Aye, Pura Vida sent us all three for review. If you’ve not read the reviews for both the silver and gold versions of this brand then hit up the links, or jump into the search function and check them out. Pura Vida Añejo is aged for a minimum of one year in high quality, American oak bourbon barrels which promises to be an ultra premium tequila for aficionados who value exceptional quality, old-world craftsmanship.
I've been drinking Don Julio for years now and it's hard to believe that I've never reviewed the añejo. There are two bottles that are always in my collection, this and the reposado from Don Julio. I think it's safe to say that that I've got very few negative things to say about this bottle.
Don Julio Anejo is 100% Blue Weber Agave , double distilled, and rested in charred American oak bourbon barrels for 18 months. Each agave is hand selected at maturity and only the heart of the distillation is used, as it is the purest part, free from most impurities.
It's often more difficult for us Europeans to get our hands on premium tequilas, but sometimes when you think things are working against you, the can also work in your favour. Here in Europe we're not subject to advertising and we tend to try a bit of this and a bit of that without any prejudice. Unlike the US, we're not spoilt for choice, and on a recent trip through Amsterdam I picked up a bottle of Los Pilones Añejo. It intrigued me as firstly I recognised the name from a Mexican bar in Amsterdam and secondly the NOM seemed familiar to me (Herencia de Plata).
Okies, I had to dive into town over lunch and decided to pop into my local tequila shop. Regrettably they're having trouble getting their hands on my favourite bottle of Jose Cuervo Añejo, so I thought I'd roll the dice and pick up a bottle of Tres Generaciones Añejo from Sauza. I'd already drunk the blanco from Tres Generaciones and was keen to see how the añejo held up!
So if you've read the 'reposado' post then you'll know how this tequila ended up on my drinking list. If you've not read it then you can check it out here. Clicky
Within the borders of Mexico this tequila goes under the name of Casa Real, outside we know it as Casa Vieja and, believe it or not, this tequila is Kosher.