Los Arango Tequila Añejo, 85 Points

Distilled from 100% Blue Weber Agave by Hacienda Corralejo, Guanajuato, Mexico.

Age: 13 months in American oak barrels.

ABV: 40%

Appearance: Lighter in hue than one might expect from an añejo, and with very long legs.

Nose: Refreshingly fruity for an añejo.

Flavor: Light oil, very floral, with an explosion of black pepper on the palate.

Finish: Long and pleasantly piquant.

Conclusions: Although lighter in character than one expects from the expression, this añejo is nevertheless remarkable for its combination of delicate touch and palatal persistence.

Cocktail Recommendation: A Boulevardier, with tequila standing in for rye whiskey, that employs an amaro lighter in character than the standard Campari, one the botanicals of which won’t overwhelm this gentle juice.

Score: 85/100

Philip Dobard

Philip Dobard is Vice President of the National Food & Beverage Foundation (NatFAB) and plays an integral role in all its programs. He serves as Director of The Museum of the American Cocktail and President of Pacific Food & Beverage, NatFAB’s Los Angeles-based West Coast operations. He leads Nitty Grits Media and produces NatFAB's Pacific Taste, The Thoughtful Feast, and Touring the Cocktail events. Under the Nitty Grits Media banner, he’s executive producing several web series, among them Drinking Heads, Eating Heads, Touring the Cocktail, and World Eats. Philip produced the series Deadtime Stories for Nickelodeon, and his film Grave Secrets enjoyed its world premiere at the San Diego Film Festival. He served as General Director of Opera Columbus and Professor of Arts Policy and Administration at The Ohio State University. At the University of New Orleans, Philip directed the Graduate Program in Arts Administration and conducted research sponsored by the National Endowment for the Arts and Pew Charitable Trusts. He completed graduate studies at UCLA, is an advisor to the Art Institute of California, Los Angeles, contributes to several publications, among them Bonfort's Wine and Spirits Journal, Drink Me Magazine, Nitty Grits, and The Tasting Panel Magazine, and regularly serves as a judge at cocktail, spirits, and cooking competitions.

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