THIS IS MY FIRST REVIEW!
I had Gran Centenario Reposado for the first time this weekend.
At first "nose", the aroma of caramel is released and continues through the initial taste.
I thought it was relatively smooth with a mild bite.
I would buy it again but not for $43.00. It should be in the $35 range.
Moving backwards. I had the Gran Centenario Anejo and I liked it a lot more than I thought that I would. I'm always up for being pleasantly surprised a 2nd time by the same brand.
Aroma: A nice mix of sweet agave, floral notes and spice.
Initial Taste: Sweet & spicy agave with hints of caramel and cinnamon.
Body: Medium thickness and semi-oily. A nice all around experience. Good agave character and nice aging. It's not remarkable in any flavor aspect. It's just a well crafted reposado.
Finish: Medium-long finish with a nice spice linger. Not too much wood an no bitterness. It goes down very smoothly.
I don't like this one quite as much as the older one, but it's still very good. The fact that it can be found easily and is around the $25 range makes it something that you should probably keep a look out for. It's definitely worth trying.
This is quite a nice repo, particularly for the price. Fairly smooth with a mild alcohol burn. Nice colour and viscosity.
The only area that this tequila really falls short is the presentation. The bottle simply doesn't do anything for me.
I was first introduced to this tequila by a friend who is born and raised in Playa Del Carmen. He recommended it as a family favourite that was underrated and generally "flew under the radar" with tourists and non-Mexicans and I can't thank him enough. It is smooth but not too smooth or light. That is to say that it still has a full flavour and finishes with just enough alcohol bite to be compared to the experience of sipping a fine scotch or bourbon. The price belays its quality as it can be purchased in Mexican grocery and department stores for under $20 US, yet I prefer it to reposados in the $100 US range. You could easily offer this tequila to novices and aficionados alike with confidence.