Get out your top hat and spats, people! Lippy is putting on the *bling* as he prepares to taste one of the most exclusive (read: expen$ive) tequilas on the market: DeLeon.
From the machine-tooled vinyl of the anejo box, to the thick, perfume-bottle glass, and the super-heavy silver bottle top crafted by “biker Jewelry” designer, Bill Wall (was that enough name-dropping?) – DeLeon is *Ultra-Bling* at its most gaudy and beautiful! These bottles feel great in the hand, and they look great at the bar. But do they TASTE great in the MOUTH? Watch this special “amped up” episode and see for yourself!
AGAVE SOURCE: GUANAJUATO HIGHLANDS
GENERAL TASTING NOTES:
”So, how does it TASTE, Lip?” Fair question. When we’re dealing with a brand that unabashedly asks some of the highest prices in the business (appox $130 for the blanco!) its taste had better be exceptional. Your Tequila Whisperer is happy to report that DeLeon “Diamante”(blanco) is some very exceptional tequila! The flavor profile offers up wonderful notes of spice, sweet cinnamon and agave – all enveloped in a thick and viscous mouth-feel. This blanco is almost CREAMY in the mouth! The full flavor package is nicely balanced and wrapped in a thick “flavor blanket” that lies squarely on the mid-palate and hits a lot of the frontal sweet notes along the way. Though there is a spice finish on the blanco, it’s short-lived and drops off quickly. Too bad. This is perhaps the “softest” blanco Th’ Lip has ever tasted, and while it has a smooth attack with no bite, it still manages to bring loads of flavor without getting watery or feeling diluted. Nice job, DeLeon!
The DeLeon reposado and anejo impressed less, unfortunately. There were astringent tangs of petroleum notes (a naturally occurring tequila flavor, BTW) present especially in the reposado (and smoothed over but still present in the anejo) which played against the sweet oaky smoothness brought on by the aging barrels. It was unclear to Th’ Lip how these notes were introduced because DeLeon is tight-lipped about exactly how their products are aged. There IS a DeLeon marketing statement saying that the anejo goes through a period of aging in Sauternes barrels – and perhaps the repo does too. Are these barrels bringing conflicting flavor notes to the aging process? Dunno. But for now, they are not completely pleasing to Lippy’s palate.
BUY RECOMMENDATION: DeLeon Diamante (Shopper’s Vineyard)
FLAVOR Profiles for DELEON DIAMANTE (out of a possible 4 points)