GSN Review: Dulce Vida Organic Tequila Pt. II

For those of you who’ve been waiting for part II of my Dulce Vida tequila review, thank you for your patience.  The blanco and anejo samples recently arrived and the wait was worth it!

Dulce Vida makes the only 100 proof tequilas in the world and they are beautiful spirits.  Distilled and aged at the at the Campanario Distillery (NOM 1443) in San Ignacio Cerro Gordo, outside of Arandas in the state of Jalisco under the supervision of founder and master distiller Carlos Jurado; Dulce Vida sources its organic agave from the Pacific Coastal Highland region near Tepic, Nayarit.  These agave plants are larger than most and have the advantage of receiving coastal mountain rains.

Dulce Vida Blanco Tequila (100 proof) – The blanco is unaged and bottled right from the still, creating a crystal clear distillate.  It has a slightly smoky nose with musky vegetal notes including sugar cane, mint, licorice and saddle leather.  The taste is smooth in spite of the high proof, with bright sweetness and a salt and pepper undertone.  The finish is long and elegant with a richness reminiscent of XO cognacs.  An excellent sipping tequila, especially for a blanco.  Try this with Grand Marnier for one of the best margaritas, you’ll ever have.  GSN Rating: A

Dulce Vida Anejo Tequila (100 proof) – The anejo is aged for 24 months in American oak Kentucky whisky barrels, giving it a light pilsner gold color.  The nose has a musky dark burnt sugar quality with elements of wet paper, cinnamon, baked green pepper, and demerara sugar.  The taste is tremendous and and hits the mid-palate like the first taste of a just  brought to the table creme brulee.  Waves of caramel, cooked agave, fresh cream, sourdough bread, roasted pecans, and rock candy reveal themselves in seconds.  This ranks up among the best spirits I’ve ever tried in any category.  Do yourself a favor and buy a bottle for special occasions.  GSN Rating: A+

For more information go to the Dulce website at: http://www.dulcevidatequila.com/