ALACRÁN TEQUILA BLANCO
NOSE: Fresh Agave | Pink Grapefruit | Toasted Oak | Fresh Mint
TASTE: Black Pepper | Cool Menthol | Cooked Agave | Toasted Walnut
FINISH: Medium, with dry wood and black pepper.
SHARE WITH: Friends who enjoy tequila-based mixed drinks.
WORTH THE PRICE: I’ve tasted better for less.
BOTTLE, BAR OR BUST: It is very unusual, as such, you should taste this at a bar before committing to a bottle.
OVERALL: 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.
Alacrán has a very nice, fragrant nose. What makes this tequila unique is the palate. Both the mouthfeel and front of the palate is like water - so much so that you wonder at the first sip if something was forgotten. But then, at mid-palate, there is an explosion of black pepper so intense it makes discovering other flavors a chore. Once you overcome the pepper, toasted walnut and cool menthol appear, leading to a medium finish of dry wood and black pepper.
The best thing about Alacrán is the surprise at the front. Overall, this is a tequila that would make an interesting mixer or basic shots, but not something I’d recommend for sipping.
Disclaimer: Alacrán provided Bourbon & Banter with a sample of their product for this review. We appreciate their willingness to allow us to review their products with no strings attached. Thank you.