Tequila - Anejo
Don Julio Real Extra Añejo Tequila
This is a Tier 1 score in the Tequila category. It means the spirit has won the highest recommendation at least once and probably many times.
Don Julio tequilas are named for Julio Gonzales who founded the La Primavera distillery in 1942 in order to control all the process of tequila craft from harvesting to bottling.
Don Julio Real tequila is claimed to be the "ultimate" in tequila experience. It is said to include notes of peach, caramel, coffee, and chocolate. It is aged for 5 years in oak.
Named Top Extra-Aged Anejo Tequila in the 2011 San Francisco World Spirits Competition.
Named Top Extra-Aged Anejo Tequila in the 2008 San Francisco World Spirits Competition.
We personally had the opportunity to try Don Julio Real in Chicago during the 2011 Tasting Panel Magazine tour. We said: "[it] infiltrates your sense of taste. It’s like a rebellion that starts small and then overwhelms everything in a kind of inexorable rush of total awesomeness. Better yet, when you pay this kind of money you want a bottle that can serve as a vase at your grandmother’s Christmas dinner. The Real gives you that with a gorgeous bottle and a heavy crystal top."