Category Archives: Tequila

Sierra Tequila, Silver, 38%

Since Minimum Unit Pricing of Alcohol – MUP – has come into force in Ireland I’ve noticed a few more bottles of spirits offered in 500ml packages.

Sierra Tequila Silver – for sale in Dunnes & Tesco – happened to be one of the first – so I bought it!

I’m happy to have smaller bottles.

Tasting a wide variety of spirits is what excites me & smaller bottles allows me to indulge for less outlay.

So how was Sierra Silver?

Having previously enjoyed a miniature Reposado from this fun brand – well who else would put a sombrero stopper on their bottles? – I was pre-disposed to the Silver.

There’s no mention of 100% Agave so clearly Sierra is a Mixto style of Tequila – but it does have an expressive earthy agave nose.

Smooth & oily on the palate.

The finish is very drying. That peppery spice is to the fore & leaves with a lip-smacking prickliness.

Sierra Silver is a fun & flavoursome tequila to tipple!


Sierra Tequila website here.

My Sierra Reposado blog here.

Minimum Unit Pricing of Alcohol information here.

Guide to Tequila categories here.


Corazón Tequila Blanco, 40%

Dead Centre do dead good beer in the heart of Athlone.

They also do some tasty tequila!

Corazón Tequila‘s striking blue bottle of their Single Estate Blanco graced the bar – & made my glass.

Part of the Sazerac group distributed by Hi-Spirits in Ireland this Corazón won Best Blanco in the 2019 Worlds Tequila Awards – so no pressure then!

The tequila was served in a shot glass & I sat outside on the decking above the mighty River Shannon to enjoy the contents, scenery & sunshine.

Nice smooth oily palate displaying an attractive richness of depth & flavour. Wholesome earthy agave with that signature peppery spice coming through on the finish.

A lovely tequila to toast the sunshine!


Casa Na’am Artisanal Pox, 40%

When it comes to Mexican Spirits most folks have heard of Tequila,

But Pox?

It’s not made from agave,

It’s outside any ‘technical file’ rules,

But it is distilled in traditional ways, from ancient recipes, using local ingredients – spring water, wheat bran, sugarcane & panela for Casa Na’am,

And it’s in my glass!

Oh – it’s pronounced posh!

The clear, colourless liquid displays thick oily legs.

A soft & gentle aroma of sweet earthiness greets me – tempting me in.

The oiliness continues on the palate – which is also quite gentle – before slowly dying out on the finish.

Leaves with a tingling savoury dryness which is certainly intriguing, appealing & entertaining!

It’s not a spirit that grabs you by the throat – more of a subtle seducer!

I’ve just been stung by the Pox!


For more on Casa Na’am Pox visit their website here.

My bottle was purchased via Casa Agave here.

Don Julio Aged Tequila, 38%

Well this is an old Don Julio Tequila.

I can tell by the distillery number – NOM 1118.

Modern Don Julios are from NOM 1449.

Information on the web was scant – but it appears the brand went through a number of multi-national owners over the years.

Seagrams previously owned Don Julio, followed by Jose Cuervo – who gained Bushmills in a deal with Diageo when they in turn acquired full control of Don Julio in 2014.

My bottle is probably sometime before Diageo’s involvement with Don Julio – which began in 2003 – making this bottle around 20 years old!

There’s also odd labelling too.

It simply states ‘aged’.

No reposado or anejo.

Another indicator this predates the ‘Official Mexican Standards For Tequila‘ issued in 2005.

So I cracked it open to have a taste of tequila history!

Once it’s poured from the dumpy brown bottle a very pale yellowing colour presents itself.

What it’s aged in or for how long isn’t divulged – but from the colour it would probably come under the current reposado category.

There’s a lovely richness to the nose – classic earthy agave with a black pepper spice.

Very smooth in the mouth – oily too.

A growing warmth develops before leaving with that signature dry pepper spice which pleases my palate.

A very fine tequila to tickle my tastebuds!


What is the NOM number page here.

Don Julio history lifted from Wikipedia page here.

2005 standards for Tequila here.

Don Angel Tequila Blanco, 38%

I don’t know about you – but I find the flavour variation within tequila to be narrower than that of whiskey.

Partly it’s due to all tequila being made with blue weber agave – rather than mixed mash-bills of barley ,rye, wheat & oats.

There are subtle differences – but often I find them hard to pick out unless on a back-to-back tasting.

Don Angel Tequila Blanco is a case in point.

I came across it in a hotel bar in Ayr.

