Food & Drink

Review: Tequila Gran Diamante, Complete Lineup

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Tequila Gran Diamante is a brand new model out of Jalisco (by means of Southern California), utilizing Highlands agave to make a full line of three tequilas that are bottled in a number of the most over-the-top decanters I’ve encountered in years. Whereas these bottles trickle into bars and retail, we acquired samples of the entire lineup to overview. Ideas observe.

All expressions are 80 proof. NOM 1460.

Tequila Gran Diamante Plata – Unaged (presumably, it isn’t formally acknowledged). Initially fairly mild on the nostril, the tequila slowly unfolds to disclose easy inexperienced agave and natural notes, adopted by lemon peel. After 20 or so minutes in glass, an earthiness emerges that provides some complexity. The palate is delicate and lightweight, some spun sugar notes giving it a sure sweetness together with a spritz of lemon oil. The creamy physique lets a few of these underlying agave notes by means of after a time, the clearly herbaceous character complemented with notes of recent linen and a touch of white chocolate. It’s a bit dusty at occasions, with lingering pepper notes on the end, however total a stable — and finally complicated — expertise. B+ / $57

Tequila Gran Diamante Reposado – Aged 8 months in French oak barrels. Very mild coloration. Agave is pungent on the nostril right here, as are these gently lemony notes evident within the plata. I by no means acquired that earthy character, however in any other case the tequila smells about the identical because the plata. The palate is kind of a departure, nevertheless, providing a light-weight contact of vanilla atop a brightly citrusy spirit that sees its agave well-integrated right into a gently natural however enduring core. Lingering notes of cinnamon-dusted flan and a gentle peppery character give this an intensely inviting end that, I confess, stored pulling me again in. A / $62

Tequila Gran Diamante Anejo – Aged 18 months in French oak; nonetheless fairly mild in coloration for an anejo. Curiously, the nostril right here takes a robust flip towards citrus parts, with aromas that evoke mandarin orange oil and orange flowers. The daring agave within the reposado is absent right here, changed by floral aromas that give it a closely perfumed character. On the palate, this comes throughout as just like the reposado, however with a creamier, extra caramel-heavy character to the physique. Nonetheless in impact are the baking spice notes, cinnamon-heavy flan character, and a light-weight dusting of natural agave — however that lattermost ingredient is decidedly delicate, a pop of vibrant lemon peel rapidly whisking it away. Whereas I feel the reposado is brighter and extra enjoyable, followers of a extra immersive, rounded, and oilier tequila ought to discover this anejo equally arduous to place down. A- / $90 [BUY IT NOW FROM CASKERS]

Tequila Gran Diamante Anejo




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