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Old 10-30-2014, 10:54 AM   #1
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Herradura Double Barrel Reposado

I got to try some of this Monday in Denver. Quite possibly the best tequila I've ever had.

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What sort of barrel was the version you tasted finished in, Doug?
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Is that the stuff you buy a barrel and the send you 240 bottles of it?
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What sort of barrel was the version you tasted finished in, Doug?
I'm not sure, Doug. The bartender didn't say what the second barrel was, and the literature I found online only mentions "toasted oak." I definitely got the vanilla/cinnamon impressions from the oak.
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Is that the stuff you buy a barrel and the send you 240 bottles of it?
That's it, Jeff. This barrel was sold to Richard Sandoval, the owner of Tamayo Restaurant in Denver, which is where I tried it.
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I get the impression from the few reviews I've read that this one lies, flavour-wise, somewhere between a Reposado and an Añejo... that is, a little more influence from the oak but not enough to obscure the purity of taste from the agave. As far as I'm aware, some of the finishing casks used so far have been ex-Bourbon, ex-Port and ex-Cognac ones.

Either which way, it does sound delicious.
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If I had to guess, I'd say this one was ex-Cognac. I did not get the kind of impressions I've gotten from Scotch finished in Port barrels, nor did I get bourbon-like impressions.

I actually prefer Reposados to Añejos because the agave origin of the tequila still shines through. The reviews you cite were spot-damn-on. The oak/barrel tones definitely did not overwhelm the agave, which had the sweet finish of higher-altitude cultivation. That contrasted rather strongly with a low-altitude agave Añejo that they were pouring at the tasting, which had a distinctly earthy note.
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