Jose Cuervo 250 Aniversario The Rolling Stones Special Edition Tequila Review

Photo courtesy of Jose Cuervo

Rounding out a couple of tequila reviews is a look at this ultra rare, super expensive gem – Jose Cuervo 250 Aniversario The Rolling Stones Special Edition.  How rare is rare?  Only 25 bottles were made available in December 2016 in the United States.  The price for such an offering?  $4,000 a bottle.

This bottling is part of the Rolling Stones Tour Pick collection from Jose Cuervo.  The company says the line pays homage to the company’s part in the Stone’s legendary 1972 tour of the United States, nicknamed the “Tequila Sunrise” tour.  I have a replica poster from that tour hanging in my whisky room, so I’m quite familiar (even though I was still years away from being born) with that tour.  It’s packaged in a great looking bottle with a 24 karat gold tongue logo, along with some golden spikes.  The entire thing rests in a leather-bound guitar case.  I haven’t even gotten to tequila and the Stones freak in me badly wants this.

As for the extra añejo tequila itself, it’s at least 3 years old, though some 100 year old tequila has been added to the final blend.  The agave was slow cooked for 72 hours and pressed once.  After fermentation and distillation, it’s been aged in French and American oak barrels.  The final blend was rested in a Spanish sherry cask for a year to marry the flavors and add a sprinkling of sherry influence.  

The nose is full of oak spice, with hints of vanilla, old library books, mushrooms, alongside some sherried fruit & nuttiness.  There’s a subtle layer of cooked agave in the background.  Taste-wise, the entry starts soft and gradually gains some spice. An intial caramel sweetness is accompanied by allspice, coconut, a grassy note, basil and a touch of stewed fruit. The long finish packs some vanilla and spice.  

What a wonderful product from Jose Cuervo!  This tequila offers some intricate flavors, the majority of which come from the barrels.  It’s seen three different types of barrels for extended periods of time.  It’s the most complex tequila I’ve tasted thus far, and it’s highly recommended to those with very deep pocketbooks.  9/10

Thanks to Jose Cuervo for the sample!  As always, all thoughts and opinions are my own.

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