| Jose Cuervo De La Familia Reserva Tequila 750ml|
96-100 points Wine Enthusiast: "First nosing passes pick up incredibly zesty and harmonious aromas of dill, fennel and pepper; another seven minutes sees the bouquet turn elegant, oaky and herbal. Palate entry is semisweet, with deft traces of caramel and vanilla; by midpalate the flavors include marzipan, hard candy, dried herbs, green pepper and vanilla. Finish is long, luxurious and stately. A brandy-like Tequila that’s slightly richer than the terrific 2002 Reserva de la Familia."
For more than two centuries, Jose Cuervo has followed rigorous production standards to produce Reserva De La Familia. Only 18,000 bottles of the 100 percent blue agave anejo tequila are produced each year and a member of the Cuervo family personally samples each barrel to ensure its high quality.
This is part of a family tradition dating back to 1795, when the Jose Cuervo family would descend into their private cellar to share the finest tequila reserves with a select group of family and friends.
In 1995, to celebrate the 200-year anniversary of the Cuervo brand, the family decided to share the Reserva De La Familia by issuing limited edition bottles.
José Cuervo Reserva de la Familia was introduced in 1995 to celebrate the 200-year anniversary as the world's leading producer of tequila. Each bottle is handmade, numbered, dated and sealed in wax. Every year the Cuervo family commissions a different Mexican artist to design the new collectible box for Jose Cuervo Reserva de la Familia. José Cuervo Tequila is distributed by Diageo on behalf of José Cuervo S. A. José Cuervo is the largest selling tequila brand in the world. Only 17,000 bottles of Reserva De La Familia are produced each year, in collectors boxes designed by Mexican artists.
This Extra-Añejo tequila is aged in oak barrels for an average of 3 years. The final blend includes Tequila from reserves aged over 30 years. Only the estate's finest 10-year-old agaves are hand-selected. Only the most flavorful inner portion of the agave's piña (heart) is used. Vibrant, with a full, mellow flavor combines floral, agave, vanilla and Cognac-like flavors.
Produced for rock singer Sammy Hagar, Cabo Wabo is an extremely smooth tequila that is perfect in margaritas or straight up with a wedge of lime.
Tequila is usually bottled in one of five categories:
* oro ("gold") unaged tequila which is "joven y abogado" (young and adulterated) which means that caramel, fructose, glycerin and wood flavoring can be added to resemble aged tequila * a±ejo ("aged" or "vintage") û aged minimum 1 year but less than 3 years in oak barrels
* maduro ("mature," "ultra-aged," or "vintage") û aged minimum 3 year in oak barrels This is a new category which was established in March 2006, represented on the bottles as "Extra A±ejo".
The aging process changes the color of tequila, but the liquid can sometimes be colored with caramel to show a darker color, indicative of a longer aging process; a±ejos tend to be darker, the reposados slightly less dark, while the platas are not colored at all.[citation needed
It is a common misconception that some tequilas contain a 'worm' in the bottle. Only certain mezcals, usually from the state of Oaxaca, are ever sold con gusano, and that only began as a marketing gimmick in the 1940s. The worm is actually the larval form of the moth Hypopta agavis that lives on the agave plant. Finding one in the plant during processing indicates an infestation and, correspondingly, a lower quality product. (Note: for more information on how tequila is made, see mezcal.) However this misconception continues, and even with all the effort and marking to represent Tequila as a premium -- similar to the way Cognac is viewed in relation to brandy -- there are some opportunist producers for the shooters and fun market who blur these boundaries
Mexican Sexy Lemonade recipe
1/2 oz Jose Cuervo« Especial gold tequila
1 oz triple sec
1/2 oz 7-Up« soda
sweet and sour mix
2 tbsp sugar
1 slice lemon
Pour jose cuervo, triple sec and 7-up into a large ice-filled rocks glass. Fill with sweet and sour, and add sugar. Drop in a slice of lemon, stir well, and serve.
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