Special thanks to Ingrid Rosa, Brown-Forman, and Tequila Herradura for the invitation.
Recently I had the pleasure of being invited to a dinner and tasting event for Herradura. Tequila Herradura is a brand of tequila produced in Amatitán which is a municipality of Jalisco Mexico. Home to both the El Jimador and Herradura brands, Amatitán is known for its rich heritage of tequila. Its distillery, Grupo Industrial Herradura, was originally founded in 1870 by Félix López. Several generations of the family owned the company until 2007, which saw it scooped up by the US beverage giant Brown-Forman. You may know Brown-Forman best as being the owner of the Tennessee whiskey giant, Jack Daniel’s.
During the course of the night, we were treated to three selections chosen by international brand ambassador, Ruben Aceves (pictured in the slideshow). Beginning the night paired to the appetizer portion of the dinner was Herradura Silver. A bright tequila, with notes of grapefruit, herbs, spices, agave, and a sweetness akin to fresh fruit, it paired well with the white meat of the dish. Next up was the Herradura Reposado. Aged for roughly 11 months in ex-bourbon barrels, the reposado had notes of sweet agave, smoky oak, vanilla, popcorn, orange, bourbon, and honey. It paired excellently with the red/white meat combination of the main course.
The grand finale came in the form of the Reserva 2014 Scotch Cask Reposado paired to a chocolate cake dessert. Although the cake was skipped, the tequila was all the dessert needed. The nose was filled with aromas of caramel, toffee, citrus fruits, scotch, honey, and cacao. The sip gave way to hints of fatty smoked pork, whisky, peat, earth, malt, vanilla, and the requisite agave sweetness on the finish. Ruben explained to the guests of the tasting that this tequila, although classified as a reposado due to legal definitions set forth by the Mexican government, could technically be considered an añejo due to the fact that it spends an additional 7 months in the Highland Whisky and Islay Whisky casks.
Whatever the legal classification, this tequila is good. Really good. It is also truly a testament to Herradura’s continued innovation in the industry. Pick up a bottle at your local area Spec’s Wine Spirits and Finer Foods for around $100.
Rating: 5 out of 5