Here we are, the first tequila review! I've chosen to review a tequila called Camarena first because of all its high points.
First a little background on the Camarena family and its tequila. In the early 1700's the Camarena family immigrates to Mexico from Spain and by 1761 have co-founded the town of Arandas in the Jalisco Highlands. One hundred years later, in 1860, the family plants their own agave fields in Arandas. Not until 1938 does Don Agustin Camarena found the tequila distillery Casa Casco Viejo. By 1982 Casco Viejo tequila is launched. Today Casco Viejo is Mexico's 3rd most popular tequila brand. Finally in 2010 they launched the tequila I'm referring to, Familia Camarena Tequila, 100% Blue Agave in the United States.
According to their website, "Clear with a pure, platinum sheen, Familia Camarena 100% Blue Agave Silver Tequila shows notes of rich toasted agave and fresh green herbs. Exceptionally soft and smooth on the palate, our Silver Tequila exhibits hints of sweet vanilla, savory brown spices and black pepper with a graceful, warming finish".
I bought this tequila on a whim. I happened to be at the liquor store looking for a bottle of red wine and saw that this silver tequila was on sale for $15. My first thought was how could a $15 bottle of tequila be any good.... it must be terrible tasting. But....
I really enjoyed this taste of this tequila. Very smooth and easy to drink by itself or in a mixed beverage. This tequila is made in the highlands, which is known for sweeter agave and better soil. My sister was my test subject in trying this tequila. My sister (who is NOT a tequila drinker by nature) said immediately that it was "very smooth"! She didn't even make that squished face that most people do when they don't enjoy something!
If you are looking for smooth tequila taste without the high-end tequila budget, I would recommend Camarena. Let me know what you think!