Review: Azunia Black
Azunia Black 2 yr. Anejo - 2015 - NOM 1426 - 40%
Lou has the best info out there on Azunia. I'm going to cherry pick some info below, but do yourself a favor and check out his full write-up HERE.
Azunia is certified organic tequila. The partner fields for the sourced agave are located in Los Valles. Agaves receive 36 hours of horno cooking, are roller milled, and receive 100% natural fermentation for 5-7 days. Distillation proof is relatively low 46-47%, and it's reduced with on-site well water that's naturally filtered through volcanic rock.
Based on this 2014 PHOTO SHOOT for the launch, 2015 is likely the first release of Azunia Black. They changed the labels/packing by 2017. As Lou points out, Azunia Black is aged first in Jack Daniel's barrels and undergoes a finish in a secret second barrel.
Probably the most unique tequila nose I've encountered. Fruity. Complex. Unique. Cherry cola. Honey. Strawberry. Sarsaparilla. Baked agave. Buttercream frosting (not artificial). As it opens it gets earthier. Palate plays lighter and thinner than I prefer with bubblegum, oak, cola, cinnamon. Dries and thins out even more on the backend with wood.
Score: 7 (Highly Recommend) Excellent summer anejo - lighter, fruity, and dry. Also good gateway pour for people starting to explore agave spirits.
10 - Reevaluate The Budget
9 - Stash Two (If Able)
8 - Stash One (At The Right Price)
7 - Highly Recommend It To Strangers
6 - Solid - Above Average
5 - Acceptable For The Situation
4 - Not Vocally Complaining
3 - Anything Else To Drink?
2 - Nothing Nice To Say
1 - Drain Pour