Jose Cuervo Reserva de la Familia Anejo

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This is a very enjoyable anejo. This dark and aromatic tequila must be enjoyed in a snifter. I enjoy the aromas as much as the flavor. The price is high but do not expect the best anejo. Do not set your expectations based on price and you will be very happy with this tequila.
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I love anejo,but this one I can do with out,its just so over priced that it really should of tasted better, I mean its not bad ,but come on jose
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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.
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Jose Cuervo Reserva de la Familia Anejo 2006 NOM 1122 Tasted 4/11/07. The tequila is golden brown in color and has intense earth, caramel, and floral aromas. Once you get past the intensity of the nose, you can smell moderate notes of vanilla and spice. On the tip of the tongue the tequila is mellow and soft, while feeling oily in the mouth. While the tequila is sweet, it is actually has low amount of bitterness. Now onto flavor. The flavor has intense floral and chemical attributes which are followed by moderate fruit, agave, and earth. The tequila also has mild vanilla and caramel. The tequilas finish is a medium-to-long duration of flavor followed by a slightly numbing and tingly alcohol feeling. Overall, I rated this tequila at the B+ level.
TJ
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