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Jose Cuervo Especial Reposado, vs Bambarria Joven, Tequila, 38%

Well my lockdown miniatures have lasted well – these are the final two tequila.

The big brand Jose versus an unknown Bambarria.

Neither are 100% Blue Agave – so both can contain permitted additives as laid down by Mexican rules.

Presented at 38% ABV Jose is aged between 2 to 12 months being Reposado – whereas Bambarria – a Joven – is unaged.

So onto the tasting!

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Jose Cuervo Especial Reposado

A soft pungent agave nose. Very easy on the palate with a lively white pepper kick on the rear.

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Bambarria Joven

Soft agave with just a hint of smoke peeking through. Easy palate developing a signature peppery spice. The long lasting finish left me licking my lips!

Thoughts

Both display classic tequila attributes & are easy drinking.

If anything Bambarria just endeared itself better to my palate with a winning finish that had me sitting out in the Mexican sun!

Well – it’s the nearest thing to travel 2020 has allowed!

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A Maestro Dobel Tequila Trio, Silver, Diamante Reposado & Anejo, 40%

Tequila – It makes me happy.

Sang Terrorvision back in the 1990’s.

And both are still keeping me happy today!

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Tequila trio c/othewhiskeynut

This tasty trio from Maestro Dobel come in classy bottles topped with cork stoppers – even in miniatures!

Silver – otherwise unaged Tequila.

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Silver c/othewhiskeynut

A delightful full on flavoursome agave hit – rich earthiness abounds! It’s what I like in a 100% agave – and it certainly delivers.

A lovely exploration of the tequila genre.

Diamante Reposado – aged from 2 to 12 months in oak barrels.

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Usually reposado tequila takes on a slightly golden hue from the barrel ageing – but Diamante Reposado has been filtered to remove the colour – and although exceptionally smooth & easy going with a touch of spice on the rear – I can’t help feeling some of those rich agave flavours have been stripped out too!

Añejo – aged from 1 to 3 years in oak.

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A touch of woodiness, a hint of tobacco, a smidgen of smoke.

Añejo is an elegantly balanced & complex tequila displaying an agave base overlaid with flavours emanating from those wooden barrels.

A wonderful combination!

Picking a winner from this trio depends on the angle you’re coming from;

For agave fans – Silver is the truest representation,

Añejo would please whiskey drinkers,

While Diamante Reposado offers an easy drinking platform for cocktails.

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For me Diamante Reposado was a bit of a disappointment – but the full on flavours of both Silver & Añejo excited my palate.

They kept me happy!

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