TEQUILA TASTING

When in Puerto Vallarta i suggest you try a Tequila Tasting. Like a wine tasting, but less gargling more shooting. Although in reality a fine Tequila can be as smooth as velvet, better than the best cognac, believe it or not.
I have lived in Puerto Vallarta for over 20 years and so have fairly extensive personal experience tasting various tequilas over the years, albeit never with the guidance of the Tequila version of a Sommelier. I have learned that most people who hate tequila have had a bad experience with very low quality Tequila.
This could happen with poor quality wine, or any other alcoholic beverage. So have an open mind and try some of the higher quality Tequilas. Amazingly there are many Tequila stores that offer walk in tasting; if you are the type of person who gets bored with long days shopping this is also a great mood adjustment. But be warned you may not be exercising the best of judgment and end up with a hot pink velvet sequined sombrero.
When I went surfing on the internet I found a couple of great websites to enlighten you on the art of tequila tasting.
See below an excerpt from a great website called Askmen
The other was Tequila Connection – I strongly suggest you check it out as well.
It’s time for you to slow down and smell the (agave) flowers. ”
The proliferation of tequila bars around the country in the past year or two has opened our eyes to the vast selection of styles of tequilas on the market; there are roughly 1,000 kinds available now. But when it comes time to drink the stuff, too many of us revert back to old bad habits from less sophisticated days. It’s a shame, because the best tequilas are as complex and ripe for savoring as fine Scotches or wines. In other words, with tequila, it’s time for you to slow down and smell the (agave) flowers.
“Not many people are aware how complex and unique tequila is because of the fact that it’s associated with kids and parties and that sort of thing,” Jose Cuervo brand ambassador Rene Valdez says. It’s time, then, to start drinking tequila like an adult. Here’s what you need to know.
Choose the right glassware
Put the shot glasses down. Not only is shooting tequila (or anything, for that matter) boorish, but drinking tequila slowly from a shot glass also cheapens the experience. “It’s a glass that doesn’t allow you to experience the full complexity,” Valdez says. You’ll just end up compressing the aromas. If you’re serious about tequila, consider picking up a set of long-stemmed Riedel tequila glasses. Cuervo’s master distillers were consulted in their design, Valdez says. Failing that, a white wine glass, as opposed to a snifter, is the best choice.
Look at the color
Regardless of what expression of tequila you’re drinking, whether it’s an unaged Blanco, gold, reposado, anejo, or extra anejo, the latter of which are aged in wood for varying periods of time, you’re going to be able to pick out the differences by eyeballing them right off the bat. You can also tell if it’s a 100% blue agave tequila, which all quality brands will be, based on the quality of the liquid. In tequilas mixed with neutral spirits, you’ll often be able to pick out imperfections that point to a lower-quality distillation process. Familiarize yourself with the consistency of the liquid at hand as well. Tequilas that have been aged longer will have a heavier, thicker body.
Savor the aroma
The key to tasting tequila well is through the sense of smell, so pay heed to your nose. “Many people tend to automatically do it the way they would wine. They take a big sniff out of the glass. But this is 80 proof alcohol. Therefore, you need to make sure you don’t do that and oversaturate your nose,” Valdez says. Instead he recommends three little sniffs. The first is to see what aromas you’re able to identify without moving the liquid. Next, twirl the tequila to let the aromas come through the glass. Alternatively you might try sniffing through either nostril. As with wine, different people will be able to pick out different aromas, depending on your susceptibility to spiciness, herbal aromas and so on.
We have more tips on how to taste tequila coming up.
Read more: http://www.askmen.com/fine_living/wine_dine_archive_60/60_how-to-taste-tequila.html#ixzz2JxWiX53D
Another great website is Tequila Connection
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