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Tequila Penasco Anejo by Steve Coomes

 logo2white2, tequila, penasco anejo, penasco, tequila aficionado, bourbonThe Ohio Valley’s schizophrenic spring weather has had an unexpectedly positive effect on my home liquor cabinet. Since it’s been too warm for the furnace and too cool for the air conditioner, the house temp has averaged about 75 degrees for two months. And one of the most notable beneficiaries is Tequila Penasco Anejo (the bourbon has benefitted, too!).

 

Sipped somewhere in the mid-70s one evening, the blooming butterscotch and cooked agave nose was brilliant. A good bit more swishing elevated vegetal notes, hints of mint, lemongrass, and aguamiel. Since temperature raises alcohol volatility, I remained wary of vapor burn. Still, walking that fine line between elegant fragrance and fire was worth it.

 

The flavor of this spirit, rested 14 to 16 months in oak, was bright and brilliant, launching with all the predictable barrel notes of vanilla and light caramel, even touches of chocolate. Held in the mouth, the añejo delivered lush floral notes backed by cinnamon and some straw. After swallowing, that rumor of chocolate reappeared and then dissolved into bruléed sugar, butterscotch and toffee. Given a brief nap in the glass—and trust me, it’s hard to put down—this expression offered up orange peel, wood and again butterscotch, joined by coriander.

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Some spirits lose their body when warm, but not this one. It was full and coated both glass and mouth evenly, always generous and soft to every surface. Vigorous swirling of the golden expression yielded numerous narrow legs lined up and evenly spaced as the Rockettes in action. Think that’s a bit much? Have a look for yourself. (Maybe it was the glass?)

 

Sadly, Tequila Peñasco did not supply any press information, such as what its products cost. A quick web search revealed only the brand’s notoriously wonky website and expired liquor store discount offers for the añejo, but no details. That’s unfortunate given that I’d like to know how it stacks up (at the cash register) against its peers.

 

Suffice it to say, though, if you find it, get it if it fits your budget. It’s a straight-up fine sipper.

 

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Holiday Recipe: Maple Liqueur Tequila Pumpkin Pie

 

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de la tierre maple cinnamon liqueurWhen I tried De La Tierre Maple Liqueur Tequila, I was impressed with the natural maple flavor that took me back to my childhood and tapping maple trees in Maine.  (Click on the QR code to the right to read my review.)

Ever since then, I’ve been anxious to try cooking some favorite desserts with it, like Pumpkin Pie and Crepes Suzette.  I recently tried the Pumpkin Pie and it was amazing.  In case you’re looking for a good gluten-free, sugar-free recipe for Thanksgiving or just a tasty winter treat, give this one a try.  You won’t be disappointed!

De La Tierre Maple Liqueur Tequila Pumpkin Pie

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Combine the following ingredients in a large mixing bowl:
1 Cup nonfat dry milk powder

1.5 cups Splenda

2 teaspoons Saigon Cinnamon

1 teaspoon Salt

1 teaspoon Ginger

1/2 teaspoon Ground Cloves

1/4 Cup De La Tierre Maple Cinnamon Liqueur

2 Cups water

4 Eggs

1 (28 ounce) can pumpkin (about 2 cups)
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Spray an 11″x7″ glass baking dish with non-stick spray.

Pour mixture into baking dish.

Bake 15 min at 425 and then 50 min longer at 350.
Cool to room temperature, then cover and place in refrigerator to set overnight.

Serving suggestion: We cut it into squares and served it with Vanilla Cool Whip and a glass of De La Tierre Maple Liqueur Tequila on the side.

Bon appetit!

 

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Lisa Pietsch Spices it Up with Peligroso Cinnamon Tequila

I sat down the other evening to taste Peligroso Cinnamon.  I knew Peligroso was good to begin with so I aerated it with the Vinturi Spirit Aerator to allow it to show me what it had.  As it happens, Peligroso Cinnamon has all the right stuff.  This isn’t some girly bottle of silliness with all sorts of additives. This is 84 proof Peligroso 100% Blue Weber Agave Silver Tequila with 100% natural cinnamon extract.

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From its rich golden color to its sweet nose of natural cinnamon, we were pleased with the pour.  I found the nose somewhat reminiscent of the Big Red gum I remember chewing as a child.  Like De La Tierre Maple Tequila, I was pleasantly surprised by the very natural flavor.  It wasn’t an overpowering, over-the-top syrupy infusion but a bright spicy beverage with a warm, medium finish.

This is something I’d drink by the fire at the lodge after a day of downhill skiing.  If you want something for a liquid dessert that hits the spot without being overly sweet or heavy, this is it.  This is a sipper, a mixer, and a great juice to cook with.  In fact, it felt so much like dessert to me that I was inspired to use it in an apple crisp.

The Peligroso Cinnamon Apple Crisp made for a deliciously light dessert, not your grandmother’s apple crisp.  If you’re looking for a little something sugar free and diet friendly after your holiday ham, give this recipe a try:

Peligroso Cinnamon Apple Crisp

Ingredients:

2 Cans Light Apple Pie Filling

1/2 C Cranberries (dried or fresh)

1/4 C Peligroso Cinnamon Tequila

1T + 1t Saigon Cinnamon

1 C Oats

1 C Whole Wheat Flour

1/2 C Butter

1t Baking Soda

1 C Splenda

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Empty 2 Cans Light Apple Pie Filling (made with Splenda) into a crock pot.  Mix in 1/2 cup cranberries (I used Low Sugar Craisins, but you could easily use fresh), 1/4 cup Peligroso Cinnamon Tequila and 1 teaspoon Saigon Cinnamon.

Top with a mixture of 1 cup oats, 1 cup whole wheat flour,1/2 cup butter, 1 Tablespoon Saigon Cinnamon, 1 teaspoon baking soda and 1 cup Splenda.

Cover and cook on high until the syrup bubbles up from below, then leave on warm for about an hour.  Serves eight.

Whether you have it for dessert or breakfast, this is a guilt free recipe made extra tasty with Peligroso Cinnamon Tequila.

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De La Tierre Maple Cinnamon Liqueur

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“The maple trees of the north and the agave from the south have French kissed while dancing the Salsa.”

Lisa Pietsch (Quebecois, hockey and tequila lover) reviews her first taste of De La Tierre Maple Cinnamon Liqueur (Reposado tequila with real Canadian Maple Syrup added).

Read her full review by clicking here.

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