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Posts Tagged ‘Blanco’

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.


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Jose Cuervo Tradicional Silver

Posted by Arctic Wolf on June 18, 2018

According to the Jose Cuervo website, it all began in 1795 when 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, Jose 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 Jose Cuervo were transported across the United States border by donkey. Those exports have continued (although no longer by donkey), and now the Jose Cuervo brand is the best-selling tequila brand in the entire world.

Jose Cuervo Tradicional Silver was released in 2011. It is a true 100% blue agave tequila. It is produced at the Casa Cuervo, S.A. de C.V. which is located in the central lowland tequila region of Jalisco Mexico. (the same distillery which produces all of the Jose Cuervo brands as well as the 1800 Tequila Brand).

Here is a link to my full review:

Review: Jose Cuervo Tradicional Silver

“… When I nose the glass the scents and smells in the breezes seem somewhat muted consistent with lowland agave which tends to be more earthy and vegetal than Highland tequila. I note soft punky aroma of baked squash and grilled pineapple. There are also light indications of a vague cane-like sweetness, hints of vanilla, and wisps of lemon zest …”

Please enjoy my review as well as my cocktail suggestion, The Green Ripper.



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Review: Cabrito Blanco Tequila

Posted by Arctic Wolf on April 23, 2018

Cabrito is a Tequila Brand owned by the Phillips Distilling Co.. The agave spirit is produced by Tequila Centinela, S.A. de C.V. (Nom 1140). (This is the same distillery which produces Centinela Tequila). The distillery is located in the Arandas, Jalisco which is the main tequila production center in the Los Altos highlands.

Cabrito Blanco is produced from 100 %agave grown in the Los Altos highlands. Tequila produced from agave grown in the highlands typically exhibit strong fruity citrus notes and have a little squeal of hot pepper in the finish. The harvested agave is cooked in a stone oven. The cooked agave is shredded with a roller mil and the extracted juice is double distilled. The blanco spirit is bottled at 40 % alcohol by volume.

Here is a link to my full review:

Review: Cabrito Blanco Tequila

“… The flavour starts out lightly sweet with punky agave which is quickly followed by a squeal of peppery spice. I taste sweet impressions of cotton candy and vanilla; vegetal impressions of impressions of baked squash, plantain, and musty burlap; and peppery impressions of lime zest and black pepper …”

Please enjoy my review which concludes with a very nice variation of the Margarita, a serving I have named, Lexi’s Cocktail.


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Review: Corzo Silver Tequila

Posted by Arctic Wolf on March 19, 2018

Corzo is a 100% Blue Weber Agave Tequila produced in Los Altos (the Highlands) of Jalisco, Mexico. Although the Corzo website does not explicitly state the distillery which produces their tequila,The NOM identifier on the the bottle is 1487 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 the NOM we can discover exactly which distillery produces each brand of tequila.

The Corzo Brand is produced at the Tequila Cazadores De Arandas, S. De R.I. De C.V. (also known as Bacardi y Compania, S.A. de C.V.). Indeed the Corzo Brand is owned by Bacardi and is their premium tequila brand.

March Madness made with Corzo Blanco

Most tequila is double distilled however, Corzo Silver Tequila is triple distilled with only a small center cut taken from each distillation. In fact this fine center cut requires the company to use twice as much agave to produce the tequila as would normally be used. The triple distillation and the fine center cut means that the Corzo spirit is lighter in texture and body than a typical 100 % agave blanco spirit. Before bottling the Blanco spirit is injected with small oxygen bubbles which are said to help rest the spirit and achieve a smoother more refined taste.

Here is a link to my newest Tequila Review:

Review: Corzo Silver Tequila

“… The triple distillation has not only lightened the spirit it has taken a portion of the assertive agave away as well. This means that the agave push is lessened, but it also means that other lighter aromas which might have been missed are now apparent. I notice evergreens (more the needles than the boughs), spearmint,  and light accents of citrus zest in the air as well …”

Please enjoy the review which includes my cocktail recommendation, March Madness.


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Review: Cabo Wabo Blanco Tequila

Posted by Arctic Wolf on March 5, 2018

When I first reviewed Caba Blanco Tequila six years ago, it was listed on most websites as a spirit produced from agave grown in the lowlands of Mexico’s Tequila producing region.This was important to know, because lowland agave will usually bring more earthy/punky flavours through the distillation than highland agave which tends to bring fruitier/spicier flavours through the distillation. This year when I researched the spirit, I could no longer verify any information regarding the terroir of the agave used to produce the brand. I am not sure whether anything has changed, and in fact my previous tasting notes  seemed to indicate a spirit which relied more upon highland grown agave  rather than lowland.

To be clear, I am not sure whether anything within the spirit changed, however it is true that the ownership of the brand has been evolving. Cabo Wabo Tequila was created in 1996 by Rock & Roll legend, Sammy Hagar and named after the nightclub he owned in Cabo San Lucas. In 2007, Gruppo Campari purchased 80 % of the brand from the musician, and then purchased the remaining 20 % in 2011. Thus the brand is no longer produced under the direction of Sammy Hagar.

As my original review for the spirit may no longer reflect the current contents, I thought it would be fun to revisit the Cabo Wabo Blanco Tequila with an updated review.

Here is a link to that review:

Review: Cabo Wabo Blanco Tequila

“… The breezes brought a mild, but firm agave scent which gave me impressions of grilled zucchini. The fruity agave was joined by the spiciness of citrus zest and spicy white pepper. There also seemed to be light impressions of mint and green bell peppers. I like the overall aroma which although mild, is also inviting …”

Please enjoy this review which concludes with my cocktail suggestion, the Deep Blue Good-bye.


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