A Complex Three Time Double Gold Medal Winning Tequila
By Matt Goldstein & Amy K. Haight
Made with 100% blue agave, Herradura is considered the only 100% hacienda made tequila in the world. The Herradura Anejo Tequila is barreled for two years making it an exceptionally refined tequila. Since 1962, Herradura has been proud to offer this delicious aged tequila. Barrelling for two years in oak is twice as long as suggested by the category standards. The Herradura Anejo Tequila is smooth with a heavy oak flavor and no sour aftertaste. This anejo is refined and complex with the flavor of a whiskey, an attribute only found in the most aged exquisite tequilas. We highly recommend the Herradura Anejo. See below for more facts, tasting notes and awards.
Color: Dark amber
Aroma: Intense cooked agave and spice, toasted oak and nutty notes
Taste: Very smooth with cooked agave and dried fruit
Finish: Smooth, creamy finish
Age: 2 years
Alcohol Content: 40%
HERRADURA AÑEJO TEQUILA
2010 The SIP Awards Platinum Award
2010 San Francisco World Spirits Competition Silver Medal Award
2009 San Francisco World Spirits Competition Silver Medal Award
2008 San Francisco World Spirits Competition Silver Medal Award
2008 International Wine and Spirits Competition Bronze
2007 San Francisco World Spirits Competition Double Gold Medal Award
2007 Spirits of Mexico Gold Medal Awards
2006 San Francisco World Spirits Competition Gold Medal Award
2006 International Wine and Spirits Competition Gold Medal Award
2001 San Francisco World Spirits Competition Double Gold Medal Award
2000 San Francisco World Spirits Competition Double Gold Medal Award
Originating in 1996 by Sammy Hagar in Guadalajara Mexico, Sammy partnered with a tequila-making family with over 80 years of experience. Today, the agave used to make Cabo Wabo Tequila is grown, cultivated and harvested by this same family. Cabo Wabo is made from 100% Blue Agave and the Cabo Wabo Anejo is matured in American oak barrels for 14 months. The color and unique flavor come from the oak barrel. Production begins with Weber’s Blue Agave plants grown in Jalisco, Mexico, and plants are harvested after they achieve an ideal sugar/acid balance, in about 8 to 10 years. At the distillery, the piñas are slowly roasted in traditional ovens known as hornos for a period of 24 hours. Once the piñas cool, they are crushed and juiced and then fermented in steel tanks. The tequila is then double distilled in traditional pot stills called alambiques and then aged in barrels.
Cabo Wabo Anejo Tasting Notes
The Cabo Wabo Anejo is light gold in color with the scent of citrus. With a thin and light refreshing scent, the tequila is very smooth. The thin light flavor and dry aftertaste are good but this anejo lacks a bit of flavor. With a rich mouth feel and slight bite the Cabo Wabo gets better the more you sip. This is a good tequila, not great.
The Cabo Wabo Margarita: The Caborita
2 oz. Cabo Wabo Reposado Tequila
2 oz. Lime Juice, freshly squeezed
1 oz. Triple Sec
Combine the ingredients in a shaker half filled with ice. Shake well. Strain into salt-rimmed martini glass.
The Cabo Wabo Bloody Mary: The Bloody Maria
2-1/2 oz. Cabo Wabo Blanco Tequila
1/2 oz. Lemon Juice
5 oz. Tomato Juice
Dash Tabasco® Sauce
1 Lime Wedge
1 Celery Stalk
1/8 tsp. Celery Salt
1/8 tsp. Pepper
Stir well over ice cubes in a Collins glass, garnish with a celery stalk (can also be prepared in a shaker and poured without ice into a Collins glass).
At Cantina Feliz there are 8 different tequila flights available and about 50 different tequilas to choose from. So of course we went right for the Anejo Tequila flight with Don Julio, El Tesoro and Tres Generaciones. Check out the brief history of these three tequilas and a taste test review. The Reposado Tequila Flight review featuring Correlejo, Hornitos and Casa Noble is coming soon as well as a Cantina Feliz restaurant review.
Chef Tim Spinner previously worked with Iron Chef Jose Garces at Stephen Starr’s El Vez and then at Garces’ first restaurant, Amada. Spinner also helped Garces open Distrito and served as chef de cuisine. Spinner’s business partner and high school buddy, Brian Sirhal, served as beverage director at Garces’ Distrito and as general manager at Cantina Feliz.
Don Julio Anejo Tequila
Established in 1942 by Don Julio, this tequila is made with 100% blue agave. Matured in American White Oak Barrels for 18 months, the Don Julio Anejo Tequila is light and golden in color. With a vanilla scent and sweet flavor, well rounded and tangy, this Anejo has a great bite. There is a complex and charming finish with a sweet aftertaste. This is an excellent Anejo.
