April 2014

REVIEW: HERRADURA COLECCION DE LA CASA

April 11, 2014
REVIEW: HERRADURA COLECCION DE LA CASA

In October, I visited Casa Herradura Tequila distillery, in Amatitan, Jalisco, Mexico, where I and five spirits writers tasted the new Coleccion de la Casa, Reserva 2013 – Cognac Cask Finish Reposado. Aged 11 months in American Oak and finished an additional three months in cognac barrels, the new tequila, released this fall left me […]

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REVIEW: TEQUILA CAZADORES REPOSADO

April 11, 2014
REVIEW: TEQUILA CAZADORES REPOSADO

Like most, I like bargains, especially on tequila.  So I took a chance on a rebate deal recently that bundled Cazadores Tequila with one of my go-to gin brands. Priced at $23 for blanco and $26 for reposado, both were more than affordable, and with some cash back incentive, I figured it was worth the […]

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REVIEW: TEQUILA OCHO SINGLE ESTATE PLATA

April 11, 2014
REVIEW: TEQUILA OCHO SINGLE ESTATE PLATA

Pouring just an ounce of Tequila Ocho Single Estate Plata 2012 from the bottle sends a rush of fruit into the air. Highly aromatic, but not busily so, this plata greets the nose with aromas of papaya, banana, grapefruit and cooked agave. Swirl it to yield some field grasses, a bit of butterscotch and even […]

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REVIEW: NUMBER JUAN REPOSADO

April 11, 2014
REVIEW: NUMBER JUAN REPOSADO

The first two times I tasted Number Juan Reposado, it reminded me of my 15-year-old son in the morning: something that awakens very slowly. For $49, I expected more than clean, mildly spicy tequila that was decidedly low on complexity. But time and future tastings would reveal that Number Juan was only being shy at […]

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REVIEW: DEMETRIO TEQUILA REPOSADO

April 11, 2014
REVIEW: DEMETRIO TEQUILA REPOSADO

If I could spend time in a barrel The first thing that I’d like to do Is to soften every day Till all harshness goes away To ensure I’d be sipped slow by you OK, sorry. That was corny, and all apologies to the late Jim Croce and his treasured song, “Time In a Bottle.” […]

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REVIEW: DEMETRIO AÑEJO TEQUILA

April 11, 2014
REVIEW: DEMETRIO AÑEJO TEQUILA

I like small barrels, and I cannot lie … and Demetrio’s choice of a 200 liter vessel for its añejo is just fine by me. Some reviewers I’ve read (and respect) object to tequila aged in small barrels because they say that adds too much oak flavor too soon. But as a fan of big-bodied, […]

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REVIEW: TEQUILA PEÑASCO PLATA

April 11, 2014
REVIEW: TEQUILA PEÑASCO PLATA

As an old journalist, I fancy myself a decent researcher, but gathering good intel on Tequila Peñasco is difficult. Its website is buggy and provides scant information about what appears to be a young brand. The oldest press releases there date back to 2013 and its distribution in the American market is only to seven […]

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