According to legend, when the Spanish conquistadors ran out of the brandy they brought from Europe, they began to distill a local agave drink, which became North America's first indigenous distilled spirit. In 1873, this golden beverage was dubbed "tequila" by Don Cenobio Sauza, who founded La Perseverancia Distillery in Tequila, Mexico. He became the first to export tequila to the rest of the world, and today, Sauza offers a full line of tequila. Sauza Conmemorativo Añejo Tequila is a 100% agave tequila with an uplifting smoothness. Wood notes create a delightfully complex drinking experience only attainable by its aging process in medium toasted American oak casks. The bright amber tequila offers an aroma of dried fruit and agave nectar while lightly sweet toasted oak and vanilla can be tasted on the palate. A smooth medium body finish has a mildly bitter citrus balance. Ideal for margaritas.
Initial whiffs detect textile and waxy notes upfront and deeper notes of butter and vegetable oil that seem to underpin the beeswax scent. Palate entry is mildly sweet and caramel-like, but without much of an agave personality; by midpalate, the spice element recedes, leaving behind a spirit that's drinkably average. There's no edge to it.