Tag Archives: Tequila

La Medida, Mezcal Artesanal Joven, 40%

I enjoy exploring Mezcal.

Rather than use 1 type of agave for distillation like Tequila – Mezcal uses up to 40 different varietals offering a far wider flavour spectrum.

Mezcal Artesanal must also prepare that agave – agave angustifolia for La Medida – in earthen or stone pits giving a smoky element to the product – which attracts me.

There’s a stack of information on the back label – but how it tastes is paramount to me – so I poured a glass.

The earthy agave notes are quite soft & subtle, augmented by a gentle smokiness which enticed.

Smooth oily mouthfeel slowly develops an engaging dry vegetal smoke giving a warm embrace to the proceedings.

Leaves with a dry prickly pepper fading away.

La Medida is a well balanced offering showcasing a complex interplay between the vegetal agave notes & those fabulous smoky vibes.

Very engaging!

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For an explanation of Mezcal rules read here.

La Medida website here.

La Chica Tequila Gold, 38%

After a highly enjoyable day walking along the Barrow Way in Co Carlow a spot of liquid refreshment was in order.

Meaney’s Bar in Leighlinbridge proved a suitable resting spot & with the sun still shining a pint of cold lager fitted the bill.

Scanning the spirit shelves – as I do – revealed a La Chica Tequila Gold. Never having tried it before I thought it would make a sunshine style chaser to my cold lager.

Now ‘Gold’ usually denotes a mixto style of tequila whereby a minimum of 51% agave sugars must be used for distillation. This never puts me off exploring the category.

Slightly yellow in colour La Chica proffered a soft agave nose with a faint smokiness poking through. Fairly easy delivery – the earthy agave grassiness is evident along with that signature peppery spice on the rear. It’s a bit sharp on the finish – which fades quickly away – but it ticks all the right tequila flavour boxes.

An easy no nonsense tequila.

Over the next few days of my Barrow Way ambles further forays into local bars uncovered more La Chica. It got me thinking how availability of a brand is a boost to sales.

Turns out MCM Brands of Donegal handle La Chica in Ireland – as well as a few other brands you might be familiar with – & seem to have the South East well covered.

La Chica meanwhile appears to be a brand for Burlington Drinks in the UK who produce various other ‘house’ spirits for the market.

Whatever the source of La Chica – being tequila it must be made in Mexico & display distillery of origin – NOM1124 in this instance – as it was on the shelf I gladly partook of a few.

I’d gladly enjoy a few more when on the fabulous Barrow Way again!

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Barrow Way information here.

Meaney’s Bar facebook here.

MCM Brands website here.

Burlington Drinks website here.

Tequila rules information here.

Dead Centre, Que Chido, Tequila & Lime Gose, 5.5%

I gotta hand it to Dead Centre Brewing – they sure know how to brew up some tasty beers for special occasions.

Image courtesy Dead Centre Brewing

This Tequila & Lime Gose was for Cinco De Mayo.

I popped down on a sunny Friday afternoon for a quick one – & was very pleased I did.

Quite light, very refreshing, with subtle hints of earthy agave complimented by a tart sourness.

A lovely sup by the Shannon!

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Azteca Tequila Blanco, 38%

Tequila is booming – at least according to a Spirits Business article here – and I’m enjoying the rise of this tasty distilled Mexican beverage.

Especially when it appears in my local Lidl.

Lidl keeps abreast of drinks trends & their own label spirits range is worth exploring – so much so they won Icons Of Whisky Own Brand Supermarket of the year at the 2022 World Whiskies Awards!

Impressive!

So how does their Azteca Tequila Blanco fare?

A welcome earthy agave nose.

Smooth & oily mouthfeel.

The rich agave notes return on the rear with a soft dry peppery spice livening up this very well balanced tequila.

Azteca satisfies my tequila tendencies!

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All images authors own.

Olmeca Reposado Tequila, 38%

Olmeca Tequila is found in pretty much every Irish supermarket & is often the only tequila offered at many bars & hotels.

This shouldn’t be much of a surprise given Pernod Ricard own the brand & possibly use the Jameson distribution network for Olmeca too.

I’ve enjoyed a few glasses of Olmeca in various bars.

The nose portrays that signature agave pungency with hints of peppery spice.

The smooth palate lacks a little flair with an accentuated black peppery spice on the finish.

Olmeca Reposado ticks all the tequila taste boxes – but not being 100% agave it does miss out a tad on the flavour front.

