Dulce Vida Tequila has been steadily expanding their offerings and availability (while periodically rebranding itself), and today we swing back to retry two of their tequilas and see how current bottlings compare to older ones. We last reviewed Dulce Vida Blanco in 2010 and 2017, both as an 80 proof offering; today we’re checking out Dulce Vida Blanco as a 100 proof expression. We also reviewed the Extra Añejo in 2015 (at 100 proof). Let’s give fresh bottles a try.
Both are 100 proof. NOM 1443.
Dulce Vida Tequila Blanco 100 Proof (2023) – This is a big, bold, herbaceous tequila. The nose fairly bursts with agave character, followed by gentle sweetness, white pepper, and light lemon citrus. The palate follows suit, hitting first with ripe roasted agave and fresh cracked black pepper. Midpalate brings a strong alcohol bite along with sweet lemon pith and a light hospital note. The finish is fairly long, introducing some mint as lemon sweetness and black pepper fade. This is a great sipping tequila for those who love unaged tequila and can stand the overproof heat, but almost all tequila fans will appreciate it in cocktails where the higher proof allows it to stand out even as it blends in. A- / $43
Dulce Vida Extra Añejo (2023) – This is not a typical extra añejo tequila. As we noted in our previous review, “This tequila spends 5 1/2 years not in bourbon barrels but in a mix of former Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot barrels from Napa’s Rombauer winery.” The extensive aging and use of distinctive barrels has a significant influence on this tequila, differentiating it from other extra añejos. On the nose comes a complex range of aromas, including winey grape, raspberry, vanilla, light wood tannins, caramel, and a touch of agave. The various aromas are all in balance, with none dominating the experience. The palate follows suit in bold fashion as the higher proof of this well-made tequila asserts itself. Vanilla, agave, wine, berries, and wood tannins all playfully roll over one another. The flavors linger and are joined by dark chocolate for the long finish. For fans of extra añejo tequila, this is one to seek out for both its quality and its uniqueness. A / $200