This is the truest-agave tasting Anejo around. The solid agave notes do not get over-powered by the sharp, robust oak elements. The texture is very creamy and silky to the tongue. The secondary flavor notes include walnut, roasted agave and slight traces of spices like clove and nutmeg. I love it because it has the strongest agave presence of virtually all anejos in the market. The bottle is beautiful and unique, but congruent with the tequila it contains. The long spicy agave finish lacks teh variety/complexity of other fames anejos, but Im in for the agave taste, not wood notes.
In my opinion there is no better anejo out there; Casa Noble has made a classic tequila with this anejo, great character, sophistication and elegance.
Casa Noble has a very interesting history starting in 1700s as a small distillery, which was part of this hacienda in Jalisco. Now it has remained a small distillery, which is based in the City of Tequila. What makes Casa Noble so special is the care they have in every single detail.
Here is what I say:
This tequila is presented in an incredible black porcelain bottle that is painted by had which makes it unique and extremely beautiful; every single bottle is numbered by hand. The bottle is only toped by what's inside, tequila that has an amazing brightness and body with intense copper color with golden hues. The aromas explodes in your nose with sweet honey that comes from the slowly cooked agave, combined with the notes from the white oak, vanilla, coffee bean and chocolate. Adding to the complexity of this spirit there are additional notes, citrus which is a signature of all the Casa Noble's, herbal and spice notes. Somehow through the production process they are able to capture all these and come out with balance. When tasting, again you have the explosion of flavors in the mouth that have a long pleasurable effect.
When compared with seleccion suprema or reserva de la familia there is a resemblance but casa noble in my opinion has the complexity but maintains the essence of what tequila anejo should be, while the others go more into a cognac like category.
Tasted out of a snifter. For not really caring too much for their blanco, this extra anejo is very tasty.
Aroma: A very vanilla nose with lighter notes of fruit.
Initial Taste: A very sweet entry, NO bitterness, semi oily moth feel, with an initial taste on vanilla.
Body: A body consisting of wood, vanilla, fruit, agave (lighter) and smoke.
Finish: A slightly heated finish with a woody, fruity lingering.
My biggest problem with extra anejos is the loss of agave flavor. But that being said this is pretty good for what it is.
Casa Noble Anejo is aged for 5 years. This is bordering on what many people consider the longest that tequila should ever be aged. And it shows. The nose reveals quite a bit of caramel and smoke. The cooked agave aroma we are so used to from Casa Noble's Blanco and Reposado plays a mild, secondary role. The initial taste is heavy and bitter. One is immediately confronted with wood and smoke with secondary flavors of coffee and chocolate. Even on the tip of the tongue, subtle sweetness is overpowered by the wood in this tequila. Casa Noble Anejo does finish fairly smooth with a medium duration of earthy flavors, but overall I was not a big fan of this anejo.
Casa Noble Anejo NOM 1137 Tasted 4/2/07. The tequila is a golden brown color and has an intense earth, caramel, and smoke aromas. Once you get past the intensity of the nose, you can smell moderate notes of floral and vanilla. On the tip of the tongue the tequila is mellow and soft and feels heavy in the mouth. While the tequila has no bitterness, it is actually fairly sweet and syrupy. Now onto flavor. The flavor has intense caramel. There is also moderate agave, vanilla, and floral attributes which are followed by mild fruit, smoke, and earth. The tequilas finish is a meduim duration of flavor followed by a numbing alcohol feeling. Overall, I rated this tequila at the A-/B+ level.