I collected about 15 different blancos over a few months and did a taste test. I tasted brands like Chinaco, Yeyo, Patron, Milagro, Espolon, Corzo, Corozon, Milagro Select, Familia Camarena, Casa Noble, Don Eduardo, 1800, Herradura, and Ambhar and so on.
This was my favorite blanco for my palate. I feel that Don Julio has defined my palate in every category. I find their tequila to be consistently the watermark for my tequila personal preference. I paid $34 for a 750mL and then later $85 for a 1.75L
Tasted out of a wine glass (maybe ill get my tequila glasses soon!)
Nose: Citrus, Dill, and a sweet agave.
Initial taste: smooth and oily on the mouthfeel, that leads into a citrus and sweet agave body.
Finish: Light a paper with a lasting agave on the tongue. I love this finish, it lasts and lasts. It's why I pour another shot. It it were non-alcoholic I'd drink it all day for this finish. I love it.
The bottle does a great job of hiding how good the tequila is, and by that, the bottle is short and stout, but nothing of interest. I held off on buying this for so long because it didn't look the price.
In closing: I love this tequila. I tried many brands, and I'm glad for that, but it would have been better money spent if I just picked up few 1.75L of this.
Purchased a bottle at Top Line Spirits in Glendale for $34. Tasted out of a snifter 11/17/08. The Don Julio line is what I consider my 'go to' line. Most places carry it so I can always count on it. I consider their line extremely consistent and a great value. Don Julio blanco was also the first 100% agave tequila I tried way back in 2003. I liked it then, I like it even more now.
Aroma: A light yet present creamy nose of dill and citrus.
Initial Taste: A semi oily mouth feel. A slightly creamy entry with no bitterness or alcohol burn. Initial taste was a slight pepper and citrus.
Body: an excellent agave body. Not overpowering, and not too subtle, with hints of citrus, pepper, and floral.
Finish: A very pleasant unheated finish of medium duration with a lingering citrus aftertaste.
Don Julio is just a solid brand and tequila at all levels. However, I do seem to enjoy their aged ones more than the blanco.
Aroma: A nice agave smell and a compliment that is almost creamy. A nice vanilla nose to go along with agave.
Taste: A pleasant agave flavor and some sweetness. It's a little thick for a blanco for me, but is pleasant in all aspects, but doesn't blow me away in any either.
Finish: It's a light and short finish with a hint of citrus. Again pleasant, but not remarkable.
An overall solid tequila, but there's as good or better options out there for under $40.
I'm an anejo fan with my second choice being a blanco. Of all the blanco's I've tried this would be on the short list of my favorites. The aroma is a little too astringent for my liking, but there is also a floral and citrus presence. Not my favorite smelling tequila, but the smell doesn't mean much to me. Flavor is interesting - it has a thicker flavor than many other blancos and I really enjoy that. It's not quite syrupy, but it's more syrupy than watery. There is also quite a peppery flavor. I don't know that I can describe it well, but it has a unique aftertaste that I quite enjoy. The cool thing to me about this tequila is that it tastes very similar to the rest of the Don Julio line. In other words, it tastes like if you put this in a nice barrel for a year it would soften a bit and taste like their anejo. Seems like they all should be like that, but as many people know that's not always the case. Anyway, if you're looking for a great blanco (or any tequila for that matter) you can't beat Don Julio. Don Julio seems to be very available, at least in the mid-west and out east. In my opinion Don Julio is an all around great line and very consistent.
Don Julio Tequila Blanco, NOM 1449. This tequila has a clean, unpronounced, almost neutral agave nose. The initial taste is sweet spicy pepper & slightly hot. The body is complex, slightly antiseptic, with very deep spice, citrus & earthy agave flavors. It is also very crisp, clean & smooth without any alcohol burn, prevalent in many other tequilas of lesser refinement. The finish is light, similar to the aroma, with a hint of black pepper.
This is one of my favorite Margarita tequilas with a slick, almost surfactant taste/finish. B+/A, top shelf.