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Tequila: Herradura Reposado

Posted by Arctic Wolf on January 12, 2010

HERRADURA Reposado

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:

Tequila Review: Heradurra Reposado

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Howling Highlight: The 12 Spirits of Christmas

Posted by Arctic Wolf on December 14, 2009

As promised I have selected 12 special spirits which would be perfect as Christmas Gifts.   These are in no particular order except that I  have saved the most expensive for last.  In the Spirit of the Twelve Days Of Christmas, allow me to introduce my Twelve Spirits of Christmas. In the instances where I have reviewed the spirit I have included a link to the review. Just click on the name of the spirit and the review will pop up.  Click on the thumbnail for a larger picture.

Here is my top twelve gifted spirits for Christmas:

1)  On the first day of Christmas: Amrut Indian Single Malt

An exquisite Malt from India which is not only unique but also very good.  (About $80.00)

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2) On the second day of Christmas: Havana Club Barrel Proof Rum

An Authentic Cuban Rum which will delight the connoisseur. (About $60.00)

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3) On the third day of Christmas: Herencia de Plata Reposado Tequila

This is the Tequila which has made a convert out of me.. fantabulous! (About $45.00)


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4) On the fourth day of Christmas: Highland Park 12 Year Old Scotch Whisky

For myself, I consider this to be the ultimate Peated Whisky. (About $50.00)

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5) On the fifth day of Christmas: Renegade Panama Don José 1997 Rum

If you can find this anywhere in the world…buy it!  (About 80.00)

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6) On the sixth day of Christmas: Tangeray #10 Gin

Just a great smooth Gin… (About $35.00)

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7) On the seventh day of Christmas: Knobb Creek 9 yr Old Bourbon Whisky

What a nice Kick this Bourbon has! (About $45.00)


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8   On the eighth day of Christmas: Flor de Caña Centenario 12 Year Old Rum

Smooth, Elegant, and probably the best Rum Bargain out there.  (About $35.00)

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9) On the ninth day of Christmas: Wyborowa Exquisite Polish Vodka

The Polish know how to make Vodka.  This is one of the best! (About $40.00)

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10) On the tenth day Christmas: Alberta Premium Rye 25Yr Old (100% rye whisky)

This is the best bargain in the World! So Smooth… So good!  (About $30.00)

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11) On the eleventh day Christmas: Diplomático Reserva Exclusiva Premium Rum

In Venezuala they make some of the best rum in the World.. Another Bargain! (About $40.00)

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12) On the twelfth day of Christmas: Wiser’s Red Letter Whisky

Okay not a bargain.  But what a whisky!   (About $150.00)

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*All prices were based upon shopping in my good ol province of Alberta.  Prices will vary considerably around the world!

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Tequila Review: Herencia de Plata (Reposado)

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:

Tequila Review: Herencia de Plata (Reposado)

Please enjoy the review!

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Tequila Review: Cabo Wabo Reposado

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 Repasado 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:

Tequila Review: Cabo Wabo Reposado

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