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Review: Dulce Vida Pineapple Jalapeno Tequila

Dulce Vida Pineapple Jalapeno Tequila was just released.  It joins a flavored tequila lineup that includes Grapefruit and Lime.  Dulce Vida is produced in the Village of San Ignacio Cerro Gordo with 100% Organic blue agave grown for eight years to a height of about 5 foot tall.  The pinas weighing up to 200 pounds are chopped and slow roasted for 20 hours in steel auto claves.  After cooking, the pinas are milled and rinsed.  The by-product of the milling, is a sweet liquid called “must” or honey water.  A proprietary yeast strain is added and a slow open air fermentation follows.  Master Distiller Carlos Jurado double distills the tequila.  Real pineapple, jalapeno, and natural flavors are infused with the tequila base before bottling at 70 proof. Read more »


Feria de Jalisco Blanco Tequila

Feria de Jalisco Blanco Tequila is made at Grupo Tequilero Weber Distillery by Hugo Yerenas, son of Luis Yerenas a 40 year career Master distiller for Casa Cuervo’s super premiums including 1800.  Feria De Jalisco is made from 100% single estate agave, grown for 7-8 years in the Lowland Region.  The pinas are slow baked in a traditional stone oven.  Once extracted the agave juice is naturally fermented for 72 hours.  A Stainless steel/ Copper Alembic double distillation follows. Read more »


Review: Dos Armadillos Plata Tequila

Dos Armadillos Plata Tequila is crafted at Premium de Jalisco in the Village of Mazamitia, 7220 feet above sea level.  It is made from 100% Blue Agave grown for a minimum of 8 years in Amatitan.  Once harvested the pinas are split into four pieces and slow cooked with steam in a stainless steel autoclave.  The temperature is gradually increased to 198 degrees over a period of several hours.  Steam is generated and injected into the oven.  The pinas are washed to remove the bitter honey, waxes, and agave cuticles that give the juice an unpleasant taste.  The pinas are chopped into small pieces and than crushed by very heavy rollers to extract the juice.  After fermenting for seven days with a unique yeast strain the tequila is double distilled in small batches.  The tequila is immediately poured into handcrafted crystal bottles featuring two green tinted armadillos. Read more »


Review: Decada Silver Tequila

Decada Silver Tequila is produced at Tequila Quiote S.A. de C.V.  This distillery has been owned and operated by the same family for over 150 years.  Decada Silver Tequila is made from 100% Blue agave grown for 10 years in brick red soil, 10,000 feet above sea level on a single 1000 acre estate.  Once harvested the agave are steam roasted in steel ovens for 8-11 hours.  The pinas are slow crushed and shredded to extract the juice.  The agave juice is fermented with yeast from the leaves of the agave in stainless steel vats for 3-5 days.  The tequila is twice distilled in copper pot stills.  A 60 hour aeration follows where pure oxygen is circulated through the tequila.  Pure water filtered through reverse osmosis is blended to reduce to 80 proof.  The tequila then rests for 48 hours in stainless steel tanks prior to bottling in their distinctive X shaped . Read more »


Review: DesMaDre Blanco Tequila

DesMaDre Blanco Tequila was launched January 2016 by company founder Marcos J Higareda.  It is crafted at the Casa Ramirez Distillery by the father and son team of Rosendo Ramirez Gamirio, and Rosendo Ramirez Falcon.  This is the same distillery that created the original Deleon Tequila.  Deleon was sold in 2014 to Diageo and Sean Diddy Combs.  Deleon is now produced at NOM 1535.   DesMaDre Blanco is made from non GMO Highland grown agave that is hand harvested.  The agave is cooked slowly in a pressure steam autoclave using pure spring water.  It is fermented in stainless steel tanks with a proprietary yeast.  A double distillation in stainless steel pot stills with a copper lining follows.  The tequila is chill filtered before bottling unaged. Read more »


