Posted by Arctic Wolf on January 31, 2012
Cabo Wabo Tequila is made from 100 percent Blue Weber Agave grown in the lowlands of the Mexican State of Jalisco. The distinction between agave grown in the lowlands versus the highlands is important because lowland agave tends to carry more earthy and vegetal flavours into the final distilled Tequila than Agave grown in the highlands. Interestingly, the founder of Cabo Wabo Tequila is rock musician Sammy Hagar, and his Tequila was apparently named after the nightclub he owns in Cabo San Lucas.
The Cabo Wabo Reposado was the first Tequila that I reviewed. Although it is two years later, I went back to this Reposado recently making a few cocktails and polishing off the contents which I had been slowly sipping on over time. (It takes me a while to finish a bottle as new bottles are constantly arriving in my review queue.) I decided to republish my original review with a nice cocktail suggestion added.
Here is an excerpt from the review:
“… This is spicy with lots of citrus. The spice is hot, more like pepper than cinnamon. The citrus notes taste like fresh squeezed lemon and/or lime. It’s hard to be specific as the punky agave flavour masks other notes to some degree. I feel a little oil on my palate. As everyone knows, tequila bites hard, but in spite of the hot citrus and punky agave, this has a milder bite than other tequila I have tried …”
You may read the full review here:
Please enjoy the review and my cocktail suggestion, Pale Gray for Guilt!
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Posted by Arctic Wolf on July 26, 2011
Alamo Tequila is a 100 % Agave Tequila from Agaveros y Tequileros Unidos de Los Altos, S.A. de C.V. distillery in Jalsico, Mexico. I received my bottle for review from Ravinder Minhas, of Mcbsw Sales Company Inc. who is the local importer of this spirit in Alberta, where I live. When I tried to research Alamo Tequila and the distillery from which the spirit is produced, I was unable to find out very much information at all. Agaveros y Tequileros Unidos de Los Altos appears to be an independent distillery in Jalisco Mexico who specializes in a small range of small market tequila.
Here is an excerpt from my review:
“…When I brought the glass to my nose I discovered a lightly sweet, mildly punky agave aroma lifting from the glass. It has a fruity smell but it is not a sharp citrus aroma. Rather it is a more of an earthy aroma resembling the scent of fresh cooked young zucchini. I get a few whispers of vanilla and oak with a very subtle scent of coffee and cream in the breezes as well…”
You may read the dull review here:
As well the review features a brand new cocktail playfully called, A Purple Place for Dying.
Please enjoy the review and my new cocktail!
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Posted by Arctic Wolf on July 12, 2011
Hornitos Reposado Tequila is a 100 % Agave Tequila produced by the Sauza Tequila Import Company located in Tequila, a municipality of the state of Jalisco, Mexico. The Tequila is the creation of Don Francisco Havier Sauza (Don Franco), a third generation member of the Sauza family who founded the La Preseverancia, distillery. Don Franco is credited with helping the Mexican Government to establish the Jalisco region of Mexico as the exclusive origin of genuine tequila in 1974. Hornitos was reported to be Don Franco’s favourite tequila. Unlike other spirits which proudly boast of a maturation period in small oak barrels to ensure heavy contact between the spirit and the oak, Don Franco’s Hornitos spirit is different. The Hornitos Reposado is aged in large 10,000 gallon oak ‘pipones’ to ensure limited contact with the wood during maturation such that the agave flavour remains as pure as is possible in a reposado spirit.
And this concept of minimal wood contact may have some merit. I have spoken with many Tequila aficionados who insist that aging Tequila in oak damages the spirit rather than enhances it. These Tequila connoisseurs are looking for that pure agave expression which Hornitos Reposado promises. Sauza is now part of Beam Global Spirits, and it was the Beam Global Team here in Alberta who made a sample of Hornitos Reposado available to me such that I could provide this review. Here is an excerpt from that review:
“…The initial nose is full of spicy herbal agave fruit. It is a powerful, earthy smell that pours out of the glass growing deeper and stronger as you allow the tequila to breathe. White pepper scents and tart green apples reach the breezes along with grilled pineapple and lemons to round out the nose which is robust and anything but laid back. The scents and aromas from my glass interest me, but I sense a strong warning in those breezes. This is going to be intense…”
You may read the full review here:
As well I have constructed a new cocktail for the Hornitos Reposado which I affectionately call, Nightmare in Pink.
