Posted by Arctic Wolf on May 5, 2013
It is commonly believed that May, 5th or Cinco de Mayo is a well celebrated holiday in Mexico roughly equivalent to the US Holiday of Independence on July, 4rth. The truth of the matter is that Cinco de Mayo is not really a major holiday in Mexico and is more widely celebrated in the United states than it ever has been south of their border. It is not even a holiday related to Mexico’s actual Independence Day known as El Grito de la Independencia (“Cry of Independence”). That phrase was first spoken on September 16th, 1810 by Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla, a Roman Catholic priest in the small town of Delores. That moment is said to have marked the beginning of Mexico’s War of Independence against Spain.
Cinco de May commemorates an entirely different event, the 1862 Battle of Puebla, in which the Mexican Army met and drove back an invasion force of the French. This battle ended in a victory for the Mexican Army over a much stronger and better equipped occupying French force. Although the French continued their push towards Mexico City, the Battle of Puebla provided the Mexican people a much need morale boost which eventually led to their ultimate victory over the French. (History it seems is full of remarkable parallels.)
Thus in recognition of the Battle of Puebla for which Cinco de Mayo is celebrated, we may raise a glass of Tequila today. The glass I am going to raise is one of PaQuí Tequila (Silvera).
Here is an excerpt from my review:
” … The aroma from the glass is laid back. An earthy agave scent is present, but it does not jump from the glass, rather it seeps out slowly. Very light citrus tones follow, but they do not try to assault the nostrils, rather they lie very gently in the breezes …”
Of course I am going to enjoy a few cocktails today, most probably a Metro Mexico Cocktail, and perhaps as the sun gets warmer, a Royal Alexander Margarita.
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Posted by Arctic Wolf on May 18, 2010
Tequila Review: PaQuí Tequila (Silvera)
According to the information sent to me, PaQuí is handcrafted in small batches in the town of Tequila, Mexico, where the master distiller uses a process called Selective Distillation. This process separates the heart of the distillation resulting in a very pure tequila. This new brand is a result of extensive market research which sought to establish the credentials luxury tequila drinkers seek in a fine tequila and to bring such this product to market.
To quote John Chappell, Vice President of Brand Development,
“Conceived nearly three years ago, PaQuí Tequila is the result of extensive research where we learned that the high-end tequila experience is about celebrating and having fun with an authentically Mexican tequila. PaQuí, is deeply Mexican and captures the sense of adventure
the drinker is seeking. The luxury tequila drinker also cares intensely about quality so we went out and hired the best Master Distiller to create an outstanding tequila. The result is PaQuí Silvera, a distinctive tequila that expresses the essence of blue agave with an inviting, flowery aroma and exquisite taste.”
PaQuí Tequila has recently been brought to market by Tequila Holdings, Inc., who are the distillers distillers and the importers. It is currently available in the States of California and Texas.
I was contacted several months ago by the firm, Maury Rogoff, PR and Marketting, (I assume they were engaged by Tequila Holdings Ltd.) who sent me press release information regarding PaQuí Tequila, and requested a review of their Silvera. The sample bottle arrived in my possession about six weeks later, and after several sessions of tasting I can now share the results of my review:
“…Upon pouring the glass I noticed a light sheen on the sides of my vessel which indicated the presence of a light oil. The Tequila has no colour at all, that is to say, it has, to my eye at least, perfect clarity. The aroma from the glass is laid back. An earthy agave scent is present, but it does not jump from the glass, rather it seeps out slowly….”
You may read the full review here:
As well I have provided two recipes to enjoy!
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Posted by Arctic Wolf on April 9, 2010
PaQui TEQUILA LAUNCHES
PaQuí, whose name means “to be happy” in the native Aztec language, is a brand new luxury tequila which seeks to capture the sense of adventure and the taste of quality that the luxury tequila drinker demands. PaQui Tequila is currently available in California and Texas being brought to market by Tequila Holdings, Inc., distillers and importers of PaQuí (Pa’key).
“Conceived nearly three years ago, PaQuí Tequila is the result of extensive research where we learned that the high-end tequila experience is about celebrating and having fun with an authentically Mexican tequila,” says John Chappell, Vice President, Brand Development. ” PaQuí, is deeply Mexican and captures the sense of adventure the drinker is seeking. The luxury tequila drinker also cares intensely about quality so we went out and hired the best Master Distiller to create an outstanding tequila. The result is PaQuí Silvera, a distinctive tequila that expresses the essence of blue agave with an inviting, flowery aroma and exquisite taste.”
PaQuí is handcrafted in small batches in the town of Tequila, Mexico, where the master distiller uses an elaborate process called Selective Distillation. This costly process separates the heart of the distillation and selects only the superior flavors and aromas, leaving a very pure tequila of exceptional character.
The following are the distiller’s tasting notes for the PaQui Silver:
Big fruity aroma of sweet agave.
Notes of citrus, jasmine and fresh green grass.
Complex and inviting.
A rush of sweet agave with fruity and herbal undertones including lemon, honeysuckle and white pepper.
Complex and round with some minerality.
Lively and somewhat spicy up front but finishes with gently lingering flavors.
A luxury tequila expressing the alluring aromas and flavors of blue agave through its proprietary Selective Distillation.
While perfect to sip neat, PaQui’s distinctive taste profile will shine through your favorite mixed drinks.
More information on PaQui Tequila can be found following this link: www.PaQuiTequila.com
And you can be sure that the Arctic Wolf will provide a full review as soon as he can get his hands on a bottle (or three).
Note: All Photos Courtesy MAURY ROGOFF PR & MARKETING
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