Tequila is an agave based spirit made primarily in the area surrounding tequila, about 30 miles northwest of Guadalajara and in the highlands of the western Mexican state of Jalisco. The Volcanic soil in the region is well suited to the growing of the cactus like blue agave which is the only genus of the agave plant used to make tequila. Over 300 million of the plants are harvested there annually.
Tequila was first produced in the 16th century by the Spanish conquistadors. When they ran out of their own brandy they began to distill this agave drink to produce North Americas first indigenous distilled spirit.
Tequila is bottled in one of five categories:
- -Blanco (white) or Plata (silver) : white spirit, un-aged and bottled or stored immediately after distillation.
- -oro (gold): un-aged “Blanco” tequila blended with caramel coloring to resemble an aged tequila
- -Reposado (rested): aged a minimum of 2 months but less than a year in oak barrels
- -Anejo (aged): aged a minimum of one year but less than three in oak barrels
- -Extra anejo (extra aged) this category was recently established in 2006. Refers to tequila aged a minimum of three years in oak barrels
- 6.5 Don Eduardo silver: Straightforward and clean agave taste. Crisp but not sharp on the palate .
- 7.0 Corazon blanco: Hints of white pepper and cardamom. Heavy agave finish.
- 6.0Herradura Plata: Spends forty days on wood. Clean agave flavor with spicy undertones.
- 7.0Milagro Silver: Heavy agave aroma. Hints of citrus and anis are present.
- 6.0 Hacienda de Chihuahua: Sotol: Intense agave flavor. No fooling here.
- 6.0Tres Generacions Plata: Hot edged and spicy. Sharp agave with a quick finish.
- 7.0Patron Silver: Dry and spicy beginning with a strong agave and pepper presence. Slight hint of tobacco in the finish.
- 24.0Patron Platinum: Clear and full bodied with a mild and sweet agave nose. This tequila is Triple distilled to provide an initial full agave taste with hints of orange. The finish is smooth Minty agave flavoring.
- 5.0Herencia de Plata blanco: Sweet smoky and herbaceous with a black pepper snap to finish.
- 8.0 Cabo Wabo blanco: Very sharp and spicy. Heavy agave flavor. Sharp dry finish.
- 6.0 Oro Azul blanco: Clean agave presence with a crisp finish
- 7.5 Don Alvaro: sharp Agave and earthy flavorings with a heavy bite at the finish
- 7.5 Corallejo Blanco: Sharp agave start with slight hints of vanilla. Quick dry finish.
- 6.0 Gran Centenario blanco: Excellent agave flavoring with a slight hint of honey.
- 5.0 El Jimador silver: Potent agave punch.
- 7.5 Chinaco Blanco: Moderate amount of white pepper, citrus, and chamomile. Smokey, heavy agave finish
- 7.0 Casa Noble Blanco: Finishes with a long fade spicy heat and sweet agave fruit.
- 8.0 Corzo silver: Crisp and clean start to finish.
- 6.0 Cazadores Plata: Medium bodied with plenty of agave.
- 6.0 Partida Silver: Strong aromas of agave and pepper sharp finish .
- 7.0 Espolon silver: Sharp heavy start with a almost sweet finish
- 8.0 El Tesoro Blanco: A heavy agave presence with undertones of sweetness. Quick finish.
- 7.0 Don Julio Blanco: Yeasty aroma and slightly floral. Hints of pepper with a medium finish.
- 6.5 1800 silver: Bitter beginning with a sweet after taste. Moderate earthy and floral hues to Finish
- 7.0 1800 silver 100 proof: double distilled. Velvety entry with a sweet citrus finish. The only 100 100 proof tequila on the market
- 6.5 1921: floral and grassy aromas with a mild cinnamon and spice beginning. Finishes with slight Hints of anise
- 7.0 Tequila Ocho: a very mild plata, quite smooth with a muted fruity agave flavor
- 6.5 Dos Lunas: a sweet, herbal lush tequila with a slightly peppery finish
- 8.0 Milagro Reposado: Aged in white oak to bring out its velvety flavors, Smooth, but still a strong agave presence.
- 7.5 Corazon reposado: it spends 11 months on wood. Sweet with a moderate agave finish.
- 6.5 Don Eduardo reposado: excellent sipping reposado with great balance of agave and herbs.
- 5.0 Hacienda de Chihuahua reposado: Potent agave just like the others from this house.
- 8.0 Don Julio reposado: Still maintaining a slight agave flavor but the oak and pepper come through strongly and a light caramel finish.
- 5.5 Sauza Hornitos: 60 days on wood- quite sharp– good agave all around- our best seller
- 6.5 Sauza Commemorativo: Fairly sharp reposado—heavy agave with an oakey finish.
