Don Eduardo Silver Tequila Review
Triple-distilled Premium Silver Tequila
Imported from Mexico (duh)
Alcohol By Volume: 40% (80 proof)
Typical Price: About $40 for 750ml
Historically, we haven't been big tequila drinkers. After a few typical "tequila moments" in college, ranging from blackouts to things much more sinister, we were pretty sure we'd never let the stuff pass our lips again, much less come to enjoy it. So here we are, years later, sitting down to review Don Eduardo Silver.
Our "lick it, slam it, suck it" days are far behind us (at least two Wednesdays ago), and this is tequila isn't meant to be put back that way anyway. So how does Don Eduardo measure up? Pull up a chair, we'll fill your glass, and let you know after the jump.
The Color: Clear as Spring Water
Most of our memories of tequila, the small flashes we can dredge up anyway, involve the gold stuff. Whereas the rotgut we used to drink came pre-colored with a urine tint, Don Eduardo Silver is crystal clear.
The Nose: Rocks, Dough, and a Whiff of...Gin?
As we read the Don Eduardo site, we noticed their description of the smells we could expect were "minerals, slate, bread dough." That's all well and good, but we've never sniffed a slate, and we didn't detect any dough. What we did smell was a faint whiff of pine, reminiscent of the pleasant juniper smell you get from a nice gin. Not too much bite, and there's enough sweetness in there to keep things from seeming too strange.
The Flavors: Maximum Viscosity
We expected a dry feeling the tongue on our first sip, probably based on the juniper odor, but we found it to be viscous, almost oily on our tongue, coating it with flavor. We were surprised that it was actually pretty peppery, with the faintest flavor of chiles. The next taste was the juniper we expected, with hints of sweetness that made for a very pleasant drinking experience. We liked it best chilled, but it was still extremely tasty at room temperature.
The Recipes: More Than Margaritas
Like we said, we thought this was a great straight-up sipping tequila, but we decided to mix a couple drinks to check it out overall. The Don Eduardo cocktails page offers a variety of recipes, including the Margarita Orenadain, the Silver Gimlet and the Don Envey. We mixed our margaritas using Paula's Texas Orange Liqueur, and the end result was very fine indeed. The gimlet was also very much worth a try, especially because of the gin-iness of the Silver.
The Verdict: A High-Five to the Don, Not to his Bottler
The long and short is that we liked the Silver, and we can't wait to try the other varieties when we get a chance - the Don's Reposado and Anejo are definitely on our hit list. We thought it was a tasty and unique tequila, and we'd be proud to serve it either on its own or in a cocktail.
If we had to list a complaint, it would be with the bottle, or more precisely with the cap. Said cap is designed to look like a cork sticking into the bottle, but in fact there's some kind of plastic valve in there, which we assume is designed to let air out of the bottle when you cap it. In fact, all it did was create a vaccuum in the bottle that made uncapping very difficult, and we succeeded in spilling on ourselves on more than one occasion (and no, it wasn't because we'd drank too much tequila.)
All in all, however, we recommend that tequila enthusiasts pick up a bottle and give it a try, and please let us know what you thought.
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Posted by Jake at February 16, 2006 5:35 PM