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El Mayor Anejo
The palate initially eschews the sweetness and comes across as remarkably savory, like burnt bacon that’s slipped a bit into your syrup at breakfast. Again, it’s heavy on the pepper, with some further unexpected notes of tobacco and bay leaf in the mix. The finish is quite drying but does show some of those maple hints here and there, finishing up with a lingering smoky, charry note that recalls cigar ash to a degree. Sultry and curious, it’s a departure from the usual extra anejo sugar bomb style — and while that’s not inherently a bad thing, El Mayor’s expression swing too far the other way.