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...
My expectations are always low when I'm looking for tequila in the drink section of an English supermarket. Chances are that they usual 'mixto' subjects will be there and the possibility of a 100% agave tequila being on the shelf ranges from slim to none. However, to my surprise I've noticed Don Agustín appearing in more and more places. I never shy away from a bottle that I've never drunk (as long as it says 100% puro de agave on it) and Don Agustín is one of the reasons why you shouldn't either.
I'm a nightmare to buy gifts for, at least that's what my wife tells me, but for my last birthday I was given a trip to Berlin to see the city and whilst there go and see Snow Patrol in concert. Don't panic this isn't going to be a concert review, although I really enjoyed it. My initial opinion of Berlin's tequila scene wasn't good. Our hotel bar only sold Olmeca and in one restaraunt that we went to there were two choices of tequila 'White' and 'Brown'. Surely a trendy city like Berlin should have more to offer?!
We headed out one afteroon to the 'Gendarmenmarkt' and after a bit of sightseeing I spotted a bar across the square with lines and lines of bottles of strong drink, surely they'd have tequila amongst it all. The bar is it happens was 'Newton-Bar', highly regarded as one of the best bars in the world (they have a bottle of Dom Perignon on the menu for a cool €1.5M should you find yourself feeling flush whilst there). I browsed the menu and after drinking Milagro, Casa Noble, Don Julio and Espolón the barman and I got into a conversation about tequila and we of course got on to the point that price is not always a good representation of quality. He then grabbed a glass, reached for a bottle that had never been opened, poured a healthy measure and said "You're the first person that's been in this bar that understands tequila, you'd best tell us if this is any good".
I've been drinking Don Julio for years now and it's hard to believe that I've never reviewed the añejo. There are two bottles that are always in my collection, this and the reposado from Don Julio. I think it's safe to say that that I've got very few negative things to say about this bottle.
Don Julio Anejo is 100% Blue Weber Agave , double distilled, and rested in charred American oak bourbon barrels for 18 months. Each agave is hand selected at maturity and only the heart of the distillation is used, as it is the purest part, free from most impurities.
There are tequila bottles that are hand blown, those that are crafted from pewter and then there are the simple bottles, the ones who's functional is clear. Keep the tequila in! Herencia de Plata offers tequila at a reasonable price in practical packaging that is never going to win a beauty contest. For that reason I grabbed hold of this bottle one afternoon to find out if it really was all about inner beauty.