Casa Noble Tequila Crystal

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I've had Casa Noble Crystal in my cabinet for a while now but never got around to a review. This tequila has the boldest agave smell and taste of any that I have tried thus far. It tends to be too overpowering for me but I could see where a person might like their agave to "hit them upside the head"...this one definitely does that! Body is decent and it has a nice consistency, but the taste is just too earthy and sharp for me to really love it. Maybe the fact that it's "organic" or triple distilled has something to do with that? Overall, I think it's a smooth tequila with a good alcohol balance on entry and at the finish, but the lack of any sweetness, citrus, or other complexities sort of push it to the back shelf for me. It has a nice bottle and it's worth a try.
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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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Came highly recommended, but I must say this bottle was one of my bigger tequila disappointments in the last year or so...

I drink silver tequilas exclusively, and only drink them neat. This bottle was displayed on the top shelf at my reputable liquor store and set me back $45; it should have been displayed between the Herradura and Tres Generaciones and cost about $35. I usually shy away from elaborate bottles (more money spent on the packaging means less money spent on the contents) and should have trusted my gut on this one. I have a feeling this tequila would be great were it only double-distilled, but after triple-distilling there's not much agave left. Very sharp alcohol taste and mediocre mouth feel. Very short finish, but given the poor initial flavor and body, the quick finish is this tequila's strongest asset. Reminds me of Don Eduardo, another disappointment in my book.

Certainly not the worst tequila I've ever had, but the worst tequila I've ever seen pulled off the top shelf.
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Tasted on 08/04/08 out of snifter. So I finally got around to tasting this blanco. I'm sad to say that i don't really think its all that great. It's not bad by any means. But I don't think it's the best either. It seems that I'm just not a huge fan of what comes out of this distillery.

Aroma: Agave, earth, spices.
Initial Taste: A little sweet, but weak. Yet no bitterness.
Body: Tasted very basic to me. Basic agave and earth.
Finish: Of medium duration, with no burn.

Just not very complex to me.
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