I am sipping this as I write. Before tasting this, the sum total of my experience with tequila was a sip each of Patron Silver and Patron Anejo, two sips of 4 Copas, and one or two Margaritas and Sunrises here and there over the years made with I don't know what.
First, the nose: it is evidently of tequila but there are also notes of perfume and smoke. Very nice.
The taste: sweetish and rich with a clear undertone of agave. No doubt this is sweetened with something and also I can taste the more neutral spirit underlying the tequila (it is kind of a vodka-like taste) but withal the taste is very much tequila, very "Mexico".
Aftertaste: herbal notes echoing on the palate.
Very good to drink straight, I can see how people shoot this, it is perfect for that. I find this an expertly blended product, better than the one I confected the other day from the South African "tequila". I think I can get closer to this Cuervo, by adding some sugar syrup and perhaps vodka instead of white rum to mix, or a better rum than I used.
This Cuervo Especial Oro is very good, a fine example of the blender's art.
These blenders know what they are doing.