Now I know that we are a specialty blog where we review and discuss Beer and Whiskey. I also know that if Whiskey had a polar opposite it would be Tequila. However two things happened for me to break with convention and post this slight review of Espolon Tequila. First yesterday was Cinco de Mayo where many people of Mexican descent celebrate the victory over the French in an important battle on the way to Mexican independence. In my neck of the woods this is a big celebration. My community is over 50% of Mexican descent, so this is like St Patrick’s Day in Boston around here. Second, I have really been interested in tequila ever since I read an article about how and where it is made over at Katie Pizzuto’s blog Gonzo Gastronomy. You can read her very interesting article here. So when a rep from a marketing company asked me if I would be interested in getting some of the Espolon Tequila products I jumped at the chance…
Now, don’t worry, I’m not going to turn this into the Beer, Whiskey, and Tequila Brothers. This is a one time thing and I’m really glad I did it. Let me start out by saying that I am by no means an expert on Tequila. I think I’ve had two different kinds of Tequila in my life, Jose Cuervo, and the Espolon Blanco and Reposado I had last night. The Espolon as you can see comes in two different varieties, clear and not so clear. I couldn’t tell you the difference between what makes one golden brown and one clear, but I can tell you it makes a difference in the flavor. Both of these tequilas were 80 proof or 40% ABV. Both were made from 100% Agave, which (I’ve been told) is the sign of a good tequila, i.e. no blending.
I made two different drinks with the tequila. With the Blanco I made my wife’s favorite a strawberry margarita, and with the Reposado I made my favorite a traditional margarita on the rocks. Let me start by saying both were very good. For the strawberry margarita I had some strawberry lime mixer, I added fresh strawberries from our garden that we had frozen from last year, crushed ice, and the Blanco. I blended these margaritas as that is my wife’s favorite. The Blanco adds really good tequila flavor with a bite on the back side. Very good, and perfect for a warm evening with the Fajitas we made for dinner. The bite this tequila has, made it perfect for this application as it was able to fight its way through all the ingredients to establish itself as a central part of the drink. Not easy to do since my wife likes her drinks on the weak side. So for a whole blender full I probably used about 3-4 ounces of tequila.
The Reposado was quite a bit smoother, but had outstanding tequila flavor. I made the traditional rocks margarita with this, and it was fantastic. Probably one of the best rocks margaritas I’ve ever had, and I made it myself, which is doubly surprising. I actually made myself three in total, because I loved the flavor so much. It not only had great tequila flavor, but it was bigger than the Blanco, but at the same time smoother and well rounded. No bite here, and that suited me just fine. I drank this while smoking a Cuvee No.151 Maduro cigar, and the combination transported me to Cuba hanging out with the Rat Pack. All that was missing were the guns (My wife played the role of the hot women quite well).
Like I said, I am no tequila expert, but I will buy these tequilas again. It was a great time and was interesting to compare the two types of tequila side by side. How about you? Did you celebrate with any special drinks or brews last night? Let us know in the comments.