Don Julio Tequila Blanco

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I tasted this using a medium size snifter. The nose is very light, with agave being up front, followed by underling hints of lime and many floral nuances. The first sip revealed a modest hit of agave and light hints of a peppery spice, along with lemon/lime nuances. This is not what I would call a full bodied tequila, more medium bodied IMHO. A few more sips revealed a very creamy mouth feel with a very up front, but not too intense, agave flavor profile. This is very enjoyable and goes down a bit too easy. The finish is moderate with light hints of lime. I like it!
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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.
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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.
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Tasted in a caballito on March 24, 2008 showing clear lasting legs on the glass.

Don Julio Blanco

Color: clear
Aroma: floral
Taste: flower salad with ground black pepper and light on the tongue

I enjoy the light blanco mouthfeel of the Don Julio Blanco, though I enjoy a more fiery Tequila than the floral taste.

Disappointed with the presentation as the bulbous bottle is nice, but the wood cap hides a plastic screw top. For the price and history of the Don Julio Blanco I would expect a corked bottle.

For blancos I would much rather drink either the Chinaco, Corralejo or the El Diamante Del Cielo. My current top three blanco picks as of the writing of this review.
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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.
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