- 5.0 El Mayor reposado: Nice blend of agave and earthy undertones.
- 6.5 Oro Azul reposado: Medium body with creamy caramel and ripe citrus flavors.
- 7.0 Herencia de Plata reposado: Spicy salty finish with some heat.
- 7.0 Tres Generacions reposado: Good agave flavor with moderate spice and oak flavor.
- 6.5 Herradura reposado: Moderate oak and agave flavoring with a dry and dusty finish.
- 6.0 El Jimador reposado: made by herradura and extremely popular with Mexican Nationals.
- 5.5 Jose Cuervo Traditional: Apple and citrus aromas with a toasty oak taste.
- 7.0 Cazadores reposado: Earthy agave aromas, anise flavor undertones and a medium finish the most consumed tequila in the Puerto Vallarta region of Mexico.
- 7.5 El Tesoro reposado: Sweet peppery agave with vanilla and spicy aromas. Medium finish to complex tequila.
- 6.5 Espolon reposado: From the highlands of Jalisco, very smooth and oaky.
- 6.5 Tres Rios reposado: slight hints of dill and pepper with a smooth oaky finish.
- 7.5 Chinaco reposado: dominating agave and pepper flavors built on layers of smokey and floral aromas.
- 7.0 Gran Centenario reposado: extra smooth- double distilled from 10 year agave plants creating a great balance of taste and smoothness.
- 6.5 Hussong reposado: slightly pale color for a reposado, strong initial bite & nutty undertones
- 8.0 Patron reposado: slightly sweet agave presence, short oaky finish.
- 10.0 Casa Noble reposado: smooth sensous and full bodied—ready to be taken
- 5.0 Partida reposado: oaky and peppery with a light finish.
- 6.0 Oro Azul reposado: initial bite which accompanies oak and pepper—finishing smooth.
- 10.0 Cabo Wabo reposado: slight hints of dill and oak to start with a fairly spicy finish.
- 6.0 Vuida de Romero reposado: Mexico’s second oldest tequila maker—this rep is a classic, mellow agave easy sipper.
- 8.0 Corallejo reposado: light grassy agave flavors—oaky and caramel aromas to finish.
- 9.0 Corzo reposado: smooth start and finish with earthy aromas.
- 7.5 Cesar Monterrey reposado: on the lighter side with moderate taste spectrums.
- 7.5 1800 reposado: the initial bite contains heavy agave flavors with a slightly spicy finish
- 7.5 1921: a sweet first bite with a long oaky, vanilla finish
- 6.75 Tequila Ocho: Sweet initial flavoring with accents of cinnamon and a very fruity finish
- 7.75 Dos Lunas: aged for 9 months. Contains hints of oak and caramel with a warm finish
- 8.0 Corazon anejo: silky smooth and earthy. Minimal agave presence- excellent sipper.
- 10.0 Don Eduardo anejo: mellow with light agave—hint of vanilla develops late, med body.
- 5.0 Hacienda de Chihuajua: agave throughout the palate—
- 9.0 Milagro anejo: silky smooth with almost no discernible agave. heavy earthy flavor.
- 11.0 Chinaco anejo: dark yellow in color with intense earthy flavors and it finishes with hints of butterscotch.
- 9.5 Don Alvaro: Buttery smooth with a slight bite and hints of Agave finish.
- 7.5 Conquistador anejo: weak and pleasant beginning with a peppery finish.
- 12.0 Herradura anejo: rave reviews for its balance and subtly Danielson.
- 9.0 Don Julio anejo: a heavy oak and pepper flavor with a warming start of caramel and oak in the long and warming finish.
- 19.0 Don Julio 1942: spicy medium body palate, buttered caramel apples and baked pineapple flavors—crushed flower petal finish—a great sipper.
- 7.0 El Jimador anejo: big flavorful tequila with waves of peppery heat.
- 7.5 El Tesoro anejo: very sweet and nutty- well masked agave till the long finish— unique texture in the mouth.
- 7.5 Espolon anejo: the heavy oak and caramel flavors lead to a smooth finish.
- 14.0 Casta weber azul: an excellent anejo—the oak and caramel flavors shine through without killing the agave flavor. A smooth and easy finish makes for superior sipping tequila.
- 6.5 Tres rios anejo: silky smooth with heavy oak and caramel flavors. Slight pepper finish.
- 6.5 Tres generaciones anejo: a three year aging process provides a heavy oak flavor—very smooth.
- 6.0 Herencia de plata anejo: vibrant with baking spice aromas.
- 8.0 Oro azul anejo: roasted tropical fruit flavors & white pepper.
- 6.0 Cesar montery anejo: smooth and oaky without much agave presence.
