You’ve heard of a Tequila Sunrise but what about a Tequila Sunset?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
There were mariachi, fire dancing and cultural stories told through music and dance.
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!
First, Don Julio 1942 Anejo ($105-$115) and then Herradura Seleccion Suprema Extra Anejo ($200+ when you can find it).
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!
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.
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.
Feature image credit: Pepe Antonio