Posted by Arctic Wolf on April 19, 2015
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 a link to my full 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…”
I have followed the review with a cocktail recommendation called, Maximiliano Tequila.
Please enjoy my review!
Note: I have been on a bit of a tequila kick lately re-visiting the many of the brands which I first reviewed several years ago. This has all been in preparation for the Rum Howler 2015 Margarita Challenge which my Rum Chums and I have been working on in secret the last several weeks. The purpose of the Challenge is to determine what we feel is the best Blanco Tequila for this Summer’s Margarita Season. The results of our determinations will be published in May, when I will revisit many Blanco spirits here on my website and introduce a few more. Until then I hope you have been enjoying my re-visitations of the previously reviewed Reposado and Anejo tequila spirits on my website. (The astute observer will have noticed a few new reviews were scattered in as well.)
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Posted by Arctic Wolf on October 27, 2013
In my locale, many whisky events populate our calendars, and a few Rum Clubs have popped up over the last several years which feature tastings and the like where consumers have an opportunity to taste a new spirit before plunking down their cash to buy it. With respect to tequila however, consumers (again in my locale) have very little ability to read about or taste any of the new Tequila brands as such clubs and events are rather scarce. Perhaps my 2013 Rum Howler awards for the Year in Tequila can help remedy the situation somewhat. (And hopefully I will be able to sample more of these new brands and feature more reviews in the coming year.)
I was able to sample and taste 17 different agave spirits for my 2013 Rum Howler Awards. The Awards I am presenting are based upon side by side tastings of the various spirits which are in competition for each particular award. Depending upon the style of Tequila I was sampling, I would build one or two Cocktails with each brand to taste, and I also sampled each spirit neat side by side with those of the same style. And so without further ado, it is time for me to reveal the recipients of the 2013 Rum Howler Awards for Excellence in the Production of Tequila.
These Awards are for the best Tequila Spirits I encountered in the year 2013!
Enjoy this break from my Rum Howler Top 10 Rums Countdown, which will resume on Monday with the number 7 rum.
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Posted by Arctic Wolf on December 10, 2012
Don Julio 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.
The Don Julio Añejo is produced in small batches, aged in American white-oak barrels for eighteen months. The spirit is currently owned by the Diageo Conglomerate, and I was provided with a 375 ml sample for this review by their Northern Alberta Marketing Agent.
Here is an excerpt from my review:
“… The herbaceous agave is accented by light touches of caramel. There is a lightly sweet fruitiness which reminds me of canned apricots and marmalade, some soft peppery notes and tinges of lime citrus zest. I sense a hint of vanilla and some scattered tea leaves… “
You may read my full review here:
Review: Don Julio Añejo Tequila
Please enjoy my review of this outstanding tequila.
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Posted by Arctic Wolf on October 30, 2012
All things considered, I had a pretty good year with respect to the spirit called Tequila in 2012. I was able to help in a small way with Edmonton’s first Tequila festival earlier this month, and I was able to double the number of reviews here on my website. Although Tequila has a small following in my local market (relative to rum and whisky), that small group of tequila aficionados is very passionate about their favourite spirit; and, I believe that group of Tequila lovers is steadily growing!
In an effort to recognize the growing importance of this spirit in not only my locale, but also as a global spirit; I have decided this year to give Tequila its own awards page on my website this year (last year I grouped the Gin, Tequila and Vodka Awards together all on the same page).
It is time to reveal my Tequila awards by looking at the Rum Howler’s Year in Tequila.
Here is a Link to the Awards Page:
Congratulations to all the Award Winners!
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Posted by Arctic Wolf on July 17, 2012
Patron Tequila is a pure 100% Blue Weber Agave Tequila made from agave grown in the highlands of Jalisco, Mexico. The agave is 6 to 7 years old when harvested, and the heart of the plant or the piña is all that is used. These piñas are cut and slowly steamed in traditional masonry ovens for 79 hours, and then shredded placed into a traditional stone pit. Here they are broken into finer pieces with large stone milling wheels called “Tahonas”. The resulting juice is then fermented for 72 hours in a wooden fermentation vat, and distilled twice in copper pot stills.
Patrón Añejo Tequila is a blend of aged tequilas which all have been matured in small white oak barrels for a minimum of 12 months. I received a sample bottle of the this Tequila from Diamond Estates Wine and Spirits, who are the local distributor Patron Spirits.
Here is an excerpt from my review:
“… When I brought the glass to my nose, light scents of caramel, sawdust, sandalwood and mildly punky agave were rising from the glass. The tequila is noticeably fuller and oakier than the previously reviewed Patrón Reposado which needed more coaxing to release the oaky scent of sandalwood. Scents of honey and vanilla find their way into the breezes, and the fully decanted glass reveals ‘earthy’ smells of broiled zucchini and oven baked squash…”
Here is a link to the full review:
I have included another very good cocktail with the review which I call, the Scarlet Ruse. (It turns out Blood Oranges and Tequila work very well together.)
Please enjoy the cocktail and my review!
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Posted by Arctic Wolf on June 17, 2012
Agave 99 Tequila is a lowland tequila produced by Fabrica de Tequilas Finos, S.A. De C.V.. The distinction between agave grown in the lowlands instead of the highlands is important because lowland agave tends to carry more earthy and vegetal flavours into the final distilled product than agave grown in the highlands. These lowland characteristics should be even more assertive than usual given the high bottling proof (99 proof) of the spirit. (Incidentally the 99 proof bottling strength is the reason the spirit is called Agave 99).
The Agave 99 Anejo Tequila has been aged for a minimum of two years in American White Oak and as indicated above, is bottled at 49.5 % alcohol by volume. As part of the media package I was given for this spirit when I received my sample (from Select Wines & Spirits) were two copies of official looking certificates. These indicated that the Agave 99 Tequila is considered legally ‘organic’ by both the European Union and the USDA. It was also indicated to me that the tequila is kosher and is therefore suitable for both Cinco de Mayo and for Passover.
Here is an excerpt from my review:
“… the aroma from the Tequila is indeed quite earthy with that underlying punky agave scent reminiscent of baked garden squash. There is a light oak scent which resembles sandalwood, and enticing wisps of butterscotch and caramel rising into the air. Hints of cardamom and ginger are scattered within the breezes and perhaps a few orange pekoe tea leaves as well. Within all of this is a very subtle citrus spiciness which seems beautifully melded into the aroma…”
You may read the full review here:
Along with the review, I have included another great cocktail, One Fearful Yellow Eye.
Please enjoy the review and my cocktail suggestion for this Anejo tequila.
Cheers and Happy Fathers Day!
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Posted by Arctic Wolf 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. The producing distillery 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. 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’…”
Here is a link to the full review:
As well the review features a new cocktail playfully called, A Deadly Shade of Gold.
Please enjoy the review and my new cocktail!
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Posted by Arctic Wolf on April 9, 2010
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:
Big fruity aroma of sweet agave.
Notes of citrus, jasmine and fresh green grass.
Complex and inviting.
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.
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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