- 6.5 El mayor anejo: medium body and well balanced—earthy undertones
- 8.5 1921: Heavy taste of the oak cask followed by a vanilla finish with nice agave subtleties
- 12.0 Cabo wabo anejo: the five year aging process takes the edge off- yet still a little spicy. powerful dill and oak and a slight hint of vanilla to finish.
- 8.0 Patron anejo: peppery and floral aroma with agave and toasted oak highlights— warming.
- 8.5 Dos Lunas: aged for 18 months. Silky smooth with orange and caramel flavors.
- 8.5 1800 anejo: a nutty and somewhat spicy beginning finishes with a sweet but faint agave flavor.
- 13.0 Corallejo anejo: very nicely done—nicely balanced.
- 12.0 Milagro reserve anejo: Lighter and more delicate than some—complex though with agave and oak intertwined to create an excellent sipper.
- Milagro Romance: a uniquely inspired tequila—the three inner chambers of the bottle Represent the three years that the anejo contained therein is aged. The exterior chamber Contains a 10 month old reposado from which the anejo is a continuation of 17.0 Reposado 25.0 Anejo 21.0 1/2 reposado & 1/2 anejo floated together 14.0 Cazadores anejo: the reposado from this tequila maker is the most popular tequila in Jalisco where tequila is made and this anejo is made with care and is worthy of the name
- 42 Herradura selection suprema: aged for 49 months, this anejo has almost a syrupy texture to it
Intense blend of caramel and vanilla flavors make this the perfect after dinner sipping tequila
- 49.0 Don Julio Real: rich color—sweet creamy vanilla, melted butter & spice aromas—a dry yet fruity full bodied palate with tropical fruits, nuts and tasty rum and bourbon barrel notes long spicy caramelized nut finish—a tequila to be savored slowly
- 24.0 Gran Centenario Reserva: Aged in oak casks for over two years, this anejo is sure to be a Favorite. It is rich and amber in color and blends vanilla, cinnamon, clove and nutmeg into A fine sipping tequila.
- 19.0 El Tesoro Paradiso: the finest tequila from a house known for exquisite quality. This anejo is extremely worthy oak and agave merged in harmony with subtle overtures throughout
- 15.0 Cuervo reserva de la familia: strong vanilla—almost bourbon like smoothness. Vanilla, Caramel, and heavy oak flavoring.
- 16.0 Casa noble anejo: extremely smooth – lots of wood presence surrounded by burnt spice and vanilla
- 5.5 Monte Alban: very Smokey with overpowering flavors of smoke and wood
- 5.0 Dos Gusanos: “two worms” finish the bottle and enjoy the worms! Strong flavorsof Agave
Mezcals differ from tequilas in that they are not governed by the same rules as tequila. Mezcals are not required to be made from only the Blue Agave plant. Many mescals blend different agaves in the fermentation process. Mezcals are also produced in areas not defined as tequila regions—many mescals are produced in Oaxaca.
Del Maguey Mezcals
- 10 San Luis del Rio: Spicy, fruity & smoky nose with high note of citrus. Smooth & warming, clean finish.
- 10 Santa Catrina Minas: Distilled in clay with bamboo tubing. Nosefull of flower essence, vanilla and figs with a burnt honey flavor and a bit of lemon. Sweet to the finish.
- 10 Santo Domingo Albarrades: All transport in this region is by horse and burro, limiting production. Light nose with lots of citrus overtones. Roasted pear and lots of tropical fruit on the tongue. Spicy and woody, dry finish.
- 10 Crema de Mezcal: Said to be for women. Combination of Miel de Maguey and mescal San Luis del Rio. Nose of roast maguey, with vanilla and pear. A creamy sweet almond, apple, coffee, pineapple palate and a long sweet orange smoky finish.
- 34 Pechuga: Triple distilled, fruit and nut macerated and chicken infused. Pechuga (chicken breast), has a limited 460 bottle a year production. They start with mescal Minero – already double distilled. The third distillation is limited to year end because of the special ingredients involved – wild mountain apples and plums that ripen naturally in season – no substitutions. Other ingredients include red plantains, pineapples, almonds, white rice and its namesake chicken breast suspended by string in the atmosphere of the still for the 24 hour 3rd distillation. The breast is for balance so the fruit does not dominate the mescal.
All of the following mezcals are single villiage mezcals.
Agave House Barrique
- For two- 10
Ask your server for pricing on larger parties.
On May 5,2011 Agave filled our oak barrel with silver tequila. We have since been patiently enjoying the aging process. On August 5,2011 we first made it available to the public as a reposado. It continues through the aging process and will officially mature to an anejo on May 5,2012. We offer table size tasters so you can continue to sample it and appreciate the changes the aging process has on the flavor.