Just as with whiskies, there has been a boom in the number of tequilas available on the US market in the last few years. Blue Nectar Tequila is one of those brands, with four different expressions to choose from.
Blue Nectar Reposado Extra Blend is double-distilled, aged six to eight months in charred North American oak barrels, then blended with three-year extra añejo tequila. This 100-percent estate-grown agave tequila is made in the lowlands of Jalisco at the Tequila Selecto de Amatitan distillery.
Nose: A fairly smooth nose with notes of smoke and a slight oakiness. There are also hints of vanilla and honey. Overall, a pleasant nose.
Palate: Honeyed fruits come through the most on first and second sip of this. These flavors mix with the smokiness from the nose and are rounded out by some pepper. A little bit of cinnamon spice can also be detected.
Finish: Short to medium finish. It left me with, of all things, a little bit of a peanut butter flavor, most likely because of the mix of honeyed fruits and the smoke together. There’s a nice warmth and the liquid goes down smoothly.
Final Thoughts: The blend of añejo and reposado tequilas is an interesting choice, and it helps bring a little bit of a smoother character to the tequila itself. It also gives the tequila a nice color—not too light and not too dark. The peanut buttery notes I got make me think it would be a good addition to hot cocoa in the coming winter months.
Blue Nectar REB retails for $54.99.