Aguila Tequila Blanco - Early 1990s - NOM 1107 - 40%
The only other tequila I've tried from NOM 1107 is a 1999 El Viejito Anejo. The facility boasts a horno, roller mills, copper pot stills, and deep well water. Good signs. The '90s El Viejito Anejo tasted like solid, old-school, mature, traditional tequila. This early 90s blanco is a mixto. Current Aguila Silver is a 100% agave product. I've heard some of these 90s mixtos aren't bad drinkers and certainly drink better than anything coming out of contemporary diffusers.
Nose: Super light. Minerals and melons. Clean.
Flavor: Very delicate. The mineral/melon profile of '90s Herradura 46 with the volume turned halfway down. Touch savory toward the finish. Hint of cardboard that's very faint/brief but unfortunate.
Structure: Simple. Two soft movements before a drying finish.
Alcohol Integration: Can read cheap where the booze kicks in around the minerality on the nose and cardboard on the palate.
Score: 5 (Acceptable) A refreshing and simple sipper. The mixto component dims some of the quality agave notes poking through. While the bottle doesn't state 100% agave, it does state that no additives are used for the brand. A declaration which seems a bit ahead of its time. However, it also suggests using this in margaritas, which I wouldn't recommend. A profile this light and delicate will get completely lost in a cocktail. As a sipper it's not bad, but there's plenty I'd reach for before this.
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7 - Highly Recommend It To Strangers
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5 - Acceptable For The Situation
4 - Not Vocally Complaining
3 - Anything Else To Drink?
2 - Nothing Nice To Say
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