I think I am going to be the first to admit the fact that I have never been a huge fan of tequila. This could quite possibly be due to the fact that I had too many warm shots of bad tequila at a younger age (Notice I am not divulging what stage of my life this was!!)
Every year in February my father-in-law, Don Zacharia, brings his entire family away for a family reunion of sorts. These trips are full of lots of fun and laughter and a FULL dose of family. Two years ago we went to Riviera Maya in Mexico, and on our final night of the trip we wanted to raise a glass to celebrate a successful week together without any mishaps. The local wine list was handed to me and Don told me to pick out “something good” that we could purchase.
Nothing against the local Mexican wines…I made the executive decision that better for the 10 of us to do a shot of the best tequila they had (I knew based on where I was this would be a much smarter decision)
I called the waitress over and inquired on what was the BEST tequila they had to offer. She brought 2 bottles over proclaiming each to be great and I chose based on the “cool ceramic bottle” not being familiar with either she was recommending.
WOW was it good!!! Like aged cognac or smooth single malt scotch good. I was SO SORRY that I drank it down as quickly as I did as this did not require any salt or lemon as it was SOOOOOO smooth and delicious.
Ever since my return from the trip I have been on the lookout for this tequila…NO LUCK. Last year we hired a young woman (Violet Garcia) who came to us from the spirits side of the business and has a real affinity for premium tequilas. Not knowing the name of the tequila I put her on the task of hunting it down based purely on the look of the bottle and my description of the smoothness and approximate age.
VOILA!!! Two weeks ago she found it as it is just being imported into the U.S. market for the very first time.