Tequila Review: 3 Amigos Extra Anejo

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Tequila Review

This tequila review is entry #2 in the Viva Los Cabos Tequila Journal, and today I’ll be reviewing 3 Amigos Extra Anejo, $69 before taxes (which is 80.72 total here in Washington)

The Tasting Glass

All of my tastings are performed using the Glencairn glass, which is a crystal whiskey glass shaped like a traditional nosing copitas used in Scotland. It definitely helps direct the aroma up and out of the bowl.

The NOM for this bottle is 1499, meaning it was produced at the Casa Tequilera de Arandas, S.A. de C.V. This distillery is vertically integrated, meaning it is “farm to glass.” Their farms are USDA certified organic.

Description

The NOM for this bottle is 1499, meaning it was produced at the Casa Tequilera de Arandas, S.A. de C.V. This distillery is vertically integrated, meaning it is “farm to glass.” Their farms are USDA certified organic.

All 3 amigos tequilas are double distilled, then aged as appropriate. The thing that attracted me to their extra anejo is the duration of the aging process. Aging tequila more than 5 years is a hot topic amongst tequila producers, with many artisans claiming the oak over powers the floral agave that makes tequila unique. This tequila is aged for 8 years white American charred oak, so naturally I was intrigued.

“We are farmers first. For generations we have grown the finest agave for premium tequila brands. In order to have the best tequila you must have the best agave and we are experts at growing agave.” – Rafael Gonzalez, 3 Amigos Family
source: 3amigostequila.com

Color

This tequila is aged for 8 years in white oak. The color is a dark amber. It’s so deep, it could be mistaken for whiskey.

Nose

3 Amigos Extra Anejo has a nose of strong oak, with undertones of molasses, dried pear, and a kiss of cooked agave. I was impressed that the agave came through given the aging!

 

T3 amigos extra anjoy tequila 3aste

My first impression instantly picked up a strong oak. There is a slight tingle that I wouldn’t quite call a burn on my lips and tip of my tongue. Very little agave comes through here

At mid-palate the tingle subsides and the agave makes an appearance, but it’s very slight. I detect something sweet, like I mentioned in the nose, it’s like molasses or chocolate.

The finish is a blend of strong oak and agave. This tequila doesn’t have the pure agave flavor of the higher end extra anejos like Don Julio Real, Gran Centenario Leyenda, 3J, etc.

Final Impressions

At $82, this is a decent tequila that I wouldn’t leave on the table if someone poured it for me. I don’t think the extra long aging process does it any big favors though. Oak and agave don’t really start to mingle until the finish, and even then, the agave is not the start in the glass. It lacks the smooth mouth feel, and caramel flavor of bourbon aged tequilas. For those who don’t like sweeter tequila however, this is a worthy tequila.

 

 

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