Silver-Oak-Collaboration-Humidor-Black_grande Boasting the most phallic bottle design I have ever seen, Asombroso nonetheless makes some incredibly expensive and unique tequilas.  This particular bottle entitled “The Collaboration” retails for $1,800.  If you take a closer look at the image you’ll discover part of the reason for the high cost.  Each bottle is hand crafted with Millefiori glass inside the base and stopper of a crystal decanter.  This is then housed inside of a lockable wooden humidor (complete with humidity gauge) and rested on top of a laser etched pedestal.  So, this is collectible art, not just booze.

What makes the tequila itself unique are several aspects.  Firstly, it is a very old tequila aged for 11 years.  You won’t find many spirits other than whiskies that age for this long.  Also, it is double barrel aged, first for a decade in oak (most likely American) and then rested for another year in Silver Oak wineries’ ex-Cabernet Sauvignon American oak barrels. You can see how much the barrel affects the tonality of the tequila, giving it a rich coppery hue.

Here is what Ricardo Gamarra, owner and Master distiller of AsomBroso Tequila, has to say about this process: “I have rested my Tequila in barrels from around the world; from Bordeaux, France to the finest Port wineries in Portugal, to Tennessee, producing award-winning Anejo’s unlike anything the world has seen. We chose to approach Silver Oak because of their attention to detail in producing only one varietal of wine using American Oak barrels instead of French Oak.” 

Asombroso The Collaboration (80 proof)
Visual: Deep burnished copper.
Nose: Immediate vanilla bean with a secondary red wine depth.
Taste: Surprisingly light in character with an elegant mouthfeel.  The tequila’s heat has toned down considerably here.  The addition of the Cab Sauv oak is intensely interesting.  The blended flavors are unlike anything I’ve ever had.  I’d almost go so far to say that this is very much like a cocktail.
Finish: The winey notes go on for quite some time, with the tequila adding a warmth and sparkle on the palate.  Again, an unusual pairing, but one that works in small doses.
Overall: A tequila that works as an after dinner drink, much in the same way that a dry sherry might.  A little goes a long way, which is good since you’re looking at a $150 shot.  (Please don’t do a shot of this, but rather sip slowly from a snifter).
GSN Rating: B+

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