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Review: Alamo Gold Tequila

Posted by Arctic Wolf on January 22, 2018

Alamo is a tequila brand sold by Minhas Distilleries in Western Canada. I reviewed part of the portfolio a few years ago; but recently I noticed that a change had occurred concerning the distillery of origin for the tequila brand. In my previous review I had noted that the Nom on my sample bottles was 1529, which indicated that the spirit was produced by Agaveros y Tequileros Unidos de Los Altos, a tequila producer which typically distills agave grown in Los Altos, the highlands of Mexico’s tequila producing region. However, the spirit sold by Minhas now carries a different Nom (1438) indicating that the distillery of origin for the current spirit is Destiladora del Valle de Tequila, S.A. de C.V., a producer which typically uses both highland and lowland agave in its production of Tequila.

The change of Nom upon the tequila bottle is a signal that the spirit may have undergone significant changes, and a new series of reviews is in order. I thought I would take the opportunity to review not only the Reposado and Anejo tequila which I analyzed a few years ago but also the Gold and Blanco tequila which are part of the Alamo line-up.

Here is a link to my review of the Alamo Gold Tequila:

Review: Alamo Gold Tequila

“… When I took my first sip of the gold tequila I noticed that the spirit was lightly sweet. The agave complexity was masked somewhat by this light sweetness with earthy agave flavours of baked squash, grilled pineapple and banana sitting a little further back in the flavour profile slightly behind the sweetness …”

Please enjoy the review which include my cocktail recommendation, the Toreador.




3 Responses to “Review: Alamo Gold Tequila”

  1. Garry said

    A little more. I have seen recently (I’m always looking in stores for tequila and whiskey) red and blue bottles of Alamo still on the shelf. I think the Anejo in those bottles was a complete bargain, second only to the Reposado. Alamo was always cheap enough to mix or sip and the taste was there. Now I only pick it up when it’s on sale, just to help keep my costs down and my collection up.
    My favorite tequila is Ortigoza Reposado (Mexico only, pity) and whiskey is Alberta Premium 30 Year Old, which I still have 1 almost full bottle.

  2. Garry said

    Ok. I found the Alamo secret years ago. But, a new development has me puzzled. You mention (and show a picture) of the Gold bottle, without the 100% Agave tag. When this showed up I figured at first the red and blue Anejo and Reposado were replaced by this gold and silver. I picked up 2 bottles of gold today. They do say 100% Agave on the bottle, but they do not say Reposado. And, they are actually Blanco bottles withe word Blanco covered over with a decal. You can see the word Blanco from the backside. What gives with this?

    • HI Garry I have no idea what’s going on. As far as I know (and perhaps I am misinformed) their are four Alamo spirits, a gold which is a mixto and should not say 100 % agave on the label. Then there is a Blanco, a Reposado, and an Anejo which each are 100 % Agave. I am just going to guess here, but it probably the case that the bottle you picked up is the Gold Mixto Spirit not the Reposado. A Gold Mixto can be 100 % Agave (it needs to be at least 51 % Agave) but it would achieve its gold colour through the use of caramel colouring rather than from any time spent in an oak cask. A spirit labeled as Reposado should not be coloured with caramel.

      Although I said that the gold spirit could be 100 % agave, it usually isn’t. It sounds like to me (again just guessing) that the producer uses the same bottle to house the gold and the blanco and by accident a bottle labelled for blanco was filled with gold spirit. They tied to jury rig the label for gold but forgot to get rid of the 100 % agave sticker.

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