Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Tasting Tequila

For my birthday, my parents took Brandon and I to a tequila tasting at No Mas! Cantina. The place is eclectic and colorful and most items, furniture, lighting, etc that adorn the restaurant are for sale. They do these tequila tastings on the weekends and you can check out their website for dates and availability.

Brandon and I at the bar waiting for our tasting to begin.

We tasted 7 different tequilas and each one was paired with a different course. We learned so much about tequila which I have never known much about before. We learned the differences between Blanco (unaged) , Reposado (aged 3 months to 1 year), and Anejo (aged 1 to 3 years) tequilas. We learned the difference between mixing tequilas and sipping tequilas and drinking tequilas.

We started with Chips and Salsa and Queso and the No Mas! Classic Margarita which used Jose Cuervo Tradicional Silver Tequila.

The pairings were delicious. This butternut squash soup was delicious with the second tequila we tried which was Don Julio Blanco, an unaged tequila.

We then enjoyed Mole Chicken Skewers with Don Julio Reposado which was aged 8 months.

The Don Julio Anejo which was aged 18 months was paired with Carne Asada and Blue Cheese Tacos.

We finished with Chocolate Truffles and Jose Cuervo Reserva De La Familia tequila and Don Julio 70th Anniversary tequila. We all agreed the best tequila of the night was by far the Jose Cuervo Reserva De La Familia.

They gave us SWAG bags for the road with extra truffles, shot glasses, cocktail stirrers, etc. It was such a fun afternoon and we learned so much. I highly recommend it.

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