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Review: Mijenta Tequila Anejo

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The trilogy is lastly full as we have a look at the final expression within the Mijenta tequila lineup, following its blanco and reposado. It’s a posh spirit (from a newly minted B Corp), so let’s dig into the small print:

Mijenta Añejo Gran Reserva is an eighteen-month aged expression of the model’s award-winning, sustainable, and artisanal Mijenta Blanco. A restricted amount of Blanco is reserved within the cellars to be aged and blended. Mijenta’s Añejo is aged for greater than 18 months in 4 completely different oak barrels — American white oak, French oak, French acacia casks, and cherry barrels — leading to a extra complicated, intense, and exquisitely well-blended expression of Mijenta. Rigorously crafted with a dedication to environmental sustainability and assist for the local people, the Añejo Gran Reserva gives essentially the most unique product from the model to-date, priced at $170 with simply 360 instances produced from the primary batch.

As with Mijenta’s reposado expressions, this anejo is quiet and comfortable, fruity with notes of recent apple and balanced with vanilla and caramel notes. Peppery agave emerges in time, finally providing a calmly herbaceous spray of greenery that, whereas not completely balanced with the up-front fruit, is at the least complementary to a level. The palate leads with the pepper and spice parts earlier than discovering its technique to a surprisingly savory midpalate. Considerably chalky on the physique and pushy with notes of bell pepper and clove-heavy spices, the tequila finally settles all the way down to let some notes of chocolate and a barely blunt vanilla extract character come by. A touch of cherry fruit emerges late within the sport, however whether or not that’s pushed by the aforementioned cherry barrels or one thing else is a thriller. Bracing and a bit salty on the end, the tequila by no means fairly finds an ideal through-line the way in which the reposado does, bouncing round earlier than finally fading out, leaving pepper clinging to the again of the throat. Possibly 4 barrel sorts is asking for an excessive amount of from the bottom spirit — to not point out your pockets.

80 proof. NOM 1412.

B+ / $170 /

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