Don Angel delivered all the classic 100% tequila signature flavours – pungent earthy agave nose, smooth & silky mouthfeel, prickly pepper spice on the rear – & was satisfying.

Perhaps just not as rich & warming as some I’ve had.

There’s scant information on the web for the brand – apart from it’s available widely.

An Amazon site suggested it’s a Diageo brand – which would explain the distribution – if not the obscurity of detail.

Distributors & brand builders Ankers Amsterdam Spirits have it listed on their site.

Having failed to photograph the bottle – which usually reveals additional data – Don Angel’s origins remain a bit of a mystery

Never mind.

I done a Don Angel.


Amazon site suggesting Diageo link here.

Ankers Amsterdam Spirits website here.

El Jimador, Tequila Blanco, 38%

El jimador is the person – are they always male? – who harvests the agave plants when they’re ready for tequila making.

El Jimador Blanco is a 100% Blue Agave tequila easily available in Irish stores at a reasonable price.

Tequila is a category yet to catch on in Ireland. The major store selections are dominated by the big playing multinational brands. El Jimador is no exception. Brown-Forman are the owners. They also have more familiar labels like Jack Daniels & Slane Whiskey – as well as many others.

As it was on the shelf in my local supermarket I purchased it – keen to find out how it tasted.

Being a Blanco El Jimador is a clear colourless spirit.

Rich agave aromas greet me.

Clean fresh palate, minty.

The dry peppery spice on the finish has a bit of a bite – which is nice – & leaves with a drying sensation.

A welcome introduction to 100% agave!

As an aside I compared my freshly opened 100% agave El Jimador with the last remnants of my mixto Azteca Tequila.

El Jimador is noticeably fresher on the nose. Azteca has a muddier, yet warmer feel on the palate. Both show dry peppery spice on the finish.

On a blind tasting I’m not sure which one I’d pick. The clean minty freshness of El Jimador or the smooth warmth of Azteca?

I’d like to think I’d chose the 100% agave – but having never experienced a blind tequila tasting – that theory remains to be tested.

I do enjoy the exploring however!


El Jimador website here.

Brown Forman brands here.

My Azteca blog here.

Whiskey Nut’s Most Read Blogs of 2022

2022 has been a bit of a momentus year for world events.

At Whiskey Nut blogging it’s been business as usual.

7 of the Top Ten Blogs have featured before – 3 make their third appearance – with 3 newcomers to the list. I draw conclusions from that & see patterns emerging.

These are my Top 10 Read Blogs for 2022 based on WordPress stats – Dec 30th 2022.

Feel free to press on the highlighted words to access the original posts.

1 – Kyasuku Whisky, Oct 21

This Aldi exclusive Mizunara finished World Whisky from Japan sure was a tasty drop!

2 – Ron Pelicano Jamaican Rum, Nov 22

An astonishing achievement in only 2 months -the rum is pretty decent too!

3 – Proper Twelve vs Jameson, Dec 18

After topping the list for 2 years in a row the ‘Champ’ is beginning to falter.

4 – Ron Rumbero, Dec 19

Featuring for a 3rd year does this rum selection mark a growing interest in another brown spirit?

5 – Irish Whiskey Distilleries, Dec 21

A page of development, growth & renewed interest in Irish Whiskey.

6 – Dundalgan IPA Cask, Nov 20

A West Cork exclusive for Lidl that has consistently pleased.

7 – Royal Envy, Apr 22

I don’t envy the Royals – but I’d like to have a taster of this smoky Indian Whisky!

8 – Black & Blue, Jan 19

Making it’s 3rd appearance this Indian Whisky is one I did manage to obtain.

9 – V For Vietnam, May 18

Let’s just say there’s a lot of love for Wall Street out there.

10 – Azteca Tequila, Apr 22

Is this the beginning of affection for agave based spirits in Ireland?

Thank You

I’d like to thank all my readers for continuing to follow my blog.

Join me in raising a glass to celebrate the beginning of 2023.


VodQuila, WhisQuila, RumQuila – An Exploration of Blending.

Red Eye Louie’s brand of blended spirits caught my eye.

They do a line of Vodquila, Whisquila & Rumquila which had me tempted.

Unlikely to appear in Ireland – I decided to make my own.

Rather than blending from the same spirit category – Red Eye Louie’s mix up the spirits creating something new & exciting. Not knowing the percentages used nor the original spirit donors – I simply went with what I had & settled on a 1 third to 2 thirds mix weighted towards tequila.

My donor bottles were;

Tequila Azteca, 38%

Absolut Vodka, 40%

O’Neill’s Irish Whiskey, 40%

Ron Pelicano Jamaican Rum, 40%

Pressing on the coloured highlights will take you to my original blogs on the liquids.


