Herencia de Plata Blanco Tequila
Review: Herencia de Plata (Blanco) Tequila 90/100
a review by Chip Dykstra (Aka Arctic Wolf)
Posted on May 22, 2012
Herencia de Plata Blanco Tequila is a 100% Blue Weber Agave Tequila produced by TEQUILAS DEL SEÑOR, S. A. DE C. V., a mid-sized, fourth generation family company located in Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico. The company was founded in 1943 and currently produces a number of tequila brands which include, Reserva del Señor, Sombrero, Tekali, Herencia Histórico, and of course Herencia de Plata.
A sample bottle was provided to me by Westway L. LTD., who is the importer of this spirit in my home province of Alberta, and it was presented at a Tequila tasting event which I held for several friends on a lazy Sunday afternoon in March. Of course after the tasting event, I put the bottle through the paces of my review methodology to provide a review here on my website as well.
In the Bottle 4.5/5
As you can see Herencia de Plata Blanco Tequila comes packaged in an attractive blue box. The bottle inside the box is attractive as well. It is a squat decanter style bottle complete with a solid wood topped straight sided cork. I have come to learn that it is important for the consumer to determine whether they are purchasing a highland style or a lowland style Tequila. The flavour profiles of each style is different with lowland tequila being more organic and earthy and highland tequila being more fruit filled and peppery. Perhaps a bit of information in the form of tasting notes could be printed on the side of the box. This would take some confusion out of the purchase decision for the potential customer.
In the Glass 8.5/10
I poured out a small sample of the Herencia de Plata Blanco into my glass and began with a good look at the spirit before I began to nose it. It is crystal clear, and I detected no hints of colour. I gave my glass a slow tilt and an even slower twirl and discovered a light sheen of tequila was left on the inside of the glass which slowly disappeared. This is consistent with my expectations, and I am happy with my observations.
The aroma from the glass is somewhat soft and earthy with hints of honey caressed by a very light smoke and even lighter vanilla. A smattering of white pepper and of zesty lime has risen into the breezes, and that punky agave scent we know so well has melted nicely into the citrus and pepper. The overall impression I receive from the glass is a clean, fresh, almost floral spirit which seems to entice me to have a sip.
In The Mouth 54/60
My first impression upon the palate is one of softness, and I am impressed by the smooth character that the Herencia Blanco displays. The flavour is lightly sweet and lightly spicy. The punky agave flavour carries a smoky honey-like presence, and the soft white pepper and lime citrus carry a little spiciness. The earthy flavour of the agave is to me reminiscent of a light floral smoke within the spirit. The tequila seems to carry this smokey agave forward softening the sharper flavours and allowing those light nuances of vanilla and smoke to be enjoyed.
I mixed few drinks including a traditional Margarita and a couple of my construction, Metro Mexico, and The Quick Red Fox. The cocktails were very nice, and even my friends who were not really into tequila in a big way really enjoyed themselves as they sampled the bar-drinks with me on a lazy Sunday afternoon.
In the Throat 14/15
This is probably as smooth as Blanco Tequila gets. The amazing thing is that this tequila is priced much more favourably than many of the other premium tequila spirits out there that can not match this suave finish. Soft earthy agave, hints of honey and vanilla, citrus zest, and a light white pepper are all melded together in a finish which matches the smoothness of some of my very best whiskies.
The Afterburn 9/10
The Herencia de Plata Blanco Tequila was a very pleasant surprise. In fact when I held that tequila tasting at my house several weeks ago, the Herencia Blanco was by far the least expensive product I presented. Yet it was a favourite amongst all of the guests. It was that earthy smoothness which had everyone hooked. (It has me hooked too.)
You may read some of my other Tequila Reviews (click the link) if you wish to have some comparative reviews.
This cocktail is yet another of my creations which pays homage to the Travis McGee novels of American author John D. MacDonald. I really enjoy these books, and I love how the titles of these novels work out perfectly as names for great Tequila Cocktails.
The Turquoise Lament
2 oz Herencia de Plata Blanco Tequila
1 oz Bols Blue Curacao
3/4 oz Lemon Juice
1/4 oz Agave Syrup
Add the First four ingredients into a metal shaker with ice
Shake until the sides of the metal shaker frost
Strain into a cocktail glass
add a splash of soda
Garnish with a slice of lemon
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)