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Casamigos Añejo Tequila

Review: Casamigos Añejo Tequila   90.5/100
A review by Chip Dykstra (Aka Arctic Wolf)
Published June 17, 2016

Casamigos is a tequila brand promoted by George Clooney, Rande Gerber and Mike Meldman. According to the website information this is an ultra premium tequila made in a small batch process from ‘hand-selected 100% Blue Weber agaves, grown in the rich red clay and cool climate of the Highlands of Jalisco, Mexico. As a highland tequila, we can expect Casamigos to exhibit strong fruity citrus notes and to have a little hot pepper in the delivery and in the finish. (This is as opposed to lowland tequila which has stronger earthier flavours of agave and less hot pepper.)

The Casamigos website tells us that the piñas of the hand selected agave are roasted in traditional brick ovens for 72 hours prior to their fermentation. During a long 80 hour fermentation, these piñas are exposed a special blend of yeast said to maintain a ‘consistent, refined flavor’. The Añejo Tequila is rested in American Oak for 14 months before being bottled at 40 % alcohol by volume.

Cas Amigos An SAM_2577In the Bottle 4.5/5

Casamigos Añejo arrives in the attractive cardboard gift box shown to the left. Within the gift box is the clear medium tall bottle also shown to the left. The label tells me the spirit is made from 100 % Agave Azul (Blue Weber Agave) from Jalisco, Mexico.  Each bottle is also numbered, my bottle number is 22084.

Although the Casamigos website does not specify the exact distillery which produces this agave spirit, I did notice that the identified NOM on the bottom of the label 1416. This NOM identifier is required by the Mexican Government to be placed on the label of each bottle of tequila to verify that it is produced legally from agave sourced in the Tequila region of Mexico. Each distillery has its own NOM, and thus we can trace the distillery of origin. In this case it is Productos Finos de Agave who incidentally also produce Avion Tequila.

I like the bottle and the label, and I have scored this section of the review to reflect that satisfaction.

In the Glass 8.5/10

When I poured the Casamigos Anejo into my glencairn glass I saw that it has a nice golden colour which is appealing in the glass although it is also a few shades darker than I was expecting from a spirit set in oak for just over a year (perhaps tequila picks up more colour than other spirits). When I tilt the glass and give it a slow twirl, I see that the crest which has formed at the top of the liquid sheen is stubborn. It does drop a multitude of small droplets, but only after clinging on to these droplets for a lengthy period.

The spirit in the glass is quite nice to nose. A light sweetness of caramel is combined with a light dusting of oak and sandalwood and a gentle sweep of vanilla. These notes are followed by a firm but slightly muted fruity agave presence. It takes a few minutes but eventually spicy notes of white pepper and hot citrus zest begin to break though as well. I notice some more pungent spices, a touch of cinnamon perhaps and maybe some nutmeg. Rounding things out is a light indication of tea leaves and milk chocolate.

In the Mouth 55/60

My first impression when I take a sip, is Yumm! I tasted a nice melding of light caramel sweetness with light woody flavours and agave. The Casamigos Anejo is very sippable. The typical spicy heat which we usually find in highland tequila is held in check as the spirit passes though the palate; but with each sip it builds slightly and gives  me a pleasing contrast to the light sweetness of the spirit.

As I continue to sip I notice that a light taste of tobacco has built up alongside vanilla and cinnamon and again (as it was on the nose) light chocolate flavours evolve with a smattering of tea-like impressions. The Anejo spirit ist delicious. Perhaps the long 72 hours of roasting which the pinas were subjected to combined with the long 80 hour fermentation has allowed the spirit to express more of its natural agave sweetness.

In the Throat 13.5/15

The spirit is very smooth with a lovely lingering sweetness. Highland heat and spice build slowly with each sip and combined with the light oaky character of the anejo spirit bring about phantom impressions of chocolate and vanilla in the finish. Again I say, Yumm!

The Afterburn 9/10

I was very pleased at the conclusion of my tasting sessions. The Casamigos Anejo is a very approachable spirit which I found quite lovely to sip. The agave and spice are perhaps not as robust as I would normally prefer, but in this case I am forgiving because the lighter flavours work so well together and everything seems to be so well-balanced. When my mood is mellow and the afternoon sun is warm and lazy, I think it would not be a bad idea to return to the Casamigos Anejo.

You may read some of my other Tequila Reviews (click the link) if you wish to have some comparative reviews.

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Suggested Cocktails

Casamigos Añejo Old Fashioned SAM_2597As maintained in the review, I believe the Casamigos Añejo is just fine for sipping on its own, especially on a lazy sunny day. This also means the spirit is an ideal candidate to be serves as an Añejo Tequila Old Fashioned.

Casamigos Añejo Old Fashioned

2 oz Casamigos Añejo
1/8 oz Orange Curacao
1/8 oz Agave Syrup
dash fees Cocktail bitters
ice
Orange Peel

Add some Orange Peel to the bottom of a rocks glass
Add a few cubes of ice
Pour 2 oz Añejo Tequila over the ice
Stir Gently
Enjoy Responsibly!

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Casa Rica SAM_2581Here is a recipe sent to me by the Alberta distributor Charton Hobbs of Casimogos Tequila. They call it, Casa Rica.

Casa Rica

2 oz Casamigos Anejo Tequila
1/2 oz Grand Marnier
1/8 oz fresh Lime Juice
1/8 oz fresh Orange Juice
dash Angostura Bitters
Ice
Orange Twist

Add all the ingredient into a metal shaker with ice
Shake until the outside of the shaker begins to frost
Strain into a cocktail glass
Garnish with an Orange Twist
Enjoy Responsibly!

Note: If  you are interested in more of my original cocktail recipes, please click this link (Cocktails and Recipes) for more of my favourite servings.

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You may (loosely) interpret the scores as follows.

0-25     A spirit with a rating this low would actually kill you.
26-49   Depending upon your fortitude you might actually survive this.
50 -59  You are safe to drink this…but you shouldn’t.
60-69   Substandard swill which you may offer to people you do not want to see again.
70-74    Now we have a fair mixing Tequila.  Accept this but make sure it is mixed into a cocktail.
75-79    You may begin to serve this to friends, (we are probably still cocktail in territory).
80-84    We begin to enjoy this spirit neat or on the rocks. (I will still primarily mix cocktails)
85-89    Excellent for sipping or for mixing delicious cocktails!
90-94    Definitely a primary sipping spirit, in fact you may want to hoard this for yourself.
95-97.5 The Cream of the Crop
98+       I haven’t met this bottle yet…but I want to.

Very loosely we may put my scores into terms that you may be familiar with on a Gold, Silver, and  Bronze medal  scale as follows:

70 – 79.5    Bronze Medal (Recommended only as a mixer)
80 – 89.5     Silver Medal (Recommended for sipping and or a high quality mixer)
90 – 95         Gold Medal (Highly recommended for sipping and for sublime cocktails.)
95.5+            Platinum Award (Highest Recommendation)

 
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