There’s No Burn; Only a Smooth, Oaky Taste
When I opened the bottle, I was prepared for something that never came.
Experiencing a burn with tequila is as predictable as sunshine at a beach in Mexico, traffic on the freeways in Los Angeles, hearing a mariachi band on Cinco de Mayo.
But it never happened. And it caught me a little off guard.
I was taking a sip of the 1800 Reposado tequila and rather than fighting its way down my throat as if I swallowed a match, it went down as smoothly as some of my pickup lines in a bar. Thinking there might be a delayed effect, I paused for a moment.
Finally, I realized that was it.
“Wow!,” I exclaimed. “That is smooth!”
And so it is with the 1800 Reposado. Dark in color from its brief aging in barrels, it has a full, smokey flavor, one to be savored and not gulped. The only thing that burns about the 1800 Reposado is a burning desire to have it again.
You can see my reaction to the tequila in a taste test I did on the PubClub Facebook page; the video below is the video on YouTube.
It uses 8- to 12-year-old 100% Weber blue agave and spends no less than six months in matured American and French oak barrels (the term resposado means aged between two months and a year in oak barrels).
One cocktail you can make with it is the Chavez Dragger and here is the recipe:
• 2 ounces 1800 Reposado
• 3/4 ounce of lime juice
• 1/2 ounce of honey
• 2 raspberrys
Combine ingredients in a tall glass or shaker. Shake for 10 seconds and remove the ice. Shake very hard for 15 seconds. Strain while pouring into a glass to serve.
Of course, it is also very smooth on its own sipping or in a glass with a cube of ice. I made an excellent blended margarita with it and am anxious to get it into the hands of PubClub.com bartender Gabi so she can make an on-the-rocks version.
It sells for only about $25 a bottle, which makes it one of the best deals of any tequila on the market. The Reposado is one of several 1800 products, including a pre-made margarita in a bottle.
All of this is available on the 1800 website at: www.1800tequila.com.