Herradura’s Tequila With A French Accent
Posted: December 6, 2013
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APPEARANCE: Light brass color with tiny rivulet legs that gather and then sheet.
NOSE: Inviting candy aroma with subtle spices and a bit of citrus.
PALATE: The dominant taste is Tequila, with all the agave spiciness that implies. The influence comes as a sort of negotiator between the spice, a caramel note and some smoke, making the spirit elegant and nuanced.
FINISH: The brandy lets itself be known on the finish with a slight nuttiness and some fruit flavors, and ,again, its elegance.
Herradura Coleccion de la Casa Reserva 2012 Port Cask Finish (80 proof, or 40 percent alcohol by volume; 13 months total maturation; $89.99 a 750-milliliter bottle)
APPEARANCE: Deeper and redder than the Cognac edition, but still a bright colored spirit. The legs are fatter and faster.
NOSE: Layers of fruit—wine notes, cherry and plum—appear on the aroma, which is woodier and not as spicy as the Cognac-finished Tequila
PALATE: The taste is also distinctly that of Tequila with agave spices, but with more wine influence. Bolder and less nuanced. Loads of fruit and some cocoa. As with the nose: cherry and plum. But also some blackberry is evident.
FINISH: Not the nuanced gentleman that the Cognac Tequila is, but the finish hangs on longer and is a bit chewy.
CIGAR PAIRING: Domaine Avo <40> (6 inches by 52 ring gauge, $12.50, 89 points, December 2013 Cigar Aficionado) A very pointy torpedo wrapped in a silky cover leaf. It’s bright and spicy with a constant woody undertone and earthy finish. Paired with the Cognac-finished Tequila, it picks up instantly on its spice, meeting the spirit note for note and giving the Tequila extra body. The Herradura returns the favor by underlining the wood and earth on the cigar. The Port-finished Tequila has more effect on the Avo, making it blossom with fruit that previously hid out on the cigar. The Tequila sparkles a bit more as it reacts to the flirtation of the cigar by becoming rounder and more hearty.
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