Alamo Añejo Tequila
Review: Alamo Añejo Tequila (88/100)
a review by Chip Dykstra (Aka Arctic Wolf)
Posted on September 6, 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.
In the Bottle 4.5/5
I like a nice distinctive bottle on my liquor shelf. Something a little unique in both bottle shape, and even in texture and colour. The Alamo bottle has all of the elements I look for right up to the solid cork stopper. My only quibble with the bottle is a lack a few details on the bottle. I would like to see the name of the distillery on the bottle as well as an indication of whether the tequila is made from Highland or Lowland Agave (knowing which style of agave would give me an indication of flavour profile prior to purchase as Lowland tequila tends to be more earthy and punky and highland tequila tends to carry more citrus fruit and peppery spice). I should note that the back label of the bottle in numbered, my bottle number is 1414 . This reinforces my opinion that this is a Tequila with a relatively small production.
In the Glass 8,5/10
I poured out a small sample of the Alamo Añejo Tequila into my glencairn glass and began my review with a good look at the tequila. It is a pale amber/straw coloured spirit consistent with a spirit which has aged for less than three years in oak. I gave my glass a light tilt and a slow swirl and watched as slender legs formed and slowly ran down the sides of the glass. Everything I have seen thus far meets my expectations for anejo tequila.
When I brought the glass to my nose I discovered a lightly sweet, mildly punky agave aroma lifting from the glass. There is also a mild peppery aroma rising which has a light citrus aspect to it. I receive a few whispers of vanilla and perhaps some tea and cocoa scents as well. In all I quite like the aroma which I would describe as ‘relaxed and inviting’.
In the Mouth 53/60
The Alamo Añejo Tequila has a smooth entry onto the palate. I taste the light oak from the barrel aging, and to my delight it seems to be almost melded into the lightly sweet fruity flavour of agave. There is an underlying sweetness which is very appealing, and a light peppiness which seems to stem from oak tannins as well as the normal pepper one associates with Tequila. This element is not overly strong but it does serve to liven the mouth-feel. The flavours are not intense, rather they are relaxed and well-balanced. The Alamo Anejo Tequila is an easy-going sippable spirit which does not place a lot of demands upon the Tequila aficionado.
I mixed what is quickly becoming my favourite Tequila cocktail for Añejo and Reposado Tequila, The Maximiliano Tequila. The result was a superb sipping cocktail. I also made a Margarita, but I would not recommend that particular cocktail as highly. This is because the Añejo Tequila carries light oaky accents which are not suited to the Margarita style cocktail. I did construct another cocktail which I call A Deadly Shade of Gold, based upon mixing Southern Comfort with Alamo Añejo Tequila. This cocktail suited the Tequila quite well. (See Recipe Below)
In the Throat 13.5/15
The Alamo Añejo Tequila exits with lightly sweet fruity agave, and a fade of white pepper with orange zest. The finish is very smooth with just that fade of zesty pepper to tickle the tonsils. I found this finish to be very appealing.
The Afterburn 8.5/10
Sometimes it really pays to be a spirits writer. I get to sample many more products than I would ever have imagined had I not created this website. And for sure, I have sampled a few dogs along the way, but I am very pleased that I had the opportunity to sample the Alamo Añejo Tequila. It has a soft easy-going character which really appeals to me. I found it easy to sip and when I have a friend who prefers Tequila to Whisky or Rum, I now have another good one to offer.
You may read some of my other Tequila Reviews (click the link) if you wish to have some comparative reviews.
As indicated above, the Maximiliano Tequila, is an excellent cocktail for the Alamo Añejo Tequila. Using that cocktail as my inspiration I decided to construct a similar cocktail based upon a Southern Comfort instead of Grand Marnier. In keeping with my recent tradition of naming my new tequila cocktails after the 21 novels in the Travis McGee series by American author John D. MacDonald. I have named this cocktail after the fiftth book in the series, A Deadly Shade of Gold. As you know, I have always liked the Travis McGee novels, and I believe that most of the titles for these novels make great names for cocktails.
A Deadly Shade of Gold
1 1/2 oz Alamo Añejo Tequila
3/4 oz Southern Comfort
First fill a suitable glass with cubed ice
Add the Alamo Añejo Tequila and the Southern Comfort
Add a dash or two of Angostura Bitters
Garnish with a lime slice
You may (loosely) interpret the scores as follows.
0-25 A spirit with a rating this low would actually kill you.
26-49 Depending upon your fortitude you might actually survive this.
50 -59 You are safe to drink this…but you shouldn’t.
60-69 Substandard swill which you may offer to people you do not want to see again.
70-74 Now we have a fair mixing Tequila. Accept this but make sure it is mixed into a cocktail.
75-79 You may begin to serve this to friends, (we are probably still cocktail in territory).
80-84 We begin to enjoy this spirit neat or on the rocks. (I will still primarily mix cocktails)
85-89 Excellent for sipping or for mixing delicious cocktails!
90-94 Definitely a primary sipping spirit, in fact you may want to hoard this for yourself.
95-97.5 The Cream of the Crop
98+ I haven’t met this bottle yet…but I want to.
Very loosely we may put my scores into terms that you may be familiar with on a Gold, Silver, and Bronze medal scale as follows:
70 – 79.5 Bronze Medal (Recommended only as a mixer)
80 – 89.5 Silver Medal (Recommended for sipping and or a high quality mixer)
90 – 95 Gold Medal (Highly recommended for sipping and for sublime cocktails.)
95.5+ Platinum Award (Highest Recommendation)