with earthy scents and slight vanilla. Initial taste is carmel, vanilla, sweet agave, overall a touch sweet for my taste, but still nice. Clear agave and wood presence in the body. I experienced a pretty long finish with a mild to medium burn on the way down.
I should note, I'm not prone to headaches or hangovers (usually don't drink nearly enough for that), but after I drank this for the first time I had a wicked headache the next day (ALL day). I did drink a bit more than usual - probably five or six ounces, but it seemed odd. I sampled about 2 ounces for this review earlier tonight and feel a hint of a headache again. Not sure if anyone else has experienced, but thought I'd mention it... after all, I view these reviews as a reflection of the total experience and to help other people choose their tequilas with as much info as possible!
Tasted on 12/16/08 out of a snifter. I always find it a bit odd when I like an anejo of a brand yet I dislike the same lines blanco. Could is be due to inconsistency? I don't know. But I will say this anejo is definitely a step up from their blanco. A decent sipper that leaves me confused about Herradura's consistency in their line.
Aroma: A strong nose of agave and vanilla.
Initial Taste: A semi oily mouth feel, upon entry it's smooth and sweet with a slight bitterness. First taste is caramel.
Body: a nice body full of agave, vanilla, wood, earth and spices. Complex, yet very detectable.
Finish: A heated finish of short duration with a lingering vanilla aftertaste.
Initial taste is a bit rough, then earth, agave and vanilla, topped by a smooth finish. An above-average tequila, but a bit pricey for what you get. I understand that Herradura can vary a little in taste and quality from bottle to bottle. I was a little disappointed, especially since a trusted liquor proprietor in Matamores recommended it to me. Perhaps the bottle I sampled was not one of the best examples of this reputed classic.
Herradura Anejo NOM 1119 Tasted 2/14/07. This tequila is a yellowish golden brown color and has intense aromas of floral and earth. There are also mild fruit, spicy, and vanilla scents. A mellow taste on the tip of the tongue leads to a low sweetness and low-to-no bitter tequila taste. The Herradura Anejo flavor contains intense agave and earth followed by moderate vanilla and caramel accents. Herradura Anejo finishes with a short-to-medium duration of flavor and a tingly alcohol feeling. This tequila has been awarded the overall rating of a B+.
Herradura is a strange brand for me. It's been inconsistent in all of its ages. This review is on a new bottling of the anejo, which has, for me, consistently been the best of the bunch.
Aroma: A nice complex aroma of woody agave, fruits, oak and a hint of dark chocolate.
Initial Taste: Fruity agave with really nice spice notes.
Body: A nice thick and oily body that coats the mouth really well. There's only a light oak flavor that mixes with the other ones very well. The sweetness is more fruity than the caramel and vanilla that you get from most anejos. It's a pleasant change of pace. The spice notes of pepper and baking spices are there too.
Finish: A really nice cinnamon punch at the end to go with the fruity sweetness. The agave character is still there. The finish has a bit more of a bite than some might like, but I've found that to be common with Herradura that they all tend to finish a little hot. A pretty good finish that could be a bit better.
This is a pretty darn good all around tequila. Given that it has great distribution, it may very well be the best on the shelf of your local liquor store. As mentioned in the finish, it's got some good character, but it loses a bit because of the alcohol heat. Oh well, Herradura Anejo may not be perfect, but it's a pretty darn good tequila.