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.