Justice For Tequila
For many of us it’s entirely too soon to be thinking of any near excessive recreational drinking. Likely, we’re busy cleansing the holidays from our systems, and with it, all the many forms of liquid cheer.
Of course, that doesn’t mean we might not still enjoy a small dram of scotch after a long first week back at work. You know, something slow sipping and complex?
To hell with that.
Between the sudden frigid temperatures, and all the increasing amounts of scotch-rats or whiskey-posers who like scotch way less than they like saying they like it, try reaching instead for something unique that can combat the cold air. Tequila.
Since November, the awesome Hamilton based Mexican cantina, Mezcal TNT, has been running #JusticeForTequila, a monthly series of single night tequila tasting events, aimed at educating audiences on the absolute beauty of agave alcohol. And they mean real agave spirit, not that made in the UK, sugared swill for frat boys.
I was fortunate enough to partake in November’s evening (big shout out to The Hungry Gnome for that one), it’s a night that consists of three carefully selected spirit samples, a lot of education, and platters of Mezcal’s amazing tacos, with churros and chocolate to top it off.
A few key lessons of the night?
1. Patience, have bloody patience, don’t toss it back.
2. There are two types of spirit made from the agave plant: Tequila made specifically with the blue weber agave plant and primarily in the Mexican state of Jalisco, and Mezcal, made from various types of agave, but primarily in Oaxaca.
3. Finally, and most importantly, as far as real Tequila is concerned? All Tequila is Mezcal, but not all Mezcal is Tequila.
So this Friday, when you’re looking for something to sip, I wholly recommend a snifter of these (seriously a snifter, no shots, no caballitos):
Siempre – Honest to goodness, 100% blue weber agave tequila. Sweet, savoury, this newcomer has a simple character that defies the beautifully intricate design of its label, which itself reflects the design-eye of its founders, former creative execs, Alex Lacroix and Monica Sanita.
Los Azulejos Silver – Silver implies that it is unaged, and distilled in (typically) stainless steel, giving this premium tequila a young, vibrant, citrus with mineral salt taste and a dangerously smooth finish.
Los Azulejos Reposado – The “Reposado” (rested) implies that it was aged for approximately eight months, and in the case of Azulejos, in French cognac barrels. This gives the Reposado a taste more understated than its Silver sibling, but more complex with the oak, cognac notes.