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Posts Tagged ‘Tequila’

Review: Jose Cuervo Especial Gold

Posted by Arctic Wolf on April 16, 2018

The Jose Cuervo Especial is available as both a Gold or ‘joven’ tequila and as a Silver or ‘plata’ tequila. These tequila spirits are not made from 100 % blue agave which means that they are referred to in the industry as “Mixto“. A Mixto tequila must have at least 51 % of its volume made from blue agave distillate, but the other 49 % can be distilled from other non agave sugars (usually sugar cane). Mixto is also subject to less stringent regulation with respect to additives such as sugar syrup and caramel. In the case of the Jose Cuervo Especial Gold, the information presented to me is that the joven spirit is made from a blend of reposado (aged) and younger tequilas. It is bottled at 40% alcohol by volume.

(In July of 2013, Proximo Spirits acquired the distribution rights for the Jose Cuervo brand.)

Here is a link to my full review:

Review: Jose Cuervo Especial Gold

“… The breezes above the glass have a light alcohol taint alongside a mixture of caramel, mild white pepper and a somewhat muted herbaceous agave (the smell of which resembles boiled squash or cooked pumpkin). As I let the glass sit, the sweetness seems to increase a little and I catch an almost rum-like indication of sugar cane. Citrus zest joins in …”

Please enjoy my review which includes my cocktail suggestion, the Dreadful Lemon Sky.

Chimo!

 

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Review: Don Julio Añejo Tequila

Posted by Arctic Wolf on April 9, 2018

Tequila Añejo Old Fashioned

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. He established his distillery called, La Primavera, (TEQUILA DON JULIO NOM 1449, DOT 163, LOCATION: Atotonilco, Jalisco) and spent nearly forty years refining his Tequila into the spirit which now bears his name.

Don Julio Añejo is produced in small batches, aged in American white-oak barrels for eighteen months.

Here is a link to my full review:

Review: Don Julio Añejo Tequila

“… The agave flavour is mellow accented by mild touches of white pepper, and the sweetness of light caramel. I taste a light oak presence and an underlying honey-like sweetness which is very appealing. There are some fruit flavours, in particular lime zest and apricot jam, and these flavours are melded very well into the agave, the light oak, and the caramel …”

Please enjoy my review which concludes with my cocktail suggestion, the Tequila Añejo Old Fashioned.

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Review: Corzo Anejo Tequila

Posted by Arctic Wolf on April 2, 2018

Corzo is a 100% Blue Weber Agave Tequila produced in Los Altos (the Highlands) of Jalisco, Mexico. Most tequila is double distilled however, Corzo 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. After the second distillation, Corzo tequila is rested for 2 to 4 months in American white oak barrels. After the tequila has matured for this first amount of time the tequila is then distilled a third time. After the third distillation the tequila is then matured for a second period of time in French oak until it has reached the right properties to be bottled as Corzo Anejo Tequila.

Here is a link to my latest Tequila review:

Review: Corzo Anejo Tequila

“… The initial breezes above the glass brought me a nice mixture of light caramel, soft fruity agave, and spicy black pepper. Some herbal tones peaked through with a sense of mint and alfalfa hay. Some hints of chocolate and vanilla were apparent and a little oak spice and scattered tea leaves seem to swirl in the merry little breezes as well …”

Please enjoy my review.

Chimo!

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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.

Chimo!

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Review: Cabo Wabo Reposado Tequila

Posted by Arctic Wolf on March 12, 2018

Caba Wabo Reposado was the very first tequila brand I reviewed on this website. At the time of that original review, I was told that it was 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 spicier pepper and citrus flavours through the distillation. This year when I researched Cabo Wabo, I could no longer verify any information regarding the growing region of the agave used to produce the spirit.

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.

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 Reposado Tequila with an updated review.

Review: Cabo Wabo Reposado Tequila

“… The breezes above the glass bring hot spices and citrus zest forward with the typical punky agave aroma (this aroma always reminds me of baked squash) peculiar to Tequila is muted somewhat. This seems to indicate the spirit has more highland character than lowland …”

Please enjoy my new review which concludes with my cocktail suggestion, a traditional Margarita Cocktail.

Chimo!

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