Tag Archives: Tequila

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!

Sláinte

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.

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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.

Sláinte

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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El Bandido c/othewhiskeynut

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.

Sláinte

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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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Desperado Original, Tequila Flavoured Beer, 5.9%

Well – I had to try it.

After exploring whiskey barrel aged beers I searched for tequila equivalents  – and ended up with this.

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Desperado? c/othewhiskeynut

A tequila flavoured beer by Heineken – of all people.

Now lawsuits were threatened over the use of the word ‘Tequila’ by the Mexican Tequila Regulation Board – CRT.

Tequila is a strictly defined category of alcoholic drinks made in Mexico from the blue agave plant – which Desperado clearly is not.

The brand is readily available in Ireland.

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Desperate! c/othewhiskeynut

Golden straw in colour, lively head.

Decidedly empty on the flavour front.  A hint of sweet oranges & a chemically aftertaste.

No depth, no body & definitely no agave.

At 5.9% it’s deceptively light.

Not a pleasant drinking experience.

Desperate.

Sláinte

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Jose Cuervo, Especial Reposado, 38%

As tequila finishing is now a ‘thing’ in Irish Whiskey – see JJ Corry The Battalion & Killowen Experimental Series Tequila Cask – along with the fact tequila distillers Jose Cuervo own Bushmills – I thought an exploration of the category would be fun.

Tequila is a highly regulated spirit.

The governing body – Tequila Regulatory Council (CRT) operate strict guidelines as to what is – or is not – allowed under the Official Standards of Tequila – or NOM – which are available at crt.org.mx

Jose Cuervo is the biggest selling Tequila brand in the world – stats from 2019 here.

The brands bottles are readily available in Ireland & I picked up their Especial Reposado for appraisal.

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Tequila sunshine! c/othewhiskeynut

All tequila has to be made with the blue agave plant in Mexico.

If it doesn’t state ‘100% agave’ – like this especial – it must contain a minimum of 51% agave. The remainder can be made up of permitted additives; caramel colouring, natural oak extract, glycerin & sugar syrup for example.

This obviously effects the tasting experience.

So how did I find Jose Cuervo Especial Reposado?

Well – initially that distinctive pungenty earthy agave aroma greeted me – but it was overlaid by a sweet & slightly sickly caramel I dislike in many a whiskey.

The palate was very smooth & easy – just lacking a rich powerful earthiness – which is what I’m after in a tequila.

Only on the finish did those lovely agave notes resurface as it gently dried out leaving a peppery spice.

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Mit farbstoff c/othewhiskeynut

This is mass market stuff.

Simple, sweet, easy & smooth.

And it sells well.

It’s the equivalent of many a blended whiskey & exhibits the same sweet caramelly notes that – on my palate at least – hide the purity of the agave – or subtleties of the barley – depending on your drink of choice.

Just like whiskey – to get the better stuff you usually have to pay more.

But those tequilas are harder to find in Ireland.

Sláinte

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M for Mexican Whisky

World Whisky Day is fast approaching on Saturday the 19th May 2018.

As part of the build up I’m featuring a series of blogs – both old and new – over the next month focusing on a country from each letter of the alphabet – if possible – that makes whisky.

Today is M for Mexican Whisky.

You heard that right – Mexican Whisky.

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Paddington Whisky from Mexico c/oLicorZone

From a country that is more famous for it’s world beating tequila it’s a short hop to whisky distillation.

The raw materials may be different.

But the process is essentially the same – distillation to capture the pure alcohol.

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Williamson 18 Whisky c/oLicorZone

The Mexicans have a long history & tradition of distillation.

And when you know the current owners of Bushmill Distillery in Ireland are none other than Mexican spirit giants Jose Cuervo – it’s not such a big leap.

I also admire their mission statement.

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There is Mexican Whisky!

It’s bold.

It’s clear.

Mexican Whisky is here!

I wonder what it tastes like?

Sláinte.

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I’d like to thank the Mexican Whisky Association for the use of their images.