May 2, 2007

Milagro Tequila Romance Review

We like to give the interns a chance to take a stab at writing their own reviews once in a while - it keeps their thoughts away from that mutiny they're always threatening. Our latest review is from the newest addition to our team, Intern Josh, and we'd love to hear what you think of his review of Milagro Tequila Romance.

Read his take on this two-headed monstrosity after the jump, and please feel free to add your comment and let us know if you've tried the Romance, and what you think of the review.

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April 4, 2007

Herradura Tequila Keepin' It Real

Late last year we posted about Casa Herradura tequila and the fact that people were nervous they were being bought out by a bunch of gringos. After all, when you make the claim that you make the "the best tequila in the world," it can make purists get a little bit nervous if you change anything. Especially if that change has something to do with a booze juggernaut like Brown-Forman, the folks who bought them out.

It looks like the concerns were unfounded, however - we just got notification that the tequila won a "double gold" medal at the 2007 World Spirits Competition. Sounds to us like things haven't changed for the worse like all the Chicken Littles said, eh? Read on for the full press release.

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February 8, 2007

Sol Azul Reposado Tequila Review

sol-azul-reposado.jpgSol Azul Premium Reposado
Aged Silver Tequila from Mexico
80 Proof (40% ABV)
Typical Price: $35 for 750ML

It's no secret we like our liquors well-aged. Of course, it's a good thing we're not expected to age it ourselves - liquors in our collection don't have a very long half life to say the least. The latest pre-aged booze we've gotten our mitts on is Sol Azul Reposado Tequila - we've tasted it and re-tasted it over the last month or so, and formed a few thoughts. For starters, we have to tell you the bottle looks like something I Dream of Jeannie should pop out of. But does this bottle's contents have the magic we're looking for? Read on to find out.

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Sol Azul Gold Tequila Review

sol-azul-gold.jpgSol Azul Gold
Mexican Tequila
80 Proof (40% ABV)
Typical Price: $12 for 1L bottle

We got in our bottle of Sol Azul Gold Tequila a month ago, and you must be asking yourself "What took them so long to review it?" Well, there are some questions that have no answer, but we can say it's tied up in the story is one of our Interns spending the night in the drunk tank after too much time with a bottle of Tequila. We're over our gunshyness now though, and we're ready to talk turkey about Tequila. So was this Tequila a turkey, or was it what we were looking for?

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January 3, 2007

Sol Azul Tequila Arrives


We've gotten another little bundle of joy to add to our backlog of products we haven't reviewed yet, and we have to say we're pretty excited. We've never had Sol Azul Tequila before, but we like the bottling and packaging, so we can't wait to try it. We especially like the handcrafted bottles the premium products come in, which are color coded to make it easy to pick them out when you've had a few - cobalt (anejo), blue (reposado), and crystal (silver).

We'll let you know what we think as soon as we've tasted the two bottles we got (a bottle of Gold and a bottle of the premium Reposado); you can learn more about each at

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October 18, 2006

Tequila: The Spirit of Mexico

Fina Estampa ReposadoWe've been more or less immersed in tequila all week (see our reviews of Fina Estampa's blanco and reposado for proof of that) and it got us to thinking. We know quite a bit about this glorious beverage from Mexico, and we're getting the tasting notes down pretty well, but we're thirsty for more. We want more tasting notes and reviews, more history, more information in general, about agave's greatest end product.

So, we turned where we always turn when we want more information - Amazon. And lo and behold, we found Tequila: The Spirit of Mexico (Amazon), a book that seems to be the answer to our fevered prayers. The book includes ratings of over 100 tequila brands, tequila drink and food recipes, and complementary information on Mezcal, which we will never again call the "bastard cousin" of tequila.

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Fina Estampa Reposado Tequila Review

Fina Estampa Reposado
100% Agave Golden Tequila
Imported from Mexico
80 Proof (40% ABV)
Typical Price: $35-$40
Fina Estampa Website

Fina Estampa ReposadoIt's really tough not to make "stamp of approval" jokes about Fina Estampa - after all, our brush with their blanco was a joyful experience. But, as we look down the barrel of their reposado we're torn between concerns of a sophomore slump and worries that the guys at Fina Estampa have made tequila good enough to finally push us over the edge to full-blown alcoholics. Either way, we were approaching the Reposado with a little bit of nervousness, but that wasn't the only reason our hands were shaking as we poured our was also excitement.

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October 17, 2006

Fina Estampa Blanco Tequila Review

Fina Estampa Blanco
100% Agave Silver Tequila
Imported from Mexico
80 Proof (40% ABV)
Typical Price: $30-$35
Fina Estampa Website

Fina Estampa BlancoWe don't want to make you jealous, but have we ever told you how cool it is that part of our job is tasting tequila? Most people commute to work and listen to their loud mouth bosses all day, then shuffle some paper around. We commute to work, listen to our loud mouth boss, then drink tequila. We're not going to lie - we love it. Anyway, the latest Mexican import we've put on the chopping block is Fina Estampa Blanco.

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Fina Estampa Anejo Tequila Review

Fina Estampa Anejo
100% Agave Anejo Tequila
Imported from Mexico
80 Proof (40% ABV)
Typical Price: $40-$45
Fina Estampa Website

Fina Estampa AnejoWe've come to the third bottle in this week's Tequila Trilogy, and we're still going strong on Fina Estampa. We've been high all week on their presentation, their price point and most of all their liquor, so let's trudge on and see how their Anejo stacks up. For the uninitiated, Anejo tequila has typically been aged in oak barrels for a minimum of one to three years, and all we can say is it's a good thing we weren't around or we probably would have chewed through the wood to get at the lovely cactus juice inside. Do you think that means we have a problem?

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October 10, 2006

Fina Estampa Tequila Arrives for Review

finaestampa_bottle.jpgYou know what we love? Arriving at the office and finding we've been sent a package. Know what we love even more? Finding out that package contains three bottles of tequila. We've been excited to try out Fina Estampa tequila since the moment we heard of it a couple weeks ago, and it's finally arrived. We've gotten our paws on a bottle each of Fina Estampa's Blanco, Anejo, and Reposado - and based on what we've been reading over at Tequila Afficionado, we were right to be giddy.

See what Mike Morales has to say from TA has to say below, and expect a review soon.

Fina Estampa reposado won a silver medal at the San Francisco World Spirits Competition this past March. The Beverage Tasting Institute called Fina Estampa reposado “very refined.” And Wine Enthusiast Magazine voted Fina Estampa and its stablemate, Herencia de Plata, among the top 50 must-have spirits of 2004.

The name--Tequila Artesanal--says it all, too.

"Fina Estampa is an artisan tequila made the old fashioned way,” explains Bowen. “From the hand blown bottles to the wood cork tops, everything is done by hand.”

from Tequila Aficionado (by the way, our digital camera is on the blink so we kifed their image too)

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