National Tequila Day Tapatio Triple Play!

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!

 

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Pura Vida Silver Tequila Review | Jerry Nettik

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Pura Vida Silver Tequila

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100% Agave Azul
40% Alcohol/volume – 80 Proof

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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The Añejo Way of Life With Señor Rio Tequila and Cigars by M.A. “Mike” Morales

I admit, I have a soft spot for Señor Rio tequila.

A snifter of Señor Rio añejo on the patio.
A snifter of Señor Rio añejo on the patio.

Sure, it’s produced at the famed La Cofradía distillery (NOM 1137), where its flagship tequila, Casa Noble, grabs all the headlines these days.  And the co-founders, Jonathan Gach and Debbie Medina have a great love for tequila and a great love story, too.  And, yes, it comes in a helluva pretty bottle.  But those aren’t my reasons for my affinity to the brand.

It’s their exclusive cigars that pair so well with Señor Rio tequila that bring a smile to my face.

In The Beginning…

Waiting to be lit.
Waiting to be lit.

I was first introduced to Señor Rio Cigars when CEO, Jonathan Gach, sent me a pair that were infused with Señor Rio blanco tequila.  It was a novel idea at the time since tradition dictates that cigars be paired with wines and darker spirits.  Naturally, these were meant to be enjoyed with Señor Rio blanco and its fragrant smoky bouquet and long finish.

The concept of pairing cigars with blanco tequilas compelled  me to seek other blanco tequila and cigar combinations that ultimately lead to my recent article in Cigar Advisor.

Completely hooked, I couldn’t wait to spark up these newer versions of Señor Rio Cigars that Jonathan was kind enough to share.

Pure Elegance

Señor Rio's presentation dresses up any occasion.
Señor Rio’s presentation dresses up any occasion.

Simply placing the Señor Rio bottles outside on the patio table dresses up any occasion and calls for your fanciest lighter, ashtray and crystal snifters.  One whiff of the big, veiny Ecuadorian Sumatra wrapper and I couldn’t stray from tradition.  A snifter of  Señor Rio añejo was in order.

From the very start, this stick had all the signs of a handmade gem, lighting beautifully, drawing smoothly and burning evenly with a nice ash.  The combination of the Honduran and Dominican filler, along with the Connecticut broadleaf binder made for a tequila lover’s delight.

Nice ash.
Nice ash.

The hints of leather, wood and nuts courtesy of the wrapper blended nicely with Señor Rio’s initial sweetness. The cigar’s light spiciness (cloves) enhanced the nose and married graciously with the aroma  of the añejo.  Moreover, the cigar’s easygoing softness didn’t interfere with Señor Rio’s medium-to-long finish imparted by its aging in used French white oak barrels for two years.

With the reposado, however, the pairing was more evenly matched.  Aged only six months in used French white oak barrels, it does not have as long a finish as the añejo and this fusion was a duel of the senses.  Each commanded my attention with every sip and draw.  While at times the añejo seemed to step aside, the pairing with the reposado demanded to be noticed.

Up close and personal with Señor Rio tequila.
Up close and personal with Señor Rio tequila.

Once Señor Rio blanco was served, it was comparing night and day.  Everything I had experienced throughout my enjoyment of the cigar was brought to bear with the blanco.  It was a Wimbledon tennis match at Centre Court between two distinct athletic styles where your taste buds are the line judge and the crowd cheers with every volley.

The Añejo Way Of Life

Enjoying the Añejo Way Of Life.
Enjoying the Añejo Way Of Life.

You don’t have to be a CEO of a Fortune 500 corporation (or of a tequila brand or online tequila media company, for that matter) to enjoy Señor Rio.  The pure elegance of its bottle presentation and the tequila’s flavor profile alone can take you to your happy place, what I call “the añejo way of life.”  Coupled with a Señor Rio Cigar, and your trip there will be that much quicker.

Sadly, these puros are not available for retail, yet, and are primarily used at special events and promotions.  But, as Jonathan Gach puts it, “I have been a cigar smoker for 37 years and along with tequila, this is another passion of mine.”

On the positive side, Jonathan is contemplating some exciting future plans for Señor Rio that includes the addition of even more enticing tobacco blends to go along with his stellar tequila.

In the meantime, look for Jonathan and Debbie and the whole Señor Rio tequila crew at your nearest cigar bar and liquor store.  It’ll be your shortest route to the “añejo way of life.”

Jonathan Gach and Debbie Medina, founders of Señor Rio tequila.
Jonathan Gach and Debbie Medina, founders of Señor Rio tequila.

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88 Blanco Tequila Review

Tequila Aficionado’s Alex Perez and Mike Morales taste and discuss Tequila 88 Blanco.


