Casa Noble Tequila Crystal

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Tequila Casa Noble Crystal. 100% triple distilled. NOM 1137 La Cofradia. Tasted 10/18/08 in a Riedel glass. I bought this tequila from WineChateau.com for $35.00. This tequila earns the name crystal with its clear colorless appearance. A complex and unique nose that is sweet with clove, ginger, and ginsing and an overall deep musky agave note. This is maybe one of the most multi faceted blancos I've tried. Aroma, taste, and finish come alive in this true agave spirit. There is nothing boring about is blanco. First taste is peppery, citrus, young and green. The mouthfeel is smooth and silky but with immediate legs on the glass. A mellow agave taste heavy and oily on the tongue. A sweet creamy flavor midway that quickly fades into a fair amount of bitterness in the aftertaste with heat developing on the end. CNC from beginning to end is definitely a most unique experience. I've not come across another blanco quite like it. I do not use this tequila in a margarita, but enjoy its nuances and three pronged alure as a sipper. Nice easy to grip bottle with a embossed foil label and stopper. A simple but effective presentation.
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Color clear with a 'crystal sparkle' when viewed in a Riedel Ouverture glass. Very slow but pervasive breakdown from top to bottom. Narrow leg speed acceleration downward with spotty top. Smells of agave from bottom to top of rim with moderate reduction on the move up. Exceptionally smooth and subtle start, lasting pepper middle and little aftertaste.
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Casa Noble Crystal Triple Distilled Tequila Blanco, NOM 1137. Like it says crystal clear color with long, even legs extending high on the glass. The nose is earthy agave with some alcohol burn, spice, & a hint of pine. The initial taste is sweet & slightly warm with a late burst of black peppery licorice. The body is medium that lingers long into the finish with tastes of earth, spicy agave, & an aged quality uncharacteristic of a blanco. The finish starts in the cheeks, rolls completely over the tongue, & lasts into the next sip becoming the longest finish I've ever experienced. This tequila is smooth but not as smooth as others due to some, but not overwhelming, alcohol burn. Overall this is a very fine tequila that I enjoyed immensely, savoring each & every sip. The bottle, including the steel embossed cap over cork, is a true work of art worthy of keeping as any other decanter would be. Scores high on the impression scale. Very pricey in my area but not as much in others. Top shelf. Just short of a solid A.
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A great spicy blanco tequila that gives off many different tastes including cinnamon. This seems to finish hot and with a little bit of smoke at the end.
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I've seen so many glowing reviews for this tequila that I want to love it, but I've tried my bottle 3 times and just can't get into it. Anyway, I least try to be fair with the notes.

Aroma: Extremely earthy agave...clay and vegetal tones. Not a lot of sweetness to the nose.
Initial Taste: Almost bittersweet with a hint of alcohol. Earthy and vegetal notes are present too.
Body: Semi-oily. Peppery flavors become present with the earthy agave. The flavors continue to be a little harsh.
Finish: A medium finish with a bit of alcohol burn. The flavors a bit bitter, which really doesn't allow me to enjoy the agave or pepper flavors that are there.

I'm thinking/hoping that maybe I just got a bad bottle. I'd happily be willing to try someone else's and see if that's the case, but I don't think I can spend again on something that I really disliked. Anyway, do all the research you want on this one. My review is just one man's palate.
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