It's not often that we take the time to review a mixto on this site, but more often than not most people's first experience with tequila is with a cheap mixto rather than a 100% agave brand. Now I'm no tequila snob, well I am, but something enticed me to check this brand out and see if perhaps there was something out there that might stop people reaching for the standard bottle of Sauza or Cuervo.
Name: el Zarco (Gold)
Distillery: Casa Cuervo, S.A. de C.V.
Location: Lowlands - Central
Straight off the bat this tequila is gold by name and nature and has a watery consistency, it beads almost instantly. It's got very little (if any) agave nose to it but perhaps this isn't a bad point, mixtos in general tend to be a bit heavy on the alcohol aroma. On the palate I'm seeing that more subtle approach too. There's clearly no Cuervo burn, but that pepper heat is missing just like our agave nose and that's a real shame. The tequila itself is smooth and easy going, due to the double distillation method, making you believe that the goal was to show that a mixto doesn't necessarily have to rip out your tonsils each time you take a sip.
All in all this isn't a bad bit of drink but ultimately however it is a mixto, and although in this day and age there's very little excuse for not drinking 100% agave, it's a better place to start from than a lot of people have had previously.