When we received these samples of Whispering Eye, the first thing I wanted to do was photograph them! They clearly put a great deal of time and effort into their bottle design and I felt it was important to recognize that. This is the sort of bottle that attracts the eye no matter what shelf it is on!
Also included in this photo is the Vinturi Spirit Aerator, one of the tools we use with every tasting here at Tequila Aficionado. The Vinturi Spirit Aerator is like a crystal ball. It will show you all the flaws in a poor spirit while making a good tequila shine.
Lastly, you’ll see the NEAT Glass. There’s a trick to tasting properly with the NEAT Glass and we’re looking forward to presenting a video tutorial for proper tequila tasting with the NEAT in our Education of a Tequila Drinker series. Look for it coming soon!
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Please sip wisely. Tequila should never be shot. Ever. If you choose not to sip wisely, beware the following:
The over-consumption of bad tequila may leave you wondering what the Hell happened to your bra or trousers, make you think you are whispering when you are not, may cause you to tell your friends over and over again that you love them, may cause you to think you can sing, may lead you to believe that ex-lovers are really dying for you to telephone them at four in the morning, may make you think you can logically converse with members of the opposite sex without spitting, may make you think you have mysterious Kung-Fu powers, resulting in you getting your ass kicked, may cause you to roll over in the morning and see something really scary (whose species and/or name you can’t recall), may cause inexplicable rug burns on the forehead, may create the illusion that you are tougher, smarter, faster and better looking than some really, really big guy called Chuck, may lead you to believe you are invisible, may lead you to think people are laughing WITH you, may cause a disturbance in the space-time continuum, wherein gaps in consciousness appear, may cause pregnancy, may cause you to tell the same boring story over and over again until your friends want to SMASH YOUR HEAD IN, and may cause you to thay shings like thish.
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Cleo Rocos of AquaRiva Tequila has some wonderful recommendations in her book “The Power of Positive Drinking”.
Look for our review coming soon!
“This isn’t a guide on how to get drunk. This is a master class on how to drink and be merry,” said Rocos.
“I want to teach you how to drink successfully. How to reach that delicious level of intoxication where you and your fellow drinkers become the favourite versions of ourselves and stay there.”
A cab driver reaches the pearly gates. St. Peter looks him up in his Big Book and tells him to pick up a gold staff and a silk robe and proceed into Heaven.
Next in line is a preacher. St. Peter looks him up in his Big Book, furrows his brow and says, “OK, we’ll let you in, but take that cloth robe and wooden staff.”
The preacher is shocked and replies, “But I am a man of the cloth. You gave that taxi driver a gold staff and a silk robe. Surely I rate higher than a cabbie!”
St. Peter responds matter-of-factly, “This is Heaven and up here, we are interested in results. When you preached, people slept. When the cabbie drove his taxi, people prayed.”
What do you think they’d say if taxi drivers talked? For some interesting taxi driver tidbits, visit the digital exhibit for the New York City Taxi Driver Oral History Project.
“Not Just a Job”: Taxi Driver Insight and Inspiration,” the digital exhibit that was inspired by the oral history interviews and artwork of taxi drivers interviewed as a part of the The New York City Taxi Driver Oral History Project.
Some ultra premium tequilas that will set you back a few hundred dollars include:
A blend of triple-distilled silver tequila and Milagro’s barrel-aged stock, Unico is an agave-forward tequila that is playful on the tongue, yet offers a long, smooth finish. All of the agave used is estate-grown in the Jalisco highlands, and the vegetal beverage is packaged in a slender, striking bottle that showcases its crystal-clear appearance. Given the labor-intensive process that goes into making this carefully crafted spirit, only 1,200 individually numbered bottles have been released.
Jose Cuervo 250 Aniversario
On November 2, 1758, Don José Antonio de Cuervo procured a parcel of land on which to plant blue agave, and the rest, as they say, is margarita-soaked history. 250 years later, the Don’s namesake spirits company commemorated the occasion with Jose Cuervo 250 Aniversario, an ultra-premium extra-añejo tequila crafted from agave sourced solely from Cuervo’s original plot. A blend of the finest aged tequilas from the family’s private reserves, 250 Aniversario offers notes of butterscotch and vanilla tempered with a hint of pepper. The bottle, inspired by the original glass container used by Don Jose Cuervo to ship his wares over two centuries ago, comes numbered and packaged in a handsome oak box.
Gran Patron Burdeos
Named after the vintage Bordeaux barrels in which it is racked, this luxurious añejo tequila is triple-distilled and aged for a minimum of twelve months in order to achieve its smooth, full-bodied taste and rich, dark amber hue. Packaged in an elegant crystal bottle nestled inside a suede-lined black walnut box, Gran Patrón Burdeos is an excellent gift for that agave aficionado in your life; however, we can’t say we blame you if you choose to keep this top-notch tequila all to yourself.
Don Julio Real
Founded by Don Julio Gonzalez in 1942, Mexico’s most popular premium tequila has come a long way since its humble beginnings in the highlands of Jalisco. Don Julio Real, the brand’s extra-añejo offering, is the result of decades of hard work in the pursuit of the perfect tequila. Made using handpicked seven- to ten-year-old blue agave, the tequila is then aged in American white oak barrels for three to five years, where it acquires its signature vanilla flavors and subtle, oaky finish. The decanter-style bottle comes adorned with silver agave leaves, paying tribute to Jalisco’s favorite flora.
Oprah Winfrey worked her marketing magic on books, but can she apply the same mojo to tequila? The talk show queen has raved about Casa Dragones, a joven style tequila from San Miguel de Allende that combines an extra-añejo aged for five years in new charred American white oak barrels with un-aged tequila. The mix is then filtered through a bed of charcoal to remove its color. The 80-proof clear liquid is put in an individually numbered crystal bottle decorated by hand with representations of pepitas (pumpkin seeds) and an agave plant, then sealed. The award-winning packaging even comes with a matching decanter top that can be used after popping the synthetic cork, which we suggest you do inmediatamente. Enjoy vanilla and citrus on the nose. The first playful sip presents pepper on the palate, but no alcohol burn on this exceptionally smooth spirit. The next offers a delicate sweetness to the tip of the tongue, a burst of fruit mid-palate and a satisfyingly viscous mouthfeel. Besides Mexico and the U.K., this rare treat is sold in just fourteen U.S. states, and only 32,000 bottles were made in the first two years of production.
AsomBroso 11 Year Anejo
While tequila aficionados may be familiar with the categories reposado (aged at least two months) and añejo (aged at least a year), the extra-añejo label applied to tequilas aged more than three years wasn’t established until 2006. At that time, this tequila was already mellowing in oak barrels, so someone at AsomBroso was definitely looking ahead. Distilled according to time-honored practices using organically grown 100 per cent blue agave, AsomBroso 11 Year Añejo is then patiently aged in French oak barrels, imparting the tequila with a unique bouquet of aromas and a smooth, warm mouthfeel. Since the agave plants harvested were ten years old, and it sat for an unheard-of eleven years, this expensivo spirit took more than two decades to make, and displays the kind of elegance and refinement that can only come with age. Wondering about the shape of the hand-made bottle? It was inspired by an eighteenth-century crystal decanter discovered in an English castle by founder Ricardo Gamarra, and is replete with intricate millefiori glass “flowers.”
Check out this Fox News list of top 10 tequilas. Do they belong on a top 10 list and, if so, is that the right one?
*Quotes are courtesy of the Fox News list mentioned and linked to above and are not necessarily the opinion of Tequila Aficionado or its employees.