Reportedly the first ever “extra anejo tequila” — a new designation recently allowed under Mexican law, established in 2006 for tequilas aged three years or longer — commercially released (others have since followed), Gran Centenario’s Leyenda is as dark a tequila as I’ve ever seen.
The oak-brown color is seriously misleading, for this is as smooth a spirit as you’ll find (especially in the tequila world), offering spearmint tones on the nose and very surprising citrus character alongside deep vanilla notes in the body from all that time in wood. Orange and spice linger on the finish, giving way to a minty finale that is crystal clear and silky clean.
Does an extra year in the barrel and a fancy bottle merit a 4x increase in price? You be the judge — but money notwithstanding, this is one of the best tequilas on the market today.
A / $223 / grancentenario.com
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