Friday, June 26, 2015

Patron Reposado

Well I've done it. I have finally tried my first Reposado! I know what your thinking, girl why haven't you already been there?! Trust me I'm kicking myself. I'm probably the world's biggest blanco fan and have been a little afraid to try a Reposado or Anejo. Not sure why, just a weird little hang up of mine. 
This week I have been packing to move (not far but moving all the same) so I've slacked a little on my tequila tasting duties. Apologies. Patron Reposado has a great citrus smell that doesn't offend the senses. As you can tell from my picture I bought the nipper bottle because of my fear of Reposado. I thought this was a great sipper tequila. Despite the fact that I didn't have many sips to sip, I loved the mellow and smooth sippablility (I know I've said sip a lot). Reposado is aged in oak barrels for 2 to 12 months. It's the middle sibling of the bunch. With the oak barrel aging, Patron Reposado has great spice and oak notes that make it really drinkable. 
Being my first foray into the world of Reposado, I can honestly say I would recommend you give this one a try. I think it will be present at my 4th of July next weekend!
Happy drinking!
Kate

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Teresa's Texas Margarita

Tonight it was Mexican for dinner. I was out with the guys walking while they played disc golf and it was up to me to pick dinner. Why not have a margarita on this REALLY nice day?! For dinner we split the Fiesta Grande Sampler and the Nachos Supreme... Delicious! The free chips and homemade salsa that started us wasn't bad either. The guys had a Dos Equis with dinner and naturally I had a margarita. I ended up having 2 of the Texas Margaritas and 1 of the Mango Margaritas. 
Here is the mango margarita. I'm starting here because it was terrible! I really like mangos and usually a mango margarita hits the spot.... Tonight it tasted awful. The mango flavor was obviously not fresh. I gulped it down quickly so I could get back to the Texas margarita. 
This is the Teaxs margarita. Made with Sauza Gold and Grand Marnier, this one really hit the spot.... So much so I had 2! I ordered the small of both. The medium and large come in fishbowl style glasses. The Texas cost $7 (the mango was only a dollar cheaper). I like this margarita because, as I've said before, you can taste the tequila but it's also refreshing. I'm sure they use a premade mix but the Grand Marnier seems to counteract the fake taste. Overall I would recommend you try the Texas Margarita and skip the mango. Trust me you won't be sorry.
Happy Drinking!
Kate

Saturday, June 13, 2015

Canterbury Park Margarita

If you read my very first post you would know that I am a horse racing fan. Here in Minnesota the racing season doesn't start until after the Kentucky Derby and is only on weekends. Last night I made my first visit of the year to Canterbury Park (my local racetrack). It's been a long week and I needed some racing and a margarita in my life.

As it turns out, Friday's at the track are really great for drinks. My margarita was $4.50 and really delicious. They offer the margarita's track side, right outside the winner's circle. This margarita is made with Hornitos Reposado. Even though its made with a pre-made mix (of which I am usually not a fan), it was really cool that the margarita came out of a tap with the tequila bottles upside down right in front of you. Kind of like a keg of margaritas.... which is just my style. I just had this one margarita, but was feeling mighty fine after. In between races I looked around at the crowd and noticed quite a few people also enjoying the margarita.

If you live in the area and haven't been out to Canterbury Park, consider it. If you aren't near me, visit you local track. If the first Triple Crown winner in 37 years didn't excite you, some live racing definitely should! There will be many more margaritas and many more live races in my summer future.

Happy Drinking!
Kate

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Tequila Avion Silver

So I'm a huge fan of Entourage. I mean, how can you not be?! As a t.v. show it has some fine qualities, but this isn't really about Entourage it's about Avion. Ken Austin, founder of Avion, and Doug Ellin, creator of Entourage, are good friends. Part of this friendship included featuring Avion as a major plot line in the show. You couldn't watch the 7th season without hearing about this tequila.
Avion had just launched when it was featured on Entourage and there was a need to fill the demand of people wanting to buy this tequila. Oprah chose Avion Espresso as part of her O-List. Bloomberg did a segment on the growth of Avion. This tequila has really leap forward. As a fan of the show and of tequila, I knew I needed to try it.

Voted the "World's Best Tasting Tequila" in 2012, Avion is sweet and crisp with hints of pineapple and grapefruit. Typical of the highland tequilas, it also has that black pepper finish. I thought it was smooth enough to not need any citrus (and I never use the salt training wheels) but the citrus wasn't necessary. I can fully admit that mostly myself, with a little sharing between my husband and brother-in-law, we polished off a bottle in an evening. Truth is I had very minimal hangover the next day. All it took was a little coffee and I was ready to do it all again! We had another brand of tequila that night as well to compare - there was no comparison. Avion won us over instantly. 

The downside of Avion? It's a ultra premium tequila so the average bottle will run you about $45. Currently where I live, this is more than a bottle of Patron. That being said, I am entirely willing to spend the money on this great tasting tequila. If you haven't tried it, I would recommend you do so. Even if your not an Entourage fan.

Happy Drinking!
Kate

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Patron Silver

When most people hear the word tequila they think Patron. Its hard not to. Patron is the biggest selling ultra-premium brand of tequila in the United States. For this reason, Patron is one of the first few tequilas people try (after the cheap stuff). It only makes sense that I review Patron. First, a little background.
Check out how its made here!

Patron was founded in 1989 (as all great things are, myself included) by John Paul DeJoria and Martin Crowley. You may recognize John Paul DeJoria's other success as the co-founder of Paul Mitchell hair care products. The original Patron tequila was produced by Casa 7 Leguas, one of Mexico's oldest distilleries before DeJoria and Crowley purchased it in 1989. In 2000, CEO Ed Brown made the move to separate Patron from other tequilas into a premium brand. 

One of the things I enjoy about Patron is how its made. From field to bottle 60 different hands touch this tequila. The cork is sourced from Portugal and the bottles are hand-crafted by glass artisans.All of Patron's tequilas are distilled from 100% Blue Weber Agave in the highlands of Jalisco. Rare in modern tequila production is the use of the tahona wheel. Patron is one of the few distilleries to still use this traditional method to crush the baked agave. They do also use the modern roller method and then its up to their master distiller, Francisco Alcaraz, to combine the two to make his recipe for Patron. 


The taste. With Patron coming from the highlands, it has a more earthy taste. Patron is really smooth with an almost buttery, caramel taste. It finishes with a slightly stronger spice and a warming. This is the tequila that can convert many who think they don't like tequila. As much as a lot of people like to rip on Patron, I enjoy it. I could sip it or mix it up into my Perfect Margarita (see earlier post). In fact, most times when I go out and want a margarita I will request Patron so that I don't end up with some crappy rail tequila. 

Patron comes in a variety of prices. I've purchased it for as high as $58 and from my favorite liqour store for as low as $32 regular price. I also think its really cool what you can do with the bottles when you are done!

Happy drinking!
Kate