Herencia de Plata (Reposado)
Review: Herencia de Plata (Reposado) Tequila 88.5/100
a review by Chip Dykstra (Aka Arctic Wolf)
Revised March 1, 2013
Herencia de Plata Reposado 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. The word ‘Herencia’ is apparently related to the english word ‘heritage’, and indeed, the Herencia de Plata has an impressive heritage. The tequila has been served by Mexican President, Vicente Fox to Queen Elizabeth II; it has won awards internationally, and it was originally produced to commemorate wedding of Juan Garcia, the son of the of the company founder, Manuel Garcia.
I originally reviewed the Herencia De Plata Reposado about four years ago, and I decided it was time to revisit this tequila to see how it and my perceptions may have changed.
In the Bottle 4.5/5
As you can see Herencia de Plata Blanco Tequila comes packaged in an attractive turquoise 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.
It is important when making the purchase decision that the consumer is able 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. Some of this information perhaps 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 – Reposado into my glass and began with a good look at the spirit before I began to nose it. It is pale straw coloured liquid which shows flashes of orange. Swirling the glass leaves traces of liquid film on the sides indicating a slight butter which should lengthen the finish. The aroma is a sweet peppery lime with hints of orange citrus, and passionfruit. The agave aroma is melted nicely into the citrus and does not overwhelm the glass at all. I also smell a faint touch of vanilla, and very light hints of wood spice which may be more closely related to fantasy than reality. All of my observations are consistent with my expectations, and I am quite content nosing the glass.
In my Mouth 53/60
The tequila is rather clean and crisp. The typical flavours one expects in tequila, the somewhat earthy agave flavour, the orange and lime citrus, and the thrust of white pepper are all wonderfully mixed in a crisp, sharp, but very pleasing combination. The agave is aggressive but not with the punky squash-like flavours I am accustomed to. This is fresher and sweeter with a very light oil which allows the flavours to mingle on the palate. There are hints of almond and marzipan which lie under the spicier pepper and citrus. My imagination may be playing tricks on me, but I swear I catch a tiny ripples of pineapple and spearmint playfully hiding in the back of the palate as well.
In the Throat 13.5/15
Tequila, in my understanding, is supposed to burn. This does, but not in a manner that brings discomfort. This is a pleasing burn where a sweetened lime and other citrus flavours stay behind and give the throat a clean refreshing burn similar to fresh squeezed lemonade. The final exit is a spicy pepper afterglow which stays in the throat well after the tequila is consumed.
The Aftermath 9/10
What can I say except that I am impressed. Four years ago the flavour of the Herencia de Plata Reposado was so nice that I was encouraged to continue to add more tequila reviews to my website. Four years later the flavour remains very nice, and I enjoyed revisiting this Tequila immensely.
My score of 88.5/100 reflects a Reposado Tequila which is very easy to sip, but even easier to mix into cocktails. Below is a nice recipe combining this Herencia Tequila with lemon and grapefruit in a cocktail which is truly delicious.
You may read some of my other Tequila Reviews (click the link) if you wish to have some comparative reviews.
This cocktail is part of my series of Tequila cocktails named after the Travis McGee novels of American author John D. MacDonald. This one is called The Lonely Silver Rain
The Lonely Silver Rain
2 oz Herencia De Plata 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)