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Last Night It Was Just Me and Don Julio, Unadulterated

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A couple of weeks ago we wrote about a tequila cocktail pairing dinner at the Hotel Icon's Voice restaurant.

The review was generally laudatory with the exception of the final cocktail in which the limited edition Don Julio 1942 (so named for the year the Mexican founder began producing high end tequila) was mixed with pureed jicama to generally disappointing results. I wrote that we'd all been looking forward to the 1942 in a brandy snifter.

As it turns out the publicist for the Don Julio line wasn't too happy about that part of the review. She then offered to send me some 1942 so I could try the unadulterated version. I agreed and an airplane-bottle-sized sample arrived a few days later.

Last night I unscrewed the cap off that little bottle, dumped it in a brandy snifter, swirled it, took in the aroma and began drinking. This was Don Julio 1942 as it was meant to be. In fact, the tequila was so smooth that a drinker might initially mistake it for a fine brandy.

So if you've got some extra cash and want to experience the finest in tequila (about $75 a full-sized bottle we were told) give the 1942 a try. But don't let anyone talk you into adding anything else into the glass.

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