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Posts Tagged ‘Tequila’

Cocktail Hour: Casa Rica

Posted by Arctic Wolf on June 16, 2016

Casa Rica SAM_2581When I receive spirit samples for review, I often ask the producer (or distributer) for a cocktail suggestion or two to give me an idea of how the people who make and market the spirit intend for us to enjoy it.

Today’s cocktail is one such bar drink. It is a sour drink that it uses both orange juice and lime and includes a dash of bitters to give the libation added depth and complexity. The recipe was sent to me by the Alberta distributor of Casamigos Tequila, Charton Hobbs and after giving it a try, I can safely give the bar drink my Rum Howler Seal of Approval.

Casa Rica

2 oz Casamigos Anejo Tequila
1/2 oz Grand Marnier
1/8 oz fresh Lime Juice
1/8 oz fresh Orange Juice
dash Angostura Bitters
Ice
Orange Twist

Add all the ingredient into a metal shaker with ice
Shake until the outside of the shaker begins to frost
Strain into a cocktail glass
Garnish with an Orange Twist
Enjoy Responsibly!

If  you are interested in more of my original cocktail recipes, please click this link (Cocktails and Recipes) for more of my favourite servings.

Note: My review for the Casamigos Anejo Tequila will publish tomorrow.

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Review: Cabresto Don Silver Reserve Añejo

Posted by Arctic Wolf on June 14, 2016

Cabresto Anejo SAM_2578Tequila Cabresto, imported by Cabresto Imports Corporation, is a brand rooted as solidly in Detroit as they are in Arandas, Mexico. Tequila Cabresto is a family owned brand with duties spread across two generations of the Lopez family. Founder Silverio Lopez runs the family ranch in Arandas and cares for the agave until its reached peak yield. His son Antonio is learning the craft of growing the best agave in the world and currently handles the branding and exportation of Cabresto to the US. Daughter Sonia is the first Lopez to graduate college and is spearheading the US operations of Cabresto Imports Corporation. They do all this while maintaining the family tire shop in Southwest Detroit.

In December, Cabresto released their Don Silverio Reserve Añejo. Aged for 18 months in American white oak barrels, Cabresto Añejo was the first spirit in the Cabresto line-up to feature Tequila Cabresto‘s new shorter more premium bottle and modernized logo.

Here is a link to my review:

Review: Cabresto Don Silver Reserve Añejo

“… The initial aroma from the glass continues to excite me as my nostrils are greeted by clean oak spices which have been accented by citrus zest and white pepper. Fruity agave reaches up as well melding itself into the clean spicy aroma. I catch faint whispers of grilled pineapple and baked garden squash, a light winding of vanilla as well as lovely, faint impressions of mint and cinnamon …”

Please enjoy my review as I continue to climb the ladder towards the top of the Cabresto Tequila line-up.  Chimo!

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Review: Espolon Reposado Tequila

Posted by Arctic Wolf on June 11, 2016

Lonely Silver Rain SAM_2572Espolon is a tequila brand created by Master Distiller Cirilo Oropeza. This is a premium tequila made in a small batch process from ‘hand-selected 100% Blue Weber agave, grown in the rich red clay and cool climate of the Highlands of 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 Reposado Tequila is aged in new American Oak barrels for 6 months, filtered and then bottled at 40 % alcohol by volume.

The Espolon website tells us that the company likes to play rock music at their facilities to ‘inspire’ the agave. I did a little follow-up research and found a question and answer session with the Espolon Master Distiller, Cirilo Oropeza on the Campari America (the brand owner) website (see here) where the Mr. Oropeza admits he actually prefers to play classical music instead. This is because (according to Oropeza when referring to classical music), “it’s not so fast, not so crazy, it’s gentler for the yeast.” 

Here is a link to my full review of the Espolon Reposado Tequila which apparently is produced after exposure to in interesting range of musical styles:

Review: Espolon Reposado Tequila

“… The first sip brings a slight coolness to the palate a we have a light menthol-like flavour melded into the soft agave and peppery spice of the highland tequila. A mild but firm impression of sweetness comes through as well resembling light butterscotch lying alongside the agave. There is a gentle vanilla presence, hints of cinnamon and milk chocolate and a scattering of sandalwood spice …”

Please enjoy my latest review as I continue to walk on the wild side with the agave spirit, Chimo!

 

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Cocktail Hour: The Lonely Silver Rain

Posted by Arctic Wolf on June 10, 2016

The The Lonely Silver Rain is the last of 21 novels in the Travis McGee series written by American author John D. MacDonald. All 21 stories have a color descriptor in the title, and when I began to make my own cocktail recipes I concluded that most of those titles would also serve as great names for bar drinks. So I decided to create a series of Tequila based cocktails based upon those Travis McGee Titles. This particular cocktail is called, the Lonely Silver Rain.

