If fine Scotch whisky can be aged in a port cask, why not tequila?
The good folks at Casa Herradura have answered that question beautifully with the release of Herradura Coleccion de la Casa, Reserva 2012 - Port Cask Finish. This reposado tequila, the first in a planned series of annual limited releases, has a woman's touch, as it was crafted by Master Distiller Maria Teresa Lara. The small-batch tequila rested in two different types of oak casks: eleven months in medium-char American oak casks, then two months in hand-selected vintage port casks from Douro Valley in Portugal. The port's effect on the 80-proof spirit is evident in the amber-copper coloring as well as the smoky nose. The tequila is playful on the palate, with the most substantial mouthfeel of any tequila we've ever sipped. The blue agave flavor takes center stage when it is swallowed, followed by a long finish. Only 2,000 cases of this were produced, so if you like it, you may want to pick up a second bottle while you still can.