Friday, May 1, 2015

Clase Azul Reposado {Tasting Notes}

Last weekend we headed to the redwoods for a camping trip celebration for my husband's 40th birthday. Friends joined us, bringing up beer, wine, firewood, and their sense of adventure. Some of our best friends brought Jake a bottle of Clase Azul Reposado tequila. 

If you've been following me for awhile - especially through two years of National Margarita Day when I made Top Shelf Truffles and Salted Margarita Shortbread - you'll know that tequila isn't my favorite spirit. But, heck, it's not my birthday!


By definition, reposado translates to 'rested' or 'calm'; I'm not sure if that refers to the resulting calm after you sip this or reflects the eight months that the Clase Azul rests in American oak barrels. I will say that I can't wait to have that bottle as a candle holder or vase when he's finished with it. It's a beautiful white ceramic that's been hand painted by artisans in their bottling facility. 


Tasting Notes
To the nose, the Reposado smells of oak and vanilla. It sort of reminded me of a well-aged Scotch. To sip it, still, it reminded me more of Scotch than tequila. It was oaky, smoky and incredibly smooth with a lingering finish.

My thoughts: this is a beautiful, sipping tequila. Don't mix it. Don't mash exotic fruits into it. It doesn't need ice...or a paper umbrella. Just pour it in a glass, sit back, put your feet up, and enjoy. Just appreciate this luxurious tequila.

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