It's a tequila that every tequila drinker should try...and that most will really enjoy. It's a very good tequila.
Aroma: Great agave smell with some woody and caramel notes.
Initial Taste: Agave taste with plenty of wood and spice notes.
Body: Thick mouth feel with a nice smooth flavor throughout.
Finish: Pleasant finish and burn with the aging really coming through.
Let's be honest...this is a very good tequila. It's not in my top 10, but I enjoy it every time that I have it. However, at $100+, I need to enjoy it more for it to be worth the price. There's tequilas at half the price that I enjoy more. It's always nice to have the box and bottle on the shelf, but if I'm making recommendations to people with cost being a consideration, this isn't one that I tell people to rush out and buy.
In all honesty I hate this tequila and would never drink it again after this bottle is gone. In fact, I'm saving it to give to guests (that I don't really like that much). Several reviewers said they were hesitant to try this because of the Cuervo name, but that made me want to try it more actually. I don't have much respect for Cuervo as an actual tequila, but it's what really intrigued me to discover 100% agave tequila in the first place so it has a special place in my heart. Despite the sentiment, the bottle I have just tastes bad - plain and simple, it's not good at all. Sure, you can tell it's made from high quality agave, but in terms of a good anejo it just doesn't make the cut IMHO.
The nose is very astringent and strong with very subtle hints of vanilla and spice. The flavor overall is just very earthy. That's about the only word I can use describe the overall flavor - the earthy/soily/dirty flavor is overpowering and consumes the palate. There are, in all fairness, subtle notes of wood, spice, and carmel present, but not enough to compensate for the earthy and gritty flavors.
I admit I may have a bad batch. If that's the case I must have a very bad batch. I hope that is the case and this is better than what I've had.
I realize this is a terrible review - the worst I've given actually - and I'm out on a limb according to the other reviewers, but I have to be honest, and these are my thoughts.
Anyway, if you're looking to drop $100 or so on an anejo or El Tesoro Paradiso online or a 1.75 liter bottle of Patron or Don Julio anejo. Any of those would be a much better value than this. I must say, however, that I was very impressed with the presentation of this - nice wax seal, beautifully painted box, and a nice cork. Just too bad that doesn't make up for the bad flavor.
Tasted out of a snifter, this anejo doesnt live up to the hype I came to see surrounding it. Yes, its very good, but for the money, there's better anejos out there IMHO. I don't think Ill be seeking this one out there again.
Aroma: A soft caramel nose, with slighter notes of floral.
Initial taste: A semi oily mouth feel, with a sweet entry and initial taste of cooked 'Cuervo' agave.
Body: A bold 'Cuervo' agave body, with slight caramel and slight smoke.
Finish: A slightly heated finish of short duration, with a cooked agave aftertaste.
Like I said, its a very good anejo, but it just doesn't taste like anything so special that id pay $90a bottle for it.
Cannot believe the haters on this wonderful anejo. I have been collecting these for years and enjoy this smooth anejo either smooth or with a rock. It is pricey but compared to several other higher priced anejos you cannot beat it. I am a former scothch drinker so I do prefer the more aged oaky flavors than maybe some who don't like this one.
As a Long time Scotch drinker and new Tequila fan I would describe this as an exceptional spirit. I enjoyed the deep vanilla flavor from the oak aging and found it to have a smooth Carmel mouth feel. I understand that to many people this lacks the strong agave flavor they desire, but to a whiskey drinker like me this has the drinkability of a fine 18 year old scotch from Speyside.