Review: Contigo Plata Tequila

Contigo Plata Tequila was introduced February 2017 by Don Sebastiani and Sons, a Sonoma based family owned producer of several wine brands including Smoking Loon, B Side, and Pepperwood Grove.  They also released El Fumador Reposado, and El Macho Anejo Tequila.  Contigo Plata was created by Master Distiller Augustin Sanchez, a 40 year veteran tequila distiller at Casa Maestri.  This is the same distillery that creates Sparkle Donkey, Abreojos, and Santera tequila.  Contigo Plata is made from a 50/50 blend of Highland and Lowland grown Blue Weber Agave.  The tequila is twice distilled in stainless steel stills and then aged for 59 days in oak barrels. Read more »


Review: Codigo 1530 Blanco Tequila

Codigo 1530 Blanco Tequila was released in a few states November 2016.  Distribution has since expanded.  Codigo 1530 is also available in a Rosa, Reposado, Anejo, and Origen expression.  CEO and Co-Founder Federico Vaughan has long been the custodian of the brand that until recently was a private unnamed tequila stock only available to close friends and family.  Co-Founder Ron Snyder, was the former CEO of Crocs Footwear.  Other investors include Country Music star George Strait and hockey Hall of Famer Brett Hull.  Codigo 1530 is named for the year the town of Amatitan received their official charter from Spain.  Codigo 1530 Blanco is crafted at a small family owned Tequileria in Los Bajos in the town of Amatitan, from 100% blue agave grown in the Lowlands for 7-10 years.  The agave is slow cooked in stainless steel ovens and then shredded instead of crushed to enable the distillery to extract the juices without the bitter pulp.  The juice is fermented for four days with an organic, family bakers yeast, and then double distilled in a still built by the distilling family.  After this lengthy 17 day process, the tequila is hand bottled. Read more »


Review: La Certeza Blanco Tequila

La Certeza Blanco Tequila is no longer produced but it is still available on a limited basis from some online retailers.  La Certeza was imported by Mohawk Distilled Products which was acquired by Heaven Hill Distilleries in 2007.  La Certeza Tequila was created by the Beckmann family, one of Mexico’s oldest tequila families.  The Beckman family traces its lineage to Jose Antonio de Cuervo.  In 1992 Francisco Beckman sold his interest in the family distillery but maintained his interest in the agave fields.  In 2004 he opened his own distillery Tierra de Agaves.  This is the same distillery that creates the Lunazul line of tequila.  La Certeza Blanco is produced with estate grown agave.  Once harvested by hand the agave is slow cooked in autoclave ovens.  After fermenting the tequila is double distilled in traditional copper pot stills. Read more »


Review: Bribon Blanco Tequila

Bribon Blanco Tequila was created by Palm Bay International in partnership with Casa Don Roberto. This family has been making tequila since 1840 and opened this distillery in 1924.  They currently also produce Don Roberto, Huizache, and the 88 Tequila brands.  In Mexico a Bribon was a wildly charismatic and courageous man about town.  Bribon Blanco Tequila is made from 100% Blue agave grown for 7-10 years and harvested by hand.  Once harvested the agaves are taken to the distillery where they are cooked for 18 hours at 100 degrees Celsius and then shredded.  The juice is fermented in tanks at a consistent 32 degrees Celsius using a proprietary yeast developed by Don Roberto.  The tequila is double distilled utilizing a process that combines pot still distillate with column still distillate. Read more »


Review: Azteca Azul Plata Tequila

Azteca Azul Plata Tequila is produced at Tequila Supremo, commercially known as Casa Camarena.  I have also seen this tequila sold as Azteca Azul Silver Tequila.  Owned by La Familia Camarena, the distillery was founded in 1938 by Augustin Camarena in 1938.  This distillery also makes tequila for the Camarena, and Maracame brands.  Azteca Azul Plata is made with 100% blue agave that is cooked and cooled in traditional brick furnaces in a process that takes 48 hours to complete.  The distillery has developed a process known as Zero D which ensures the distillery emits no waste.   Read more »