Don Julio 70 Añejo Claro (80 proof) – When I first heard about this product last summer, I was intrigued. An aged tequila that is perfectly clear? Sounded magical to me. I was lucky enough to receive bottle #84 in a special limited miniature bottling of 200. Don’t worry, full size bottles are available in most stores. Oh, and the 70 in the name? It’s in honor of the 70th anniversary of the year that Don Julio González-Frausto Estrada first began distilling in 1942 at the hoary old age of 17.
Made from 100% Weber Blue Agave grown in the Los Altos region of Jalisco, Mexico at La Primavera Distillery; the initial product comes from Master Distiller Enrique de Colsa’s Special Reserve. It is then twice distilled, aged in used American White Oak Barrels for 18 months, then finally filtered to remove any trace of color left by the charred wood. I’m not sure what they use for filtration, but as far as I can tell it is a proprietary process.
Visual: Absolutely crystal clear.
Nose: Bright tropical fruit with notes of pineapple and mango and chocolate.
Taste: Sweet, woody notes up front with more of the fruit character in the mid-palate, additional notes of toasted coconut and marshmallow. Quite unlike any tequila I’ve ever had. Almost like a brandy.
Finish: Clean, slightly spicy and dry in a wine-like tannic way, with less agave character than is typical for a fairly young tequila.
GSN Rating: B+
For more information on Don Julio go to: www.donjulio.com