We’ve reviewed a wide range of Gran Centenario tequilas over the years, including copious special editions, but the brand’s standard anejo has long eluded us. Today we remedy that with a look at its aged expression. (Length of time in barrel is not formally stated, but I’ve read 18 months online.)
This is a perfectly acceptable anejo that works fine on its own but bets as a mixer. I’ve seen it available for as little as $26, so there’s no harm in experimenting freely with it.
Oaky on the nose, with overtones of caramel, vanilla, and both green and black pepper, this feels both traditional and iconic in construction from the start, still clinging to ample green agave notes throughout the experience. The palate doesn’t flip the script much, though it’s a touch sweeter than the nose would suggest, offering a healthy core of spun sugar and a little milk chocolate. Some emerging cinnamon, creating a churro-like quality, is perfectly welcome as the tequila further develops on the tongue, leading to a finish that deftly melds sweet and savory notes.
As the tequila faded out with gentle notes of fresh-cut grass, I hoped for more complexity in the experience, but while Gran Centenario Anejo is on the simpler side, there’s never anything unenjoyable about it. If you like your margaritas with a bit more caramel-laced sweetness — but don’t want to spend a lot for the upgrade — this is a bargain bottling worth keeping within reach on the back bar.
80 proof. NOM 1122.