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Review: Espolon Anejo Tequila

Posted by Arctic Wolf on May 9, 2022

Espolon is a tequila brand created by Master Distiller Cirilo Oropeza made in a small batch process from ‘hand-selected’ 100% Blue Weber agave, grown in the rich red clay and cool climate of the Jalisco, Mexico. At that facility piñas of the hand selected agave are cooked for 18 to 20 hours prior to their fermentation. They apparently use a slower distillation technique than is in use at most other facilities, and when the spirit is finished, their Espolon Blanco tequila is rested for at least 11 months in ex-Wild Turkey Bourbon Barrels, and then bottled at 40 % alcohol by volume.

Here is a link to my full review:

Review: Espolon Anejo Tequila

“… Peppery agave spice combined with slightly aggressive agave fruit, fine oak spices, citrus zest, light smells of butterscotch and vanilla with just a hint of almond. As the glass breathes I notice light baking spices (cinnamon and ginger) and a very light scattering of tea leaves …”

Please Enjoy my review of Espolon Anejo Tequila, and if you are interested I have also provided links to my previous reviews of the other tequilas in the Espolon line-up below.

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Review: Jose Cuervo Tradicional Reposado

Posted by Arctic Wolf on May 2, 2022

In 1795, Jose María Guadalupe de Cuervo began to commercially produce his Mexcal wine spirit based upon an official permit from the King of Spain. By 1812, he had established La Rojena, the distillery which to this day still produces Jose Cuervo Tequila.

By 1844, Cuervo Tequila was being distributed within Mexico, and in 1873 the earliest known documented export of the tequila outside of Mexico occurred when 3 bottles of Cuervo were transported across the United States border by donkey. Those exports have continued (although no longer by donkey), and in 2013 the Jose Cuervo brand was recognized as the best-selling tequila brand in the entire world. The brand has been owned by the Beckmann family of Mexico and has been in this family for 11 generations. The Brand is currently distributed in North America by Proximo Spirits.

Jose Cuervo Tradicional is marketed as the original Cuervo tequila. The Reposado version is produced from 100% blue agave, and aged (or rested) in oak barrels for a minimum of two months before being bottled at 40 % alcohol by volume.

Here is a link to my recent review:

Review: Jose Cuervo Tradicional Reposado

“… Light fruity agave, hints of fine wood spices, peppery agave spice. As the glass breathes the earthy somewhat punky agave scents become more prominent and a light sweetness of honey and vanilla appear. Scents of grilled pineapple and baked squash add to the fruitiness. Some scattered tea leaves add a touch of complexity …”

Please enjoy my review which concludes with my recipe suggestion, the Cantarito.

Chimo!

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Review: Roca Patrón Silver Tequila 

Posted by Arctic Wolf on January 20, 2021

This year I am hoping to continue  update many of my tequila reviews, improving my suggested cocktails and where necessary editting my tasting notes and scores to be consistent with any changes which may have occurred that have affected the taste and quality of the agave spirit since my last review. I will also be adding new reviews to broaden the tequila category upon my website. Today I am looking at Roca Patrón Silver Tequila.

Patron currently sells three brands of tequila, their premium brand Patron , their artisanal brand, Roca Patron, and their luxury brand, Gran Patron. The company was created in 1989 when John Paul DeJoria, and Martin Crowley formed The Patrón Spirits Company with the stated singular goal of producing “the best tequila in the world.” 

Roca Patrón Tequila is a pure 100% Agave Tequila made from agave grown in the highlands of Jalisco, Mexico.  The spirit is bottled at 45 % alcohol by volume, and is made completely from agave juice which has been extracted using a stone Tahona Wheel.

Here is a link to my full review:

Review: Roca Patrón Silver Tequila

“… The fruity agave is understated and has an herbal quality with hints of heather and mint riding at the edges of my perception. If I take my time with the glass I can sense a few light citrus notes (particularly lime zest) and the sense of mint seems to build up very gradually.  I am loving the subtle nuances I have found in the merry little breezes above the glass …”

Please enjoy my review, and my cocktail suggestions, the Rum Howler Margarita and Metro Mexico.

Chimo!

 

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Review: Herencia de Plata (Blanco) Tequila

Posted by Arctic Wolf on January 6, 2021

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, 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.

Here is a link to my review:

Review: Herencia de Plata Tequila

“… 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 …”

Please enjoy my review which features a recipe for my Blue Lament cocktail.

Chimo!

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Review: Adictivo Tequila Añejo

Posted by Arctic Wolf on December 11, 2020

Tequila Adictivo was founded by Gildardo Partida, a third generation ‘tequileros’ from San Diego whose family apparently has a rich tradition of tequila manufacture and distribution which reaches back over 100 years. Adictivo Tequila was formerly produced at Tequilas Gonzalez Lara, S.A. de C.V. Distillery, (NOM 1560 CRT) in Los Vallos (the lowlands) at El Arenal, Jalisco. Knowing that the spirit is produced in the lowlands, gives us a clue as to its taste profile. Lowland grown agave will usually bring more earthy/punky fruit flavours through the distillation than highland agave which tends to bring more citrus-like fruit flavours through the distillation as well as a light squeal of white pepper. Of course Lowland distilleries may source their agave from the Highlands and vice versa or even use both styles of agave in their production of tequila.

According to the website information, Adictivo Tequila Extra Añejo was aged for 7 years in French Oak casks and bottled at 40 % alcohol by volume.

Here is a link to my full review:

Review: Adictivo Tequila Añejo

“… The sweetness seems exaggerated, but not to the point I noted in earlier reviews of the Anejo and Reposado.  The typically robust agave has either been filtered to take the blunt edges off, or is being suppressed by the sweetness …”

Please enjoy the review.

Chimo!

 

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