August 15, 2006

Dos Lunas Silver Tequila Review

Dos Lunas Silver
Super-Premium Tequila Imported from Mexico
80 Proof (40% ABV)
Typical Price: Around $49.99
Dos Lunas Website

Dos Lunas Silver TequilaWe've always been big "form follows function" proponents here at Liquor Snob, and that goes for everything, right down to our liquor bottles. We know the liquor market is competitive, and the often the first thing you need to do is make your bottle stand out enough for someone to pick it up and decide to buy it among the hundreds of other options. That's why we chuckle a little bit every time we look at our bottle of Dos Lunas, which kind of looks like someone accidentally filled a bottle of Vidal Sassoon (or maybe Suave) with booze.

Although, maybe they're on to something, because the bottle is distinctive enough that we're talking about it...which means we'll remember it. But is the tequila inside the bottle as memorable? We drank enough to find out, plus we compared it to Patron, one of our favorite premium tequilas - read on to find out how Dos Lunas measured up.

The Color:
Just like any good silver Tequila, Dos Lunas is clear as a bell. In fact, you might not be able to tell the difference between it and vodka, especially if you had enough sips in you.

The Nose:
We liked the nose quite a bit, herbal with the seawater smell we've come to associate with good Tequila. We really had to get in close to to get a good whiff, because the bouquet was light and simple, without the nose hair-burning alcoholic tang we associate with the cheaper Tequilas.

The Taste:
We liked the taste even more than the smell - it had a nice, thick mouth feel...almost viscuous as we rolled it around on our tongue. It was nice and warm, clean and simple, but with a nice layer of complexity and a peppery back end. This is a sippable tequila, straight or on the rocks, twist of lime optional. Oh, and we'll keep you posted on whether Dos Lunas' chemical-free production helps stave off the worst hangover potential - here's hoping.

The Verdict:
This isn't a "lick it, slam it, suck it" Tequila by any means, and we think it measures up to the highest quality Tequilas we've tried. We think it'd make a pretty kickass margarita, though you'll want to make it with fresh lime and Cointreau instead of your pre-bottled Applebee's mix. Also, we mentioned we were going to compare it to Patron? We know some dedicated Tequila drinkers who are staunch Patron supporters, and they all agreed that Dos Lunas was similar in quality as well as price tag.

As we mentioned before Dos Lunas is only available in the Southwest through 2006, but it will be available nationwide by the end of 2007. Just look for the crazy...errr, distinctive...bottle in your local liquor store, and buy it for yourself or your favorite Tequila aficianado. Plus, keep an eye out for our review of Dos Lunas Reposado, which is on its way.

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Posted by Jake Jamieson at August 15, 2006 7:09 AM
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