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Archive for the ‘Blanco Tequila’ Category

Review: Adictivo Tequila Plata

Posted by Arctic Wolf on October 12, 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.

Adictivo Tequila Plata is a Blanco or Silver tequila is produced from agave pinas which have been baked in traditional brick ovens, with the juice extracted with a Stone Roller Mill. The cooked agave juice is twice distilled before being aged for 3 weeks in french oak barrels.

Here is a link to my full review:

Review: Adictivo Tequila Plata

“… Adictivo Plata has a beguiling quality with softly sweet agave leading out on the palate followed by a slow build up of peppery spice which then ebbs away leaving the soft sweet agave lingering. The flavour does not smack you in the mouth, instead it kind of swamps you with light nuances as though the raw power of the agave plant has been buffed of its sharp edges which allows you to enjoy the spirit’s softer side …”

Please enjoy my review which includes my cocktail suggestion, The Margarita Cocktail.

Chimo!

 

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Review: Tromba Tequila (Blanco)

Posted by Arctic Wolf on July 23, 2020

Tromba is a new boutique tequila created by Marco Cedano. According to the website information, Marco first forged his reputation in Mexico as the original Master Distiller for Don Julio. After working with one of the largest (and most wel-known) tequila brands in the world, he decided to go ahead on his own, as both Master Distiller and Founder his new independent brand, Tequila Tromba

The blue agave used in the production of Tromba is harvested after 7 years, allowing the plant to mature and build complex flavors. The agave is cooked in brick ovens after which the juice is extracted with a roller mill before being distilled in copper pot stills. The final spirit is bottled at 40 % alcohol by volume.

Here is a link to my recently updated review which includes my serving suggestion, the Cara Cara Margarita.

Review: Tromba Tequila (Blanco)

“… There is very light fruity agave sweetness rising into the air which reminds me of grilled pineapple. There are also  hints of spearmint, and a touch of licorice and melon. All of this accented by a fine white pepper spice which is neither so strong that it overwhelms the fruitiness of the agave, nor is it so mellow that it is lost to the breezes …”

Please enjoy my review and the cocktail suggestion which accompanies it.

Chimo!

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Review: 1921 Blanco Tequila

Posted by Arctic Wolf on June 2, 2020

Named to commemorate the final year of the Mexican Revolution 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.

Although I could not find direct information on the 1921 Tequila website regarding the exact distillery which produces this agave spirit, I did notice that the identified NOM on the bottom of the label is 1535. This NOM identifier is required by the Mexican Government to be placed on the label of each bottle of tequila to verify that it is produced legally from agave sourced in the Tequila region of Mexico. Each distillery has its own NOM, and thus we can trace the distillery of origin. In this case it is Destileria Morales, S.A. de C.V. which is located about 100 km east of Guadalajara in Arandas ( a municipality of the Altos Sur region of the state of Jalisco).

Pineapple Blue

I should note the 1921 Tequila Brand has moved production to Casa Tequilera de Arandas, S.A. de C.V. (NOM 1499) which is located about 7 km east of Arandas ( a municipality of the Altos Sur region of the state of Jalisco). Although the overall character of the tequila should remain consistent, there may be subtle changes in the overall flavour profile due to this move.

Here is a link to my latest review:

Review: 1921 Blanco Tequila

“… The initial aroma is typically highland with a mild, but firm agave scent rising into the air accompanied by a building spiciness of citrus zest and spicy white pepper. The agave is fruity with vegetal impressions of baked squash and grilled pineapple. Its hard to be sure but I seem to notice a touch of cantaloupe in the air as well …

Please enjoy my review which concludes with my cocktail suggestion, Pineapple Blue.

Chimo!

 

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Review: 1800 Reserva Silver Tequila

Posted by Arctic Wolf on May 12, 2020

The 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. (established in 1758) which is located in the central lowland tequila region of Jalisco Mexico.

According to the company website 1800 Silver Tequila is:

Made from 100% Weber blue agave — aged for 8-12 years and harvested at their peak. The liquid is double distilled, and a special selection of white tequilas is blended together for added complexity and character. The result is a premium tequila with a smoother, more interesting flavor than most on the market.

The name is apparently an homage to the year that premium Tequila (tequila aged in oak) was first produced at Casa Cuervo. Casa Cuervo is of course also the producer of the well know Jose Cuervo Tequila.

Here is a link to my latest review:

Review: 1800 Reserva Silver Tequila

” … The first sips bring soft punky agave flavours full of vegetal fruit and melon flavours. Baked squash, and grilled pineapple are both suggested with hints of vanilla and and light sweetness. Then comes the peppery spice that tequila is known for …”

Please enjoy my review which concludes with my cocktail suggestion, The Toreador.

Chimo!

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Review: Don Julio Blanco Tequila

Posted by Arctic Wolf on April 21, 2020

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.

The identified NOM on the back label of the bottle is 1449 CRT. This NOM identifier is required by the Mexican Government to be placed on the label of each bottle of tequila to verify that it is produced legally from agave sourced in the Tequila region of Mexico. Each distillery has its own NOM, and by researching this we can discover exactly which distillery produces each brand of tequila. It came as no surprise to me to discover that the Don Julio Brand is produced at the Don Julio Tequila Distillery located in Atotonilco, Jalisco. This distillery also produces the 3 Magueyes tequila brand.

Here is a link to the review:

Review: Don Julio Blanco Tequila

“… Soft peppery notes come forward out of the glass, followed by lemon and lime citrus juices. Muted fruity agave and a hint of vanilla waft into the air as well providing just a little more softness. I allowed the glass to breathe, and the aroma did not change significantly. I was hoping the agave notes would grow in the glass, but the scent remained quite mellow …”

I hope you enjoy the review which concludes with two cocktail suggestions, the Paloma and the Don Julio Margarita.

Chimo!

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