Thursday, August 4, 2011

Espolon Tequila Reposado

Give Tequila another chance! Most of the tequila that you have come to hate is actually tequila-flavored rum. To be called "tequila" it only needs to be made from 51% agave. In such a case, usually the rest of the distillate comes from sugar cane. Unless you see on the label 100% de agave, which is a sign of true tequila. Go to any authentic Mexican restaurant and ask what kind of tequila they use for their house margaritas. It will not be "cue the hangover" Cuervo. It will be a brand that you have never heard of that is made from 100% blue agave. That is the difference between the tequila you think you know, and the tequila you should know.

I am in my living room listening to Float on by The Floaters

Sipping on a glass of Espolón reposado it mirrors that song: relaxation and happiness. That's right, stop, don't shoot! Forget about the lime. Sip on a glass of tequila. Float, float on… What if you could enjoy the way it tastes, rather than hurry to get that taste out of your face? Flavor--sabor--savor--that's why I love real tequila.

For a reposado (the literal translation of which is rested, refers to the time the tequila spends in oak barrels, somewhere between 6 months to 1 year) I would guess that this is rested for closer to 1 year because of the darker color, a much richer golden color than most reposados...but I would be wrong. Espolón is only aged for the minimum 6 months in American oak barrels. The darker color of the tequila is due to the extended roasting of the piñas, 6-8 hours longer roasting time than most distilleries. This imparts not only richer color, but richer flavors as well. Spices like nutmeg, cinnamon, clove and allspice come to mind. Flavors of caramel and creme brulee are apparent and are well balanced enough to still show the wonderful roasted agave fruit flavors.

At only $19.99. a bottle this tequila is phenomenal. I would get a bottle before the price goes up. Seriously, go get a bottle now, I bet it is going to cost twice as much soon. And when the price goes up, it will still be worth your money. I like drinking it straight, but it makes a mean margarita as well.

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