DISTILLATION: Double distilled. It is filtered for smoothness using a preparatory filtration process.
STILL TYPE: Stainless steel pot stills
PROOF: 80 (40% abv)
FERMENTATION: Stainless steel tanks
SUGARS: 100% agave tequilana weber
WATER SOURCE: Deep aquifer
AGING: The Anejo is aged in American oak barrels for average of 24 months.
APPEARANCE: Medium long, roasted, a touch smoky, but far more vegetal than anything else, rich in agave flavor.
AROMA: The initial inhalations detect sturdy aromas of dill, pickle brine, salt, and green pepper; later sniffs encounter deeper, slightly toasted fragrances of black pepper, jalapeño, toasted almond, linseed oil, and dried dill; the main message is that agave is acutely present and not overshadowed by oak.
TASTE: The entry flavor is delicately salty, a clear signature taste of roasted agave, and displays a silky texture that’s firm and compelling; midpalate flavor range includes paraffin, prickly pear juice, toasted almond, and a slight trace of wood resin/sap.
OVERALL: The combination of core substance, satiny texture, high acidity, and a superb balance between oak treatment and agave presence make this one of the best anejos currently in the marketplace.
FTC Disclaimer: All samples are received free of charge but no payment is accepted by Tequila Aficionado or its agents for reviews. All reviews are the opinions of those participating in the tasting and positive reviews are never guaranteed.
I won’t lie or pretend to be unbiased here. I love Malinalli Tequila Extra Anejo. It is the little black dress of tequilas. Whether it is a drink for one with a book, a quiet night for two, or special celebration with friends, Malinalli is perfect.
But just because it is great for drinking doesn’t mean you can’t cook with it. In fact just a little goes a long way. In this recipe I discovered that the delicate spices in Malinalli Extra Anejo Tequila are the perfect accent flavors for German apple cake.
If you are a fan of aged tequilas and enjoy a well-made apple cake then you will want to try this recipe.
Malinalli German Apple Cake Recipe
1 can Apple Pie Filling
2 cups Sugar (or sugar substitute)
2 teaspoons ground Cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon Salt
1/4 cup Malinalli Extra Anejo
2 cups all-purpose Flour
1 teaspoon Baking Soda
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Spray a 9×13 inch cake pan with nonstick spray.
In a mixing bowl, combine all ingredients and mix well.
Spread batter into the prepared pan.
Bake at 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) for 45 minutes or until cake tests done. Let cake cool on a wire rack. Once cake is cool serve with a dusting of confectioners’ sugar or with a Cream Cheese Frosting and, of course, a snifter of Malinalli Tequila!
In what proved to be the toughest bracket for the judges to date, Malinalli Tequila swept the Platinum trophy in the hard fought Blanco division, with Ambhar, El Mayor, and Mamalón tequilas close on its heels.
Gold Medal Winner Lisa Elovich, brand owner of Organic Tequila One With Life, was ecstatic, saying, “Thank you so much! It is such an honor to get this award. I know this will help us with marketing and distribution.” She graciously added, “Congratulations to all of the nominees and winners! So happy to be part of it!”
In an equally gracious statement made over their Instagram account, medal recipient Papa Bueno Tequila wrote, “We are honored to have been among this impressive group of nominees! We love tequila and congratulate all the winners and thank Tequila Aficionado for the time, humor and love they bring! Definitely Bueno!”
About the Brands Of Promise Awards
All brands were judged by Founder, Alex Perez and CEO, M.A. “Mike” Morales, as well as by other Tequila Aficionado staff, on how they performed during Tequila Aficionado’s wildly popular Sipping Off The Cuff™ video series seen regularly on TequilaAficionado.com and viewable on its YouTube channel.
Unlike other spirits contests, The Brands Of Promise™ Awards does not require participating agave spirit brands to pay an entry fee. It also does not charge winners additional hefty licensing tariffs for the rights to use the medal award graphics on their labels, neck tags, shelf talkers, brochures, point-of-sales materials and websites.
[From October 14 to October 28, 2015, Tequila Aficionado Media, accompanied by 33 expressions representing 19 brands, embarked on an epic RV road show christened, The Dia de los Muertos Tequila & Mezcal Tour. In these next passages, we recount the historic–and hysteric–highlights.
You can also view a complete video playlist of our adventures on our YouTube channel here…]
On A Dark Desert Highway
Somewhere outside Carlsbad, New Mexico
On a dark stretch of highway in southeastern New Mexico, a road weary Lisa Pietsch guided the Cruise America RV that Tequila Aficionado Media had rented for the historic Dia de los Muertos Tequila & Mezcal Tour.
Avoiding oncoming eighteen wheelers hauling oil and speeding two-ton diesel trucks, she counted the minutes until she reached her destination for the night, the Carlsbad KOA campground.
Suddenly, she gasped as a huge piece of truck tire appeared in the high beam headlights ahead of her.
With no way to avoid the giant twisted remnant on the two lane highway without swerving and fishtailing the thirty foot RV, she gritted her teeth, straddled the rubber and hoped for the best.
