As with the 2012 version, Tequila Herradura Colección de la Casa, Port Cask Finished Reposado, Reserva 2016 spends 11 months in ex-bourbon casks, then finishes for two months in formerly used Port casks.
This expression finds a relatively traditional reposado nose of vanilla-scented caramel and toasted marshmallow, plus modest agave and just a hint of red fruit. Aromatically quite racy, it’s got a level of red pepper not seen in this line before. On the palate, again, traditional reposado notes tend to dominate. Black pepper, green onion, and mixed savory herbs give this a dominant, heavy base — and after five or ten seconds more fruity elements, driven by the Port finish, finally begin to surface. The finish lingers with very light notes currants and some strawberry, but it’s red and black pepper notes that hang in there after all else has faded away.
You’ll find more complexity, and a much stronger Port influence, in the original bottling, but this expression is quite compelling in its own right.