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Review: El Tesoro Tequila Paradiso Extra Anejo

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While not quite as extreme as El Tesoro’s $200 80th Anniversary bottling, the more commonly available Paradiso Extra Anejo is every bit as much of a delight.

Created in collaboration with Alain Royer of A. de Fussigny Cognac, the twist is that this extra anejo is aged for five years in French oak, ex-Cognac barrels (instead of the usual bourbon barrels). It’s not a new release. In fact, Paradiso has been around so long it actually predates the official extra anejo designation for tequila.

The nose is the most unique and unexpected part of the experience here: Citrus-forward with notes of lemon and grapefruit peel making an initial rush. As the aromas develop in the glass, more traditional extra anejo notes come to the fore: vanilla, baking spice, and hints of red and black pepper. The palate is silky — buttery, even — with notes of chocolate and caramel rather immediate. Infused with spice and pepper notes, it all melds together to build to a lovely Mexican chocolate character, with cinnamon notes the last to fade out on the finish.

While ever so slightly unorthodox, it stands as an amazing example of extra anejo tequila, the proof of what a solid barrel program can do with quality raw materials.

80 proof. 2019 release reviewed.

A / $130 / eltesorotequila.com

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El Tesoro Tequila Paradiso Extra Anejo

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Christopher Null

Christopher Null is the founder and editor in chief of Drinkhacker. A veteran writer and journalist, he also operates Null Media, a bespoke content company.

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  1. John Butera October 6, 2019

    Christopher excellent review of this tequila. I had the privilege of tasting this just last night and in comparison to Don Julio 1942, Clase Azul and the Paradiso. It was hands down the the Paradiso, this is a remarkably mellow non alcohol burn tequila. The warmth of flavors and richness of texture is remarkably and sold me on this tequila!

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