A spirit that, upon first glance, is a silver tequila. But really it’s a blend of Reposado, Añejo and Extra Añejo tequilas; the clarity is due to its unique filtering process, which strips the tequila of all color garnered from aging in oak casks. What’s left is a crystal clear tequila belied by its rich, smooth taste. On the nose, the tequila is very mellow and understated. Agave comes through, more so after a swirl to open it up, without the heat and harshness expected from a silver tequila. Of course, not being a silver tequila, Maestro Dobel has flavors imparted from oak casks, including a buttery, vanilla sweetness. It’s not as vegetal as many tequilas, and it goes down smoothly, finishing with a bit of spice.