What started as an aged tequila that defied all logic in Diamante has developed into a full portfolio of Maestro Dobel Tequilas that are equally impressive and smooth. The brand launched in 2008 with that single bottle and now includes a trio of the standard tequila offerings as well as a smoked silver known as Humito.
With any Maestro Dobel Tequila, you'll experience the taste of well-crafted, premium, 100 percent agave tequilas. Some are great for cocktails while others may best be reserved for sipping. And yet, they remain relatively affordable in the scheme of luxury tequilas. You can expect to pay between $40 and $60 for these tequilas and they're worth every sip.
Maestro Dobel Diamante Tequila
Originally labeled "Diamond," this bottling has since changed to the Spanish name "Diamante." It is the flagship of Maestro Dobel and made quite a splash in the tequila industry after its 2008 release.
Diamante is a crystal clear aged tequila. It's fascinating because this is a blend of reposado, añejo, and extra-añejo tequilas, each of which is customarily amber- or golden-colored from the time spent in the barrel. While it retains the rich oak flavors expected from those tequilas, it looks like a clear silver tequila.
The original tagline for Maestro Dobel Diamond Tequila was "the first-ever diamond tequila" and it remains a fitting description. The phrase can be used to describe the similarities between the precious stone and this precious tequila. The suggestion goes that the four C's can be used to describe it:
- "Clarity" refers to a special filtering system which rids the spirit of both its congeners (impurities) and the color typical of barrel-aged liquor.
- "Complexity" refers to the three traditionally aged tequilas in the blend.
- "Crispness" references the quality which is attributed to the hand-selected agave plants grown in the lowlands of Jalisco, Mexico, the heart of tequila country.
- "Craftsmanship" is a salute to the tequila maestros who are behind each small batch of this tequila being produced.
Maestro Dobel is nothing less than spectacular and is perfect for sipping straight, chilling, or serving on the rocks. It's also a great choice to show off in very clean cocktails like the tequini or margarita (not the myriad of frozen, overly fruity ones, but the original).
Tasting Notes: The aroma holds subtle, baked agave with the slightest sweetness mixed with earthy aspects. The palate is full-bodied and super smooth with complex and bold oak, vanilla, and butterscotch notes with a little herbal spice balanced by agave sweetness. It finishes quickly with sweet honey and a little more of a spicy snap.
Diamante is bottled at 40 percent ABV (80 proof) and sells for around $50.
Maestro Dobel Humito Tequila
The maestros were not done with their experimental tequilas. The launch of Humito in 2016 once again rattled tequila aficionados' minds. The name means "little smoked," and this unaged silver tequila does indeed have a fabulous mesquite smokiness to it. In fact, it's called the "world's first smoked tequila."
If you have tasted mezcal before, you can expect Humito to have a similar taste, yet it's decidedly different. The tequila is flavored during the agave baking process when steamed mesquite wood is introduced. This imparts the wonderful smokiness right into the agave before the juice is extracted and distilled. It's reportedly an homage to the tequilas produced back in the 17th century.
Humito is a tequila that many people will enjoy. It appeals to tequila lovers as much as those who have developed a fondness for mezcal. It can even be a delight for anyone who enjoys the gentler smoke of some scotches.
Drinking Humito is an adventure on its own. You can easily sip it straight or chilled and the bottle may disappear faster than you thought. It's also good with a little water to open up the flavor or some ice. Cocktails are certainly not out of the question and it's certainly one to experiment with in citrus or smoked cocktail recipes.
Humito is bottled at 40 percent ABV (80 proof) and sells for $50 or less.
Other Types of Tequilas
Following suit with other tequila brands, Maestro Dobel also produces a trio of what is thought of as the "standard" tequila offerings. The quality matches Diamante and Humito, they simply skip the fancy tricks used with those two tequilas. Each of these is a 100 percent agave, single-estate, small-batch tequila and they're excellent choices when you're looking for a top-shelf tequila.
- Silver: An unaged tequila, the Silver is bottled directly after the two-time distillation that all Maestro Dobel tequilas go through. It has some herbal complexity and is very smooth. At just over $40, it's a fine choice for any tequila cocktail.
- Reposado: Aged in oak for around 15 months, this tequila has a wonderful array of fruit, vanilla, and almond notes along with a gentle oakiness. Selling for around $45, it's a great option for high-end cocktails or sipping straight.
- Añejo: The oldest bottling, this tequila spends around 24 months in white oak barrels sourced from the United States and is finished in European oak reserve casks. It is very complex, a fine example of a well-crafted, aged tequila, and has a price tag that's generally right under $60.
Disclosure: Review samples were provided by the manufacturer.