We wrote about the launch of Don Julio 70 Anejo Claro back in July, when it was unveiled at Tales of the Cocktail. It sounded interesting, but we didn’t sit down with a bottle until now.
Don Julio 70 Anejo Claro is the newest tequila in the Don Julio lineup, and it’s certainly the most unique. The spirit begins its life as 18-month-old Don Julio Añejo. From there, a unique filtering process strips away the color. Besides just removing the color, however, the process is supposed to recover the agave notes of the Blanco without removing the richness of the Anejo. Let’s take it for a spin.
Dive in to find huge aromas and flavors. First up though, is a powerful, unappealing hit of rubber cement. Thankfully, that subsides and gives way to bananas, citrus and agave – traditional Blanco notes – plus vanilla, caramel and toasted oak, flavors usually associated with Anejos. These nicer notes try to shine through, but they’re overwhelmed by a strong, woody presence that’s much harsher than the rich, smooth wood notes of the Anejo.
Drinking 70 Anejo Claro is an interesting, albeit confusing, experience. It’s got more going for it than the green, rough-around-the-edges Blanco, but not necessarily in a good way. And it pales in comparison to the smooth and creamy Anejo. Consider it a collector’s item for sure, but for $70, we’ll take a bottle of the Anejo and a 12-pack, please.
– 40% Alcohol by Volume
CE Rating: ★★