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Archive for the ‘Tequila’ Category

Review: El Jimador Silver Tequila

Posted by Arctic Wolf on September 14, 2018

El Jimador Tequila is owned by Brown-Froman. The Brand is produced thirty miles from Guadalajara, in the state of Jalisco, in the town of Amatitan, at Brown – Forman Tequila Distillery Mexico, S. de R.L. de C.V. which is also referred to as Hacienda Herradura. The Hacienda also produces the more premium Herradura brand as well as Suave 35 and Antiguo. The Jimador tequila is named to pay homage to the jimadors who harvest agave. After it is harvested, the agave is cooked in clay ovens. The juice is extracted after cooking using steel bladed shredders after which it is distilled on old copper pot stills.

Because Hacienda Herradura is located in the Central Lowlands of Jalisco rather than in the Highlands we can expect a more earthy style of tequila than which would be produced in the Highlands where the agave tends to produce a spirit with higher citrus notes and a sharper squeal of peppery spice.

El Jimador Reposado is barrel rested for two months before being bottled between 35 % and 40 % alcohol by volume depending upon the market the spirit is intended for. My sample bottle produced for the Canadian Market (and the USA Market) was bottled at 40 % abv..

Here is a link to my full review:

Review: El Jimador Silver Tequila

“… I gave the glass a little time to breathe and the punky fruity agave gained a little strength overtaking the dusty oak spice. An earthy quality is present as are indications of light baking spices. The overall impact of the nose has me stealing a sip just a little quicker than I had anticipated …”

Please enjoy the review which concludes with a few of my recommended servings, Chimo!

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Review: 1800 Reserva Reposado Tequila

Posted by Arctic Wolf on July 23, 2018

1800 ReposadoThe 1800 Tequila brand is owned by the Beckmann Family, who also own the Jose Cuervo brand. And indeed, according to the nom identifier upon the bottle (Nom 1122 CRT) the brand is produced at the same facility, the Casa Cuervo, S.A. de C.V. which is located in the central lowland tequila region of Jalisco Mexico. The 1800 Reserva Reposado is produced using piñas from 100 % Weber Blue Agave (8-12 year old) and is aged in a combination of American and French Oak barrels at least six months.

Here is a link to my full review:

Review: 1800 Reserva Reposado Tequila

“… When I nose the glass it yields mild butterscotch aromas, and behind them are soft punky vegetal smells of lowland agave. The earthy aroma is reminiscent of baked squash and grilled pineapple. There are also unusual hints of cooked celery within the vegetal nature of the agave aroma (maybe a bit of water cress too). As I gave the glass time to breathe some peppery notes began to break free from the fruity agave as well as hints of vanilla and cinnamon, and perhaps a dusting of milk chocolate …”

Please enjoy my review as my descent into Tequila Madness continues

Chimo!

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Review: El Jimador Silver Tequila

Posted by Arctic Wolf on July 16, 2018

El Jimador Tequila is owned by Brown-Froman. The Brand is produced thirty miles from Guadalajara, in the state of Jalisco, in the town of Amatitan, at Brown – Forman Tequila Distillery Mexico, S. de R.L. de C.V. which is also referred to as Hacienda Herradura. The Hacienda also produces the more premium Herradura brand as well as Suave 35 and Antiguo. The Jimador tequila is named to pay homage to the jimadors who harvest agave. After it is harvested, the agave is cooked in clay ovens. The juice is extracted after cooking using steel bladed shredders after which it is distilled on old copper pot stills.

Because Hacienda Herradura is located in the Central Lowlands of Jalisco rather than in the Highlands we can expect a more earthy style of tequila than which would be produced in the Highlands where the agave tends to produce a spirit with higher citrus notes and a sharper squeal of peppery spice.

Here is a link to my full review:

Review: El Jimador Silver Tequila

“… The breezes above the glass brought me nice citrus notes (lime in particular) which were joined by an earthy agave scent which seemed to hint at boiled celery and baked squash (maybe some grilled pineapple as well) …”

Please enjoy my review which features a cocktail I have not shared previously, the Juan Collins.

Chimo!

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Review: Leyenda del Milagro Reposado Tequila

Posted by Arctic Wolf on July 9, 2018

Leyenda del Milagro Reposado Tequila is produced from estate-grown 100% Blue Weber Agave harvested from the highlands of Jalisco. As a highland tequila,we can expect the Milagro Tequila to exhibit strong fruity citrus notes and to have a little hot pepper in the delivery and in the finish. (This is as opposed to lowland tequila which has stronger earthier flavours of agave and less hot pepper.)

The spirit is produced at Tequilera Milagro, S.A. de C.V. (Nom 1559) where the agave is roasted in brick ovens made from the same volcanic-rich soil where the highland agave flourishes in Jalisco. The roasted agave is shredded to extract the cooked juice which (unlike other tequila brands which are double distilled) is triple distilled in a Copper Pot Still. This makes Milagro Reposado Tequila a lighter spirit than we would typically expect.

Here is a link to my completed review:

Review: Leyenda del Milagro Reposado Tequila

“… I discovered a lightly sweet, mildly punky agave aroma lifting from the glass. There is a savory quality with fruity smells reminiscent of baked butternut squash. This is complemented by light caramel, hints of oak, some scattered black pepper and citrus zest. There is also a lovely earthy quality which brings me impressions of black licorice and angelica as well as oolong tea …”

I hope you enjoy my review which includes my new cocktail, the Metro Fancy.

Chimo!

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Review: Montelobos Mezcal Joven

Posted by Arctic Wolf on July 2, 2018

Montelobos Mezcal Joven is an artisanal mezcal made in Santiago Matatlán Oaxaca. The mezcal is crafted by Montelobos agave expert Iván Saldaña according to his vision and passion for agave and with respect for traditional production methods. Montelobos which means mountain of wolves is an unaged mezcal produced from 100 % organic Highland Espadin agave (sourced in Santiago Matalán Oaxaca). Espadin is a different variety in the agave family than what is used to make tequila (which uses the Blue Webber variety). This agave is prepared in the traditional way which includes fire pit roasting for 5 to 7 days, followed by crushing the roasted agave by a mule drawn stone tohona wheel, after which the released juice is allowed to ferment naturally. Then the distilled agave juice is distilled in small wood fire copper pots.

Here is a link to my full review:

Review: Montelobos Mezcal Joven

“… The ‘highland’ agave characteristic is apparent when I nose the glass as I notice similar zesty citrus and pepper notes which we commonly associate with Highland tequila. These peppery notes are somewhat milder than I was expecting allowing me to notice the more earthy agave which lies underneath. Grilled pineapple, and light notes of savory baked squash with hints lemon and rosemary seem to be implied …”

Please enjoy the review which includes two cocktail suggestions, the Montelobos Picador, and (in an homage to the 80’s rock group Red Rider) As Far As Cyan.

Chimo!

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