GSN Review: Casa del Sol Tequila

Casa Del Sol taps dynamic talent with authentic Mexican roots, including Alejandra Pelayo, Casa Del Sol’s head of production, protégé and goddaughter of the late Francisco Alcaraz, tequila pioneer and master distiller/creator of Patrón. Additionally, Mariana Padilla, a Mexican-based artisan and daughter of Paco Padilla, cultural ambassador of Jalisco is the brand’s Artesana Tequilera, who brings generations of rich culture and artistic heritage into Casa Del Sol’s identity and product development.

Where most tequila brands source whiskey barrels from the United States, Casa Del Sol partnered with Laurent Martell, the 9th generation of the Martell family in France, and sourced Cognac barrels handcrafted with French Limousin Oak. Casa Del Sol has a unique barrel aging process that results in a distinct flavor and aromatic profile where old world craftsmanship meets new world artistry, infusing Mexican tradition with notes of French heritage. 

Casa Del Sol prioritizes social, economic and environmental practices which includes providing healthcare opportunities to its Jimadors, exclusively partnering with a 100% Mexican-owned distillery that has been awarded the distinctive ESR® (Empresa Socialmente Responsable) award, and prioritizes the sustainable cultivation of agave. The brand is also currently developing programs to help level the playing field for women in the Altos de Jalisco region, who have historically had limited access to services and resources to improve both their personal and professional development.

Casa Del Sol offers three distinctive sipping tequilas – Blanco, Reposado and Añejo, each with a recommended time of day to enjoy them:

  • BlancoBest Sipped with SunBlanco was crafted to deliver the pure essence of agave with its smooth and complex body. GSN’s Remarks: Light and fresh with a fairly heavy vanilla forward taste. Easy going, entry level tequila that is ideal for mixing. The agave seems to be somewhat shy, and the overall effect is of a barely aged spirit. GSN Rating: B+
  • Reposado: Best Sipped at Sundown Reposado rests for a minimum of four months in Select French Oak and Cognac barrels handcrafted with French Limousin Oak. GSN’s Remarks: Here, the vanilla has moved into caramel and butterscotch territory. The Cognac influence comes through with crisp, bright high notes of brandy sweetness, adding an unusual dessert-like character. Again, the agave seems subdued, but the flavors work well together. GSN Rating: A-
  • Añejo: Best Sipped at Sunset – Matured for more than 14 months in the same barrel aging process. GSN’s Remarks: The extra aging adds more spice and tannin to the affair. The sweetness is also tempered, while adding a dry and more pointed brandy coloration. A definite sippig tequila, this is still different than any other tequila on the market. The finish is long and leaves a clean palate. GSN Rating: A-

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