Not sure what to expect here – or if the spirits will ‘marry’ together – but no venture no gain!

Well the pungent agave nose survives! Shouldn’t have been too surprised. Vodka after all is a neutral spirit suitable for mixing. An oily mouthfeel, more agave notes warming to a pleasant peppery finish.

Could have easily confused this for an actual tequila!

I had to re-check with Azteca to get a comparison. If anything the agave notes were more pronounced with the original – but the vodka had provided a boost to the body of the mix.

I’ll take the Azteca nose, VodQuila body & Azteca finish with this one!


This might be more of a challenge!

Both whiskey & tequila have distinctive characteristics – will they gel together?

In a word – yes!

The agave still came through – but with added vanilla, caramel & a touch of oak. All contributions from barrel ageing. The peppery spice still provided a flourish on the finish.

This blend strayed into reposado style tequila.

I must say I found it very entertaining!


The final push!

How will a funky Jamaican get on with a tasty Mexican?

It’s the funk that plays the nose on this one!

The fruitiness is somewhat subdued by an almost savoury agaviness on the palate & then it all comes alive on the finish. The funk just got peppered!

That’s a new experience for me!


I must say I’ve been mightily impressed with the results!

All 3 blends gave additional body, flavours and/or joie de vivre to the individual components – making for an entertaining & highly enjoyable tasting extravaganza!

I think Red Eye Louise’s are onto something with their pre-mixed drinks – but there’s nothing to stop yourself from experimenting at home.

I’m certainly glad I did!


Red Eye Louie’s website here.

Tequila Jack’s, Guinness Cork Jazz Festival, Corralejo Silver, 38% & Zignum Reposado, 40%

Browsing through the music venues for the Guiness Cork Jazz Festival 2022 Tequila Jack’s caught my eye.

It’s not often you get a bar namechecking Mexico’s famed beverage!

We duly ended up at the establishment!

An impressive display of Tequila & Mezcal graced the entrance foyer leading into a large & spacious central bar area surrounded by dining tables. Not partaking of food we sat on the comfy bar stools & selected suitable drinks from the well-presented Day Of The Dead themed Cocktail Menu and an extensive Tequila & Mezcal Booklet – ‘Vol 2’ I noted!

While my fellows went for differing cocktails, I choose a distinctively tall tequila bottle of Corralejo.

Tequila Jack’s specialise in cocktails & their friendly bartenders were kept busy entertaining the customers with their creations.

Meanwhile – I appreciate my tequila neat!

Corralejo Silver is a 100% blue agave unaged tequila presented at 38%.

It has that classic rich agave nose followed by peppery spice, a smooth & oily palate with loads of dry pepperiness on the rear.


While enjoying our drinks a very lively group of teenagers turned up with their brass instruments & proceeded to entertain us with their infectious interpretations of modern tunes!

Rebel Brass are certainly a group to catch live!

We decided to stay for another round.

Zignum Reposado Mezcal at 40% made my glass.

This was a richer, warmer caramelly kind of nose. Hints of woody sourness pulled me in. Mild & mellow palate opened up to soft woodiness with gentle wafts of smoke on the rear.

An unusual yet engaging mezcal which connected with me!

Loved my time at Tequila Jack’s – if only it was closer to home!


Guinness Cork Jazz Festival website here.

Tequila Jack’s website here.

Corralejo Tequila site here.

Zignum Mezcal here.

Rebel Brass Twitter site here.

Tequila, Terroir & Geographical Indicators

A recent post highlighting an Australian Agave Project caught my attention lately.

Courtesy Twitter Post

Being a fan of Tequila & Mezcal – both Geographical Indicator protected terms specific to Mexico – I was intrigued to hear of an Australian company growing agave with the intention of releasing an agave spirit.

Whilst researching for my Whisky In Africa blog I also happened to come across a distillery in South Africa already marketing a Karoo Agave drink.

Courtesy Twitter Post

Both of these companies immediately attracted my attention.

Neither of them can use the terms ‘Tequila’ or ‘Mezcal’ – but that is essentially what they are making.

Using agave plants – which can be grown outside of Mexico – to make the spirits using similar techniques the results would make for a very interesting tasting.

Would you be able to discern the difference between the 3 drinks?

I’d certainly love to try them!

What about you?


Explanation of what a Geographical Indicator is from World Intellectual Property Organisation website here.

Act Of Treason website here.

Leonista Agave website here.

Whisky In Africa blog here.

Header image courtesy Australian Agave Project.