Tequila Review: Don Abraham Añeno

Tequila Don Abraham Añeno. Nom 1480 – Tequila Las Americas. This is the 7th review in the Viva Los Cabo Tequila Review Journal.

Tequila Don Abraham and Distillery

don abraham anejo bottle - frontTequila Don Abraham is produced at the Tequila Las Americas distillery, the same distillery that produces One With Life Tequila. The distillery has an interesting past due to production of tequila owned by Mexican Cartels. The reason I bring this up is that I spent quite a while doing research on Don Abraham Tequila, and didn’t find much specific. They do have a Facebook page that has lots of pictures, but no website link, and not much information.

Here’s what I do know. This is artisenal tequila, made the old fashioned way, using stone ovens, and a tahona to cook and extract the agave instead of diffusers. This means you’re getting sweet agave, not the bitter, flavorless liquid that comes from the diffusers.

The Don Abraham Bottle

This tequila bottle is a fairly standard tequila bottle, with a wood topped, rubber cork. It does have one unique touch, the faux stamped wax “certified organic” logo at the top of the bottle. The label is very well done.  The raised gold patterned border, gold agave plant with oak barrels, and Don Abraham logo give this fairly generic bottle a higher end feel. As is the current hot trend, the word organic is pasted all over the place. I’m not really into marketing gimmicks, and I think they could have left this out.

A New Tasting Glass

hand blow tequila tasting glassToday, I decided to change up the tasting glass from my usual Glencairn glass, to a hand blown champagne flute I purchased at the Cabo San Lucas Glass Factory

Overall I’m very happy with this as a tasting glass. It provides the same nosing qualities as the Glencairn, but is certainly a more authentic Mexican made tasting glass.

Description and Color

One thing I appreciate about the Don Abraham bottle is that it is perfectly clear, meaning the color of the tequila in the bottle is the color in the glass. Often times with aged tequilas, the bottle is tinted to give the tequila a dark flavor.

This tequila has a nice honey blond hue. Grown in the Amatitian valley, this tequila has a silky, medium body. It’s not a full bodied as say Dos Artes Extra Anejo, but is certainly “heavier” than say Don Julio Añeno.

Nose

The tasting notes that came from my tequila club claim this is an agave forward tequila, with strong notes of caramel, leather, and tobacco. As an enthusiast pipe / cigar smoker, I don’t really notice any leather and tobacco. For me, there is sweet agave and honey. There is very little earthiness, and just a kiss of smoke. Actually, for an 18th month old añejo, there is surprisingly little oak on the nose.

Taste

This Don Abraham tequila has a mildly acidic lip and mouth feel. On the fore tongue, there is mild agave, but surprisingly very little sweetness given the nose. Mid palate, agave meets a noticable grassy flavor, again in contrast to the nose. Upon swallowing, there is a noticeable heat on the back of the tongue, the earthiness really comes forward, and agave fades. On a scale from 1 – 10, the “tequila blanket” is about a 4, with warming present but not enough to give you that comforting tequila tingle.

Final Impressions

don abraham anejo bottle - backAt $40, Don Abraham is a solid tequila añejo offering. Due to the spice and earthiness, I think this tequila is best suited for a tequila old fashioned, or excellent in a Manhattan as well. For me, this isn’t a tequila I would reach for to sip neat, but then again, it’s only $40. If you’re new to añejos, and want to get your feet wet, this would be a an excellent bottle of tequila on which to cut your teeth.

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