I won't be bashful. This is my favorite tequila. I've enjoyed many fine anejos, reposados and blancos over the past years, but this is the one I compare all others to and it's still my top pick. A few years ago, Don Felipe chose to change the bottle to a more contemporary rectangular shape, probably as a marketing ploy. But this is tequila produced largely by manual labor and I preferred the old round bottle, which seemed more in synch with El Tesoro's traditional process.
That aside, this reposado is still the same pale golden agave goodness as always. The aroma is really nothing extraordinary to my nose. It has a good solid boquet that lets you know this will be a pleasant drink. The initial flavor is slightly smoky, with good agave character. The body is earthy and woody, most likely the result of the age-old process. The finish is slightly sweet and oaky. The overall impression is that this is distilled by masters who take pride in their product and carry on the methods of their ancestors in a time of mass-production.
My last review from the El Tesoro line of tequilas. Another great brand made at La Alteña (NOM 1139). The blanco has grown on me over time and the anejo was one of the first premium tequilas that I tasted and has long been one of my favorites. With a craftsman like Carlos Camarena driving this brand and my love for a good reposado, my expectations are high.
Aroma: A fairly faint nose on this one. The green agave from the blanco is balanced nicely with the 8-11 month barrel aging.
Initial Taste: A light sweetness from the cooked agave and it still maintains its green/natural profile. The oak from the aging is there lightly and presents as a light smoke. Complex and inviting.
Body: Medium thin body and a fairly light color. It has great balance between the agave and oak. One might say that the agave is simply "kissed" by the wood and in no way overtakes the agave essence.
Finish: A nice finish on this with the agave, oak, light pepper and vegetal and citrus notes. It has everything that you want from a good repo. A great balance and complex flavors.
El Tesoro delivers another nice product. I love a good repo and this delivers. The profile is more on the vegetal side so if you are looking for something with big vanilla, this is probably not the one for you. However, if you are looking for something with great balance and complexity, El Tesoro delivers...and it does it with a pretty good value at around $40 a bottle. I'd pretty much recommend this to anyone who would listen who likes a well crafted and natural tasting tequila.
a great product at a great price. there has always been great consistency with el tesoro which is why I always have a bottle of it for sipping or mixing. the unique agave taste and wood is extraordinary, i liked the old bottle style better, old school
El Tesoro Reposado NOM 1139 Tasted 12/20/06. The tequila is a pale yellow color and has moderate floral and earth aromas. Once you get past the moderate nose, you can smell mild notes of spice, smoke, and fruit. On the tip of the tongue the tequila is mellow and soft but yet has a full intensity of taste and has a medium and oily feeling in the mouth. While the tequila has a low bitterness, it is actually fairly sweet. Now onto flavor. The flavor has mild agave, earth, fruit, spicy, and floral attributes. The tequilas finish is a medium duration of flavor followed by a tingly alcohol feeling. Overall, I rated this tequila at the B+ level.
El Tesoro De Don Felipe Reposado NOM 1139 Tasted 11/14/2007: Color reminiscent of Champagne. Legs weak but oily. Rapid breakdown and branching from top to bottom. Very spotty at the top of the swirl after time. Smells of floral from the bottom and increases steadily with the rise to the top rim. Earthy start, strong pepper middle and honey oak finish with very little residual aftertaste.