Please enjoy the review and the cocktail!
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Posted by Arctic Wolf on January 12, 2010
The first time I approached someone of knowledge about Tequila, I was a little apprehensive. My few experiences with Tequila in my youth had not inspired me to become an aficionado. In fact you could say that I avoided the Tequila section of the corner liquor store, certain from my youthful experiences that nothing good could come from those bottles. Songs about people “jumping on the tables and shooting out the lights” did not inspire me to take a second glance, and “wasting away again in Margarita ville” did not seem to me to be a good idea. But curiosity finally got the better of me, as it seemed certain that the drink must have some redeeming features. After all, people did buy and drink the stuff , did they not. So I approached the counter at a local boutique store and asked, “What would you suggest, if I wanted a good tequila to serve to friends.”
The bottle I was shown was Herradura Reposado. I bought it, and have never regretted the purchase. Here is a little background material about this Tequila and the company that makes it.
Thirty miles from Guadalajara, in the state of Jalisco, in the town of Amatitan, is where the Herradura LDN is found. Herradura LDN makes a true 100% Weber Blue agave Tequila. The agave is cooked in old stone ovens, and distilled on old copper pot stills, and this tequila making tradition has won numerous awards and accolades for The Herradura company
As well, Herradura LDN is credited on more than one website as pioneering the movement towards aging tequila in oak and making Reposado and Anejo Tequila. Reposado means rested, and literally the implication is that this style of tequila ‘rests’ in oak. By law Reposado tequilas must spend more than two months and less than one year in oak to be considered “Reposado”. The Herradura Reposado stays in oak for eleven months.
Here is my review for Herradurra Reposado Tequila:
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Posted by Arctic Wolf on November 30, 2009
The Tequila I am reviewing today is Herencia de Plata Tequila Reposado. A sample bottle was provided to me by Westway L. LTD., who is the importer of this spirit in my home province of Alberta. I met the Operations Manager of Westway at the Edmonton Food and Wine Festival and introduced him to my review blog. Two weeks later I was asked to review their Tequila on my site and I was happy to oblige.
Herencia is apparently related to the english word ‘heritage’. And the Herencia does indeed have an impressive heritage. The tequila has been served by Mexican President, Vicente Fox to Queen Elizabeth II; it has won awards internationally as you will see when you read the review; and it was originally produced to commemorate wedding of Juan Garcia, the son of the of the company founder, Manuel Garcia.
I should note that Herencia de Plata Reposado Tequila is also a true 100 % Agave Spirit.
But that s probably enough talk for now, let me include an excerpt from the review:
“…I never imagined tequila could be so clean and crisp as this spirit is. The agave flavour, orange and lime citrus notes, and the hot pepper burst are all wonderfully mixed in a crisp, sharp, but very pleasing combination. The agave is aggressive but not in the punky manner I am accustomed to. This is fresher and sweeter than other tequila I have previously tasted. A very light oil allows the flavours to dance on the palate providing a delightful marzipan which sits under the spicier pepper and citrus….”
Read the Full Review Here:
Please enjoy the review!
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Posted by Arctic Wolf on November 3, 2009
And now for something a little on the wild side. This is a deviation into new territory for me and quite frankly I may get it completely wrong. A Tequila review. My knowledge of Tequila is scant, and my experience drinking tequila is even less promising. So take a hefty dash of salt (and maybe a little lime) and enjoy this review, but please do not consider me an expert.
Cabo Wabo Tequila is made from 100 percent blue weber agave grown in the lowlands of the Mexican state of Jalisco. Interestingly enough the founder of Cabo Wabo Tequila is rock musician Sammy Hagar. The online advertising calls Cabo Wabo…. ‘Rock n Roll in a Bottle’.
An interesting slogan, we’ll see if it is true. Here is an excerpt from my review:
“…This is spicy with lots of citrus. The spice is hot, more like pepper than cinnamon. The Citrus notes taste like fresh squeezed lemon and/or lime. Its hard to be specific as the punky agave flavour masks other notes to some degree. I feel a little oil on my palate. As everyone knows, tequila bites hard, but in spite of the hot citrus and punky agave, this has a milder bite than other tequilas I have tried. ……”
You may read the full review here:
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