Sauza Acai & Mango Tequila (Mexico)

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Sauza Flavored Tequila (for the Canadian market), (Mexico)

1) Acai, 40% ABV – 750ml, NOM-1102

On the back label:

“Premium Sauza Tequila with intriguing Acai flavour combines shimmeringly clear Sauza Blanco Tequila with the fresh taste of native Brazilian Acai berries for a delicious, unexpected taste experience. Whether you enjoy it straight, over ice or mixed in your favourite cocktails, it’s perfect for making any tequila drink seem fresh and new!”

  • Style:(Acai) Flavoured Tequila
  • My Rating: D+ (as a sipping drink)
  • Taste profile: artificial acai/cotton candy -> grape/gasoline/numbness -> burn/warmth/alcohol/hollow finish
  • Where I got it: BC Liquor Stores (no longer sold/produced (?))
  • How much: ~$26, Summer 2009
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to tequila aficionados: no

Tasting notes (neat/room temp): pours crystal clear with miniscule sediment. Sweet candy-like acai and alcohol underneath it. Drinks with light-med viscosity, (artificial) acai comes up front mixed with plasticky cotton candy, fading into a purple grape, gasoline, numbing tingliness on the tip and mid-tongue, major throat burn, spicy warmth, alcohol detection, finishing hollow with minor tingling pain on the tongue/throat and lingering artificial acai on the exhale. Low complexity, low depth, no good carry, no good transitions. The only thing appealing is the initial “resemblance” to acai fruit up front, but quickly fades into alcohol funk. Not recommended as a sipper, will test in a Margarita.

update (Jan 12/2013): tasted okay in a Margarita (7-4-3 ratio), adding additional flavour. But still the smoothness isn’t there. Rating: C (as a mixer)

2) Mango, 40% ABV – 750ml, NOM-1102

On the back label:

“Premium Sauza Tequila with exotic Mango flavour combines shimmeringly clear Sauza Blanco Tequila with the fresh taste of tropical mango for a delicious, unexpected taste experience. Whether you enjoy it straight, over ice or mixed in your favourite cocktails, it’s perfect for making any tequila drink seem fresh and new!”

  • Style:(Mango) Flavoured Tequila
  • My Rating:  D- (as a sipping drink)
  • Taste Profile: artificial candy mango -> alcohol/burn/spicy numbness -> medicinal/warm/rough finish.
  • Where I got it: BC Liquor Stores (no longer sold/produced (?))
  • How much: ~$26, Summer 2009
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to tequila aficionados: no

Tasting notes (neat/room temp): pours crystal clear with miniscule sediment, same as above. Strong candy-like mango on the nose shared with an invasive burning ethyl alcohol, worse burn that the acai. Drinks with medium-light watery viscosity, 5/10-agave sweetness, subdued artificial mango, then comes the onslaught of nasty alcohol burn, spiciness numbness on the tongue, finishing medicinal, warm, light tingly and medium rough. Low complexity, low depth, terrible sippability. Substantially worse in than the acai in terms of aroma, drinkability, and appeal.

el Jimador Tequila Reposado (Mexico)

el Jimador Tequila Reposado, 40% ABV – 375ml, 750ml, (Jalisco, Mexico)

from the el Jimador website:

“An unbelievably smooth tequila, Reposado, which means “rested” in Spanish. But resting is just the beginning. Made from 100% agave, our proprietary production process and aging in white oak barrels for two months is what gives el Jimador Reposado its golden color and balanced flavor of cooked agave and hints of vanilla and caramel. Smooth and mellow. No wonder this is Mexico’s #1 selling tequila.”

