Cruz Del Sol Tequila (Reposado)
Review: Cruz Del Sol Reposado Tequila 90.5/100
A Review by Chip Dykstra (Aka Arctic Wolf)
Posted on May 3, 2012
According to the website information, Cruz Tequila contains no chemicals, additives or flavorings. It is produced from pure 100% blue agave grown in the Mexican State of Jalisco. After harvesting this agave, it is steamed in traditional hornos (or brick ovens) for two days. The cooked agave is then allowed to cool after which the juice is extracted and then fermented. The Cruz Del Sol Reposado is double distilled and aged in oak barrels for five months. All of the Cruz Tequila is packaged and bottled using recycled materials. This includes the blown glass bottles and the aluminum caps as well as the aluminum cross on the front label.
This product is being brought into my home market of Alberta by local the Importer PB Beverages who arranged for me to receive a sample bottle to review here on my website.
In the Bottle 4.5/5
I shot a picture of the Cruz del Sol Reposado bottle with my camera on my back deck. As you can see it has a rather unique shape with an aluminum cross on the front of the bottle beside the brand name Cruz del Sol. On the side of the bottle is a production label which on my bottle says:
No. 8333 mt
I like the bottle, it caught my eye at one of those liquor trade shows, and I suspect it catches the eye of the consumer when he (or she) spies it on the shelf at the liquor store.
In the Glass 8.5/10
I poured out a small sample of the Cruz del Sol Reposado into my glencairn glass and began my review with a good look at the spirit before I began to nose it. It is a pale straw coloured spirit consistent with a Reposado Tequila which would spend about five months in oak barrels. I gave my glass a light tilt and a slow swirl and discovered a light sheen of tequila left on the inside of the glass which gave up a few very skinny fast moving legs and nothing more. Again this is consistent with expectations and so far I am happy with my observations.
The initial aroma from the glass is lightly sweet with the mild punky aroma of agave combining well with the muted scent of white pepper. There is a mild vanilla which rises into the air above the glass, and a mellow fruity citrus scent which winds through the breezes. This is perhaps the mildest nose I have encountered thus far in a tequila spirit, and I am enjoying the balance between the agave, the pepper, and the fruity citrus.
In the Mouth 55/60
The impression of balance continues as I begin to sip the Cruz del sol Reposado. I taste lightly hot pepper, a nice mildly sweet lemon, and agave that just seems to melt into that pepper and lemon softening their flavour and giving the spirit character. There are welcome hints of honey and a vague pecan-like nutty flavour wandering about, as well as fleeting hints of anise and morsels of cereal grain. This is smooth and sippable, and I am enjoying myself immensely.
Just to be thorough about things, I mixed myself a traditional Margarita and found myself quickly mixing another. The Crus del sol Reposado slides easily into the cocktail format.
In the Throat 13.5/15
That smoothness I mentioned above is maintained in the exit. There is a little spicy pepper which leaves the palate and the tonsils heated but not battered. Trailing flavours of agave, hints of pecan, soft vanilla and a bit of sweet honey compliment the finish which is smooth and easy to repeat.
The Afterburn 9/10
My first impulse when I tasted the Cruz Reposado was to suggest that it perhaps lacked a bit of character. I would like to apologize for that initial impression. The more often I visited this bottle, the more character I found. It is a subtle spirit which reveals just a little more each time you bring it off the shelf and try some. Soft vanillans, mildly sweet agave, light bell peppers, honey and lemon, and a wonderful earthiness complimented by pecans are all revealed over time in a spirit which shows not only character, but also balance and complexity.
You may read some of my other Tequila Reviews (click the link) if you wish to have some comparative reviews.
I am going to suggest a new recipe of mine called The Lonely Silver Rain. This cocktail continues my series of Tequila cocktails named after the Travis McGee novels of American author John D. MacDonald. The titles of these novels just seem to me to be particularly well suited to be also the names of great tequila cocktails.
The Lonely Silver Rain
2 oz Cruz Reposado Tequila
1 oz fresh grapefruit juice
1/2 oz lemon juice
1 barspoon agave syrup
splash of Soda
Lemon or grapefruit slice
Add the first four ingredients into a metal shaker with ice
Shake until the sides of the shaker frost
Strain into a tall cocktail glass
add a splash of soda
Garnish with fresh lemon or grapefruit
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)