Don Julio 1942 Tequila is part of the tequila lineup that also includes a Blanco, Reposado, Anejo and “Real” expression. The 1942 is double distilled, using a pot still for the second round of distillation, and then aged in used bourbon barrels. It’s aged for 2.5 years, a full year longer than the Anejo and about a year less than the Real.
On the nose, Don Julio 1942 Tequila is bursting with vanilla, caramel and cherries, plus some buttery oak. Take a sip and taste more of the same, plus toffee, chocolate and agave. It’s silky on the palate with just the right amount of peppery bite. It finishes long, with notes of vanilla, brown sugar and oak.
Don Julio 1942 is a tequila best sipped neat, in part because of its steep price tag, but also because it’s remarkably smooth. The sweet vanilla melds nicely with the background of red fruits, and the agave and oak provide a little bite to temper the sweetness. All in all, this is great tequila worth seeking out.