Review: Emyla Anejo Tequila

Review: Emyla Anejo Tequila

Presented in an artful, oversized bottle and carrying a substantial price tag, Emyla is clearly an ultra-premium tequila by design. It is the brainchild of founder Art Davtyan, who named the tequila by combining the names of his two daughters, and it is produced at the Casa Maestri distillery, which makes a broad range of products in the category. Emyla is made with 100% Blue Weber Agave drawn from both the Highlands and the Lowlands of Jalisco, and it has no additives. Currently, only an añejo bottling is available, which was aged for a little over a year in ex-bourbon barrels. Let’s give it a try.

The nose is classic añejo tequila showing gentle vanilla and milk chocolate intermixed with herbal agave. Not too complex but on point and enjoyable. Taking a sip, the palate follows suit and shows some added vivaciousness. Vanilla and milk chocolate again come first, but they are joined by a big, black peppery bite and a surprisingly hot alcohol burn. Gentle roasted agave notes join in midpalate and last through the long finish, playing nicely with the earlier flavors. Altogether, this is a solid añejo tequila that is good enough to sip neat and comes in beautiful packaging — but it doesn’t manage to distinguish itself in the crowded field of new tequila brands.

80 proof. NOM 1438.

B+ / $130 /

Emyla Anejo Tequila




Robert Lublin teaches whisk(e)y and wine appreciation classes for Arlington Community Education, near Boston, MA. He is also a Professor at the University of Massachusetts Boston and has published books and articles on Shakespeare as well as theatre and film history.

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