Tequila Reposado, Casa Noble, Mexico
Tequila: it’s not just for margaritas anymore.
I’m kind of shocked at the sheer number of people that have never tried good tequila…and I don’t mean expensive Tequila, I just mean the authentic kind.
For all those who love it, but have only been weaned off the teet of Jose Cuervo Gold, this is akin to those who’ve drank only Budweiser and call themselves ‘beer lovers’. Tequila is a beautiful spirit, with a rich history and an incredible range of complex flavors.
As the pendulum has finally swung in our favor, we now have artisan products available to us from the backroads of Mexico, as well as Chapels to the Sacred Agave in the form of tequila lounges and bars. When you taste a great Tequila, the experience can be life-changing. This isn’t a spirit you want to blast with lime juice and sour mix. And you can definitely keep the orange liqueur far away from your lips. Here’s why:
Made from organically raised Blue Agave that’s been slow-roasted in a stone oven for 38 hours—and later aged in French White Oak barrels for 364 days—Casa Noble Reposado is the real deal.
The complexity of the aromas and the flavors is hypnotically transporting. On the nose, notes of caramel and maple syrup swim around with lime zest and the smell of sea air. On the palate, brown sugar and citrus reminded me of baked pie, but one in which I’d never encountered at the fair before (maybe I need to go to the Jalisco fair?). Bold, integrated flavors led to a long, fruity lime finish where the sweetness from the agave brought flavors of roasted pineapple.
Oh, and you can leave your salt shakers and Jimmy Buffett at home…well, okay, if you must, play the Jimmy Buffett—but save the body shots for the trip to Cancun.