Gran Centenario is one of the major tequila brand names, and the company has a lengthy line of products.
• Tenampa Azul Tequila
This expression of 100% blue agave tequila ("azul" is Spanish for "blue") may be rested for two months in charred American oak barrels, but it retains the heat and edge of a new spirit. That's a good thing for those who prefer a bitier tequila compared to the more aged expressions taking an ever-larger chunk of the market.
The roasted agave notes come through immediately on the nose, joined by hints of green apple, oak and roses.
An ever-so-slight element of sweetness -- banana and vanilla -- is evident in the complex flavor profile, yet the heat and slight bite prevail.
This is an excellent reposado, ideal for cocktails because the taste will hold up, and because it's a good value for the price. And, just in time for Cinco de Mayo festivities.
Suggested retail price: $21.99.
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