I must say this is one of the finest blancos I have had. It has a great nose of agave and the entry has no hard alcohol taste or smell to it. As it rolls around in the mouth the flavors come out and one feels the richness of its fullness, lots going on. Coating the mouth - not burning - very smooth. The finish is great with smells and flavors and it is so easy to drink, it is dangerous, as it goes down so smooth and easy. I left a bottle (my second one)in the car for the day and it has been very cold out and when I opened it up and poured a glass it was fantastic. I am overall a blanco drinker but I will have to go and try the reposado and anejo. I look for new tequilas and this has my attention.
Purchased from Wine and Liquor Depot in Van Nuys for $28 bux. Tasted out of a snifter. At $28 dollars, this is an excellent bargain. Top shelf all the way and for a great price. You just cant beat it. Not too complex, but a very decent blanco nonetheless. Aroma: A nice nose of fruit, floral, and grass. Initial Taste: A semi oily mouth feel. On tip of tongue its sweet with no bitterness. First taste was fruity. Body: A very agave body, with hints of fruit. Finish: A semi heated finish of medium duration, with a fruity aftertaste.
This review is long overdue. I was lucky enough to find Fina Estampa locally when I first started drinking tequila. I immediately fell in love with this blanco, and kept wondering if I would ever find one I like better. So far, the answer is no.
The nose is full of sweet cooked agave, but what comes through stronger is ripe banana, and maybe a little coconut. There is a bit of alcohol as well, almost giving the impression of fermented banana. Factor in the presence of nutmeg, and as I have often said about this blanco, you basically have banana nut bread. It is very unique, and although there are other blancos with a sweet smell, this one stands alone.
The taste is very reminiscent of the nose, but now the agave comes forward. There is still an impression of fermented banana and baking spice, but it moves to the background at this point. A slight alcohol tingle moves around the tip and edge of the tongue. I also get a tinge of licorice on the back of the tongue. The body is heavy, oily, chewy, with a wonderful coating that creates a slight numbing throughout the mouth.
In the finish, the numbing continues down the back of the throat. The flavors continue, with a little raw agave and green pepper coming into play now, adding to the complexity.
Overall, this is simply an amazingly enjoyable tequila. I could easily drink this all night...and probably drank 4 oz while doing this review. But this juice has become scarce, and I'm not certain whether it is still being imported anymore, so rationing is recommended. Finally, the bottle is shaped like a giant flask...nuf said.
Fina Estampa Tequila Blanco, NOM 1436. Crystal clear in color. Due to very complex noses, I almost enjoy smelling this tequila as much as drinking it, almost. 1. (Immediately after removing the cork), raw sour dough, new saddle leather, overly ripe apples & bananas, yeast. 2. (After airing), early morning dew on newly mown hay, summer. The initial taste is agave sweet & slightly smoky laced with spice. It is medium light to medium in body with a warm, glowing after sensation. The finish envelopes the tongue from middle to back & rolls off in diminishing fashion. This is an amazingly smooth blanco, start to finish, & deserves to stand next to the other finest tequilas on the top shelf. A/A+
I live in Oregon and the Fina comes from a local importer. I have to agree with the previous review but I would give them higher marks in the Smoothness and Presentation categories. Love the bottle and comes in a nice box.