Peligroso Reposado has been as close as there is to a “house” reposado at Drinkhacker HQ for some time, and I’ve been bugging Peligroso to send the Anejo expression, figuring if the reposado was this good, the anejo had to be even better.
Peligroso Anejo is made from 100% Highlands agave and aged 12 to 18 months in ex-Tennessee whiskey barrels. It is bottled in an opaque, black bottle — I presumed to amp up the “dangerous” mystique of this slightly overproof (84 proof) tequila — but after pouring, the real reason becomes a bit more evident. In the glass, this is the lightest-color anejo I’ve ever seen. Comparing it next to Peligroso Reposado (which is light to begin with), it’s hard to tell a difference.
Very agave-forward for an anejo, there’s still a lot of that creamy vanilla and burnt caramel that you get in good old anejos here. There’s a bit less alcoholic heat than on the reposado, the slightly increased sweetness compensating for the less of spicy, herbal notes. Mild coffee and nutty notes come around for the finish along with a modest slug of agave again.
All in all this is a fine little tequila, though if I tasted it blind I’d never peg it as being over a year old. No matter. What’s in a name anyway? Maybe my favorite reposado is now an anejo.
Note: Peligroso has changed hands and is now distilled elsewhere and is bottled at 80 proof.
A- / $55 / peligrosotequila.com