Over the past couple of years, I’ve tasted multiple iterations of Sazerac-barrel-rested Corazon tequilas, and with each, the influence of those barrels has increased. At first blush, I like that. I mean, why make a reposado or añejo unless you want to taste the oak influence? Again, that increase is a welcome addition to the Expressiones line.
Drinks By The Dram 12 Day Tequila & Mezcal ReviewView Post
I am not a tequila drinker. I’ve penned a tequila review before and it bordered on fairly useless. I’m a whiskey reviewer. That’s my jam. However, my wife, Michelle (a/k/a Mrs. Whiskeyfellow), is a tequila sommelier. While I did drink this alongside her to try and learn something about tequila, these notes are hers and I’m writing this under her guidance.
Alacrán is packaged in a beautiful, matte black bottle, giving the appearance of a luxurious spirit. It is cooked with water sourced from Alacrán’s own well and naturally fermented with Alacrán’s own yeast. It is distilled through an “exclusive and multiple distillation” process.
I’m going to be really transparent here and state that I have never been a tequila fan. I’d tried several tequilas over the years, but found them all to have a bite to them I didn’t care for, including some I was told were fairly high end. Last spring, my wife and I celebrated our anniversary in Santa Fe, New Mexico, and my brother suggested I try mezcal since I’m a fan of peaty Scotch whiskies. Before doing so, though, I had to look up some info on mezcal, from a whisky drinker’s perspective.
The New Hampshire State Liquor Commission regulates the sale of alcohol in the state of New Hampshire. New Hampshire is one of 18 control states in the nation where the government directly controls the distribution of alcoholic beverages as well as being responsible for the regulation of alcoholic beverages. An important source of revenue for the state, the Commission contributes over 100 million dollars to the General Fund each year. Over the past few years, the NHLC has really stepped up their barrel selection program by hand selecting barrels various bourbons and tequilas. Last year I was lucky enough to be asked to sample nine barrel aged tequilas that were hand-selected exclusively for the New Hampshire Liquor Commission. Read my previous post on that experience here.
Handcrafted with tradition by the Gonzalez Family, one of Mexico’s most respected makers of tequila, the El Mayor Tequila is made from premium 100% Weber Blue agave grown in the rocky soil of Jalisco. Available in Blanco, Reposado, Anejo, and Extra Anejo representations. Read our reviews of the Blanco, Reposado and Anejo expressions to learn more about this line of exceptional tequilas.
Handcrafted with tradition by the Gonzalez Family, one of Mexico’s most respected makers of tequila, the award-winning Exotico Tequila is made from premium 100% Weber Blue agave grown in the Highlands of Jalisco. Available in Blanco and Reposado, each bottle of Exotico Tequila is crafted with care as a way to honor all spirits unbound.
A Tasting Review of the Codigo 1530 Tequila FamilyView Post
Aged tequila has a long and strange history. Of the major spirits, barrel aging has caught on most slowly with tequila. In North America, this is partly due to its reputation as a party drink-ideal for shots or mixers and little else, much like vodka. The brand name of this particular bottle-1800-comes from the very year tequila was first aged in oak barrels, well over 200 years ago. So the history is there, even if the appetite hasn’t been.
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