I have a list of tequila that I'm always looking for, I'm pretty sure most aficionados have one too. It gives me great delight to track down those bottles and finally get to review them. 30-30 just happens to be one of those tequilas. With its rustic styled bottle and an array of accolades, stretching back to 1998, it's of no surprise that it made the list.
Christmas comes but once a year, well in December of last year it came twice for me. I returned home from work one evening to find a parcel from Voodoo Tiki Tequila on my doorstep with a bottle of their reposado in it. I'd been itching to try this for ages as I do love an over the top bottle. C'mon it's got a Tiki idol in it, how can you not want to try it?! After a short battle with the wax seal that blocks the agave juice from escaping, the review was underway.
Yes, we got our hands on the Gold as well. Don’t we mean Reposado? Well no actually, this one’s being marketed as a Gold. Don’t panic it’s still 100% agave, the Gold classification can also be the result of blending a Silver Tequila with a Reposado and/or Añejo Tequila, whilst keeping it 100% agave. That or it's been kept not quite long enough in the barrel to warrant the Reposado classification.
There were many things I intended to do on a recent trip to Mexico, things I wanted to see...but only one bottle on my list that I just 'had' to pick up whilst I was there. Los Abuelos, or La Fortaleza as it's know outside Mexico, is created by the legendary Guillermo Sauza, fifth generation tequila maker and decendent of Don Cenobio Sauza who originally founded the Sauza tequila company in 1873. Los Abuelos/La Fortaleza use only 100% estate grown blue Weber Agave, aged in oak barrels for 6-9 months to create their reposado, and they do it all in the traditional way.
Summer is fast approaching, although looking out the window you'd be forgiven for thinking otherwise (my car was recently hammered with hail stones the size of golf balls). Stay positive, I'm sure summer is just around the corner now. One tequila I always tend to pick up around this time is a bottle of Sauza Hornitos reposado for those afternoon margaritas. I've always found that it does the job rather well, and it's not too shabby straight up either. Unlike the bottle of Sauza that you'd typically find in restaurants and bars this bottle is 100% agave and it's not that much more expensive, which makes you wonder why people are forced to drink the mixto!? Anyway...