Tromba (Blanco Tequila)
Review: Tromba Tequila (Blanco) 90.5/100
A review by Chip Dykstra (Aka Arctic Wolf)
Published May 25, 2015
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.
Tromba is produced at Casa Tequilera De Arandas distillery (NOM 1499 CRT) in Arandas, which is situated in the highland region of Jalisco Mexico. As a Highland Tequila, we can expect Casamigos 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 stronger earthier flavours of agave and less hot pepper.)
The Tromba Spirit is being brought into the Alberta Market by Lifford Wines, and I was provided with Tomba’s Blanco spirit for my 2015 Rum Howler Margarita Challenge.
In the Bottle 4.5/5
Tequila Tromba (Blanco) arrives in the elegant medium tall decanter shown to the left. It has a square base design which tapers from the shoulders to the bottom of the bottle. (A bottle tapered in this manner is much easier to hold than a straight sided bottle.) The bottle design features a lovely bluish tint which helps you distinguish the Blanco variety from the Reposado, which features a lovely reddish tint, and from the Anejo which features a dusky brown tint.
The clouds featured on the front label of the bottle symbolize the local ‘big rain’ which arrives in the Los Altos highland tequila region every spring. The ‘big rain’ provides the moisture (and the rich red clay provides the nourishment) which produces the fine highland agave. This ‘big rain’ is called Tromba and gives the spirit its name.
The back of the bottle tells us that this is a highland tequila produced by Casa Tequilera De Arandas.
In the Glass 9/10
I poured out a small sample of the Blanco spirit into my glencairn and began my review with a good look at the spirit before I began to nose it. The tequila is crystal clear and when I gave my glencairn glass a light tilt and a slow swirl, and I discovered a light sheen was left on the inside of the glass, the crest of which gave up a small leggy droplets which tried to run back down into the spirit at the bottom of the glass, however they appeared to fade away before reaching their destination.
When I brought the glass to my nose, I was very delighted with the aroma which the glass presented to the breezes. There was a light but firm punky agave scent within those breezes with had melded very nicely into the typically sharp peppery note of the highland tequila. There is a ‘freshness’ rising into the air with effervescent scents of lime zest combined with fruity agave, hints of spearmint, and a touch of licorice. All of this accented by a fine white pepper spice which is neither so strong that it overwhelms the fruitiness of the agave, nor is it so mellow that it is lost to the breezes.
In the Mouth 54.5/60
When I sipped on the Tomba, I noticed a nice mineral quality out front which brought the agave fruit froward. Soft punky flavours of boiled squash and pumpkin were followed by light flavours of fresh mint and a very light saltiness. As the spirit slid over the palate and as I swallowed, the peppery highland spice began to build heating the palate and throat in a delightful manner. This is an excellent sipping spirit.
Of course, I had a chance to experiment with cocktails, and the first mixed drink I sampled was my Alfred Cointreau Margarita which was served to my judges in a blind format during the 2015 Rum Howler Margarita Challenge. The cocktail was one of the standouts of the competition, as the finely balanced tequila played wonderfully with the fresh Lime and the orange flavoured Cointreau. The resulting bar drink was both tasty with firm forward agave flavour and very refreshing. It was in fact my favourite Margarita of the competition and no judge had it placed lower than third.
Inspired by how much I enjoyed the Tromba Margarita (see recipe down below), I decided to experiment after the competition and mixed an equally great cocktail based upon my favourite gin and tonic recipe (see below).
In the Throat 13.5/15
I decided to throw back a shot of the Tequila Tromba to see whether I could handle its highland heat as it flowed past my tonsils. I found the spirit remarkable smooth. Although the throat and aforementioned tonsils are heated with spice, there was no apparent burn. Within the spicy heat I could taste lingering sensations of lime zest, spearmint and a touch of anise.
The Afterburn 9/10
Tromba is a paradigm shifting tequila which features well-balanced flavours of fruity agave and highland spice. It is smooth across the tongue and through the throat, yet it has all of the agave flavour and peppery spice that a tequila enthusiast yearns for. The agave spirit performs equally well as a sipper as it does a cocktail spirit.
You may read some of my other Tequila Reviews (click the link) if you wish to have some comparative reviews.
I would never have thought that the quintessential gin cocktail, the gin and tonic, would taste equally well when tequila replaced the gin. Tromba showed me otherwise.
1 3/4 oz Tequila Tromba (Blanco)
1/2 oz Fresh Lime Juice
3/8 oz Sugar Syrup (1:1)
2 oz Tonic Water
Add the first three ingredients into a rocks glass
Stir and add ice
Fill with Tonic Water
Garnish with cucumber
Of Course the standard margarita cocktail is quite tasty as well. Here is the recipe I used for my 2015 Rum Howler Margarita Challenge!
Alfred Cointreau Margarita
4 oz Blanco Tequila
1 3/4 oz Cointreau
1/4 oz Simple Syrup (1:1)
2 oz Fresh Lime Juice
Combine all ingredients in a large metal shaker and add ice
Shake until the sides of the shaker frost
Shake and strain into a set of martini glasses
Garnish with salt and a lime wheel.
Please enjoy this indulgence responsibly!
Note: 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!
You may (loosely) interpret the scores as follows.
0-25 A spirit with a rating this low would actually kill you.
26-49 Depending upon your fortitude you might actually survive this.
50 -59 You are safe to drink this…but you shouldn’t.
60-69 Substandard swill which you may offer to people you do not want to see again.
70-74 Now we have a fair mixing Tequila. Accept this but make sure it is mixed into a cocktail.
75-79 You may begin to serve this to friends, (we are probably still cocktail in territory).
80-84 We begin to enjoy this spirit neat or on the rocks. (I will still primarily mix cocktails)
85-89 Excellent for sipping or for mixing delicious cocktails!
90-94 Definitely a primary sipping spirit, in fact you may want to hoard this for yourself.
95-97.5 The Cream of the Crop
98+ I haven’t met this bottle yet…but I want to.
Very loosely we may put my scores into terms that you may be familiar with on a Gold, Silver, and Bronze medal scale as follows:
70 – 79.5 Bronze Medal (Recommended only as a mixer)
80 – 89.5 Silver Medal (Recommended for sipping and or a high quality mixer)
90 – 95 Gold Medal (Highly recommended for sipping and for sublime cocktails.)
95.5+ Platinum Award (Highest Recommendation)