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Review: 1800 Reserva Anejo Tequila

Posted by Arctic Wolf on June 20, 2022

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 Anejo Tequila is:

Using 100% Weber blue agave, picked at their peak — anywhere from 8-12 years old — Añejo is aged in French Oak barrels for a minimum of 14 months. Its finish is described as spicy and well rounded with flavors of toasted oak, vanilla and butterscotch. This deep, luxurious tequila is ideal for sipping.

The name, 1800. is apparently an homage to the year that premium Tequila (tequila aged in oak) was first produced at Casa Cuervo.

Here is a link to my full review:

Review: 1800 Reserva Anejo Tequila

“… Fine oak spices combine with butterscotch and earthy agave fruit which reminds me of baked squash, grilled pineapple and over-ripe banana. There is also obvious notes of vanilla and some almond. As I gave the glass time to breathe some peppery notes began to break free from the fruity agave as well as hints of baking spices (cinnamon and ginger) as well as hints of allspice. herbal tobacco, and bittersweet chocolate …”

Please enjoy the review which completes my series of reviews for the 1800 Tequila Family.

Chimo!

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If you are interested in my reviews for the 1800 Blanco and Reposado you can find them here:

 

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Review: Cabo Wabo Anejo Tequila

Posted by Arctic Wolf on June 13, 2022

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. Campari has also purchased the distilly, Destiladora San Nicolas S.A DE C.V.  which produces both Caba Wabo and the Espolon Tequila brand for Gruppa Campari as well.

Cabo Wabo Anejo is produced from agave harvested at at least 8 years old. This agave is cooked in brick ovens, the juice extracted via metal shredder and roller mill, then fermented and finally double distilled. The tequila distillate is then aged for at least 12 months in what appears to b a combination of different aging barrels.

Here is a link to my full review:

Review: Cabo Wabo Anejo Tequila

“… Initial notes of soft agave Fruit, butterscotch and spicy pepper. Vanilla and fine oak spice follow with hints of both almond and nutmeg. Some bright citrus burst through followed by more peppery spice. Light notes of chocolate and scattered tea leaves round out the nose …”

Please enjoy my review of Cabo Wabo Anejo, and if you are interested I have also provided links to my reviews of the rest of the Cabo Wabo line-up below.

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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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Cocktail Exploration: Maggie May

Posted by Arctic Wolf on April 9, 2022

A lot of my friends still turn their noses up when I suggest we indulge in Tequila instead of Rum or Whisky. The problem for them is that the taste of strong tequila is just a little too wild for their Canadian palate. I came up with Maggie May as a sort of a compromise indulgence to keep my friends (as well as me) happy when I bring a bottle of the agave spirit.

Maggie May is of course a reference to the classic 1971 rock ballad written and sung by Rod Stewart. Just as his song is a softer take on Rock and Roll, my cocktail is constructed to be a softer take on the classic Margarita Cocktail.

Maggie May

3/4 oz Vodka
3/4 oz Reposado Tequila
3/4 oz Triple Sec
3/4 oz fresh Lime Juice
1 tsp Sugar Syrup (1:1 ratio)
Ice
Lime Slice for garnish

Chill a cocktail glass
Place the Vodka, Tequila, Lime Juice, Triple Sec, and Sugar Syrup into a metal shaker
Shake until the outside of the shaker frosts
Strain into the chilled cocktail glass
Garnish with a slice of Lime
Please Enjoy Responsibly!

Note: If  you are interested in more of my cocktail recipes, please click this link (Cocktails and Recipes) for more of my mixed drink recipes!

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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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