This is a short serving meant for afternoon enjoyment when sipping a strong  flavourful cocktail is preferred over tall refreshment. The theme of the drink is reflection and relaxation, and if you study the construction you can see that it is basically a Tequila Gimlet lengthened with just a touch of sparkling water. Fresh squeezed grapefruit and jemon juice give the serving a lightly tart flavour, and if white rather than pink grapefruit juice is used in conjunction with a nice reposado tequila such as Espolon, we can almost see the implied colour of silver rain.

The Lonely Silver Rain

2 oz Espolon Reposado Tequila
1 oz fresh White Grapefruit Juice
1/2 oz Lemon Juice
3/8 oz Agave Syrup
ice
splash of Sparkling Water
Lemon Slice

Add the first four ingredients into a metal shaker with ice
Shake until the sides of the shaker frost
Strain into a tall cocktail glass
add a splash of soda
Garnish with fresh lemon or grapefruit
Enjoy Responsibly!

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

Note: My review of Espolon Reposado Tequila will publish tomorrow.

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Review: 1800 Reserva Reposado Tequila

Posted by Arctic Wolf on June 2, 2016

1800 ReposadoThe 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. which is located in the central lowland tequila region of Jalisco Mexico. The 1800 Reserva Reposado is produced using piñas from 100 % Weber Blue Agave (8-12 year old) and is aged in a combination of  American and French Oak barrels at least six months. 

Here is a link to my full review:

Review: 1800 Reserva Reposado Tequila

“… When I nose the glass it yields mild butterscotch aromas, and behind them are soft punky vegetal smells of lowland agave. The earthy aroma is reminiscent of baked squash and grilled pineapple. There are also unusual hints of cooked celery within the vegetal nature of the agave aroma (maybe a bit of water cress too). As I gave the glass time to breathe some peppery notes began to break free from the fruity agave as well as hints of vanilla and cinnamon, and perhaps a dusting of milk chocolate …”

Please enjoy my review as my descent into Tequila Madness continues

Chimo!

 

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Cocktail Hour: The Scarlet Ruse

Posted by Arctic Wolf on June 1, 2016

Scarlet Ruse SAM_2561This cocktail, The Scarlet Ruse, is part of my ongoing series of Tequila cocktails named after the Travis McGee novels of American author John D. MacDonald. This is the fourteenth novel in the series and like most of the Travis McGee stories its title is well suited to be also the name of great cocktail. In keeping with the theme of a ruse or trick, this cocktail is actually an altered version of the classic bar drink, the Tequila Sunrise. However the ruse or twist is that the mixed drink is made not with orange juice but with the juice of both the navel orange and the blood orange.

For those unfamiliar with the Tequila Sunrise, it is a simple bar drink made in an ice filled glass with just Orange Juice, Silver Tequila and Grenadine. I experimented with the juice from blood oranges in the recipe, and then I went a step further and used lightly aged Reposado Tequila instead of Silver Tequila. My new recipe, the Scarlet Ruse, tastes a little different from a typical Tequila Sunrise; it is not quite so sweet and carries that lightly earthy flavour which is typical of blood oranges.

However, it is delicious in its own right.

The Scarlet Ruse

1 3/4 oz 1800 Reserva Reposado Tequila
1 oz Fresh Squeezed Orange Juice
3/4 oz Fresh Squeezed Juice of Blood Orange
3/4 oz Grenadine
Ice

Build over ice in an Old-Fashioned Glass
Enjoy Responsibly!

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

Note: My review of 1800 Reserva Reposado Tequila will publish tomorrow.

Chimo!

 

 

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Review: Cabresto Reposado Tequila

Posted by Arctic Wolf on May 30, 2016

Cabresto repo SAM_2550Tequila Cabresto, imported by Cabresto Imports Corporation, is a brand rooted as solidly in Detroit as they are in Arandas, Mexico. Tequila Cabresto is a family owned brand with duties spread across two generations of the Lopez family. Founder Silverio Lopez runs the family ranch in Arandas and cares for the agave until its reached peak yield. His son Antonio is learning the craft of growing the best agave in the world and currently handles the branding and exportation of Cabresto to the US. Daughter Sonia is the first Lopez to graduate college and is spearheading the US operations of Cabresto Imports Corporation. They do all this while maintaining the family tire shop in Southwest Detroit.

Cabresto Reposado Tequila is a pure 100% Agave tequila. The agave fields, and the distillery which produces the tequila are located in Atotonilco in the highlands of Los Altos de Jalisco, Mexico. The harvested agave is cooked in an adobe furnace that softens the plant’s fibers and transforms its starches into sugars. Once cooked and rested the agave is passed through a shredder to separate the coarse fibers, then through rollers to squeeze out its sweet juice. Once distilled, the reposado tequila is aged in charred white oak barrels for a period of over six months, and then bottled at 40 % alcohol by volume.

