Better than some, but pricey for what it is.
Notes: This tequila is produced in the lowlands of the state of Jalisco, in the town of Tequila (yes, there is a town called that). The master distiller is the third generation descendant of the original owner. Distillery was founded in 1873. This distillery uses a number of techniques that are different than the more traditional ones. First they pulverize the pinãs before they cook them (and remove the fibers and detritus from the resulting pulped pinãs) then they use huge steel ovens that look more like lumber drying kilns and they use closed (or at least covered) steel tanks to ferment the mosto to quickly mass produce their tequila. The steel ovens and other shortcuts don’t yield the same results in my opinion.
Appearance: Crystal clear. On swirling, it leaves a very light coating on the glass with some legs forming, then droplets.
First Impression:Fruity, almost citrus /lime at first, then melon, spice notes, bay leaves, traces of allspice or ginger. Softer and more fruity than a highland tequila.
Taste: Slightly sweet at first, a little fruit, green peepers, hints tobacco, and alkali notes. Strange additive tastes to it, vaguely plastic tasting. and also the bitter waxy taste you get when using their type of ovens. Rather harsh finish to it. As with almost all lowland tequilas it lacks the mineral bite of the highlands and their other signature tastes .
Drinks: Stands out in a drink fairly well- lets you know you have some tequila in there. Decent as a mixer but not a shooter or sipper.
Cigars: Joya de Nicaragua or maybe a Punch.
Bottle: Clear glass with silver beaten metal look to the top area glass bottle with silk screened graphics on clear plastic labels. The color of the label is blue and silver. Nice decanter style heavy bottom gives it a nice feel and makes it harder to tip over. Neck is a trifle short for a good grip either for pouring or as a weapon. Cork closure with large wooden top make it easy to open.
Final Thoughts: While better than many of the other more industrially made lowland tequilas (of which there are legion ) it still doesn’t rise to the level of a favorite. Easy-to-find, but quite pricey for what it is – and it’s still a bit harsh to boot.
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