Don Julio 1942 Tequila
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DON JULIO 1942 TEQUILA
Don Julio Tequila is one of the best tequilas, made, ever. Don Julio changed the spirit of Tequila, when he creating this drink. Now, in 2020, Don Julio’s legacy continues in the form of two amazing tequilas: Don Julio 1942, and Don Julio Real. Both are made from Blue Agave plants, which are grown in Jalisco.
This is a beautiful bottle. It has a golden hue. It's been aged for at least 2.5 years. Don Julio 1942, is an amazing tequila anejo which was created to celebrate the opening of Don Julio's very first distillery. In 1942, Don Julio Gonzalez founded the distillery called La Primavera, in Los Altos de Jalisco.
From cultivating Agave, to bottling the final product. Don Julio created a process which has resulted in Mexico producing one of the finest tequilas.
The process for Don Julio 1942 begins with hand picked Agave plants which take 7-10 years to mature. The Agave is slowly roasted for 70 hours, in masonry ovens. The limited edition 1942 Don Julio tequila is made from the finest agave, and it's aged until it achieves amazing levels of flavor and character.
It stays in oak barrels for over 2 years.
THE DON JULIO 1942 TEQUILA
It's exclusive. It's served in lounges, cocktail bars, hotels, nightclubs, and restaurants. 1942 is the year Don Julio Gonzalez opened his distillery in Jalisco. Don Julio 1942 is aged for 2.5 years. The anejo is smooth, and it has smooth oak flavors, with vanilla, and agave flavors.
Don Julio 1942 is unique because Don Julio Gonzalez invented a new way that have others have SINCE THEN copied. Don Julio 1942 is an AMAZING GIFT for tequila lovers. It's great for birthdays, or anniversary gifts.
Don Julio stands out, because of it's warm oak - pepper - and cinnamon flavor.
The smooth taste is best enjoyed neat.
It has amazing depth and chatacter.
It has a silky, smooth, character, which coats the palate with roasted agave, vanilla, topical fruits, and spicy undertones. It's got a beautiful finish, with hints of oak and vanilla.
It has scents of caramel, toffee, and vanilla. After you take a sip of Don Julio 1942 Tequila, you're greeted with roasted agave, vanilla, fruits, and spices. It's AMAZING served on it's own. You can not go wrong with this tequila.
How is it produced
It's oven cooked, slow roasted, for over 70 hours. The shredder/roller extraction method is used. Distillation is done in stainless steel pots to 40% abv. It's usually made in small batches. They also use bourbon balls for aging.
How does Don Julio 1942 Tequila smell?
It has a cognac smell, with some butterscotch, and vanilla scent, with some caramel.
How does Don Julio 1942 Tequila taste?
It's smooth and silky. There's a clean caramel taste to it, with a creamy toffee/nougat type taste. It's also got vanilla, spice, and cotton candy. It's not a complicated, or bold, taste.
HOW DOES THE 1942 DON JULIO TEQUILA FINISH?
It's fruity, caramel, spicy creamy.
WHAT IS SO SPECIAL ABOUT 1942 DON JULIO TEQUILA?
It's smooth like butter, it's simply amazing. There's a beautiful presentation, and the tequila is like candy. It's like sipping sweet tequila, without being overly sweet. Lot's of caramel and butterscotch is notable among readers on Reddit! Some people claim it's like a gateway tequila to learning about fine tequila. The 1942 is aged 24-38 months. The second distillation of 1942 Don Julio is done in a small pot. Anejo is aged anywher efrom 1-3 years. As part of the 1942 aging process, it goes through several barrels. It means that the complexity of the tequila is super complex.
UNDERSTANDING WHAT MAKES A TEQUILA - GOOD
Tequila is one of the most divisive and important spirits in the market. Tequila brings an automatic gag reflex to the mind of some people after drinking too many shots of it --- or drinking a bad version of it! True tequila doesn’t have to be something you regret. In fact, great form,s of it rival the best type of spirits in the industry!
Champagne only comes from the Champagne region of France. True Tequila only comes from the Jalisco, in Mexico. Mexico laws state the official tequila regions are: Guanajuato, Michoacan, Nayarit, and Tamaulipas. Tequila is made from the blue agave plant, which grows for 5-7 years before it is harvested. Agave grows in the area surrounding the city of Tequila! The soil, climate, harvest period, and distilling process are all equally important in the final flavour.
Bottom line: true tequila is a controlled process. Cheap tequila contains 51% agave - which is the minimum required by Meixcna law, the rest if cheap sugar-cane liquor, and caramel for colour and flavour. The bad hangover you get is because of these additives!
What to look for in Good Tequila!
There’s a few simple rules to live by, when looking at tequila.
- Always make sure the source is 100% blue agave. There is a day and night difference between pure blue agave, and the cheaper tequila.
