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Archive for the ‘Reposado Tequila’ Category

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.



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Review: Adictivo Tequila Reposado

Posted by Arctic Wolf on October 19, 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 Reposado 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 8 months in french oak barrels.

Here is a link to my full review:

Review: Adictivo Tequila Reposado

“… When I take my first sip the tequila spirit seems sweeter than it should be with an almost rumlike taste of brown sugar and vanilla leading out in front of fruity agave. This is followed by some nice peppery spice which builds after the swallow and then dissipates. There also appears to be light flavours of raisin and chocolate present, perhaps a remnant of the french oak cask …”

Please enjoy my review as well as my suggested cocktail, Metro Mexico.


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Review: Tromba Tequila (Reposado)

Posted by Arctic Wolf on July 30, 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. As a reposado spirit the tequila must be rested in oak for at least two months but less than one year. The final spirit is bottled at 40 % alcohol by volume.

Here is a link to my recently completed review:

Review: Tromba Tequila (Reposado)

“… Running alongside the agave fruit was a slightly sharp peppery note which is typical of highland tequila. I often call this peppery note which is prominent in Highland tequila, “highland squeal” as it comes across to me a squeal of spiciness. Zesty citrus accompanies the white pepper adding to the spiciness. A light caramel sweetness resides within the agave and grilled pineapple note. Their are hints of vanilla and almond, as well as just a smidgen of oolong tea and chocolate …”

Please enjoy my review and the recommended serving which follows.


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Review: 1921 Reposado Tequila

Posted by Arctic Wolf on June 16, 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).

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). This means that the more recent production of 1921 Tequila may be somewhat different from this earlier version, although the general character should remain consistent.

Here is a link to my full review with tasting notes and suggested serving:

Review: 1921 Reposado Tequila

“… I notice notes of fruity agave. These notes resemble baked squash and grilled pineapple alongside some sharp white pepper. There is a light sweep of vanilla and hints of sandalwood and fine spice. After a few moments I also notice lime zest and hints of honey …”

Please enjoy the review and suggested serving, El Hereje (the Mexican Heretic).


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Review: Camarena Reposado Tequila 

Posted by Arctic Wolf on May 26, 2020

Camarena is a relatively new tequila brand launched in 2010 by six generation tequila producer, Familia Camarena. The spirit up until recently was produced at the Tequila Supremo Distillery (Nom 1456 CRT). Recently however, there has been a change and the spirit is currently produced at Casa Tequilera Herencia de Los Altos, S.A. De C.V. (Nom 1596 CRT) located just a little southeast of Arrandas at Jesus Maria, Jalisco. The spirit is distributed in Western Canada by E. & J. Gallo Winery.

The Camarena Reposado Tequila is produced from 100% Blue Weber agaves, grown in the rich red clay and cool climate of the Highlands of Jalisco, Mexico. As a Highland Tequila, we can expect Camarena 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 strong earthy flavours of agave and less hot pepper.)

Here is a link to my full review:

Review: Camarena Reposado Tequila 

“… My first impression was one of surprise as the spirit did not carry the firm alcohol and spicy bite I had expected. The fruity agave seemed to take center stage. The agave flavour was punky and vegetal with melon like flavours of squash and zuchinni. As I sipped peppery notes of lime zest and white pepper began to take over …”

Please enjoy my review which concludes with my serving suggestion, Lexi’s Cocktail (a Margarita with Lemon and Lime).


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