A while back I tried El Jimador Silver, their un-aged tequila and found it to be quite nice for the price. I can’t wait to try their Reposado and Anejo. The Reposado is aged for 2 months in American oak barrels while their Anejo is aged for 12 months, which goes a long way in explaining the pale yellow color of the Reposado and the darker more golden brown color of the Anejo.
I guess that while I am explaining the meaning of the words Reposado and Anejo I should go that extra mile and explain that El Jimador is the name given to the master harvesters of the Weber blue agave. And these guys must have the patience of Job because it takes a blue agave 8 – 14 years to mature before it can be used to make Tequila, and then, they have to wait months and even years for it to age properly. I would have died of thirst by that time.
Well, let’s see if all that skill and patience have paid off. The El Jimador Reposado has a pale vegetative aroma of agave, which complements its pale yellow color. There’s a bit of ethanol up front but that quickly evaporates away leaving the agave, pineapple, and a touch of vanilla. On the palate, a subtleness of flavors comes out, with the agave leading the way, followed by the vanilla, a nuance of almond, the pineapple, and finally the merest hint of oak leaving me to wish the flavors were not quite so laid back. However, I must admit this is one pretty smooth and straight forward tequila. The finish is slightly spicy, but in a good way, and again features the agave up front followed by a hint of smoky, oaky vanilla that lasts a short time. This is a tasty tequila, but its flavors are a bit too subtle for me, as I really like a more complex taste. But hey, for less than $20.00 a bottle, it’s a good deal.
OK, so let’s move on to the darker and older El Jimador Anejo tequila. Again, the nose is subtle but more complex than the Reposado. It features the agave up front followed by warm oaky notes and a hint of scotch, and, of course, the vanilla. On the palate, the flavors are indeed more concentrated and not as subtle as the Reposado. The agave leads, followed by the smoky oaky scotch like notes, then the vanilla, and the pineapple. The finish is soft, yet peppery, highlighting the oak and scotch then the vanilla and leaving a layered after taste that lasts a medium amount of time. This is a more complex and layered tequila than its sister Reposado and a bit more flavorful as well. It too is soft and sweet and could be a sipper, as well as a pretty good mixer and the price ain’t bad either.
Try one and then the other and let me know what you think. I think these are both spot on taste wise at their individual price points.
El Jimador Anejo (750 ML) is $25.00 to $30.00 per bottle, while the Reposado comes in around $16.00 – $20.00 per bottle (750 ML)
By George Brozowski