When we first tasted Casa Dragones over a decade ago, we were blown away by what was, at that time, a very unique joven expression, made in the lowlands on column stills from both aged and unaged tequilas by the first, and then only, female Maestro Taquilera, Bertha Gonzalez Nieves. It’s a serious understatement to say the tequila world has changed since Casa Dragones first hit the scene, with innumerable ultra-luxe brands and expressions now lining the shelves. Unsurprisingly, Casa Dragones has added to their own portfolio over the years with a traditional lineup that nevertheless showcases some unique innovation. The trifecta is currently available in a 375ml gift set, if you still happen to be looking for last minute holiday gift options. Thoughts on each follow.
Casa Dragones Blanco – Launched in 2014, this tequila is a true unaged silver expression made from 100% Blue Agave. Unlike the initial, uber-premium Joven offering, Casa Dragones encourages this one for cocktailing as well as sipping. On the nose, this is a more rustic profile than a lot of classic blancos with quite a bit of black pepper and an almost meaty, savory quality. The agave comes across well-cooked with a slight hint of smoke. The palate is also impressively peppered with a restrained sweetness and muted notes of agave pulp and muddled mint. The finish is drying with a lingering bit of lemon peel and somewhat aggressive minerality. Cocktail all the way. 80 proof. B / $77 [BUY IT NOW FROM CASKERS]
Casa Dragones Reposado Mizunara – Launched in 2022, this reposado expression is made from Blue Agave and aged in rare, custom-charred Japanese Mizunara casks which have imparted only a little less color than the anejo. The aroma is peppery and woody at first but becomes more floral as it opens with notes of lily and rosehip. The palate is clean and surprisingly raw with sweet, cooked agave, green pepper, and only a subtle lacing of barrel notes, a bit of vanilla bean, dark butterscotch and white pepper. The finish is dry and warming with a gentle cinnamon spice and more fresh agave. An interesting sipping tequila, but its more noteworthy qualities may get lost in a cocktail. 80 proof. B+ / $172 [BUY IT NOW FROM CASKERS]
Casa Dragones Anejo Barrel Blend – Launched in 2020, this tequila is an anejo offering made from Blue Agave and aged in a mix of new American oak and French Sessile oak. The color is exceptionally light for an anejo, especially one aged in new American oak, but the barrel influence hasn’t been lost on the aroma. The nose is elegant with soft notes of nougat, milk chocolate, and licorice. The agave presents as grassy and floral, not so much vegetal, reinforcing an overall earthy profile. The palate also leans heavily on the barrel notes with a gently spiced entry of cinnamon and clove followed by a bit of dried pineapple and grapefruit peel. For such a light and airy tequila, its impressive just how well-integrated the agave seems to be, laced throughout and adding a touch of sweet green pepper. It finishes as clean and easy as it all began with lingering notes of crema and chocolate mint. 80 proof. A- / $178 [BUY IT NOW FROM CASKERS]