  • Style: Tequila Reposado
  • My Rating: C
  • Taste Profile: Minty/Almond -> Agave/Black Pepper -> Spicy/Warmth Finish
  • Where I got it: BC Liquor Stores
  • How much: $30, Summer 2012
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to tequila aficionados: no

Tasting notes: pours light golden yellow, clear as water. Distinct sweet blue agave nectar on the nose along with hints of butterscotch. Drinks with a tingly mint-like mouthfeel up front, almonds, 7/10-agave sweetness, transitioning into a black peppery fieryness and medium warmth down the throat.Bottom line – straightforward, drinkable, not terribly exciting or deep, but gentle and pleasant.

Aha Toro Diva Tequila (Mexico)

Aha Toro Diva – 100% Blue Agave tequila plata rosa – NOM 1079, 40% ABV, (Jalisco, Mexico)

Info from ahatoro.com:

  • agave plant grown for 10 YEARS ~6300ft. above sea level near the town of Arandas (next to the village Jesús María) in an ideal cold and semi-dry climate with 6-10 overcast weeks per year.
  • Jimadors harvest the piña (pineapple) with their COAS (hoe-like, with long-blade and long handle)
  • quartered piñas are then COOKED for 2 DAYS in their handmade brick ovens and allowed to REST
  • cooked piñas are then grinded and placed wooden tubs to ferment with natural yeast prepared with the same agave juices
  • distilled in COPPER STILLS, and then passes onto the RECTIFYING STILL (2x heating)
  • *** AHA TORO DIVA is aged for 2 MONTHS in MERLOT CASKS
  • bottled in unique HANDBLOW GLASSES with EMBOSSED LABELS

My Notes:

  • My Rating: C+
  • Why I like it: smoked salmon and slightly fruity, unique
  • Where I got it: BC Liquor stores
  • How much: $90, 750ml
  • Would I ever buy another bottle to sip? No
  • Would I recommend this to tequila afficianados: Yes if you haven’t tried it before

Tasting Notes (straight, 5 minutes of airing): pours with a very light yellow-orange-pink hue, very clear, fast moving runny legs leaving raindrops on the walls. Some peaty smoke on the nose, oak, agave nectar, slight tingly alcoholic burn tickling the nose, and smoked salmon (!). Drinks with 5/10 sweetness, red cherries, soft tingly and numbness in the mids, gentle nasal burn and long 8/10 warmth, minor spiciness near the finish. Sadly there’s this aspartame/sucralose “roughness” at the end that is off-putting.

Gran Patron Burdeos (Mexico)

Gran Patron Burdeos (Burdeos = Bordeaux in Spanish)

Here is Patron’s finest anejo 100% agave tequila (40% ABV, 750ml) Hecho en Mexico, the process:

  1. double distilled from 100% agave
  2. Aged for a year in barrels made from a mix of American mountain oak and French oaks from several regions
  3. 3rd distillation
  4. Racked in Bordeaux barrels for further aging

Packaging (old, dated packaging as of 2011)

  • Super huge box with styrofoam padding on both ends
  • Velvet-lined wooden box hand-crafted from a single piece of walnut
  • Cool brushed brass mini corkscrew
  • Unleaded crystal glass stopper

Other notes:

  • hand-numbered and initialed unleaded crystal glass bottle (it’s friggin’ heavy)
  • hand-numbered and signed wooden box
  • perfect fit cork (great for re-corking instead of using the crystal stopper)
  • Where I got it: Solo Liquor @ St. Albert
  • How much: $427 (after 5%), $25 per shot
  • Drinkability: Easy

Tasting Notes (Oct 26/2011)

The first thing you notice is the lovely rich orange colour which displays just how integral the oak-aging process is to creating this masterpiece. On the nose is a light honeyed-citrus fruit with a hint of smoke and cognac. The start is a clean tangy/tropical agave nectar paired with lots cognac flavour, vanilla, and then comes the medium straight-down-the-mid tequila warmth which ends at the tip of the tongue, down the throat and up the nasal cavity. Superb clean warm fuzzy finish, sensations of anise, menthol, and bbq smoke.

Rating as a liquor: A-

Rating as a tequila: A

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