Tequila tasting was the objective.
Our job was to taste our way through 8 tequilas and vote on the most preferred.
We had 4 white tequilas and 4 reposados to taste.
To explain; there are 5 kinds of tequilas.
Blanco, white or silver tequila, this is un-aged, and bottled after distillation.
Joven, or young, which is a mix of Blanco and Reposado.
Reposado, or rested tequila, which has been aged for up to a year in oak barrels.
Anejo, or aged, aged for up to three years.
An finally, Extra Anejo, or extra aged, which is aged in oak for more than three years.
Our tequilas were;
White; Olmeca, Jose Cuervo, Olmeca Tezon, Silver Patron.
Reposado; Olmeca Supremo, Jose Cuervo Especial, Olmeca Tezon, Reposado Patron.
Winner of the White/ Silver category; Patron Silver.
Some of the judges tasting notes mentioned “Herbs and cinnamon on the nose, vegetal, peppery,hint of coconut. On the palate; ”Smooth, soft, subtle, mild agave, dry.”
Winner of the Reposado category; Olmeca Reposado.
Tasting notes were, on the nose, “banana, coconut, lemon, cedar, herbaceous”. On the palate people found it to be “Smooth, vanilla, rich,spicy,cinnamon,pina colada”
In general, our tasters were surprised at the complex nuances of tequila, and saw it as a spirit of elegance and depth that could be appreciated and enjoyed straight. Some saw it as a shame that the fine tastes disappeared most often into overly sweet colourful cocktails.
The tastings were conducted blind, at room temperature.
Nick Haarhoff – proprietor, El Burro.
Bianca Coleman – Journalist.
Neil Pendock – Drinks Correspondent, Sunday Times.
Maggie Mostert – Food writer aka Black Delilah.
Hennie Coetzee – Food and drink writer aka Batonage.
Ishay Govender – Food writer aka Foodandthefab.
Martin Tucker – Mr. Beer, general all round knowledgeable person, aka Mrtuckbox.
Thanks to Nic Haarhoff of El Burro for the warm hospitality, excellent eats and treats and the best Margarita I’ve tasted this side of the Orange River.