As the story goes, Antiguo de Herradura was a version of Herradura served only to guests of the Herradura estate, beginning in 1924. These bottlings are said to be recreations of those original spirits (they’ve been bottled in Mexico since 1995, when they were re-launched), a higher-end version of Herradura tequila for those special moments when you need something above and beyond but don’t want to fork over a lot of money. All are 80 proof and 100% agave.
Antiguo de Herradura Blanco -This comes across as a rustic tequila, with a lot of alcohol up front, really big agave character, and a lightly sweet, almost saccharine finish. There’s not a lot to it, a common trait shared by many a blanco, but I’m not thrilled with the way the agave and the sweetness are coming together. With some air this blanco mellows out a little bit to reveal a charm or two, but overall it’s average for a silver. B / $25
Antiguo de Herradura Reposado – Time spent in oak is unclear, but I’d guess it’s not long. Still, it helps — the wood mellows out the agave and makes the sugar more palatable. The body is still light, with cinnamon and cocoa hints, but the finish is hot, which is a bit of a letdown. B+ / $28
Antiguo de Herradura Anejo – Again, there’s no age indication, but this is only a few shades darker than the reposado. The character, however, is wildly and surprisingly different: An extremely sweet and herbal (not agave, but perhaps lavender and other flowery herbs) tequila that seems to share no DNA with the prior two expressions. It’s palatable but a huge departure from what you might expect… I think I like it, but I’m not sure it’s because it tastes like tequila. B+ / $30