- Don’t confuse color with the quality of the tequila. Many cheaper Tequila companies will add additives which make it so the bad tequila looks aged.
- Know which style of tequila works for you. There are four standard varieties you have to know about.
This is the purest form straight from the stills. You get a fruity flavor on your tongue, and the tequila has a bite. It’s great for cocktails / mixed drinks
This is aged between 2-12 months in oak barrels. It gives a slight gold color, and cuts down the bite. Much smoother!
This is where you start seeing “top shelf,” tequila. It’s been aged for at least 1 year in oak barrels. For example, Espolon Anejo is aged for 10 months in American oak barrels, then transferred into Wild Turkey Bourbon barrels for 2.
This is the rarest form of Tequila. It’s aged a minimum of 3 years. Depending on which barrels are used, the tequila will differ in it’s taste. They should never be put into a mixed drink!
Frequently Asked Questions
What's better, Patron or Don Julio?
Don Julio is great, according to other people who love drinking Tequila. In most categories, Don Julio is considered better. Patron is flashier, and has a lot of hype. Don Julio Anejo is one of the best sipping tequilas on the market. Many people make cocktails with Patron, or do shots. But people who really enjoy tequila love sipping on Don Julio, because it tastes amazing.
Should you buy tequila in usa or mexico?
Many people think that buying tequila outside of the USA is cheaper. For example, you might have friends going to Europe, or friends going to Mexico, etc. The fact is, it could be cheaper. If you go to Mexico, and can score some tequila in the duty free shop - it could be drastically cheaper than the USA. Many people, on Reddit, claim that Mexico City airport has an amazing selection of Tequila.
Reviews from other websites
The bottle is heaven in a bottle. It's totally my go-to tequila bottle. It's so soft, and yummy when it comes to taste. I recommend this tequila if you really want a couple of shots, with no hangover! The packaging is beautiful.
It's probably the best tequila i've ever tasted. You can really feel the quality, and taste it, in addition to the high price lol. This tequila has a smooth start, and major feisty finish. I would recommend this to someone else who wants a better quality tequila, without the hangover.
I like Tequila, but I am super in love with Don Julio 1942. It's super smooth, and the bottle is luxurious and elegant. It's on the pricier side of Tequila bottles. If you buy shots, the bottle isn't too expensive.
I love the taste of this tequila and how smooth it is. It can really be a bit pricey, but it's totally worth it. I also love how I can drink it, and not have a hangover the next day. It's one of my go-to bottles whenever I wanna be fancy, and drink something REALLY good without hangover!
This is all my time favorite Tequila bottle. I drink it when i'm partying, or when i'm alone and want to sip something. It's expensive, but it's worth the price. It's so smooth. The bottle is gorgeous. I recommend this to all Tequila drinkers. I also recommend putting it in the freezer at least 6 hours before you drink it.
It's a really smooth, and smells vanilla/nutty scent. It's made from 100% blue agave, and the box is such a nice looking gift. It's pricey, but if you go to the right place you can get it cheaper. Don Julio tequila never disappoints - period.
Facts about Don Julio Tequila
It was made by a teenager
The founder was only 17 year old, and was laying the foundation for what would become the FIRST luxury tequila brand. Don Julio Gonzalez began distilling tequilla very young. He did it to simply supplement his weekly income. He cared about tequila. At that time, this was just a workhouse drink. It was fiery and raw. It had a lot of rough edges. Don Julio bet his future on the fact that he could transform tequila into something which could be savored and sippsed.
His distillery was built on money he borrowed
With barely any money, Don Julio decided to perfect tequila production. He asked for a sizeable loan from a local businessman. The businessman agreed, and gave the money. After this, Don Julio’s first tequila bottles were made.
Don Julio was the maker of Super Premium
Don Julio is responsible for introducing many standards to the tequila industry. In addition, the bottles he made set the standard for what later would become “Super premium.”
His bottle is intentionally off-trend
In Don Julio’s time, bottles were utilitarian. They weren’t something to be looked at visually. Don Julio dared to dream differently. He made bottles that looked hot and sexy! The goal was to make a visually interesting bottle.
Interesting Facts about Don Julio Tequila
- It's the largest brand in value, and 8th largest in the world.
- It's distilled, manufactured, bottled, distributed, from Don Julio's corporate facility in Mexico.
- It's distributed in the USA by Diageo.
- It was named after it's founder, who began distilling at age 17.
- He claims he spent nearly 40 years perfecting the craft
- The first tequilas were shared with friends only
- In 1999, the Seagram company(Gingerale), invested in Don Julio Tequila
- In 2003, Don Julio sold a 50% stake in Don Julio for $100 million
The tequila really took off in 1985, when the owners children gave him the tequila now called Don Julio. Guests at the celebration saw the drink, and asked if it was for sale. At the first the family was hesitant to make it available to the public - but relented and offered it for sale in 1987.