November 7, 2008
Our long-time readers (both of them - hi Mom and Dad) will remember our glee when we discovered Tommy Guns Vodka a couple years back. We loved the fact it came in a bottle shaped like an old-fashioned tommy gun, we loved the Al Capone-themed concept behind the company, and best of all we thought it was a damned fine liquor. Imagine our excitement when we found out the same folks also make a tequila, and they also put it in a gun-shaped bottle...but this time the bottle is red.
Will what's inside the bottle live up to our exacting standards? Will we give it a good review for fear of getting shot by Capone's cronies? Find out after the jump.
Continue reading: "Tommy Guns Tequila Review"
October 27, 2008
Anyone who's been reading this site for a while knows we really enjoyed Tommy Guns Vodka, and not just because you can get it in a bottle in the shape of its namesake. We've just gotten our hands on a bottle of the vodka's sibling, Tommy Guns Tequila, which is available in the same gun-shaped vessel. A reposado laid down for six months, we've heard good things about the smoothness and taste of this one and we're looking forward to trying it.
Another new item we just picked up is KU:L vodka, imported by the same folks and with a name that makes us think it's something Conan should have drunk from the skulls of his enemies. We don't have much information beyond that, but we're certainly going to give it a taste and let you know what we think.
For more info, head over to the Tommy Guns Vodka website.
September 9, 2008
We've finally gotten our hands on some Agavero Tequila Liqueur, which we covered back in August, and we're looking forward to checking it out. We gave it a few initial sips and found it to have all the characteristics we like in a good tequila, along with a sweetness that should make some great cocktails. Plus, as we mentioned in our first story, Agavero contains the aphrodisiac Damiana, which means things could get a bit randy around the Liquor Snob offices. We'd better have the Interns stock up on Barry White albums and chocolate covered strawberries - we'll be doing this review at home.
Learn more about Agavero if you just can't wait for us to review it.
August 20, 2008
One thing we really like to do here in the Liquor Snob offices is to blow away people's misconceptions about tequila. Everyone seems to have some horrible "...and then I woke up in a jail in Fargo, North Dakota" story about the stuff, but is it really fair to blame the drink when you did 27 shots of it? Anyway, one of the misconceptions we like to do away with is that tequila is eye-searing, grit your teeth and shoot it, devil water.
One product we just discovered that could help us in our mission is Agavero Tequila Liqueur. It's made with 100% blue agave and sweetened with Damiana, a plant said to have an odor and flavor similar to chamomile, which you might be into, or cannibas sativa, which you probably are. It only clocks in at 64 proof, or 32% ABV, and we expect it to be much smoother and sweeter than other tequilas, making it an effective "gateway tequila." We'd be interested in trying it on the rocks, and we can envision it as a nice touch for some summer cocktails.
As a side note, according to Wikipedia, Damiana is believed to have aphrodisiac effects, and "Mexican Indians drank Damiana tea mixed with sugar for its ability to enhance lovemaking." We've put together a quick formula to help you get a full understanding:
Tequila + Aphrodisiac = Higher Possibility of Boom-Chicka-Wow-Wow
August 7, 2008
Maestro Dobel Diamond Tequila is a small-batch, handcrafted spirit that has piqued our interest recently. It's a blend of tequilas aged 12-36 months, which are then filtered to take out the congeners (read: huge hangover contributors) to give the appearance of a blanco or white tequila. The stuff isn't cheap, running for around $75 a bottle, but it sounds like it's a far step away from that yellow Cuervo you usually throw up at 3 AM. Dobel Diamond Tequila is currently available in California, Illinois, Georgia, and Wisconsin.
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December 6, 2007
Manik Blanco Tequila
Imported from Mexico
80 Proof (40% ABV)
The Company Line:
Clear and pure as the Artic Winds, has smooth and distinct softness, resulting in this icon of perfection. This premium creation is a favorite of connoisseurs of ancient traditions; a true masterpiece of sublime flavor and majestic notes.
