Casamigos Tequila

Casamigos Tequila

$50.00

  • Category:Tequila, Reposado Tequila
  • Country:Jalisco, Mexico
  • Tasting Notes:N/A
  • Food Pairing:N/A
  • ABV:40%
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Description

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Created by Hollywood star George Clooney and his friend Rande Gerber who is the husband of Cindy Crawford, Casamigos Tequila has initially only been produced to be served among friends. But due to a growing demand the two buddies decided to launch their tequila on the international market.

Made from the best hand-selected seven-year-old 100% blue weber agave that is grown in Mexico’s Jalisco Highlands, the Casamigos Tequilas offer a high-quality standard. By using the small-batch technique, the tequilas present a wonderfully smooth character. After the agaves are harvested, they are processed within two days to preserve all the aromas. The complex production, including an extra-slow fermentation process, results in a deep and elaborate aroma – just like connoisseurs of Casamigos love it.

Aged for seven months in American white oak casks that have originally been used for fine whiskies, Casamigos Reposado presents itself mellow and clean with notes of caramel and a smooth finish.

Casamigos Reposado Tequila is a bright and fresh agave-based spirit that tastes more like an añejo than a reposado. Flavors of tropical fruit, vanilla, and oak dominate on the palate.

FAST FACTS

Classificationreposado tequila

CompanyDiageo

DistilleryDiageo Mexico Operaciones S.A. de C.V.

CaskAmerican white oak ex-bourbon

Still Typestainless steel pot still (copper coil)

Released2013, ongoing

Proof80 (40% ABV)

Aged7 months

MSRP$54

Pros
  • Bright, clean oak, tropical fruit and agave notes with a short-to-medium finish
  • Tastes more like an añejo than a reposado
Cons
  • Comparable tequilas can be found for $10 to $20 less.
  • The longer it sits, the less complex it gets.
  • Hard-core tequila fans may not be impressed by the vanilla overtones and general “sweetness.”

Tasting Notes

Color: Pale amber, with medium viscosity

Nose: Oak-forward with a hint of tropical fruit, vanilla and a clean agave note toward the end

Palate: Upfront, it offers a bright agave fruit-and-grass note with the spice of oak on the tip of the tongue. Midpalate, it’s medium-bodied, and the flavor expands to include pineapple. On the back of the palate, it’s mild and oaky with a soft pepper-agave exit.

Finish: Short-to-medium finish with notes of oak, agave, white pepper and a hint of tobacco leaf toward the end

Our Review

This 100% blue Weber spirit is an entry into the premium category of tequila, introduced by actor George Clooney and hospitality guru (and Cindy Crawford’s husband) Rande Gerber in 2013. The two were among the first to embrace the concept of celebrities as stewards of a spirits brand, rather than simply the financial backing or a famous face. In June 2017, it was announced that Diageo would take over the brand and move its production to Diageo’s own distillery, although the celebrity duo would stay on as faces of the brand.

You can shoot a reposado, but really, why would you? If you’re paying extra for the extra aging, you’re really doing it for the flavor, and the spirit is best either sipped neat or used to add complexity to a cocktail. Since the sale of Casamigos to Diageo, there are claims among reviewers and bloggers that the recipe has changed dramatically and that, in general, the shift has not been an improvement. That said, the current reposado is enjoyable.

With only seven months of barrel-aging, the spirit is already approaching the elegance and oak dominance common to many older añejo tequilas. It falls decidedly on the sweeter side of agave, with fruit notes emphasized rather than grassy or medicinal flavors, but it sips easily and cleanly. Comparing it side-by-side with the reposado from competing brand Don Julio, it’s distinctly different, with the vanilla notes coming to the fore, whereas the Don Julio emphasizes unguent grass notes. The spirit slides easily into a Margarita, of course, but it’s also good in a Negroni riff, perhaps joined by a touch of mezcal also, where tequila’s extra body can hold up against the aperitifs.

Celebrity tequilas are having a bit of a rough moment, so they bear a little extra inspection. According to Diageo, the production process is still on the up-and-up, with the piña baked in ovens for 72 hours and the agave shredded under a mill. The liquid is then fermented for 80 hours with a proprietary blend of yeast strains. The longer the tequila sits while sipping, the less complex it gets, with a shift to a more medicinal agave-like flavor, which could mean any noticeable additives are dissipating. It’s also notable that these days there’s a lot of competition from lower-priced but well-made labels, such as Espolón and Olmeca Altos. And agave purists will miss the distinct agave notes on the nose and palate.

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