Old Rip Van Winkle Cask
Spirit: Tequila; Proof: 80 (40% Alcohol); Retail Price: $80
July 24 is National Tequila Day. While most of the time, in the past any tequila you drink is best in shots, with a lick of salt and a squeeze of lime to kill the taste. Today’s tequila has come a long way. The older it is, the smoother it is and should even be served in a snifter glass, not a tall shot glass.
To be honest, I have not drank a lot of tequila, just the middle to top shelf you might find in most stores or bars, Milagro, Patron, and of course Cuervo. So while I say this is the best tequila I’ve ever tasted, I realize that my source of reference is not so elaborate.
But here we find a truly unique tequila no matter how vast or limited one’s experience. This Añejo was aged for 23 months in Old Rip Van Winkle barrels. For those who don’t know, Old Rip Van Winkle is sometimes referred to as “Pappy Junior” because it is aged 10 years and the famed and most sought after bourbon in the world Pappy Van Winkle is aged at 15, 20 and 23 years.
The result of finishing, resting or storing añejo tequila in a bourbon whiskey barrel for a couple more years is extraordinary. For me, you still tasted the tequila, but it was never so smooth, sweet and mild. There is no edge on this fine spirit. Don’t mix it, don’t add lime, just enjoy it.
Label description: Corazon’s Añejo Tequila is rested (aged) for 23 months in barrels which were previously used to age Old Rip Van Winkle bourbons. The result is a combination of Tequila and bourbon character with a creamy texture and notes of oak, almond and vanilla.
This is part of a collection of other cask finishes, however, this one is one of the best. Whether it is worth the $80/bottle is open for debate, but it is a very fine spirit.