A resounding ka-thunk ka-thunk let her know that she had successfully survived what could have been a perilous situation. It wasn’t until the next morning that Lisa discovered what had actually happened.
Feeling like the castaways from Gilligan’s Island, what was supposed to have been a leisurely six hour drive from San Antonio, Texas to Carlsbad, New Mexico turned into a 9 hour ordeal that began with early morning packing and stocking the RV.
Once we parked and hooked up the water and electricity at the campground for the night, Lisa announced that all she wanted was something uncomplicated to sip on for a late evening nightcap.
After a sluggish morning, we decided to drive for Carlsbad Caverns in the early afternoon.
Unhooking the RV, Lisa noticed the damage to the black water tank. The coiled tire we had straddled the night before had poked a sizeable hole. If any of us needed to use the bathroom while we were on the road, it would spell disaster, especially for those following behind us.
With fingers crossed, we headed to Carlsbad Caverns National Park.
To The Bat Cave!
After struggling with our selfie stick trying to capture a family photo outside the park sign, we hustled into the visitor’s area for a mid-afternoon tour of the caverns.
Once inside, we were met with this alarming notice–
While we weren’t able to manage a tour of the Caverns’ famed bat exhibit that featured the Mexican free tail bats, there was enough important information to post in the above article.
Attack of The 10 Foot Martians
On our way back from Carlsbad Caverns just before nightfall, we were able to do a bit of souvenir shopping and picture taking with carved bears and aliens.
We had no idea that the alien culture was so prominent in Carlsbad, but we were sure that Roswell, our next day’s whistle stop, would have more than enough little green men to spare.
In the meantime, we appropriately eased into the gray, stormy evening with Tromba tequila.
The Truth Is Out There
From the moment that Alien Tequila hopped aboard our Tequila & Mezcal Tour, I knew that a stop in Roswell, NM at the UFO Museum was a must.
Walking through this charmingly quirky city with a bottle of Alien Tequila hidden in a bag made these photos even more delightful.
After more souvenir shopping, it was off to our stop for the next two nights at my old stomping grounds in Albuquerque.
R & R
Having stayed at this particular KOA campground during our first family RV outing earlier in the Spring of 2015, we were familiar with the amenities and felt comfortable enough to enjoy some down time. The driving had taken its toll on Lisa, so a two-day respite was just what she needed.
JLP Margaritas were the order of the evening. After catching up on emails and drafting blogs, Senda Real made an appearance, as well.
Finding Photo Ops
When you’re stuck behind a computer from 5 to 8 hours a day like Lisa and I usually are working to make Tequila Aficionado Media even more interesting, compelling and educational for you, finding ways to create more inspirational photo and video opportunities is challenging.
Stepping away from the home office and being on the road really lends itself to “outside-the-box” creativity. If you remain open to possibilities, even the simplest things can serve to generate epic social media content and articles.
Which is exactly what we needed since we were still faced with the dilemma of the damaged black water tank.
NEWPORT BEACH, California, June 30TH 2015 – Eighty seven consumer spirit enthusiasts gathered at the waterfront Balboa Bay Resort on May 31, 2015 to participate in the 7th annual consumer based spirits competition. The 2015 SIP Awards comprised of 423 brands from all over the globe competing for rank at the impartial mercy of consumer based blind-tasting.
The 2015 SIP Awards was a battle among the elite in each of the world’s most popular Spirit categories. Each chilled, undiluted sample was presented to Judges in NEAT glasses, scientifically engineered to deliver an enhanced consistent tasting experience.
Tequilas, Gins, Rums, Whiskeys, Cognacs, Vodkas and Liqueurs were some of the participating spirits this year, each graded on Aroma, Taste, and Finish.
The 2015 top rated brands included these agave spirits:
Staying true to the commitment to provide the most reliable measure of international beverage quality ratings, every year’s Judges are every-day spirit consumers and extensively screened to ensure no affiliation with marketing, wholesalers or distributors tied to the spirits industry. “People deserve the highest quality spirits at their fingertips. I want to level the playing field by stripping away the hype to provide quality brands a fair platform on which to compete.” Says Paul Hashemi, founder of SIP Awards.
Awards include Bronze, Silver, Gold, Platinum and Best of Class for each category. The newest award introduced in 2014, is the Consumers’ Choice Award, which honors a brand’s unwavering commitment to their Legacy, Craft and to the ever important Consumer Palate, by placing in the SIP Awards two or more consecutive years.
The SIP Awards has experienced exponential growth within each of its 15 beverage categories. The increasing number of participating brands reflects SIP’s ability to provide spirit makers a valuable, unbiased and exciting opportunity to distinguish themselves in the industry. It has also shined light on the obvious need in the marketplace for its honest arbitration.
About SIP Awards
Catering to the opinions and palates of the discerning public, the SIP Awards present a unique, spirit judging competition, unaffected by industry bias. This pragmatic and refreshing model of evaluation provides an honest stage for feedback and recognition where top brands showcase their achievements. To learn more about the SIP Awards beverage competition, venue partnerships, or for a complete list of 2015 winners, visit www.SIPAwards.com.
