XQ Tequila Gran Reserva Anejo

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XQ Tequila Gran Reserva Anejo

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XQ Gran Reserva Anejo Tequila

XQ Gran Reserva Anejo Tequila - Our Agave plants are hand selected with extreme care based on their natural sugar content, cooked in stone and brick ovens, and then allowed to ferment naturally. Our triple distillation is the final process, resulting in the best quality Tequila in the world.

The maturing process takes place in new American white oak, French Limousine white oak, and encino barrels.


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Clear, reddish - golden brown in color, full bodied, sweet nose full of vanilla, sherry, and wood. Woody and nutty body, smooth, sweet and light with a dry finish, and a little spice. Minor heat in the throat with charred agave, sweet fruit, and woody aftertaste.
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90
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90
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89
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91
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The initial smell is of agave and perhaps something light like cucumbers. Definitely a tequila with hints of aged wood and a little sweetness. This tequila has some interesting elements in its body - it's definitely for sipping. The finish is pleasant and reminds me of the finish of a cognac. As far as enjoyability, the tequila finishes better than it starts - and that's always nice. I bought this in Los Algondonas in 2011 for 44 dollars. I guess that makes it a 100; however, I know the regular price is around 70 dollars elsewhere. My proximity to the boarder skewers my rating here - however, even so, the tequila comes bottled in one of the most recognizable bottles in the land of tequila - and to be honest, that is why I initially purchased it.

Amber, with very slow tears and a pearl that stayed around until I gave it a swirl, this is a classic tequila.
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94
Aroma-Nose
 
92
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Price
 
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Bought this 1/20/10 paid $70, and I will admit, because of the "X" bottle. I waited to open because I was prepared for a disappointment... couldn't be more wrong! Sampled from a 6 oz shot glass. Color is medium caramel, leave long legs and a few tears. Nose is sweet agave/vanilla. Initial mouth feel is medium/thick and holds nice on the tongue with the oak coming through after a bit. Very smooth on the way down building in heat upon completion, leaving minimal alcohol numbing and a lingering intense earthy feel after 3-4 oz. The more I drink this the better it gets, it seems to permeate the buds and the individual flavors/body continue to build. A slightly hotter finish would be perfect, Overall a nice anejo.
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88
Aroma-Nose
 
88
Initial Taste
 
89
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88
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88
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89
Price
 
88
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XQ Gran Reserva Extra Anejo NOM 1522 Tasted on 8/29/07 at 4:45pm. I tried this tequila at Zocalo in Sacramento, CA. This bottle has a unique design, being that it is in the shape of an X. With a golden color, this tequila has intense aromas of floral, caramel, and earth. Other aromas include moderate fruit, vanilla, and spice. The tequila has a medium to heavy mouth feel and on the first sip is semi sweet with a hint of bitterness. XQ Gran Reserva has intense flavors of earth, vanilla, and caramel followed by moderate to intense notes of agave and smoke. With a long duration of flavor, tastes of moderate floral and mild fruit and spice bring this tequila to a numbing finish. XQ Gran Reserva has received the rating of 88/89 points out of 100.
TJ
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