GSN Presents: Our Most Popular Articles of the Decade

Good Spirits News been writing reviews of spirits, cocktails and mixology for over ten years. On the last day of the decade, we thought it would be a fine time to share the 25 most popular articles we’ve written.

Cheers! See you in 2020!

  1. Colina Colada
  2. Nikka Miyagikyo Yoichi Single Malt Whiskies
  3. Olmeca Altos Tequila
  4. McKenzie Bottled in Bond Bourbon
  5. Chicken Cock Double Barrel 10-Year Old Whiskey
  6. Mr. Boston Black Cat Cocktail
  7. Michael Godard Vodka and Gin
  8. Drumshambo Gunpowder Irish Gin
  9. Bacardi Anejo Cuatro, Reserva Ocho and Gran Reserva Diez Rum
  10. Hochstadters Slow Low Rock and Rye Whiskey
  11. Mi Campo Tequila
  12. Woody’s Northwoods Bourbon Cream
  13. Basics of Mixology: Modifiers
  14. Koskenkorva Vodka
  15. Bumbu XO Rum
  16. Tequila and Mezcal Jarritos Glasses
  17. Black Tears Spiced Rum
  18. Tabu Absinthe
  19. Capel Pisco
  20. Cointreau versus Hiram Walker Orange Curacao
  21. Collaboration Bourbon
  22. Elijah Craig Barrel Proof Bourbon
  23. 2018’s Best of the Best
  24. Shaker Spoon Cocktail Club
  25. Deep Eddy Peach Vodka

GSN Review: Olmeca Altos Tequila

As all lovers of fine tequila know, the best tequilas come from 100% Blue Weber agave.  Olmeca Altos stands out amongst the competition by using the traditional Tahona method of expressing the agave juice and syrup.  What is Tahona, you ask?  It involves a 4000 pound millstone made from volcanic rock called a Tezontle which crushes the cooked agave in much the same way a millstone grinds wheat.  There are very few distilleries still using this method as it is both time-consuming and rather old-fashioned.  But, when it comes to making fine spirits, all the extra effort and care is worth it.

On a personal note, this tequila recipe was masterminded by fellow bartenders Dre Masso and Henry Besant, along with Master Distiller Jesús Hernández.  So, in a real sense this tequila is designed for mixologists.

Olmeca Altos Plata Tequila (80 proof)
Visual: Perfectly clear.
Nose: Fresh cut agave, sweet rock candy, herbaceous spice with a hint of green pepper.
Taste: Bright, fresh and almost effervescent with tinges of candied ginger.  Pepper comes through immediately, but soon fades to agave and mint.
Finish: Long and with a tannic clarity that is unusual for a young tequila. At the far end of the spectrum lies a caramel finish.
Overall: Perfect for shots, Margaritas, Frostbite cocktails, what have you.  Very versatile and classy.
GSN Rating: A

Olmeca Altos Reposado Tequila (80 proof)
Visual: Pale honey gold.
Nose: Barrel aged agave with a smokey sweetness.  Caramel creams, toast, and autumnal leaves on a sunny day.
Taste: Initially an almost burnt marshmallow quality with a lot of ginger and a subdued woodiness.  Well aged, but still with a youthful sprightliness.
Finish: Fairly long with a sweet and medium dry finish.  Again, the ginger spice excites the mid-palate.
Overall: A good expression of a rested tequila.  Not as interesting as the plata, but still a top-notch 100% blue agave spirit.
GSN Rating: A-

For more information go to: Tequila Olmeca