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Spirit Type: Tequila
Bottle size: 75cl
There have been many high-end tequila releases this week, including pricey new versions from Patrón and Clase Azul. And with the introduction of the new Marques de Casa Noble, Casa Noble has now entered the battle. This limited-edition mix of aejo and extra aejo tequilas actually offers better value than its rivals without compromising on quality.
Nine aejos and 12 extra aejos, all aged between one and five years (over three years makes it an extra aejo), were chosen for this bottling, which was individually assembled by Casa Noble master tequilero Jose "Pepe" Hermosillo. Hermosillo selected particular trees from the French Allier region to build the barrels in which the tequila would finally be matured, according to the brand. The casks were assembled, then left to dry and age for two years in a French woodland before being transported to a US cooperage, where they were toasted and matured for a further year.
This week, we had the opportunity to sample Marques at an event, and it truly stands out among the current crop of premium tequilas. It's important to note that the grassy, earthy flavor of the agave is retained here, which can occasionally happen with an ultra-aged tequila.
Cinnamon, brown sugar, honey, caramel, and a small amount of cocoa powder are the most prominent aromas, with a faint earthiness lurking beneath. Orange is the first flavor to on the mouth, then baking spices like allspice and nutmeg, cherry syrup, and dark chocolate. Additionally, the finish brings forth flavors of grass and black pepper.