Kudos to those brave participants who have never tried a premium tequila before. It’s no small feat to overcome the trepidation of remembered evenings and bad tequila. Hopefully the selection offered up some pleasant surprises and showcased the breadth of the spirit. From the mild, mint finish of the Tres Generaciones to the bubblegum and cake-like finish of the Riazul. Thanks as always to the fantastic food pairings provided by Little Mushroom Catering.
Thanks as well to Debbie Currie at the Centre in the Square for being our most gracious host and kicking in tickets to Classic Albums Live: Queen’s Night at the Opera. (We are really going to have to revisit our prize selection process – I swear it’s the same people that keep winning all the things!) Jennifer Gough and David Strucke for being our event sponsors and Household China and Gifts for showcasing the Riedel tequila glasses. Tequila is a celebratory drink and I’m happy to have had the opportunity to share my love of this fine spirit with you! Sadly there was a distinct lack of people dancing on tables.
AROMA: Toasted agave, vanilla, earthy, floral notes.
TASTE: Semi oily mouthfeel starting with agave, dark fruit and vanilla, moving to hints of wood, pepper, brine
FINISH: Heated finish with light burn. Earthy with a pepper kick. Hints of mineral, oak and citrus
Tres Generaciones Plata
AROMA: Light floral notes, hint of pear, bell pepper, agave, citrus, ocean
TASTE: Floral with agave and fruity flavor, vanilla, citrus.
FINISH: Smooth, light mint, dry finish of fruit, pepper.
AROMA: Multi-layered agave nose and earthy, smokey notes, aroma of ripe fruit and moderate caramel.
TASTE: Hints of smoke, brine, butter, caramel, pineapple, honey, hazelnut, chocolate
FINISH: Long, slightly peppery finish. Linger of grassy pepper, vanilla, sweet agave and a hint of smoke.
AROMA: Intense nose of agave, pineapple, honey and hints of milk chocolate, caramel, banana cake, butterscotch, tiramisu,
TASTE: Bubblegum, subtle tropical fruits, dark chocolate mingled with a bit of agave. Lots of depth – sweet and peppery spices (anise, cinnamon) mixed with tootsie roll, espresso, amaretto, clementine orange
FINISH: Nice long finish with zero burn. Lingering fruit gum and coconut cream, caramel, almond, buttery vanilla fade.
We’ve had a few requests for the sangrita recipe as well. It’s a derivation from the original found here at the always informative Taste Tequila site. I swapped in Clamato as all the tomato juice I could find was relatively flat. The orange juice, despite being freshly squeezed, not from concentrate was far too sweet and overpowering in the mix so I swapped in fresh squeezed grapefruit instead.
2 cups of tomato juice (swap with Clamato)
1/4 cup of orange juice (swap with fresh squeezed grapefruit juice)
1 tbsp grenadine
5 tsp soy sauce
3 tsp Worcestershire sauce
1 tsp Tabasco sauce