El Tesoro Anniversaries & Paradiso C Series
Pre-2010 distilled El Tesoro tequilas are among some of my favorite spirits - period. While I love some of the recent single barrel reposados Carlos has released, it's the old, fruit forward profile I crave. Needless to say, I've been looking forward to this side-by-side for a while. El Tesoro 75th was one of my highest rated tequilas going in to this tasting, and I loved the Paradiso C series enough to stash more than a handful of bottles. Excited, this will be my first time trying both the 70th (haven't heard a single bad word about this one) and the 80th.
The 70th was aged 7 years from agave harvested with a ridiculously high brix level - 37% sugar content. The 75th was aged 10 years. The 80th was aged 8 years and distilled to a slightly higher proof than usual (85 proof) to reach a natural cask strength of 83 proof. Paradiso is aged 5 years in cognac barrels.
El Tesoro Paradiso Series C-53,992 (10/27/17) - NOM 1139 - 40%
Still in love with this nose. Plenty of cedar and tropical fruit. Palate doesn't have the same richness as the nose - leans dry. Next to the other pours, the body is thinner as well. Not ranking it has high as I did originally next to these other three.
Score: 7 (Highly Recommend)
El Tesoro 80th - NOM 1139 - 41.5%
Most citrus driven of the bunch. Not overly complex. But there's a cola, orange creamsicle thing happening that is absolutely crushable and crave worthy. Very balanced with a nice, full weight. Light touch with the oak, but enough to provide a solid structure.
Score: 8 (Stash One)
El Tesoro 75th - NOM 1139 - 40%
This is the oak show. Tons of walnut - reminds me of Arette Gran Clase. Tons of earthy notes and spice along with the nuts and oak. It's savory. I'm still blown away by this one. But like the Paradiso C, it lost a point or two on the scale since I finished my last bottle.
Score: 8 (Stash One)
El Tesoro 70th - NOM 1139 - 40%
The floral notes are what sets this release apart from the others. Oak is dialed back. This is what I love about quality tequila - tropical fruits, mint, brine, wild flowers. It's bright and savory at the same time. So much depth. The fresh florals and green notes dry everything out nicely in the finish. Great weight and structure.
Score: 9 (Stash Two) I think a 9 is fair by my scale. But if I'm being fully transparent, I reevaluated the budget and stashed more than two.
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