Here is a link to my review of the Cabresto Reposado Tequila:

Review: Cabresto Reposado Tequila

“… When I bring the spirit to my nose I notice the breezes carry a very light honeyed caramel scent into the air beside a warm punky agave fruit. There is some spicy white pepper and some mild indications of sandal wood and oak spice. The notes are not aggressive but they are firm. As the glass breathes I notice impressions of scattered tea leaves, a light herbal quality reminiscent of fall grass which has just turned dry enough to cut for hay, and bits of menthol. These impressions are slippery and vague yet they serve to give the Reposado Tequila a bit of added character …”

Please enjoy the review, Chimo!

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Cocktail Hour: Los Altos Finesse

Posted by Arctic Wolf on May 29, 2016

For today’s serving, I wanted to craft a cocktail which enhanced the sipping experience of a very nice Reposado (Tequila Cabresto) rather than one which would hide or diminish its wonderful nuances. The recipe I came up with is very similar to the cocktail recipes which had begun to evolve in the late 1800s (see, American and Other Drinks, 1878 Leo Engels) where only a small amount of sweetener and bitters are used to complement the spirit.

Tequila Finese SAM_2555For my sweetener, I chose to add a touch of Pierre Ferrand Dry Orange Curacao to an equal amount of simple sugar syrup. I felt too much orange liqueur would take more than it would give to the spirit, and too little would not provide the enhancement I was looking for. Fees Cocktail Bitters were chosen for their overt cinnamon flavour which I felt worked well with the main flavours within the tequila as well as with the orange accent of sweetener and garnish.

The results speak for themselves; I chose to call this particular libation Los Altos Finesse.

Los Altos Finesse

2 oz  Cabresto Reposado Tequila
1/8 oz Pierre Ferrand Dry Orange Curacao (review here)
1/8 oz Agave Syrup
2 drops Fees Cocktail Bitters
Ice
Orange peel

Place the Tequila, Orange Curacao, and Agave syrup into a metal shaker with the bitters
Shake until the outside of the shaker begins to frost
Strain into a small rocks glass
Garnish with a strip of Orange Peel
Enjoy!

Please enjoy the spirits and cocktails I recommend responsibly

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

Note my review for the Cabresto Reposado Tequila will publish tomorrow, Chimo!

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Review: Corralejo Reposado Tequila

Posted by Arctic Wolf on May 27, 2016

Corralejo Repo SAM_2537Hacienda Corralejo was established in 1775 by Don Pedro Sanchez de Tagle in the Mexican State of Guanajuato. The distillery (Nom 1368 CRT) uses traditional methods of fermentation and distillation with clay ovens used to cook the agave and copper pot stills used for the distillation.

According to the Corralejo website their Reposado Tequila is an aged in America Oak barrels. As a reposado spirit, the tequila must be aged a minimum of two months, but less than a year in oak barrels of any size. I could find no information on the company website indicating the exact aging time for this brand; it could be that the time of aging varies depending upon when the master blender feels the spirit is ready to be bottled. The website indicates the Corralejo Reposado is bottled at 38 % alcohol by volume which is probably true for the domestic market; however, my sample bottle ( available in Canada) is labelled, 40 % alcohol by volume which is also the bottling proof of the spirit in the USA.

Here is a link to my full review:

Review: Corralejo Reposado Tequila

“… The nose of the glass carries a mixture of caramel/ butterscotch, light fruity agave and mild white pepper. Both the aroma of agave and spicy pepper were muted which gives me the impression that this reposado tequila promises to be very approachable. After waiting for a few minutes I nosed the glass again hoping to find a more assertive agave aroma, but the glass remains dominated by light caramel and vanilla …”

Please enjoy my review, Chimo!

 

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Review: Espolon Blanco Tequila

Posted by Arctic Wolf on May 18, 2016

Espolon BlancoEspolon is a tequila brand created by Master Distiller Cirilo Oropeza. This is an premium tequila made in a small batch process from ‘hand-selected 100% Blue Weber agave, grown in the rich red clay and cool climate of the Highlands of Jalisco, Mexico. The Espolon website tells us that the company likes to play rock music at their facilities to ‘inspire’ the agave.

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, filtered and then bottled at 40 % alcohol by volume.

Here is a link to the full review:

Review: Espolon Blanco Tequila 

“… The initial aroma somewhat earthy as a firm agave scent rises into the air. The punky agave gives me impressions of both baked squash and lightly sweet grilled pineapple. A light citrus zest is apparent as is some spicy white pepper. Taking my time with the glass, I seem to notice some softer notes of vanilla and menthol in the breezes which perhaps hints an underlying softness which may become apparent upon tasting …”

Please enjoy my review. In the next few days I will be taking a detour to try the new Pusser’s Spiced Rum, Chimo!

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