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Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Review 51: Sauza Hornitos Anejo

Review 51
Sauza Hornitos Anejo: 40% abv

We have considered two different kinds of tequila in the last couple of reviews. The first kind was a silver tequila and the second one was a reposado, or "rested" tequila. Now we move to the "aged" tequilas, or anejos. Anejos have to be aged past a year in oak barrels, and for that reason tend to take on different characters from the younger tequilas. There are extra anejo tequilas, but that's for another day and another time. So it's time to see how oak influences tequila. On the nose, this tequila reveals agave, slight vegetable oil, jalapeño, vanilla honey and very slight banana. There are some interesting notes in tis tequila, but the nose is well blended and pleasant. The taste contains large notes of honey agave, and vanilla, further revealing milk chocolate, jalapeño, caramel, malt, red wine, and brown sugar. The finish is medium long with honey, nutmeg, allspice, lemon and pepper, most flavors coming off as subtle. Overall, this is a nice expression by Hornitos, and does a good job of representing a moderately priced anejo tequila. 

Score: 8.5/10

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