Posted by Arctic Wolf on August 16, 2011
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Don Julio Blanco Tequila is a 100% Blue Weber Agave Tequila made from agave grown in the highlands of Jalisco, Mexico. As a highland tequila,we can expect the Don Julio to exhibit strong fruity citrus notes and to have a little hot pepper in the finish. The company was established by Don Julio González, who apparently began to examine the prospect of making his own Tequila in 1942. He established his distillery called, La Primavera, and spent nearly forty years refining his Tequila into the spirit which now bears his name.
I first encountered Don Julio Blanco at the May 5 (Cinco de Mayo) Tequila Tasting at Aligra Wine and Spirits in Edmonton. I enjoyed the crisp taste and decided that this was a bottle I would not mind acquiring and reviewing on my website.
Here is an Excerpt from my review:
“…Soft peppery notes come forward out of the glass, followed by lemon and lime citrus juices. Muted fruity agave and a hint of vanilla waft into the air as well providing just a little more softness and I must admit the aroma has made me eager to begin to taste the spirit…”
You may read the full review here:
As well please enjoy the Traditional Margarita cocktail recipe I provided at the end of the review.
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Posted by Arctic Wolf on August 9, 2011
Hornitos Plata 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.
According to the company website, the Plata is constructed to be a pure expression of the natural agave flavour of Tequila, and is made with no aging or contact with wood at all.
Here is an excerpt from my review:
“…The entry into the mouth is spicy with more of that citrus than I noticed on the nose. The spicy taste is kind of like black pepper but with a touch of cloves and ginger thrown in. The vegetal earthiness of the Agave fruit lies under the spices accenting them with that punky agave taste but in some ways the earthiness takes a backseat to the pepper which becomes even spicier as you sip some more…”
Here is a Link to the Full Review:
Of course I have a cocktail recommendation which in this case is one of my own cocktails, The Green Ripper.
Please enjoy the cocktail and the Review!
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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 June 22, 2011
1921 Tequila is made from 100% Agave cultivated in the Highlands of Jalisco, Mexico. The distinction between tequila made from highland agave versus tequila made from lowland agave is important because agave grown in the highlands tends to carry a different flavour profile into the final tequila than lowland tequila. Highland tequila tends to have more sweet fruity citrus flavours and perhaps a touch more hot pepper in the finish.
The website for 1921 Tequila states that their Añejo Tequila has spent a year in white oak. The tequila is described on the website as:
“…It is definitely a Tequila made to be tasted calmly and enjoyed slowly in a cognac wine glass, allowing the description of the authentic taste of the white oak barrel aged for 12 months, where the wood has blended its most sophisticated characteristics with the agave from Jalisco´s soil…”
I decided to follow the advise of the website and began my tasting session with a cognac glass and the 1921 Añejo Tequila served neat without ice. Here is an excerpt from my review:
“…As I brought the brandy glass up to my nose, the fruity agave began to assert itself into the air around the glass. Nice soft pepper and ginger notes come forward out of the glass as well, followed by lime citrus and soft butterscotch. A hint of vanilla wafts into the air with some scattered tea leaves. The aroma is very nice…”
You may read the full review here:
I have followed the review with a cocktail recommendation called, Maximiliano Tequila.
Please enjoy my review!
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Posted by Arctic Wolf on May 12, 2011
Last week I received an invitation from Aligra Wine and Spirits to attend their May 5 (Cinco de Mayo) Tequila Tasting which featured 12 Tequila spirits, beginning with 3 unaged Blanco Spirits, and carrying through all the way to 2 ultra high-end extra anejo spirits. The tasting was hosted by the Owners of Aligra, Grant and Allison Schneider, and was so thoroughly enjoyable that I decided that it was time to begin to publish a few more Tequila reviews here on my website.
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 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.
When I began to publish spirit reviews, my examination of Cabo Wabo Reposado was the very first Tequila review I published (in November 2009, shortly after I opened my website). So when I was able to sample the Cabo Wabo Blanco at the recent Cinco de Mayo Tasting event, I decided that it was time to provide another review of one of Sammy Hagar’s lowland tequilas.
Here is an excerpt from the review:
“…In my tasting notes I wrote down words like ‘earthy garden squash’, ‘sweet bell peppers’, and ‘light peppery lime’. But these tasting notes do not do justice to how wonderfully complex the flavours are, or how nicely they mingle together…”
You may read my full review here:
As well I have provided a new cocktail called “The Deep Blue Good-bye“. Please enjoy the review!
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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 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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