Michael Jordan’s Cincoro Tequila brand continues pushing upmarket, it’s latest being a curious blend called Cincoro Gold. This luxe offering blends all four of Cincoro’s other expressions — Blanco, Reposado, Añejo, and “a generous proportion of” 40-month old Extra Añejo — into a product that doesn’t have any official categorization. “Gold” of course has a dangerous connotation in the tequila world, but this is no Cuervo mixto, but rather 100% agave. What has Cincoro whipped up for us? Let’s give it a try.
For starters, the overall impression is largely in line with very old tequilas, and in Cincoro’s case, as we saw with the anejo release, that means sweetness. This expression is extremely sweet from the start. Notes of coconut, vanilla, and maple-honey glaze are all muddled with baking spices to the point of being overwhelming. A whiff of agave peeks through — surely the blanco in action — but it’s so mild as to be virtually undetectable. On the palate, nothing much changes except now all that sweetness is all over your mouth. Overwhelming to the point of being saccharine, it coats every part of your mouth and throat like medicine. In short order, the melted candy bar character fades to reveal a note of microwave popcorn butter — that slightly unreal creaminess that some people inexplicably love. I found it increasingly off-putting and cloying as the finish builds, concluding on notes of old butterscotch lozenges.
Sweet tooths only — and hardcore at that — need apply.
80 proof. NOM 1438.
C- / $350 / cincoro.com