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Peligroso Silver & Reposado Tequila Review

Mike and Alex present Tequila Peligroso Silver and Reposado in this classic Sipping off the Cuff podcast.

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Montalvo Blanco Tequila Review

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In our first episode, Mike and Alex begin by tasting Montalvo Blanco Tequila in the Reidel Tequila Glass.

Our next episode follows with a second tasting of Montalvo Blanco, but this time it is poured through a Vinturi Spirit Aerator into a Reidel Tequila Glass.

You may be surprised at the difference the aerator makes.

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Avion Tequila Review

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Have you tried Avion yet? Have you tried Avion Espresso yet? What are your thoughts? Share your comments below or leave us your own YouTube video response! (We may even ask you to join Team Tequila Aficionado team as one of our official reviewers!)

 

 

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Monday Madness was created as a blooper by-product of our production process for the Tequila Aficionado exclusive video program, Sipping off the Cuff. When M.A. “Mike” Morales and Alexander “Alex” Perez get together, whether in person or via Skype, to review tequilas for Sipping off the Cuff, something silly is bound to happen.  Rather than present these clips with their reviews, we chose to respect serious viewers’ time and get right to business with each SOTC episode to keep them at ten minutes or less.  The outtakes are often funny and show our silly side, so we chose to share them with you for your amusement, as well as ours, in our Monday Madness video feature.  Monday Madness is the evidence of how very much fun we have doing what we love here at Tequila Aficionado Media.

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Ekeco Organic Tequila Review

When we restructured Tequila Aficionado this year, we found some amazing podcasts that had never been heard before. As we all know, life sometimes gets in the way and a few of Mike and Alex’s podcasts slipped through the cracks. NO MORE!

Every Tuesday is Throwback Tuesday until we’ve released all of those great previously recorded podcasts which have now been converted to YouTube videos so you can catch them any time you like! (And don’t forget all of our fresh-from-the-studio reviews will be released on YouTube and shared here every Friday.)

So here it is, fresh from the Tequila Aficionado Vault – Alex Perez and Mike Morales review Ekeco Tequila.

 

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Toro Dorado Plata Tequila Review

Mike Morales and Alex Perez of Tequila Aficionado taste and review Tequila Toro Dorado Plata.

 

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Suerte Blanco Tequila Review & Tasting Notes

Suerte Blanco
Suerte Blanco
Highlands sweetness with a down-to-earth complexity.

The Spanish word “Suerte” translates to “luck.” The bottles of all three Suerte expressions are decorated with a marketing-friendly rabbit designed by a tattoo artist in a native Mexican (Aztec/Mayan) style. It’s accompanied by a Partida/spirit bird-style origin story. This time, tequila was discovered by a farmer’s wife who saw a rabbit getting tipsy on fermented agave. It makes for an attractive package, and the rabbit is a fitting mascot, as this tequila has a few tricks up its sleeve.

Suerte BlancoBasic Stats
NOM: 1530 (Tequilera Simbolo, S.A. de C.V.)
Region: Highlands
Oven: Brick
Extraction: Tahona
Distillation: Stainless steel pot stills, double-distilled
Proof: 80 (40% abv)
Price: $30 to $36
Availability: Throughout Colorado, with possible expansion to both coasts soon.
Website: drinksuerte.com

Tasting and Mixing Notes
The blanco is rested in stainless steel tanks for two months prior to bottling. Sweet highlands baked agave is pronounced on the aroma and the flavor. This is definitely a plus for this reviewer, as I prefer my blancos to be fairly aggressive on the agave (highlands or lowlands). There are very nice, lingering notes of melon, grass, and mint on the nose. These aromas make it inside the bottle, too, with added flavors of pear, grass and a nice vegetal finish.

My one minor gripe with this blanco is that the sweetness and grass may be a little too pronounced, especially after being exposed to air for 15 or 20 minutes. The more subtle notes that give this blanco more complexity get less pronounced. (You have to catch this rabbit quickly!) Interestingly, I found that mixing Suerte blanco into a margarita not only retains the complexity I got with the first taste, but the sweet and grassy flavors are kept at bay in addition to bringing very lovely fruit and herbal notes to a traditional margarita.

Ryan’s Tequila Matchmaker Rating
Aroma – 23/25
Flavor – 24/30
Finish – 21/25
Value – 8/10
Drink again? – Yes
Recommend – Yes
Total Score – 86

So how does this rabbit age? While the reposado and añejo expressions are solid representations of highlands tequilas, and pleasant enough to sip, I didn’t find them as unique and interesting as the blanco, the clear winner in the Suerte lineup.

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