Sure, the Rugby World Cup is synonymous with Saffers’ favourite 3 B’s; Bok Friday, beers and brandy. But this tequila cocktail is simple enough that you’re going to want to sip on it while you’re coaching the game from your couch. Trust us on this one.
4 Tequilas To Invest In
When it seems as if every celeb from the Rock to George Clooney has a tequila brand, you have to wonder if there’s more to the agave-based spirit than shots. Here are the best bottles you might not have tried… yet.
Clase Azul Reposado Tequila
Aged for eight months in American whiskey casks, this exceptionally smooth tequila is recognised worldwide as one of the best reposados. It pours the colour of a golden sunrise, is easy going down and carries unique hazelnut and vanilla flavours meaning it’s as effortless to pair with food as a glass of pinot is (we recommend whipping up a pork shoulder or ribs to snack on during the games).
Maestro Dobel DiaMante
Maestro Dobel says this is their hero product, this from a brand who includes a turkey breast in the distillation process of one of their other tequilas. So you know this is quite something. It has a complex mix of sweet flavours; caramel, honey and maple and is rounded out with a slight hint of smokiness. It’s a smooth-drinking tequila with a long finish which will leave you wanting more.
Aged longer than industry standard for 11 months, Reposado has a rich amber colour with notes of cooked agave, vanilla and butter. This additional time spent resting in charred American White Oak creates a smooth, sweet finish with a slight taste of spice. It’s true what they say; good things do take time.
Most Saffers’ first taste of tequila is Olmeca, and it’s a first choice for good reason. But this Añejo ups the ante a bit as it’s aged for at least thirteen months in small ex-bourbon casks. This process gives it a smooth, woody taste and a slightly sweet flavour. It’s currently out of stock but we’re hoping it’s back soon.
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3 Tequila Myths, Busted
Dr. Puja Uppal, debunks a few popular myths.
1. It isn’t really diabetic friendly.
The Truth: Fermentation and distillation negate any effect. No tequila (and no alcohol) is great for diabetics.
2. Its agave sugars don’t make it lower-calorie.
The Truth: Tequila contains no more or no fewer calories than a shot of any other spirit, agave sugars or not.
3. And it can definitely give you a hangover.
The Truth: There’s no magic shot. If you drink enough of any alcohol, you’ll feel it the next day.
Herradura Horseshoe Margarita
- 2 parts Herradura Reposado Tequila
- 1 part Freshly squeezed lime juice
- 15-23 ml Agave nectar (to taste)
- Combine all ingredients and shake with ice to chill.
- Strain over fresh ice and garnish with a half-salt rim and lime.
Words By Susannah Skiver Barton & Kelleigh Korevaar