Available at Internet Wines & Spirits
Our Thoughts: When we first got our bottle (not the bottle pictured above; we just haven't had a chance to snap a shot), we were impressed with the packaging and the lack of a paper label. It was replaced instead with a stamped metal piece glued to the bottle, giving it a distinctive look.
The nose was fairly mellow and unaggressive for an unaged tequila, and we could already sense the pepperiness that was to come with our first taste. We tend to like silver tequilas because they haven't picked up the flavor of whatever they're aged in, and have a snappiness to them that can disappear during aging; Manik was no exception.
The flavor was spicy and almost reminiscent of black pepper, and while we wouldn't shoot it we enjoyed it on the rocks. The peppery taste also made for some excellent Bloody Marias (bloody marys but with tequila instead of vodka). The mouth feel was a bit thin, but the tequila had a nice long finish that kept us coming back for more.
The Verdict: We'd pick up a bottle of Manik if we were out in the liquor store looking for something a bit different, and we liked using it in more savory drinks rather than your typical sweet margarita. It made tasty margaritas as well, and with a silver tequila this tasty we'd love to try some of this company's more aged products. Recommended if you like your drinks with some south of the border heat.
October 16, 2007
In our experience, just about everybody has a tequila story. Some might remember too much Cuervo one night in college. Others might have gone to a bar in Mexico and had a random stranger who may or may not work there unexpectedly clamp off your nose and pour low-grade tequila in your mouth (we know from experience these gentlemen expect a tip). Whatever the story is, it usually ends up with the person communing at the porcelain confessional (pictured).
The folks at Partida tequila have come up with a new way to capture all these stories, and have put together a series of videos called Tequila Confessions. There are only a few videos right now, but they're looking for new stories, so you can get in touch with them about the time you tried to plow through a bottle of Sauza in a sitting. The initial videos consist of "man on the street" interviews, but they're looking to expand to "Bartender Confessions" as well.
Watch the videos at Tequila Confessions; see the full press release below.
Continue reading: "Tequila Confessions from Partida"
July 24, 2007
OK, we lied - we're not talking about the Tequila from MySpace (warning: not as much nudity as you're hoping for) - we're talking about the other tequila...the one that gets you drunk. That's right, today's the day to honor the oft-maligned and much misunderstood drink that's given the one-two punch to so many college students.
We got a press release about the day that includes some cool facts about the liquor itself, along with some blueberry-based cocktail recipes featuring Tequila Don Julio.
Read on for the details.
Continue reading: "Happy National Tequila Day"
May 14, 2007
This might come as a big surprise to most of you, but we're not huge health nuts here in the Liquor Snob offices. It's not that we don't care - it's just that every time we drink a smoothie we think it'd taste better spiked with rum, and we don't know a fruit cup from a free radical - you're better off looking for that stuff from our sister site, Really Natural. That's not to say we're not interested in organics, however - especially when they're in the form of tequila.
Introducing 4 Copas Tequila, the world's very first certified organic tequila. It's available in Blanco, Reposado, and Anejo, and while we don't have any tasting notes yet, but it won 2006 Tequila of the year from Wine & Spirits Magazine. Sounds good to us...too bad it's currently only available for purchase in AZ, CA, and HI. If you can't make the pilgrimage, buy it online at Internet Wines and Spirits (Reposado, Anejo, Blanco).
May 4, 2007
Tomorrow's Cinquo de Mayo, a day that gets a lot of people into a Mexican state of mind. This year, don't be one of the folks down at T.G.I. McAppleChili's, snorking down Coronas and Cuervo shots. This year is the year for you to class yourself up, so when you drink your tequila you should give Sangrita a try.
Basically a spicy tomato juice with other flavors involved as well, Sangrita is the perfect chaser for your tequila - we prefer to alternate sips between Sangrita and Tequila or Mezcal, but it's a good chaser after shots as well. Read on for our favorite recipe - it's also incredibly easy and calls for ingredients you may already have lying around - and please let us know if you know any others.
Continue reading: "Sangrita Recipe for Cinquo de Mayo"