Tequila Herradura Colección de la Casa Reserva 2012 Port Cask Finish Reposado
Tequila Valley, Jalisco, Mexico
This offering from Tequila Herradura's Coleccion de la Casa line offers up a reposado tequila matured for eleven months in American oak barrels, and then transferred into port casks from the Douro Valley in Portugal for an additional two months of aging. While barrel finishes are more popular in the whiskey world, they are beginning to become more popular with tequilas as well, and this tequila is a great example of a successful barrel-finished tequila.
Tequila ReposadoDistilled from 100% blue Weber agave, it is aged from 2 months up to a year in barrels no larger than 20,000 L. Any type of wood is acceptable, although ex-bourbon barrels are most common. Reposado translates to "rested".
"On the nose, the port influence is obvious, with port wine, agave, white pepper, vanilla, dried plum, oak and roasted agave. The entry for this tequila leads with an interesting black pepper, agave and vanilla flavor before the agave moves to the forefront. There is a decided pepperiness that is rounded out and complemented by the port wine notes. It finishes with oak, more agave, and menthol before a light mint note is all that remains on the palate."