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Grand Mayan Tequila Extra Aged
About Grand Mayan Tequila Extra Aged
After spending a large portion of last year exploring budget and/or mixing spirits, I was grateful and excited to come out of the holiday season with a handful of higher priced bottles. And, since it has been far too long since I last experienced a higher end bottle of tequila, my most anticipated bottle was Grand Mayan Tequila Extra Aged.
Family is important to Grand Mayan Tequila. The company was founded by Carlos Monsalve, a long-time veteran of the tequila industry. His family continues to play a significant role in the entire production process and Carlos works especially closely with his son, Carlos Jr, to carry on the family tradition. The tequila is also distilled at a family-owned distillery, Nom 1495, and bottled in ceramic bottles that are hand painted by artists in Mexico City.
❖ Spirit: Extra Aged Tequila
❖ Distillery: NOM 1459
❖ ABV: 40% (80 Proof)
❖ Aged 3-5 Years
❖ High Price
❖ Color: Gold
❖ Nose: Nuts, Vanilla, Grass, Cherry, Agave
❖ Taste: Evolves from Vanilla, Fruit, Chocolate and caramel to Bitter Wood and Agave.
❖ Finish: Long, Vanilla, Caramel
- 2 oz Tequila
- 6 Dashes Mole Bitters
- 1 Bar Spoon Agave Syrup
- Add ingredients into a mixing glass
- Fill with ice and stir until chilled
- Strain over a large rock of ice and garnish with a orange peel
Since Grand Mayan Tequila Extra Aged is incredibly flavorful, I thought it would work well in a spirit-forward cocktail like an Old Fashioned. This also gave me a chance to finally use the bottle of Dashfire Mole Bitters I received last year as a gift.
Although this is a simple twist on a classic recipe, I was still pleased with the final result. The mole bitters add a subtle chili spice that complements the vanilla and fruit flavors of the Grand Mayan Extra Aged. Additionally, the bar spoon of agave syrup is just the right amount to balance out the bitter wood notes.
I found it challenging to rate Grand Mayan Tequila Extra Aged, because it’s been a while since I last experienced a tequila of a similar level of quality and price. However, the bottom line is that this is an excellent bottle of tequila that is a delight to drink. Despite having a modest ABV of 40%, it still has some heat while remaining smooth. And, I particularly enjoyed the evolution of flavor, starting sweet and fruity, transitioning to slightly bitter wood and agave, and finishing with a pleasant vanilla. And, the beautifully painted ceramic bottle truly completes the entire package. If you are willing pay the high price, you won’t be disappointed.
As always, drink responsibly.
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