Nicely, pilgrim. You thought John Wayne could be glad with only a bourbon bottled in his identify? Nicely guess what, now The Duke has lent his signature to tequila, which is on the market in three (sudden) expressions, reposado, anejo, and additional anejo. No blanco right here, people. John Wayne solely consumes oak-aged spirits, it appears.
A slight twist: Duke Tequila is aged in French oak wine barrels (of undetermined origin), not American oak bourbon barrels, which feels decidedly unDukelike to us, however then once more Wayne did make a film referred to as Reunion in France. That was about Nazis and stuff, although, so possibly we are able to’t learn that a lot into its applicability to tequila.
Anyhoo, we acquired the reposado and additional anejo bottlings of Duke Tequila — not the anejo, bizarrely — however we’re in rarified air right here as it’s, so let’s not give it some thought an excessive amount of and as a substitute begin rounding up some dogies and consuming some hooch.
Each are 80 proof. NOM 1479.
Duke Tequila Reposado – Completed (their time period) for 3 months in French oak wine casks. Comfortable on the nostril, evenly natural, with notes of coconut, nougat, and a pinch of baking spice. Undoubtedly has a “French oak” feeling, tender once more on the palate, with vanilla rising rapidly, although a lightweight herbaceousness emerges late within the recreation. The end retains you amused with notes of lime leaf, sage, and white pepper — racy and distinctly citrusy, nearly prefer it’s constructed for a margarita. A contact of caramel lingers on the again finish. Good, versatile, dear stuff. A- / $65 [BUY IT NOW FROM CASKERS]
Duke Tequila Additional Anejo – Completed (once more, their time period) for 3 years in French oak wine barrels. Fairly an odd assortment of aromas right here, the tequila first punching with agave then shifting rapidly into notes of gingerbread, vanilla, and a definite sherry wine character — although no sherry is concerned within the creation of this spirit so far as I can inform. A touch of acetone blows off rapidly, vastly bettering the general expertise. The palate is extra easy in its creme brulee sweetness, notes of toasted marshmallow, spice field, and a touch of dessert wine all within the combine. Energetic and wonderful, although I’ve had extra advanced, immersive additional anejos earlier than. A- / $150 [BUY IT NOW FROM CASKERS]