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Review: Don Julio Blanco Tequila

Posted by Arctic Wolf on August 16, 2011

Photo courtesy forrest

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:

Review: Don Julio Blanco Tequila

As well please enjoy the Traditional Margarita cocktail recipe I provided at the end of the review.

Cheers!

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Review: Hornitos Plata Tequila

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:

Review: Hornitos Plata Tequila

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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Review: Alamo Reposado Tequila

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:

Review: Alamo Reposado Tequila

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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Review: Hornitos Reposado Tequila

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:

Review: Hornitos Reposado Tequila

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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Review: 1921 Añejo Tequila

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:

Review: 1921 Añejo Tequila

I have followed the review with a cocktail recommendation called, Maximiliano Tequila.

Please enjoy my review!

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Review: Cabo Wabo Blanco Tequila

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:

Review: Cabo Wabo Blanco Tequila

As well I have provided a new cocktail called “The Deep Blue Good-bye“. Please enjoy the review!

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That Royal Feeling

Posted by Arctic Wolf on February 1, 2011

You are probably familiar with the traditional Tequila recipe, The Margarita.  I gave this cocktail a little twist, by introducing  Louis Alexandre Grand Marnier into the recipe rather than Triple Sec.  This premium Grand Marnier adds a touch of  sophistication to the classic Margarita.

Royal Alexander Margarita

1 1/2  oz  Silver Tequila (I recommend Paqui or Herencia)
3/4  oz     Louis Alexandre Grand Marnier
1/2  oz      Lime Juice (fresh squeezed)

Rub the rim of the glass with a lime slice.
Rim the outside of the glass with salt.
Shake the other ingredients with ice.
Carefully pour into the salted glass.
Garnish with a lime and serve over ice.

Delicious!!

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Cosmopolitan Desires

Posted by Arctic Wolf on June 3, 2010

Today I want to talk about the Cosmopolitan.  It seems this cocktail became trendy when Sex and the City became a hit TV show.  But rather than its popularity tapering off, the cocktail just seems to more popular than ever.  I see them on every cocktail menu when I go out to dine with my wife.   It seems that people just can’t get enough.  Even I have been bitten by the bug, and have recently used the Cosmopolitan as a base for many of my cocktail creations.   (I will admit that before I tried the Cosmo I was unconvinced, as cranberry juice and lime just didn’t seem to be a match made in heaven.  Of course, once I had my first Cosmopolitan I was hooked.)

All of this, got me to thinking that my cocktails section was rather incomplete without a single Cosmopolitan cocktail so today I decided to remedy that with not one, but four versions of this great drink.  The catch is that only one of these drinks will actually use the required Vodka and be therefore a real Cosmopolitan.  The other three will be  variations I have constructed using first rum, then whisky and finally tequila.  When a combination of mixers works well for Vodka, you can be pretty sure it will work well (sometimes even better) with the other spirits we enjoy.

I guess I guess I should start with the basic Cosmopolitan.

My preferred recipe for the cosmopolitan is as follows:

The Cosmopolitan

2 oz Vodka
1 oz Triple Sec
1 oz lime juice
1 oz Cranberry juice
1 tsp of Grenadine
orange peel

Shake all the ingredients over ice
Strain into a cocktail glass
Garnish with Orange Peel

I use the grenadine as a sweetener to bring the colour of the cocktail to a nice almost rosy pink.  (My wife likes that colour)

When I build a variation using a different base spirit, I of course, have to tweak the recipe a bit to make everything work.  So when I recently used Appleton VX rum to construct a cosmo style drink, I decided that white cranberry juice would be more elegant than the red cranberry juice.  Using Cointreau instead of Triple Sec raised the orange flavour a touch, and allowed me to drop the orange peel garnish in favour of a flamed grapefruit zest (actually that was  forrest’s idea).  And since I was not trying to accent the colour of the cranberry juice anymore, I didn’t really need grenadine anymore.   The result was a drink I called, The Traveller.  I have made it for a few people now and then, and you can trust me that if you follow my recipe the drink will a real hit.

When I built my Cosmo recipe for a whisky spirit I started with a White Vodkaesque whisky called White Owl.  This time I stayed perhaps a little truer to the original recipe. I still found I preferred Cointreau to Triple Sec, and I again used a flamed zest, but this time it was an orange peel zest.  I found that with the whisky I did not need a sugar sweetener so I left it out.   I called this recipe, Country Roads.  The response I received from this cocktail when I published my review of White Owl Whisky was extremely satisfying.  The distillery which produced the whisky (Highwood) informed me that my Cosmopolitan variation became the signature drink at a local fundraiser they were involved with for Breast Cancer.


The final Cosmopolitan style recipe I created was for a Blanco tequila,  PaQui Silvera.  Again tweaking was required for the different taste of the base spirit.   This time I had to adjust ingredients as well as the ratios of the ingredients to pull it off.   I ended up using Grand Marnier instead of Cointreau or Triple Sec as it seemed to carry the earthy agave of the tequila a little better.  I used a little more cranberry juice and a little less lime.  Finally, I put a healthy bar spoon of sugar syrup into the mix and used a lime garnish.  The result was a drink I called Metro Mexico.  Of  all of my Cosmopolitan variations which I constructed, I have to admit that Metro Mexico is my favourite.

To sum it up I guess I created this post for two reasons, the first reason is obviously to add all of these cocktails into my cocktail menu.  The second reason was just to step my readers through the process of cocktail evolution.  I love to experiment and try to find new and wonderful taste combinations.  If you have read this far, I hope I have inspired you to try some experimentation as well.

By the way if you haven’t clicked on the links to the recipes as you were reading this post, then they are listed here at the bottom of the post.  (And I should say a special thanks to forrest, for although I have not named him as a specific collaborator for each recipe, you can be sure that his advise was invaluable in the creation of these cocktails.)

Here are the Links:

Vodka Cocktail: Cosmopolitan

Rum Cocktail: The Traveler

Whisky Cocktail Country Roads

Tequila Cocktail: Metro Mexico

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Tequila Review: PaQuí Tequila (Silvera)

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:

Review: PaQuí Tequila (Silvera)

As well I have provided two recipes to enjoy!

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Howling Hightlight: PaQui Tequila

Posted by Arctic Wolf on April 9, 2010

Be Happy!
PaQuí Tequila

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:

Aroma

Big fruity aroma of sweet agave.
Notes of citrus, jasmine and fresh green grass.
Complex and inviting.

Taste

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.

Summary

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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