El Sativo Anejo Tequila
El Sativo takes a novel approach to making tequila. They extract terpenes - aromatic compounds found in lots of organic material and most well known for giving flavor to 'vape juice' - just after harvest, distill the tequila, and then add the terpenes back into the finished tequila (terpenes can't be distilled). In the blanco, it creates a sort of dry tropical dustiness. Interesting and noticeable but subtle. Here I think the process really shines. Smokey tropical notes like banana, soft vanilla sweetness with big oak, a cigar smoker's dessert. Some uncommon green notes like thyme and tomato leaf I chalk up to the terpenes. It all adds up to a complex, toasty anejo.