The oldest expression from Carlos Camarena's Tapatio brand is finally available stateside. Rich and butterscotchy and with hints of black pepper and citrus. It is distilled exclusively from perfectly matured agave at the famous La Altena distillery in Arandas. When they tell you how this stuff was made, it just boggles the mind. Distilled in 2000, this is the official SECOND batch of Excelencia. It was filled into the same barrels as the first directly after they were dumped and aged for four years before being transferred into glass containers. There it has mellowed for more than a decade.
This juice (Tapatio Extra Añejo) was once used only to add oaky character to underwhelming anejos, but later the distillery began selling it, and it remained a collector's secret until its arrival in the U.S. in 2014. Now, it is a living legend. This second batch is even more delicious than the first. Still the same decadent juice, but with a few degrees more ripe agave influence. It will be ultra-limited, with only 20 cases for California. It garnered 98 points from the Beverage Testing Institute: "Bronze color. Aromas of fresh lumber, luxury tobacco, caramel, prune, eucalyptus, and vanilla-scented black tea with a fat body and a very long cherry-almond, dark roasted agave, sandalwood, baking spices, and root beer finish. A superlative sipping tequila that combines elegant wood with rustic, authentic agave flavors; an outstanding spirit." (04/2018)
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By: Jeffrey Jones
K&L Staff Member
A high quality extra anejo. There is a lot going on in this bottle.The nose has some butter scotch and citrus. In the mouth savory citrus notes with round and rich juicy flavors from the extra aging help make this one of the best extra anejos that I have tasted. There is no sugar added to this product and there is a long finish.
By: David Othenin-Girard
K&L Staff Member
There is not a better extra anejo tequila on the market today, I can unequivocally say that without hesitation. This is the top of the top. Distilled from a special batch of the best agave in 1996. 4 years in barrel 15 years in glass, only mere moments before you finish your glass. It's unfair how good this is. Stock up if you care at all about your future.
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