Editor’s note: Extra special thanks to Ingrid and Havas Formulatin.
Today we’ll be examining a product born out of innovation and ingenuity, Herradura ULTRA Clear Añejo tequila. In the world of international spirits, very seldom do we see anyone, especially the big players in the industry, push the envelope to develop something truly unique and…….. well, new. This tequila is exactly that. I’ll spare you the details of the company history as I’ve covered that extensively in the linked article below. Let’s begin shall we?
Before we examine this tequila’s accolades in flavor and aroma, I personally feel like I have to point out how beautiful and striking this bottle is. It is unbelievable that this is a blend of añejo and extra añejo tequila. It is as clear as the cleanest and purest water ever seen by man.
The nose of the tequila features heavy scents of vanilla, cocoa, kola nut, raisin, caramel, nutmeg, and citrus fruits. The sip features much of the same, but with some glaring distinctions. Lime and orange peel, lavender, bourbon, wood, smoke, toasted marshmallow, clove, and the slightest tinge of coriander all make the rounds on the palate.
At times I believed my taste buds were playing tricks on me during this review because I expected it to be more bright and floral, the direction most silver tequilas tend to lean towards. Not so. This is añejo tequila through and through. Herradura is absolutely breaking new ground with this one and the results of this odd experiment are truly awe inspiring.
Personally, I am fond of several Brown-Forman products. El Jimador being my favorite tequila of all time (also 100% agave and made by Herradura) and Old Forester being my overall favorite of theirs. But I personally believe Herradura is their most important brand currently. I hope these types of ideas and innovations make it into future products in other lines.
Please make sure you do yourself a favor and pick up a bottle of this if you fancy yourself a tequila collector or connoisseur as soon as you can. You can find a 750 ML bottle for just over 60 dollars at your local area Spec’s Wine Spirits and Finer Foods here in Houston.
Rating: 5 out of 5
Suggested Tasting: Although it may be criminal not to enjoy such a fine product neat or on the rocks, here’s a margarita recipe anyway:
2 oz Herradura ULTRA
1.5 oz fresh squeezed lemon and lime juice
1 oz Grand Marnier Centcenquantaire
0.5 oz Agave Syrup
0.25 oz Campari
A few dashes of orange bitters
Lemon and lime peels
Place in a shaker with ice. Shake vigorously. Strain over a chilled glass filled with ice and rimmed with lime juice and salt (optional).