One of the first tequilas I was recommended at my favorite Tequila Bar – Rocco’s Taco’s in Fort Lauderdale – was Riazul. When I asked if there was anything worth sampling that wasn’t named Don Julio or Patron, I was directed to this anejo. I’m stoked that I was, because it’s been one of my go-to tequilas in this price point ever sine and something I find myself pouring neat several nights each week.
When I smell the tequila, I get a big note of caramel, almost as strong as one that you’d see at an ice cream shop being poured over two scoops of vanilla. The initial reaction I get is “it’s spicy, and powerful.” Speaking of vanilla, I can smell vanilla, but not so much taste it. It’s got a nutty aftertaste. If I had to pinpoint it, I’d say hazelnut.
I always write my tequila reviews based on what I experience. THEN, after enjoying it, letting it all soak in (literally and figuratively) I look around to see what the big industry websites say, as well as other independent reviewers and liquor stores that carry the product say as well.
In the case of the Riazul anejo, I had my time of agreement, and my times of disagreement.
I found the following statements at DrinkUpNY.com
Sweet aromas of cinnamon, spicy pineapple, and rich banana cake lead to a smooth, medium bodied spirit with vibrant flavors of caramel, agave, almond, vanilla, and spice.
Upon further thought, I can taste the cinnamon aftertaste, but I don’t so much smell it. “Spicy” pineapple, well, we’re 1-2 there as I noted the spicy character of this tequila but didn’t get any notes of pineapple. The rich banana cake statement is well over what my taste buds can catch (the snobs would have gone with ‘palate’ in that sentence but that’s not my personality) but I entirely agree with it. Caramel, almond, vanilla, and spice – CHECK.
So without being a guru or aficionado, (and note this is one of my first ever published reviews) I pretty much nailed this one, which is perhaps why I’m so fond of this anejo. It’s a nice pour neat, but I have friends who enjoyed it on the rocks. (You won’t catch me doing that.) It’s also worth noting that the official website of Riazul notes “dried fruits” and “honey” as other flavors you’ll experience.
Overall, with a fair price point of $60 or under, you can’t go wrong with this as a nice nightcap offering a wide variety of flavors. It seems all the big online retailers like to boast a price of $59.99 but in actuality, they sell it for anywhere from $41.99 to $49.99. If you can grab a 750 ml bottle at that price, your in business.
Facts About Riazul Anejo
Alcohol by Volume: 40%
Distillery: Compañia Tequilera de Arandas, S.A. de C.V.
Riazul is 100% premium blue agave tequila.
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- - Fair Price Point for a Premium Tequila
- - Not Widely Available in Stores