When we nominate brands of promise, it is usually during the tasting of the product, but being in the social media end of marketing, I’ve been so impressed with one brand’s latest marketing images that I had to take the initiative and nominate this one myself.
Everything about the images that Malinalli Tequila shares with the public says class.
I’ve had the pleasure of tasting both the Malinalli Platinum and the Extra Anejo expressions and was duly impressed by both. If I could find them here in San Antonio, I would spend my hard earned dollars on them despite the many wonderful samples that decorate the Tequila Aficionado offices.
For those brands who would like to build a rapport with the female consumer in her mid-40s, take a lesson from Malinalli. Present class and taste and those with it will follow you passionately.
Well done, Malinalli Tequila.
You have just been nominated for the 2015 Brands of Promise Awards in Marketing Imagery.
Aroma: Masses of inviting dill, black pepper, asparagus notes that are underpinned by a deep salinity; best part of this bouquet is its vegetal/salty/herbal thrust that immediately identifies it as agave-based, but is clean, acidic and quality-directed.
Taste: Smoky, tantalizing, toasty, herbal (sage), mildly fruity, salty, tobacco leaf, crisp and clean as the acid level maintains the freshness and flavor direction.
Overall: Its strength is its sturdiness and its personality, which looms throughout. This tequila retains what makes tequila so wonderful in the first place, the herbal, smoky sense of agave.
Malinalli Platinum: The new ultra-premium blanco with character and elegance.
MALINALLI TEQUILA, THE NOBLE TEQUILA
Malinalli Tequila is much more than delicious Platinum and Extra Añejo tequilas. Malinalli is instilled with deep respect for the unique and illustrious history of Mexico and, naturally, of tequila, Mexico’s native spirit.
Malinalli is a legend, a woman, a figure shrouded in the past, deeply significant to the European ingenuity and native tradition of Mexico. Her history is complex, like the land that imparts its character into every drop of our tequila.
We make Malinalli Tequila at state-of-the-art family-owned distillery in El Arenal, Jalisco. Malinalli Tequila starts with prime agave, grown on the same family estate that for one hundred years has yielded some of the region’s finest agave. Only the most select agaves are chosen for the slow cooking process. The sweet agave juices are extracted from the cooked agave hearts, slowly fermented then artfully distilled to yield an exceptional spirit with deep, rich flavor concentration and a dazzling bouquet.
WHO WAS MALINALLI?
Malinalli’s mythical legacy has solidified her as a key historical figure in the creation of contemporary Mexican national identity. Born into a noble family and later enslaved in her youth, Malinalli was renowned for her beauty and graciousness. These qualities ushered her into the inner circle of the Spanish explorer and conquistador Hernan Cortés. After being baptized, she became highly valued for her intelligence and skill as his interpreter and confidante.
As both Cortés’s lover and advisor, Malinalli became the mediator between clashing cultures and thus greatly influenced the Spanish conquest of Mexico. Her greatest legacy is saving thousands of Indian lives by enabling Cortés to negotiate rather than wage total war. She bore Cortés a son, notably the first Mexican. Click here to learn more about Malinalli live.
MALINALLI AND MAYAHUEL
Malinalli was named after the Goddess of the Grass, on whose name day she was born. Mayahuel, the Goddess of the maguey (AGAVE) plant, ruled the Goddess of the Grass. Click here for the full myth of Malinalli and Mayahuel
Malinalli Extra Anejo Tequila is the subject of this week’s Sipping Off The Cuff program. See for yourself why M.A. “Mike” Morales and Alexander Perez selected it as a 2014 Tequila Aficionado Brands of Promise Nominee.
Malinalli’s mythical legacy has solidified her as a key historical figure in the creation of contemporary Mexican national identity. Born into a noble family and later enslaved in her youth, Malinalli was renowned for her beauty and graciousness. These qualities ushered her into the inner circle of the Spanish explorer and conquistador Hernan Cortés. Read more about this historic woman here.
Malinalli Extra Anejo Tequila Tasting Notes
Appearance: Pretty, bright, straw yellow/gold color. Flawlessly clean and pure.
Aroma: Pleasantly vegetal and herbal (sage, thyme); low-to-medium saline; steamed asparagus. Slight bit of oakiness emerges with further air contact.Vanilla bean now as potent as the vegetal agave fiber fragrance; peppery (green).
Taste: Oak-influenced vanilla bean is rampant at the early in-mouth stage; plus there is a modicum of green vegetable presence as the saltiness subsides.Big vanilla custard flavor is bolstered by green pepper (jalapeño now) and oaky resins.Delightfully rich and creamy, but neither unctuous nor syrupy.There’s a slight hint of smokiness/cigar box in the aftertaste and adds a nice finishing touch.
Overall: Elegant, rich, properly zesty, salty, and herbaceous, the oak doesn’t eclipse the natural agave charm as happens in some Extra Añejos.