GSN Review: Tres Agaves Tequila & Organic Margarita Mixers

GroupShot_Wht_Organic_ColorChangeEven though Tres Agaves tequila is a relatively new product on the market, it is crafted at one of the oldest distilleries in Jalisco, Mexico; Destiladora Azteca de Jalisco.  As well, they have won some outstanding industry awards from the likes of Paul Pacult’s Ultimate Beverage Challenge and Ultimate Cocktail Challenge.

Their margarita mixer is a blend of organic lime juice, organic agave nectar grown in Jalisco and filtered water.  Simple, yet the only organic version on the market.  Trend setting.

So, with these two products in hand, how does their brand name Margarita stand up?  Read on….

Tres Agaves Silver (80 proof)
Visual: Crystal.
Nose: Fresh, lively and strong agave body.
Taste: Exceptionally smooth, round and creamy, yet at the same time full of bright, vegetal pepperiness. The whole flavor moves from one end of the spectrum to the other.  The mouthfeel is beautiful and the agave is done to perfection.  Quite lovely and certainly a standout in the blanco category.
Finish: Medium long with fresh flavor of pressed agave aged to the peak of the character imparted by the wood.
Overall: Summer in a glass.  This is the kind of tequila you want to take home and introduce to your mother. 😉
GSN Rating: A+

Tres Agaves Organic Margarita Mix (non-alcoholic)
Overall:  Used as specified on the bottle’s label, the Margarita with Tres Agaves Silver tasted fine, but without the essential oils found in fresh-squeezed limes, it has a somewhat one dimensional taste.    I was also surprised at the serving suggestions which calls for the drink to be served on the rocks in a old-fashioned glass.  I appreciated the overall flavor, and the organic ingredients, but would always make it fresh if at all possible.  Barring that, this is one of the best mixes I’ve tasted.
GSN Rating: B+

For more information go to: Tres Agaves

GSN Review: Leaf Vodka

deecuisine-leaf-vodkaIt makes sense that the water used in liquor is as important as the distillate.  After all, it’s typically 60% water.  This is especially true of vodka, where the naked spirit is unfettered by infusions, flavorings or barrel-aging.  Just think of the different qualities of bottled water you can find, and you know what I’m talking about.

Leaf uses organic wheat, five times distilled and then marries it to two different pristine waters.  One from Alaska and the other from the Rocky Mountains.  Both are world’s apart in character and a perfect example of how the flavor of water affects the cocktails and spirits we enjoy.  Oh, and both are certified organic.

Leaf Alaskan Glacial Water Vodka (80 proof)
Visual: Clear.
Nose: Fresh, smooth and crisp with high notes similar to grapefruit peel.  Some fennel and fresh lettuce greens.
Taste: Remarkably smooth and creamy with a rich portfolio of minerals that break through after a few seconds.
Finish: Dry and with a touch of cane sugar.
Overall: A well-balanced vodka for just about anything.  It will add some body to a cocktail or make for an easily enjoyed shot.
GSN Rating: B

Leaf Rocky Mountain Mineral Water (80 proof)
Visual: Clear.
Nose: Darker and more subtle than the Alaskan Glacial Water vodka.  There’s an almost leathery scent.  Quite elusive and at the same time, comfortable like a favorite pair of gloves.
Taste: Wow.  Round, smooth and creamy, but with an element of bitterness that cuts right through it all.  I’m reminded of marigold petals and kosher salt.  There’s a dichotomy of flavors here that just plain works.
Finish: Surprisingly long for a vodka.  Warming, slightly metallic and sanguine.
Overall: Way more than I was expecting.  This is very well done and stands out from its sibling.  I could drink this one all night, and still feel great in the morning.  Superb.
GSN Rating: A

For more information go to: Leaf Vodka

GSN Review: Dulce Vida Organic Tequila

Organic spirits have been making headway in bars around the world for a few years now.  But, just because the bottle  has the word “organic” on the label, does it mean it’s a top shelf spirit?  With Dulce Vida tequila, that question is answered in the positive.

It all starts with the organic agave which is harvested from the Pacific Coastal region of  Nayarit, Mexico.  This gives it a full bodied flavor and unique character of both the mountains and the ocean.  Think of the difference between a lowland Scotch and a lightly peated Islay scotch, and you get the idea.

Blanco (80 Proof) – Crystal appearance.  The nose has light agave floral notes with some alcohol top notes.  The flavor is exceptionally smooth and well aged with notes of rock candy, tropical fruit, leather, high grass, and at the very end, an almost scotch-like lightly smoked heathery finish.  One of the best tequilas I’ve ever had, and one that quite handily stands up against Partida.  The 80 proof must be a new product, because I could find no mention of it on the Dulce Vida website.  I’d be curious to try the 100 proof version of the blanco.  GSN Rating: A

Reposado (100 Proof) – Held up to the light, it has a pleasant, yellow gold color.  The nose has notes of butterscotch, rich agave, with hints of other fresh vegetation after a rainfall.  The flavor is rich with caramel, oakiness, honey, nougat, saddle leather, hazelnuts, green pepper, and grapefruit peel.  A very intriguingly rich tequila that is fantastic for sipping.  The higher proof makes this an intense and yet at the same time, very balanced tequila with just the right amount of heat.  GSN Rating: A-

Other styles in the Dulce Vida line include an Anejo 100 Proof and a Blanco 100 Proof.

For more info go to:  http://www.dulcevidatequila.com/