Age: 16 months
Batch No.: N/A
Bottle Size: 70cl
Price: £47 (Master of Malt)
Taste: Floral, smooth, honey, oaky, spicy
Finish: Long, dry, spicy
So according to an email I received from The Whisky Exchange, today is National Tequila Day, so I thought it only right to review my bottle of Excellia Añejo tequila tonight.
I don’t have much knowledge when it comes to tequila to be honest, I have only really had the usual culprits, mainly Jose Cuervo Especial Gold. When I went to the Food and Drink show at the NEC however, there was a stand showcasing the Excellia range, Blanco (a few weeks old), Reposado (8 months old) and Añejo (16 months old); the Añejo was obviously my favourite as I bought a bottle.
Excellia Añejo is handcrafted in the highlands of Jalisco, Mexico and made from 100% blue agave. What makes it stand out from the crowd for me though is the separate ageing in both Grand Cru Sauternes casks and also in 20 year old Cognac barrels.
Onto the tasting then. With the nose you get the expected tequila aroma at first from the agave, but a lot more subtle than I’m used to though. There is a lovely honey and cooked fruits sweetness to it as well, light with plenty of floral notes but with a nice oakyness right at the end, not too much though. It also smells smooth, no harsh ABV burn or intense spice, though there is a little spice there towards the end along with the oak.
Onto the palate and you get a good measure of agave that is well rounded and balanced with an initial honey sweetness and plenty of floral qualities coming through. It also has a spicy and oaky edge to it that continues throughout the long and dry finish. Those floral qualities do not give up though, they stick around on the finish for a while too.
Overall I have been very impressed with this tequila, I do not have much to compare it to I know but it is a fantastic introduction into the world of quality tequilas. I gave a couple of friends a sample of the Excellia Añejo recently, both of which informed me that they do not like tequila, apparently they were wrong as they really enjoyed the Excellia Añejo, what more can I say.