JT’s Top 5 Mexican Tequilas To Try On Cinco de Mayo
Well Cinco De Mayo is upon us and plenty of celebration will be taking place tonight. Way more American celebration than Mexican but still, have we ever needed a REAL reason to celebrate something? I recently did a tour of local establishments sampling some of the best-of-the-best in Mexican Tequilas prepping myself for tonight. Thought I’d share a few of my thoughts on some fine brands of Mexican Tequila with you. So before you head out read over my reviews and then, don’t be afraid. Just don’t call my ass when your praying to the almighty porcelain god. Remember to drink responsibly….blah, blah, blah….
1800 Anejo Tequila
Known for its smooth, yet peppery taste, Anejo features a perfumed woody, roasted aroma with an amber color. Smoothness rating: I gave it a 3. Would’ve earned a 4 if not for that pepper-like after taste. I think I should have sampled a few more (but too many time restraints the day I sampled) might have lead to higher score if only to get my taste buds more acclimated to it’s peppery fire.
Corazon Tequila Reposado
Huge vanilla-like flavor that bursts from the moment it tantalizes the tip of your tongue till it hits the pit of your stomach, but sooo worth it. Honeycomb, vanilla bean, and coconut all highlight the different tastes in this top quality spirit. The label reads: Full bodied with a bright gold color, this Reposado is lightly aged for a smoother, yet strong flavor and it they are right. The flavor doesn’t hold back anything. Smoothness rating: I gave it a 4.
Cuervo Platino Reserva de la Familia Tequila
Gotta admit when Cuervo comes to the table, I pucker up a little having spent many nights trying to choke down Cuervo at the end of an especially heavy night of imbibing. But while regular Cuervo Gold might have you gagging after a single shot, the Silver Reserve blend is a far superior liquor. It is designed for sipping and enjoying on a warm spring afternoon. This one-of-a-kind silver tequila with roasted, flavorful tastes and guess what? I loved it. Noticeably sharp on its way down (but did mellow after a few swallows) I rate this a 3 on the smoothness scale.
Don Celso Tequila Anejo
My expectations weren’t set to high for the Don Celso. Maybe it’s the horrible stories told by a friend of mine who suffered massively at the hands of a bottle of this strong brand. It’s greenish-gold color and strong tastes consisting of piney scents, with a fruit and citrus aftertaste didn’t help put me at ease either. But gotta tell you, after settling in and spending some time with it, well lets just say my fear is now put to rest. I see a bottle of this and I’m buying! Definitely one of my top 5 now. A slightly more bite than the rest of my choices, so smoothness factor at just a 2 shouldn’t shy you away from spending a bold night of sipping heaven.
Don Fulano Reposado Tequila
Had never experienced the Reposado before so was a little taken-aback by the light yellow color. Thought at first they were trying to pass off beer as tequila but after the first sip the robust cinnamon and nutmeg fruity scent w/prunes and coconut, flavors burst forth leading to a HUGE taste. Cinnamon bursts are great in gum, but it didn’t work for me in a drink. If Cinnamon is YOUR thing, then by all means give this smooth tequila a swing cause it certainly doesn’t lack in any flavor. Even with this unusual combination of flavors I still found it to be the smoothest of the bunch. I rated it a 1 in smoothness.