It’s a cold and blustery winter, and hot on the heels of a whole lot of whiskey, I think it’s time to jump into what has become my favorite way to keep warm during these chilly days — shots of tequila!
I picked up a bottle of Espolón Tequila Blanco not too long ago and it quickly took the top spot away from Sauza Blue as my favorite shooting tequila. There’s just something about the smoothness and the way the drink goes down that I’ve been unable to reproduce in other similarly-priced tequilas.
Espolón is made in the San Nicolas Distillery in Arandas, Jalisco, Mexico. The tequila, which comes in both a blanco, as well as a reposado variety, is born from 100% pure blue agave — a sure sign of a tequila that won’t disappoint. The blanco is, of course, clear as the purest water and, when poured into a Svalka Snaps Glass, is absolutely breathtaking. Adorned in a stout bottle with artwork resembling the artistic portrayal of Danse Macabre, it’s a tequila with both beauty and personality.
Espolón Blanco has a very heavy agave scent to it, along with hints of spice and floral notes. The taste is that of rich agave, peppery, with a medium body, and a smooth finish that doesn’t wear out its welcome. A versatile spirit, Espolón lends itself well not only to shooting (warm or chilled), but also sipping (either neat, or with a squeeze of lime). Perhaps my favorite way to enjoy Espolón is as a chilled shot, with a pinch of salt and a lime to finish it up. Many people use the lime to hide the taste of low-grade tequila, but I use it to enhance the flavor of what is damn near a perfect one.
While Espolón isn’t in huge circulation, it’s available in larger liquor stores throughout the United States. For under 20 dollars, you really have no excuse not to pick this up.