So I bought a new bookcase recently...the idea behind it was to make more of a display of my tequila collection. Books? Don't be daft. The result of all this was that I found bottles that had been tucked away behind others that I'd really been meaning to sit down and review. Don Alvaro Tequila Blanco is just one of the many that will be making their way online in the not too distant future.
Okay, let's get the official description out of the way, and then we'll get in to it:
Don Alvaro Tequila Blanco exudes a brilliant silver color, distinctive fresh aroma, clean crisp flavor and spicy smooth finish. Carefully handcrafted from one of the Cetto family's original recipes, it is perfect for the most refined and exacting palates.
Don Alvaro is an organic tequila that has been distilled five times. For the record I think it's worth mentioning that I'm not usually partial to tequila that has gone through this many distillation steps. All tequila must be distilled twice, but my opinion is that the more you distill something the more of its character you lose. Still, let's let the tequila do the talking.
The bottle design of this particular tequila is really quite modern and obviously it's the first thing that gets your attention. You would think that this is going to be an expensive bottle, but in reality it's not too bad. Typically I can find it for around €40 but I know in the U.S. it can be found for a lot less than that. The stopper is made of wood with a rubber cork glued to it and with a wee twist and a pull the wonder that is tequila has been set free.
The juice itself is crystal clear, as you'd expect, and it forms quick tears on my glass that have no chance to bead as they run. There is a huge aroma of agave coming off my glass and I have to admit being surprised. Those quick tears and quintuple distillation steps had me expecting a rather flat and lifeless tequila but that isn't the case. As well as agave there are earthy tones and just hint of pepper. Mingled in there is something sweet. I left the bottle open in the kitchen and it smelt like someone had just put a crème brûlée together. Normally I'd say here 'vanilla' but that wouldn't be doing it justice.
The taste, much like the aroma, is full on agave. If someone asks me what agave smells like, I know which bottle I will be reaching for. What's really odd is, despite this being a blanco, it seems to have some oak flavours that you would expect from a reposado. In the nose there were those hints of sweetness and once again they come through. In the mouth it's full and thick
No surprises here, in the finish the agave takes the lead again and thankfully it is accompanied by a slight pepper taste. The finish here is where those five distillation steps have a prominent affect. Whilst the agave and the pepper are present, they don't stick around for long. I find this to be a bit weak, the marketing department always sell this as 'smooth'. My mouth tingles for a bit and then it's gone.
This is certainly an interesting tequila. I was expecting to have more negative things to say about it but all in in it's not actually that bad. It is really on let down by the light finish.