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Reserva del Señor Tequila Añejo

Review: Reserva del Señor Añejo Tequila 90/100
a review by Chip Dykstra (Aka Arctic Wolf)

Reserva del Señor Añejo is a 100% Blue Weber Agave Tequila produced by TEQUILAS DEL SEÑOR, S. A. DE C. V.,  a mid-sized, fourth generation family company located in Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico. The company was founded in 1943 and currently produces a number of tequila brands which include,  Sombrero, Tekali, Herencia, and of course Reserva del Señor.

Note: I identified the NOM on the back label of the bottle as 1124. 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 verify the distillery of origin.

In the Bottle 4.5/5

I like the bottle presentation for the Reserva del Señor Tequila Añejo. It is a medium tall battle sealed with a black topped synthetic cork stopper. The heavy glass octagonal bottle is in fact the same bottle used for the premium Herencia Historico brand.

I like the easy to read label and the octagonal shape of the bottle makes it easier to hold than a cylindrical bottle. The presentation implies substance as it sits on my tequila shelf which hopefully speaks to the liquid inside.

Reserva del Señor Tequila Añejo is bottled at 40 % alcohol by volume.

In The Glass 9/10

When I poured Reserva del Senor Añejo into my glencairn glass I saw that the spirit had a nice appealing golden colour which was perhaps 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 tilted the glass and give it a slow twirl, I see that the crest which has formed at the top of the liquid sheen drops a multitude of small leglets, which form mid-sized legs that run back down to the bottom of the glass.

The spirit in the glass is quite nice to nose. A light sweetness of caramel and vanilla is combined with fine oak spices and aromas of toasted almonds. These notes are followed by a softened fruity agave presence, spicy citrus notes and bits of white pepper. I notice some pungent spices, a touch of nutmeg and cinnamon perhaps with light indications of tea leaves and milk chocolate. Subtle menthol tones and light licorice notes can be found within the fruity agave and perhaps even some indications of canned apricots and marmalade.

In the Mouth 54/60

Reserva del Señor Tequila Añejo is spicy with both hot citrus and white pepper in the front of the delivery. Offsetting the spice is a pleasant melding of lightly sweet caramel and fine wood spice. The friuty agave brings additional sweetness with impressions of canned apricots and grilled pumpkin. Although the initial impression on the palate was of peppery spice, I found this spiciness invigorating as it seemed build only slightly with each sip and never become uncomfortable. As I continued to sip I noticed that a light taste of almond appeared  as well as a winding of vanilla and hints of cinnamon. A mild flavour of milk chocolate evolved with a light impression of soothing menthol.

The Añejo spirit is pleasant to sip, however I was in the mood for a nice cocktail. I decided that an Añejo Old Fashioned would be a nice mixed drink to end the evening (see recipe below). The indulgence was well worth the minor effort to construct.

In the Throat 13.5/15

The spirit has a buttery texture which lengthens the finish. I taste vanilla and milk chocolate in the exit which have settled into the fine oak spice and peppery agave. Maybe there is also a nice hit of Oolong tea in that finale as well.

The Afterburn 9/10

The Reserva del Señor Tequila Añejo is a very pleasant expression of highland agave. The spirit carries that signature squeal of highland tequila; but this spicy squeal is tempered by a lovely light sweetness. The balance between the light sweetness and the overt spiciness is about right, and then there is the complexity from the oak barrel aging which keeps the spirit interesting. I think tomorrow I will have another glass and maybe another Old Fashioned.

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

Añejo Old Fashioned
As mentioned in the review, Reserva del Señor Tequila Añejo is just fine for sipping. This also means the spirit is an ideal candidate for a modern Añejo Tequila Old Fashioned.

2 oz Reserva del Señor Tequila Añejo
1/8 oz Orange Curacao
1/8 oz Agave Syrup
dash Fees Barrel Aged Cocktail Bitters
ice
Orange Peel

Add some Orange Peel to the bottom of a rocks glass
Add the Orange Curacao and Sugar syrup and muddle lightly
Add a few cubes of ice
Pour 2 oz Añejo Tequila over the ice
Stir Gently
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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