(PRWEB) March 23, 2004
Casa Noble Crystal (Blanco) was selected by Travel + Leisure Golf (March 2004) in their taster's guide to the best premium bottling, written by Scott Mowbray.
ÂTequila shares with calvados this virtue: concentrated expression of one ingredient (apples in the case of calvados, agave in tequila). The difference, of course, is that the agave flavor is not a common kitchen and fruit bowl taste; it's far less familiar. The elaborate manufacture of tequila involves the hacking up of big, mature plants; the steam-cooking or baking of same for many hours or even days; crushing (traditionally with a stone wheel, now often with a mechanical shredder) to produce a juice or juice-pulp mixture; and then fermentation and distillation. If the tequila is to be a white (blanco) version, it is immediately or soon bottled; if it is to be a reposado, it reposes in oak barrels for two months to a year; if an aÃ±ejo, the wood slumber lasts a year or longer, to infuse the drink with sweet barrel flavors. Unlike wine or scotch, many tequilas stop improving after four years of aging. This isn't a complicated drink, all mythology aside: agave and wood, or just agave.Â
ÂWhen last I tasted a raft of expensive tequilas, I reported an obsession with the clear blancos. I had fallen in love with the agave essence, the white-pepper and straw-grass flavors that sit on top of potent alcohol fire with none of the smoothing, rounding or mediating of wood.Â
Tasting Notes: Premium Tequila
ÂThese are the standouts from a recent tasting of more than a dozen 100 percent agave tequilas. There is an excellent selection and guide to tequilas at internet wines.com. Click on "spirits" and then on "tequila." The site ships to legal states.Â
ÂBLANCOS: These are the clear, pure expressions of the agave.Â
ÂCasa Noble Crystal: Intriguing nose of peppery agave plus a dash of lemon and gunpowder (hey, that's what my notes say). In any case, a big, powerful, rounded tequila in the mouth, very well-balanced. A blockbuster.Â
About Casa Noble Crystal
The best "silver" tequila - it has no rival. Many purists believe that tequila is best when it is NOT aged. We feel it is just a matter of taste. But for those who want the best "silver" we created Casa Noble Crystal. We call it Crystal because we believe it is superior to all silver tequilas. It's in a class by itself. Contained in a beautiful hand blown glass decanter, adorned with an exquisite metal engraved label, Casa Noble Crystal has absolutely no rival in this category, and it lets you appreciate the exceptional pureness and glow of this unique tequila.