To celebrate by birthday my wife asked me what I would like to do. My tequila cabinet was getting low so, I suggested we go to Puerto Vallarta. Jalisco Mexico is the capitol of tequila country. Puerto Vallarta is one of my favorite places to relax and enjoy the best of Mexico. So, we got the band together and headed South. We checked into the Grand Lux in Nuevo Vallarta. The Grand Lux is located 20 Min North of Puerto Vallarta in Nayarit. There are three other resorts, that you have access to, on the property. The Grand Mayan, Mayan Palace and The Grand Blis. Puerto Vallarta has all the regular tourist attraction; parasailing, scuba diving, zip lines, ATV etc… Nuevo Vallarta has long sand beaches and the water is in the 80’s this time of year.
One of our favorite spots to visit is a little surf town 1 hour North called Sayulita. Sayulita is located on the North side of Punta Mita. Sayulita has a lot of old world charm with its cobblestone roads and traditional style building. The beaches are beautiful and the surfing is usually pretty good. On this occasion, Doc was less than please with the waves. I thought they were the perfect size for someone like me who wants to learn. The town square is the center of activity. It is surrounded by restaurants, bars and boutique shops. The prices for food and alcohol are tailored towards the locals. After a relaxing afternoon on the beach, we headed to Leyva Family distillery. Makers of fine tequila.
We were walked through the tequila making process and at the end, we were treated to a tasting. Some of the main things I learned was. There are over 600 varieties of agave. Over 400 of them are blue(Azul). The first distillation of tequila is called blanco. Tequila put in an oak barrel for up to 11 months is called Resposado. Tequila put into an oak barrel for up to 4 years is called Anejo. Like wine, there are blends and single varietals. Mexico grades the quality of tequila. So, 100% de agave could be a blend of agave and sugar cane. 100% de agave Azul could be the single varietal and better still, 100% puro de agave is tequila without any other additive such as cane sugar. Remember this and it will ensure you are getting the best quality tequila.
Tequila tasting is also similar to wine tasting. Enjoy the color and clarity, inhale the bouquet, take a sip and let is roll over you tongue. After you swallow, exhale and appreciate the smoothness.
I am always interested in a good tequila. If you come across one I would love to hear about it.