New traditions is always fun, and last year I introduced Tequila to the christmas table. This year I thought it was time for something a bit different, so me and the other Tequila heads in Copenhagen got together and made a mexican christmas table in honor af Guillermo Sauza and his fantastic work. Since the first time I laid eyes on a bottle of Los Abuelos I have had a special connection with it. It was the one bottle on the backbar we were not allowed to touch, which in theory sounds great, but tell that to a bartender and as soon as the bottle has been opened, it will get sampled, more than ones if the juice is exceptional. Of course we sampled it, but it was one of the bottles that made me proud to stand behind the bar, and back then we had to go to Mexico to pick one up. I did not sell it to just anyone, you had to deserve this one. Nowadays it is a bit more available, and the juice has stayed the same, some batches more preferable than others, but this all comes down to personal preference. This year I was very lucky when my good friend and fellow tequila geek told me he was going to the states just before christmas, and had found a shop where he could buy Los Abuelos. Which inspired us to fill this years christmas table with just that, bottles of Los Abuelos accompanied by fish tacos Mark “Mr Fish Taco” Alberto style!
When I drink amounts like this of great Tequila, it never hits me that I am drunk, which is quite interesting. We were drinking and chatting away for a good 10 hours, five bottles, four people, and it wasn’t until I woke up the next day that I realised I had been quite tipsy the day before. I get such a clear “high” from drinking this amazing Tequila, I can go on forever, well in this case we ran out of Juice so we had to polish off a Quita Penas Repo and finish off with a couple of glasses Quita Penas Blanco. After that much alcohol I should in theory not remember much, but most of it is still clear, until around the moment I started making my way home, which clearly was my mistake, I should have stayed for another one!
Having the opportunity to taste them all back to back, comparing batches was a great idea, and hopefully I will get the chance to do that all over again, maybe a different Tequila next time. If you can get your hands on a bottle, I would gladly recommend Reposado lote 11, that really made an impression on me.
Feliz Navidad Tres Mariachis Comrades!
The sun has just blessed beautiful Copenhagen with its pressens, so I took a well deserved holiday, to enjoy some of it, but also get a lot of things done. I just finnish moving houses, planting fresh herbs and i got to spend some quality time with friends and family. But that does definitely not mean I haven’t had time to drink Tequila. As a matter of fact we are a small group of enthusiasts meeting up ones a month do some serious tasting. Last time I think we went a bit overkill with the amount of tequila we tasted, so we decided to only go for one bottle each this time, so we could spend the proper time with each bottle, as they deserve. Having said that, my three comrades showed up with two bottles each, and having a wall of 60 something Tequilas at home did not help limit the amount of bottles that was opened that night. We finally decided that exceptional Tequila shall be drunk, not saved. What is the point to buy a bottle if I can never taste it? Sure there might only be 200 bottles of something left in the world. But if I never drink it, I will never know if it was worth buying. We chased down one of the last bottles of Casa Noble Gold, A joven Tequila only aged for 6 weeks. Fortunately for this Tequila, the tequilero was not satisfied with the result and stacked it in a cellar. A few years later it was forgotten, and later found again. And here is the interesting part, I have an idea that Tequila bottle ages. I have tried many new and old bottles against each other, and even though the master distiller claims that nothing has changed in the process of making, it is two completely different Tequilas. I would be too easy to say that it is due to different agaves and the weather conditions have changed and so on, which is all natural. But the difference would not be that big, there is something else that happens in the bottle. Magic.
In my honest opinion, this might be one of the best Tequila I have ever tried. It is so complete. Not that I know what gold would feel like in my mouth if I drank it, but I would love for it to taste like Casa Noble Gold. We also opened a Sauza from the late 1800s that I found on eBay a few years back. Sadly most of the alcohol was vaporised, but we drank it anyways. Very full bodied agave water, not the most pleasant experience, but definitely an experience. After the Casa Noble we worked our way through quite a few bottles, Partida & Tierra Azteca Blanco, Ultimo Agave & Tapatio Reposado (old label), Los Abuelos & Gran Sol Anejo and finished off with Chinaco Negro, just because we can. Conclusion of this though, Los Abuelos stands up to bottles 5 time the price. Not that the price is an indication of quality, but respect!
Ooh, I just love those nights when not even a handful of guys get together for some serious Tequila tasting. My good friend Mads just got back from Mexico, and believe me he brought some treasures back with him. Just before he left I told him to stop by Tommy’s Restaurant in San Fransisco (stop over for a few days) and give the Chinaco Negro a taste, at a pretty decent dollar. Compared to the cost of the bottle. A few days later I get a text “You just cost me 1500 dkk bro”, I wasn’t very hard to figure that one out. Chinaco Negro is the most extraordinary bottle of extra anejo I have tried.
Back in Denmark me, Mads and Perth (who quite recently got back from Mexico with treasure) got together for some good food followed by a lot of Tequila. The point of this evening was not really to take tasting notes and go too deep into every Tequila. It was simply to crack a few very fine bottles open that we normally wouldn’t. The food was enjoyed with El Tequileno Blanco, 100%, which compliments seafood a slight spicy finish very well.
We started with opening an old bottle of Tapatio Blanco, the bottle is at least five years old, square shaped with the old white paper label. As far as I know, nothing has changed in the production since, but I am afraid to say that it is a very different Tequila. Might it be bottle aging causing this? We thought we would play it cool and go through the blancos to start with, which turned out to be about 90% of the bottles. Following up on the Tapatio with some beautifully packaged Clase Azul blanco, almost like candy in my mouth. The always delicate and crisp Partida Blanco leading us on to Casa Noble which was one of the first blancos I got reallt hooked on. And of course, finishing off this round with the grand daddy of blancos, Los Abuelos. It puts me in such a good mood having the opportunity to drink all of these exceptional Tequila in Denmark. When I drink Tequila there is really something special happening, I get filled with life. A similar feeling to having spent the whole day out doors in the sun, relaxed, happy and energetic. Conclusion, Tequila makes mankind go through the winter in a good mood.
Mads picked up a bottle called 99.000 hours from Corralejo and this was next on the table. I was personally not very impressed with the packaging, but when has that ever had anything to do with anything? 99.000 hours from the agave was planted until the sweet juices touches the bottle. Personally I do not think this is one of the better products from Corralejo, but for the price is costs in Mexico, I would leave it up to all of you to decide for yourselves. Centinella Reposado is always a safe bet, though I do not see it across the Atlantic very often. A very pleasant surprise. El Tequileno Gran Reserva was next up, and say what you want, but El Tequileno always delivers.
Chinaco negro was the menu for the finale, and trust me, when you open a bottle of the price range, it sounds different, and a quite mmmmming smile comes from Mads lips as he smells it. Read my lips when I say that this is an extra anejo worth spending your money on and it would be a shame to let this bottle just sit on your shelf.
Just because I could I also pulled out the most outstanding Mezcal I have tried, Piedre Almas Pechuga, crazy flavours of plums and apples mixed with a slight smokeyness that turns into the wildest agave flavours and a strong finnish of fresh tobacco. I am still a little in doubt if I can still taste it or not.
Sad but true this took place on the day Tommy Bermejo was laid to rest forever. Tommy I am truly sad I never got to meet you in person, though I am sure our paths will meet in spirit.