Tequila Sunset

You’ve heard of a Tequila Sunrise but what about a Tequila Sunset?

A sunset in Mexico

Agave Field courtesy of Craig Zabransky at StayAdenturous.com

I have an affinity for Mexico, the people of Mexico, the varied landscapes of Mexico, Mexican food, the culture of Mexico and oh yeah… that Mexican spirit – Tequila! TravelDesigned  introduced me to good tequila when she brought back a bottle of Porfidio Tequila from Puerto Vallarta after a tasting at the distillery.

Porfidio Reposado, Porfidio Anejo, Insignia, Aha Toro

We soon learned to appreciate fine, sipping tequilas. TravelDesigned likes the really smooth, often sweeter, aged anejos. I prefer the lesser aged reposados.The blanco tequilas are aged less than 2 months or not at all and in my opinion offer the purest taste of the blue agave plant from which tequila is distilled.

2 Clase Azul Marquis, Clase Azul, Corzo, Reidel Tequila flute, Esperanto2010 & 2009 Jose Cuervo Reserva de la Familia, 375ml JC Reserva Box

I characterize myself as an enthusiast, not yet a connoisseur. I’m in the “I know what I like” stage and haven’t advanced to the stage of breaking down the nuances of the different brands and classifications– the aroma, taste, color and finish. Fine tequila can be described like fine wine.

Don Viejo Reposado & Anejo, Milagro SilverRevolucion Reposado, Corazon Anejo, Patron Silver, Don Augustin Anejo

We recently had the privilege of being guests of the beautiful Unlimited Luxury®  Dreams Riviera Cancun in the Riviera Maya of Mexico where we experienced  a tequila tasting.

Dreams Riviera Cancun Private Beach Dinner

At an elegant yet relaxing private beach party (perfect for receptions, incentives and meetings) we were treated to an evening of dining and entertainment under the stars.

Mariachi at Dreams Riviera Cancun

There were mariachi, fire dancing and cultural stories told through music and dance.

Buffet Private Dinner at Dreams Riviera CancunChapulines- Grasshoppers

The food was an incredible sampling of Mexican gourmet cuisine including chapulines -fried grasshoppers- a topping for the salad. After dinner we had the good fortune to experience a very special tequila tasting. The highlights were two Super Premium Tequilas!

A collector's bottle of El Maestro Extra Anejo & Don Julio 1942 Anejo

First, Don Julio 1942 Anejo ($105-$115) and then Herradura Seleccion Suprema Extra Anejo ($200+ when you can find it). 

Herradura Seleccion Suprema

I wish I could tell you I smelled “the drywood, vanilla, cinnamon and rose petal” of the Seleccion Suprema. I also wish I could say I tasted “a complex balance of cooked agave, rich vanilla, toasted oak and dried fruit” in the tequila but I didn’t. What I can tell you you is…. it was silky smooth and WONDERFUL! 

Gran Centenario LeyandaMaracame, Chamuco, Oro Azul, Cofradia

I am still working on becoming a tequila connoisseur. In the meantime, I enjoy searching for the ultimate tequila. I dream of the day I watch the jimadors-the men who harvest the 150 pound heart of the agave-the pina, skillfully from the fields in a matter of seconds.

Agave Field courtesy of Craig Zabransky at StayAdenturous.com

I envision myself  in the Jalisco valley in the middle of an agave field sipping a velvety tequila as the sun sets. Now that would be a tequila sunset!

Are you a tequila enthusiast or connoisseur? What is your favorite tequila?

Special thanks to Craig Zabransky aka @StayAdventurous on twitter for the use of his agave field photos for this post. Craig also dreams of a tequila sunset. Be sure to check out his blog Stay Adventurous.

You can follow Dreams Resorts on twitter @DreamsResorts. like Dreams Riviera Cancun on facebook and read their blog DayDreams,


Feature image credit: Pepe Antonio

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7 Responses to “Tequila Sunset”

  1. June 15, 2011 at 10:07 pm #

    Ha! One would think…hehe!

  2. June 15, 2011 at 6:20 pm #

    A few more tastings and you'll be in the expert category.

  3. June 14, 2011 at 7:05 am #

    I havent tried those cocktails but I like Mango Margaritas frozen. Wonder what other cocktails are made with tequila? hmmm..

  4. June 13, 2011 at 9:36 pm #

    Some of my all time favourite cocktails involve the tequila! The Margarita's! The Bloody Aztec/ Hurricane.. and the Long Island iced tea!! yum yum!

  5. June 13, 2011 at 11:33 am #

    Really they didnt have much taste at all–they had salad dressing on them! ha!

  6. Bart
    June 13, 2011 at 11:17 am #

    Great article Terry. I could almost taste the tequila. You are lucky, you have had a very good teacher. Hopefully you can enjoy many more trips to Mexico for many more tequila tastings!! (I'll pass on the grasshoppers, belchh!!)


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