Tacos and tequila is one of my favorite events. San Lorenzo Park in Santa Cruz California was an excellent location choice. The weather was perfect and the crowd was friendly and festive. The event was festival style with multiple choices of tacos venders, margarita bars, merchants, bands and of course tequila tasting. I did notice that there were not as many tequila reps this year as there were last year but, the ones that were there this year were great.
I had a chance to hang out and talk to Drew Garrison from Dulce Vida, about tequila. We had a great conversation and I learned that Dulce Vida allows their tequila to go through malolactic fermentation. Their tequila is 100% Puro Agave, one of the highest rating given by the Mexican Government. They have a blanco that is done in stainless steel and they also have infused tequilas. Their agave if from Arandas, Jalisco Mexico. I found the Organic Blanco to be lite to medium agave flavor, easy over the tongue. It could be drank with just a cube of ice. According to Drew, it is available at Bevmo and Total Wines. Price range is $22 to $24.
I had the pleasure of meeting Cesar Garcia from Real de Jalpa. He is the Rep for Don Antonio Aguilar Mezcal. If you are one of those people that turns their nose up when you hear the word Mezcal, I guarantee Don Antonio Aguilar Mezcal with change your mind. It is a Mezcal with a lot of the same qualities as tequila. Real de Jalpa own their own fields in Zacatecas Mexico. They produce approximately 6,000 liter a day. Cesar brought for Reposados with him. They ranged in age from 4 months to 11 months. For Mezcal, they were not smokey. I found them to be earthy with good agave flavors. The older reposados had more oak notes and easy finish. Price range from $30 to $60.
Blue Iguana Tequila was the surprise find. It is double distilled from agave from the Highlands of Jalisco. They were pouring a 2 months, 4 months, 7 months, 11 months and an 18 month tequila. The 7, 11, and 18 month olds were aged in whiskey barrels. I found the tequila to be very neat and clean. Good agave flavor with a short smooth finish. Well balanced oak notes from the whiskey barrels. According to the Rep, it can be found at Raley’s for $28 to $35.
Another surprise find was Azuñia. 100% Puro de Agave from the Valley of Jalisco. Azuñia is hand harvested and roasted in traditional clay hornos. The blanco and reposado good agave flavors that were not overpowering. An earthiness that was complemented by lite oak notes.
We had a Fantastetic time. Made some new friends, ate some tasty taco and tasted some excellent tequilas. I am looking forward to the next event. Where ever that may be.
Ciao for now