Whisky meets tequila. Yep, it was another serendipitous find for me and Mr. C. By the way, you can thank him for the silly title. 😉
Thanks to our mutual craving for margaritas one recent Saturday, we accidentally stumbled upon this latest offering from Don Julio while buying our tequila.
A little over a year ago, Don Julio released their first limited edition; a Reposado finished in barrels that had previously held Buchanan’s blended Scotch. I wrote about it here. Well, if I was excited about that one, then this year’s edition has me positively giddy. Why you ask? One word.
Don Julio’s 2019 release is an aged tequila that spent approximately eight months maturing in ex-bourbon barrels before finishing for two weeks in barrels that previously held this king of all Scotches. If Ron Swanson was to drink tequila, I believe this would be the one.
Don Julio’s web site describes their Lagavulin edition as follows: “Created by Master Distiller Enrique de Colsa in collaboration with the Lagavulin Distillery Manager, Colin Gordon, this limited edition, innovative tequila is inspired by Don Julio Gonzalez’s creative spirit and passion to take the art of tequila making to new heights. Tequila Don Julio Reposado, Double Cask is a unique, rich and nuanced expression of our traditional Reposado now finished in casks that previously held Lagavulin Islay Single Malt Scotch Whisky.”
So what makes Lagavulin unique, and why is it such a great compliment to the Reposado? Distilled on Islay, the southernmost island of Scotland’s Inner Hebrides, Lagavulin is known for its intense, smoky, peaty, full-bodied taste. Lagavulin’s site says, “This is an intense, roaring bonfire of a malt. Like a driftwood fire at dusk, their wood-smoke envelopes you, banishing the wet and the cold with maritime notes, salt, and an unexpected delicacy reminiscent of lapsang souchong. Not for nothing is this regarded as the definitive Islay, and for many, the definitive Single Malt Scotch Whisky.” An excellent description.
Don Julio’s Reposado, by contrast, is matured for eight months in American white-oak barrels. The result is a tequila that the company describes as “mellow, with an elegant flavor, and inviting aroma.” Paired with the intense, smoky whisky that is Lagavulin, it becomes a marriage made in heaven.
I’ll be honest. There was a time a few years ago when I did not like smoky or peaty Scotches of any kind. My palate was still young and had not yet fully matured to be able to appreciate a big Scotch like Lagavulin. Now? Oh my gosh. Pour me a dram of Lagavulin any day of the week. I would count it now as my number one absolute favorite whisky on the market.
So, there you go. Another creative, innovative, unique, and delicious creation from Don Julio. Try it neat or on the rocks. I promise, if you enjoy a quality tequila and a grown up Scotch, you will not be disappointed. I can’t wait to see what they come up with next year.