I get excited about most new bottles of tequila than come to the office, but from the moment this bottle of Chamucos Tequila Blanco Especial arrived I was desperate to get it open and get at that sweet agave juice inside. The quirky design of the cardboard box containing the the bottle reflects just how much thought and time has gone in to packaging alone. Adorned with a hand drawn pop-out devil (or Bogey Man if your translate Chamucos to English) you just know that if as much thought and care has gone in to the contents inside of the bottle...there is no way you could be possibly disappointed.
Name: Tequila Chamucos Blanco Especial
Distillery: Premium de Jalisco, S.A. de C.V.
Location: Highlands – Los Altos
The hand blown glass bottle is as well presented as the box that it comes in. Chamucos was originally conceived by the Oscar nominated Mexican film director, Antonio Urrutia, famous for art-house pornographic thrillers, such as ‘I Murder Seriously’ and ‘Of Guts and Heart’. His artist friend created the label to honour the work of the world renowned political satirical caricaturist José Guadalupe Posada [1852-1913]. Featured on the label are the words 'Si amanace nos vamos'...When dawn comes we leave.
As with all tequila, if you want to drink it, you've got to open the bottle. With all the frills and attention to detail that I had seen so far from Tequila Chamucos I did not expect to be accosted by a rubber stopper, barring my way to the treasured juice inside. It took a wee bit of wiggling, but it eventually yielded to me. They always say that if you have to work hard at something you will enjoy the spoils of your labour all the more. This is probably the first time in my life that I'd be inclined to agree with such an adage.
With that rubber stopper out of the way I'm now able to fill my glass, it should come as no surprise that the tequila is crystal clear, which forms quick tears on the side of my glass. They take a second or two to begin to bead, once they've travelled the length of my glass. There is an amazing aroma of pine oozing out of my glass, it's like Christmas has turned up on June. Mingled in with that pine aroma are notes of citrus fruits and, of course, a good helping of that spicy agave.
On my palate this blanco has an ever so slightly oily quality, but not too much that it feels heavy and thick in the mouth. As the tequila rolls over my tongue I notice just how sweet and easy going it is, those citrus tones are present along with a very distinct peppermint flavour. It's not until I swallow that the heat from the agave really makes its presence known. There appears to be a lot going on in my mouth, the tequila has been swallowed but the heat from the agave begins to build in its absence. My tongue has swollen, if only ever so slightly, and there seems to now be a fight going on between the agave and the peppermint. The agave eventually triumphs, as I'm sure you would expect, and as the heat of the battle begins to dissipate you can really taste that agave. The finish is pleasantly warm and there is a soft agave feeling that lingers on and on, urging me to take another sip.
I have to say that I am seriously impressed with this blanco, and I don't say that too often. It has been noted that over the last week or two this bottle has found its way in to my glass more than any other tequila that I currently have in my collection...and it's starting to look a little empty to be honest. That said I have every intention of picking up a new bottle, as well as the Reposado, the moment I get the chance...even if it means being accosted by yet another rubber stopper.
Tequila Chamucos is being imported for the first time into the UK and Ireland in 2012, by Tom Conran & Company. Tom Conran is a restaurateur and entrepreneur, with four independent establishments in Notting Hill, West London. Crazy Homies, a Mexican restaurant and Tequila Bar and one of the only dedicated Tequila lounges in Europe.