El Tesoro Anejo Tequila
Made with 100% agave and the winner of 9 gold medals in international spirit competitions, the El Tesoro Anejo Tequila is handmade and aged two to three years in oak barrels. Founded by Don Felipe, the El Tesoro Tequila is a family recipe dating back to the early 1800’s and the current La Atena distillery was founded in 1937. The El Teroso scent is complex and the flavor is spicy, dry and tasty. Also having sweet and buttery notes with hints of nuts, oak and wood, the El Tesoro Anejo is a unique and flavorful tequila.
Tres Generaciones Anejo Tequila
Made with 100% blue agave and aged in toasted American Oak Barrels for 12 months, Tres Generaciones Anejo Tequila is triple distilled. Tres Generaciones has also partnered with the Golden Boy Oscar De La Hoya. This anejo is sweet, spicy and full flavored with a solid bite. Having good notes of oak and a lot character in the finish, the Tres Generacions Anejo Tequila is smooth and well balanced; very solid.
Jose Cuervo Gold & Casa Noble Crystal Steal the Show!
By Dan Shapiro and Matt Goldstein
Our blind taste test Tequila Trials featured six randomly selected tequilas. With three blanco tequilas tequila’s; Patron Silver, Casa Noble Crystal and 1800 Silver, and two Anejo’s or aged tequilas; Patron Anejo and Cazedores Anejo vs. Jose Cuervo Gold, all of the tequila’s selected were scored on style, flavor, complexity and overall distinction. The anejo, or aged tequila’s are much darker and usually matured or in wooden or oak barrels, giving the tequila a more complex and flavorful taste.
Casa Noble Crystal Tequila
The Casa Noble Blanco Tequila was the clear winner of our silver/blanco tequila trials. A triple gold medalist made from 100% Agave, Casa Noble Crystal Blanco Tequila is triple distilled and heated in stone ovens. With Agave grown in the central lowlands, Casa Noble Agave is aged up to 14 years before being harvested while most other Agaves are aged for about 4 to 5 years. The scent is a light agave with a spicy and complex flavor. The Casa Noble Crystal is very smooth with not much bite and a complex flavor in aftertaste. This is an exceptional tequila! We love it… Casa Noble Crystal Tequila is priced at about $40.
Patron Silver Tequila
Double distilled and made with 100% steam baked Weaber Tequilana Blue Agave, the Patron Silver is a crystal clear, very smooth and light flavored tequila. With a small bite, and perhaps smoothest of all the silvers, the aftertaste is also very light. The lack of flavor is the actual flavor in the Patron Silver. There is nothing too overbearing which presents a clean, easy drinking style with mass appeal. The Patron Silver is better than the 1800 Silver but it’s also twice the price, about $45.
1800 Silver Tequila
1800 Silver Tequila is made from 100% blue agave and mellowed in American Oak barrels for 15 days. The 1800 Silver Tequila scent is a bit medicinal with hints of agave, very much like Patron. The flavor is smooth but with a solid bite. 1800 Silver Tequila is a solid bar tequila and goes very well with mixed nuts. “The agave, it’s in there!” The 1800 Silver Tequila is priced at about $25.
Jose Cuervo Especial Gold
Jose Cuervo Especial Gold is the #1 selling tequila in the world. It’s also the most famous, and for good reason. The Jose Cuervo Gold completely stole the show at our first ever tequila trials. This everyday tequila, often considered average and just for mixing, is actually the perfect sipping tequila. The Jose Cuervo Gold crushed Patron Anejo and Cazedores Anejo while performing better than any of the silvers as well. The Jose Cuervo is spicy and sweet with an immediate bite. With excellent flavors of oak, the full bite of the Cuervo Gold creates a complex and beautiful flavor. Most people think that tequila must be smooth, but sometimes being exceptionally smooth is also excessively flavorless. The flavor is in the bite and the oak! Cuervo Gold is considered a joven tequila, blended with Reposado and other young tequilas. Cuervo is rested in wood barrels for about 3 months, giving the tequila notes of oak and vanilla. Jose Cuervo Gold is priced at about $20.
Patron Anejo Tequila
Double distilled and made with 100% steam baked Weaber Tequilana Blue Agave, The Patron Anejo is a blended tequila with all of parts of the blend aged for at least 12 months in small White Oak Barrels. Not every blend of the Patron Anejo is quite the same. The master distiller adjusts the blend of Anejo for each vintage. The Patron Anejo Tequila is sweet with notes of honey and citrus. Smooth but also complex with a good flavor, this is a much better tequila than the Patron Silver. We love this tequila! However, it was not really better then Jose Cuervo gold and it’s more than twice the price, about $45.
Cazadores Anejo Tequila
Cazadores Anejo Tequila is made from 100% Blue Agave from the Los Altos region of Jalisco and then aged for at least 12 months in small style American White Oak Cask barrels. The Cazadores Anejo is smooth and flavorful with a dry aftertaste. The flavor has notes of honey and nuts with the complexity of a light smooth whiskey because of the extensive aging for a tequila. The Cazadores Anejo is very good but didn’t perform as well as the Jose Cuervo and Patron. The Cazadores Anejo is priced at about $38.