Often listed as Olmeca Gold – denoting a mixto tequila where only 51% has to be agave based & Gold possibly being coloured – Olmeca Reposado – also mixto but with barrel ageing – appears to be the bottle supermarkets stock.

In the absence of any alternatives – it does the trick.

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All images authors own.

Tequila Oil, Getting Lost In Mexico, Hugh Thomson

Tequila – along with it’s agave stablemate Mezcal – features in this adventurous tale of a teenager traversing Mexico in a car – purchased in Texas – with the goal of selling it in Belize & thereby funding the trip.

There are many twists & turns along the way.

Get lost in a book! c/othewhiskeynut

Tequila Oil is actually a cocktail.

The author used it to cement business deals – as recommended by the bank he worked for in Mexico City.

The ingredients are;

Tequila

Tomatoe Juice

Habanero Chilli Sauce

Maggie Liquid Seasoning

Mix together to form a black oily consistency.

Garaunteed to blow your head!

I didn’t try it personally – but then I’m not seeking a bank loan in Mexico!

A terrific travel book!

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Brazilian Tequila, A Journey Into The Interior, Augustus Young

My own journey into spirits based books took a bit of a stumble with this publication.

I found it more of a literary exploration of the customs, traditions & folklore of Brazil via a personal & rather introspective viewpoint making for a mystical – & at times magical – travel tale.

Cachaca – the spirit of Brazil c/othewhiskeynut

But there is no Brazilian Tequila.

Tequila is a geographically protected (GI) term for the spirit made in Mexico from the Agave plant.

Brazil has it’s own GI spirit – Cachaca – of which quite a lot is consumed by the characters of this tale.

The Brazilian Tequila in question arises as a joke by the doctor tasked to remove parasitic worms from the narrator’s feet.

Kind of takes ‘Experience Brazil’ to a new level.

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El Bandido, Tequila Flavoured Beer, 5.9%

In the absence of finding any beers aged in actual tequila barrels – I’m reduced to trying this tequila flavoured offering from Aldi.

It has similar packaging & a similar style to my previous encounter with Desperado.

Will it taste the same?

Not really.

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If anything it’s less characterful, not as sugary sweet, blander flavoured & ultimately – a less offensive drinking experience.

At 5.9%  – it’ll get you drunk relatively easily – which is probably it’s main selling point.

It didn’t win me over.

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Patrón, Silver, Reposado & Anejo Tequila, 40%

Cinco De Mayo.

A holiday commemorating the Mexican Army victory over foreign intervention in 1862 – now morphed into a celebration of Mexican identity & culture – often of the alcoholic variety – tequila.

To mark the day I further explored this wonderfully pungent spirit by tasting Patrón’s 3 core releases.

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Los tres amigos c/othewhiskeynut

Silver, Reposado & Anejo.

All are presented in highly attractive & distinctively shaped bottles complete with oversized corks at 40% ABV using 100% blue agave.

Silver is the unaged variety.

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Silver, Blanco, Plata. Unaged. c/othewhiskeynut

It displays the pure clean taste of agave after it’s long growing period & subsequent distillation process to make Tequila.

A lovely pungenty earthy agave note of soft ripe fruits with thick legs and an oily consistency.

The palate was smooth & rich in flavour.

A light peppery spice enlivened the finish over a slowly fading earthiness & attractive heat.

Very enjoyable!

The Reposado is aged for 3 to 5 months in oak barrels – ex-bourbon barrels are commonly used!

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Reposado, Aged, 60 plus days. c/othewhiskeynut

A more pronounced nose with an added charred cask note.

The mouthfeel was softer – more mellowed agave with an easier overall appeal & gentler finish.

Anéjo is aged for more than 12 months in French Oak, Hungarian Casks & ex-bourbon barrels.

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Anejo, Extra Aged, 1 plus years. c/othewhiskeynut

Hints of vanilla, caramel & a soft smoke overlay the earthy agave.

Silky smooth on the palate – the flavours are more balanced & complex bouncing between the cask influence & pungent agave base.

A more relaxed experience.

All 3 were highly enjoyable easy sippers.

My order of preference would have to be Silver for the sheer exuberance & excitement of the agave.

Anéjo for the interaction of that earthy agave with cask aging notes more familiarly encountered in Whiskey.

And finally Reposado possibly slipped between 2 stools here but an engaging offering on it’s own merits.

I’d happily explore more tequila based on these experiences.

Salud!

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