With a coffin-shaped bottle and a stopper that looks like a flaming skull, to say that Agave Underground is going for the punk tequila drinker with this fairly new brand (established 2009) may be stating the obvious. These tequilas — the three typical expressions are made — hail from seven-year-old agave plants in the Jalisco Highlands and is double-distilled before aging. The anejo, reviewed below, is aged for 18 months in former Jack Daniels barrels. (We did not check out the silver and reposado expressions.)
This tequila exudes sweetness but is more butterscotch in character than vanilla. The body offers similar notes, but backs them up with more spicy agave than you typically get in an anejo. The finish gets almost hot, with red pepper and some burnt ember character. The body is a little thin, though, and these various flavors don’t really meld the way I’d like. The tequila’s components are all worthwhile, but they just don’t worth perfectly together.
B / $55 / agaveunderground.com
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