We like tequila. Like, a lot. So we were psyched to sit down with some of the good people at Don Julio, one of the best tequilas on the market, to sample every expression they offer.
Don Julio Blanco
The Expert Says: Crisp, raw agave aromas blended with notes of fresh citrus–lemon, lime and grapefruit—combined with other fruit flavors
including hints of guava that enhance its style.
Maxim Editor Cory: This tastes fresh. Almost like freshly mown grass or an agave juice. Is it wrong to start each morning with a nice, big glass of agave juice? I didn't think so.
Don Julio Reposado
The Expert Says: Incredibly soft and elegant hints of dark chocolate, vanilla and light cinnamon balance with subtle notes of pear and apple for a
lightly honeyed and caramelized smooth flavor.
Maxim Editor Cory: This has an amazing combination of spicy and smooth. The flavor is here, but it's not biting at all.
Don Julio Anejo
The Expert Says: Wonderfully complex and balanced with expressions of cooked agave and honey. Distinctive notes of cherry and strawberry contrast
the spiciness of vanilla, cinnamon and black pepper flavors; fullbodied with astonishing depth of character.
Maxim Editor Cory: This is the smoothest tequila I've ever had in my life. This stuff shouldn't be legal. It goes down like watery water.
Don Julio 1942
The Expert Says: A silky, smooth character that coats the palate with roasted agave flavors, vanilla, sun-ripened tropical fruits and
spiced undertones to create a wonderfully unique tequila experience.
Maxim Editor Cory: The tequila, which was created to celebrate the 60th anniversary of Don Julio tequila (Don started making tequila in 1942) comes in one of the coolest looking bottles and boxes around. The smooth stuff inside is even better.
Don Julio Real
The Expert Says: Enticing dried fruit, roasted agave instantly coat the palate followed by toffee and chocolate topped with a slightly dry, lightly bitter finish that this fine tequila acquires through the aging process that gives it an unforgettable sensation.
Maxim Editor Cory: Scratch what I just said. This tequila, which is aged 5-6 years, is the smoothest I've ever had. It's going to be really hard to go back to the non-$350 tequilas. But I guess I'll manage.