I’ve always declared that I was a drinker, rather than a collector, yet currently I’ve discovered that I have approximately 50 bottles of tequila on my shelves. Safe to say the good lady wife has requested that I start emptying some of them. To be fair the vast majority of these bottles are almost empty, they have one or two glasses left in them at best. I tend to drink from a bottle and write a review then come back to it later, usually in a moment of nostalgia, finish the bottle and then finish the review. This one is long overdue.
1921 Tequila Reserva Especial Reposado is hand crafted, copper distilled and aged between 9 and 14 months in American oak barrels, perfectly toasted, and used only 5 times. When the barrels are used for the first time, the Tequila is aged 9 months, as the flavor is achieved more rapidly on a virgin barrel. The second time requires 11 months, the third time is 12 months, and so on. Based on these aging periods, you may be consuming a Reposado or an Anejo, but the product flavor is consistent. Rather than change the labeling each time, 1921 Tequila keeps the classification as a Reposado.
We men are visually stimulated, and I am no exception, this particular bottle has sat with pride of place in my collection and never failed to get guests in my house talking about tequila. Clearly it’s not just me that likes a bottle with a bit of character. I still remember the day I opened it, as well as the effort that it took. The cork is held in with so much wax that you need a knife to get in to it, at least that was my approach. Eventually I took the time to trim the wax neatly to make pulling the cork out nice and easy.
I digress, this 1921 Tequila Reserva Especial Reposado is golden yellow in colour with long slow legs on my glass. With a sweet caramel aroma, more indicative of an anejo than a reposado, it has a wonderful fruity note on the back of a full agave tone and the American white oak barrel it’s been resting in. You can already tell I’m in love with this.
As I take I sip I’m met with a wonderful thick and silky texture, I almost feel like I could chew on it. There is a subtle agave flavour that warms my tongue and strong floral and citrus notes. As with the aroma that caramel sweetness is ever present. There is no bitterness present and it goes down smooth as silk. Not a term I like to overuse, but this a balanced tequila. The finish is of medium duration and there’s a wonderful taste of agave that stays with you once the peppery heat, fruits and floral tones have subsided.
Regrettably this tequila isn’t made anymore, although I sincerely hope that one day I come across a collector who’s willing to give me a knife allow me the opportunity to crack open another bottle of this. A tequila treasure.