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Espolon Tequila

Espolon Tequila

Espolon Tequila

 

We’re in search of a new cocktail, and we want yours. The creative director of Espolon, Mikey Taveras, told us that he was seeking a twist on a recipe from a favorite of his--the Cuba Libre. Matching this cocktail’s lime juice, sugar, and light rum with tequila, cumin, and cilantro, we developed a libation dubbed the Pavarotti.

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There are a lot of tequilas out there, with new brands seemingly launched by every celebrity and professional athlete who’s ever spent two weeks in Cancun. What makes Espolon stand out? For one thing, its distiller, Cirilo Oropeza, is no dilettante: He’s a 50-plus-year veteran of the profession. But the fact that he’s an elder statesman doesn’t mean he prefers old-school methods of making tequila. Oropeza developed the stainless-steel pressure cookers he uses to cook the agave and extract its sugars, which are then used to make Espolon. The cookers, the brand claims, produce a more-even caramelization in the agave.

This method produces a cleaner final product than the brick ovens used in traditional tequila making, but one person’s “smooth” is another person’s “boring.” While Espolon blanco is light and approachable, with a distinct flavor profile, it also lacks a certain something—perhaps the term “pizazz” best describes what’s not there. It’s actually quite a good sipper, for the growing number of tequila drinkers who enjoy blancos apart from cocktails. But in a Margarita or other tequila-based cocktails, it tends to get overshadowed by the mixers. (Source: www.liquor.com)

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Espolon Blanco Super Premium Tequila. We create it. To get the richer, intense flovers Cirilo demands, we have to do things differently. Out pifias cook for 18 to 20 hours, we distil longer than most and we play rock music in our factories to inspire the agave. Our home in the Highlands, called Los Altos by the locals of Jalisco is the San Nicolas Distillery Considered by many to be Best in all Mexico.

The one that gets special treatment 40% abv 80 proof 100% blue weber agave. Rested between 3-5 months in new american oak barrels. Our tequila reposado starts off life as blanco. It’s then rested in lightly charred new american oak barrels to create a more complex and well-rounded character uniquely espolon. This one begs to be shared in cocktails that deserve even greater tequila character. The notes color: rich golden hue. Nose: spicy with a hint of caramel fudge. Taste: bold round palate medium to full bodied with a rich roasted agave; sweet tropical fruit vanilla and brown spices. Long spicy finish. Our awards gold medal: 2011 san francisco world spirits awards finalist: 2014 ultimate spirits challenge silver: 2016 san francisco world spirits awards bronze: 2016 international wine & spirits competition silver outstanding medal: 2013 international wine & spirits competition (Source: specsonline.com)

 

 

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