Tequila Tasting at Del Rey

Del Rey, in the Belltown neighborhood of Seattle, hosted a complimentary tequila tasting on 10/14/09. We found out about the event via Twitter and was lucky enough to RSVP to TwtVite before all of the slots were filled.  Tequila is not usually my first choices when ordering a cocktail.  This is due to unfortunate tequila experiences in days gone by.  I am sure I am not the only one who shys away from the distilled agave plant for this reason.  Thus, my motivation for attending was to have the unfortunate experiences replaced with a pleasant, informative one.  I was not disappointed.

Tequila Flight at Del Ray

Tequila Flight at Del Ray

The tasting was presented by a rep from the Patron Spirits Company.  The rep was a “sommelier” of tequila, very knowledgeable and able to explain to the uninitiated what to expect and how to evaluate tequila.  The tequila flight consisted of five small, different pours in a specific order. Patron Silver was the first up followed by Patron Reposado, Patron Anejo, Gran Patron, and finally, Patron XO Cafe.

Agave Aromas

Using Patron Silver, the rep showed us a trick to learn the aroma of agave.  Place the palm of your hand over the top of the glass and shake splashing some tequila onto your palm.  Rub the palms of your hand together quickly to create heat to evaporate the alcohol and the liquid.  Cup your hands around your nose and breathe.  The aroma left behind is agave.  From that point it was easier for me to identify the very, very subtle aromas in the different tequilas.  The systematic evaluation technique I knew for wine, I now used with tequila.

Tequila Flight

Patron Silver and the Gran Patron are the clear tequilas with the Gran Patron triple distilled making it smoother than the Silver.  Both were definitely not the stuff of my days gone by.  The other three were pale gold to almost black in color.  The Patron Reposado is aged in bourbon barrels.  The Patron Anejo is aged in bourbon barrels and then further aged in oak barrels much like wine.  This aging builds in color and aromatic complexity that I find interesting.  The taste is also more intriguing.  The last pour, Patron XO Cafe, was a coffee liqueur.  A spirits rep must be very sure of a coffee liqueur to include it in the lineup for Seattle folks.   Turns out he did not need to worry.  The XO Cafe was delicious and not overly sweet.  The coffee flavor was very true to espresso.

The tequila tasting provided me what I desired – an informative and educational experience with different tequilas and a replacement for the tequila experiences of days gone by.  The Patron Cafe XO would be a fine as an after dinner sipper with friends.

If you would like to sample some of the high end tequilas available at Del Rey, check out this raffle for a $50 dollar gift certificate!

5 Responses to “Tequila Tasting at Del Rey”

  1. Posts about Digg as of October 21, 2009 » The Daily Parr says:

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  2. Bean says:

    Coffee Tequila? Not good news for someone like me that avoids coffee at all costs!
    The Patron Reposado sounds really intriguing. I love beer aged in bourbon barrels but I am having a hard time imagining it with tequila. I think of tequila being almost harsh with often more than just a bit of a bite.

    • Vivian says:

      With the Cafe XO it is all about the coffee and for my palette had none of the bite of tequila. It was amazingly scrumptious.

  3. You don’t find too many posts like this one, so thanks for sharing. I’m glad I stopped by!

  4. […] This post was mentioned on Twitter by Wine Beer Washington, Ed Amato. Ed Amato said: Hey @delreyseattle, did you see Vivian's post on your tequila tasting last week? I can't wait to try some! […]

  5. Bean says:

    Ed and I decided to give Del Rey a try last week. I had been hearing raves about the Jalapeno Cucumber margarita. Those people were right, we loved the spicy jalapeno tempered by the cool and frosty cucumber. Refreshing and savory!

  6. Ed says:

    Hey, as Bean said we went to Del Rey earlier this month and I loved it. GREAT service and the bartender turned me on to the most wonderful sipping tequila: Hussong. It comes in a bottle that resembles a moonshine whiskey bottle. The bartender also said it was his favorite. I am going to try and find a bottle for my private stash and will post more if successful in locating it.

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