The continuation of Podcast #2, this is Tequila Aficionado Founder, Alex Perez, and CEO, M.A. “Mike” Morales meeting face-to-face for the first time. They met in July of 2006 at a restaurant in California and tasted Siembra Azul, Dos Lunas and Jarro Viejo tequilas.
The continuation of Podcast #2, this is Tequila Aficionado Founder, Alex Perez, and CEO, M.A. “Mike” Morales meeting face-to-face for the first time. They met in July of 2006 at a restaurant in California and tasted Siembra Azul, Dos Lunas and Jarro Viejo tequilas. Their conversation begins with a discussion of Jose “Pepe” Hermosillo of Casa Noble.
The continuation of Podcast #2, this is Tequila Aficionado Founder, Alex Perez, and CEO, M.A. “Mike” Morales meeting face-to-face for the first time. They met in July of 2006 at a restaurant in California and tasted Siembra Azul, Dos Lunas and Jarro Viejo tequilas. Their conversation spanned everything from established tequila families, drinking from the barrel, traveling to Jalisco, resoling boots and more!
Enjoy a vertical flight of Tequila Tapatio in honor of National Tequila Day! Alex Perez and Mike Morales taste and discuss Tequila Tapatio Blanco, Reposado and Anejo – Look for their review of 110 coming soon too!
NOM 1414 – Feliciano Vivanco y Asociados, S.A. de C.V.
This premium tequila is produced from Los Altos (Highlands) estate grown agaves and artesian water, then triple distilled for purity and smooth taste.
I guess I am a believer in fate. I was first introduced to Pura Vida while making a quick stop at a small liquor store in west Austin, Texas. This was my first visit to this liquor store, and as luck would have it, they had a small table set up next to the door. A lovely young lady was at the table, pouring samples of Pura Vida Tequila. I chose to sample the silver, and as I recall, that first taste was bold yet mello at the same time. I could tell from my first sip that this premium spirit was destined to be one of my top-shelf favorites.
When you first open the heavy blue glass bottle, you will be treated to a smooth and sweet yet bold earthy agave aroma. Right away you know you have discovered something special. Your nose tells you to pour a full shot of this rich tequila, and begin to sip it.
The first taste of this crystal clear 100% agave blanco, gives you a medium spice, somewhat fruity mouthful of unmistakable Jalisco Highlands agave. This smooth blanco has all the taste and feel of an small-batch, artisan tequila. The triple-distilled spirit is perfect for sipping and savoring the moderate agave flavor. The finish is medium with a hint of ginseng and vanilla across the tongue.
When drinking this top-shelf spirit, I prefer drinking a healthy shot ‘neat’ in a slightly chilled snifter, with a lemon twist. You will enjoy sipping this blanco tequila as a relaxing drink after work or when mixing up your favorite tequila cocktail on the weekend with good friends. A good food pairing would be a broiled white fish, or some tequila-lime infused shrimp off the barbecue.
The only problem with this premium tequila is that it may be hard to find outside of Texas, the location of it’s largest US distributor. However, they have been working hard to expand its footprint north of the border.
If you come across any of the varieties: blanco, reposado, or anejo of Pura Vida in a restaurant, bar, or nightclub, I would suggest you consider this ‘fate’ and order up a shot, or maybe a ‘vertical’ flight (one shot each of the blanco, reposado, and añejo – all Pura Vida) and sample all three. This will give you a chance to match the taste that’s right for your palate. ¡Salud! and enjoy!
Reviewed by Jerry Nettik, passionate tequila lover and aficionado.
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