Food & Drink Saturday, May 5th

Your Cinco de Mayo guide to drinking (good) tequila - and where to buy it in Hereford

Food & Drink Saturday, May 5th

Your Cinco de Mayo guide to drinking (good) tequila - and where to buy it in Hereford

Tequila is to Cinco De Mayo, what Guinness is for Paddy’s Day.

And while the May 5th Mexican holiday – colloquially known as Drink-o De Mayo in the States – has only just started to catch on over here, you can bet your last peso that, give it a few years, and like Halloween and Black Friday it will be everywhere.

It’s a holiday that essentially revolves around boxing, tacos and tequila, and, us Brits need very little persuasion to get on the booze.

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That said, we’re not exactly blessed with a wealth of mariachi bands and tequila dens in Herefordshire, so if you’re going embrace Cinco De Mayo you might be better off starting at home.

Now unfortunately tequila in Herefordshire is too often associated with warm fluorescent shot glasses and Cuervo-flavoured gag reflex.

Don’t let this put you off.

From margaritas to reposados aged in whiskey barrels, the much-maligned cactus juice is the perfect sunshine sip – you’ve just go to know what to order. So we got in touch with Saxty’s wines - whose (not so) Secret Bottle Shop on Widemarsh St carries a range of tequilas and mezcal’s that’d keep Salma Hayek happy – and they gave us some tips on what to be drinking this Cinco.

As for the other two elements, you’ve got the Fury/Bellew fight being shown both inside and out in the beer garden at Yates’, and Ted’s Taco truck is parking up at the Left Bank if you fancy some some grilled meat, home-made tortillas, and salsa so fresh it’ll slap you around the face.

 

ONE TO TRY IF ALL YOU’VE EVER DRUNK IS CUERVO OUT OF PLASTIC SHOT GLASSES

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 Casa Noble Anejo Tequila, 40%

Organic blue agave, grown in the hills around Jalisco, Mexico, is gently pressed in a screw mill to come up with super-smooth tequila.

Saxty’s say:“It’s best served neat so perfect to replace shots of Cuervo with. It’s distilled three times so it’s extra smooth and distilled in French oak for 2 years to develop complexity. You’re going to taste oak, vanilla, almond, melon and honey.”

More here.

ONE THAT'S SMOOTHER THAN GEORGE CLOONEY IN A COFFEE AD

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Casamigos Blanco Tequila, 40%

A fresh blanco with a  cool bottle that rests for two months after being distilled – and is part-owned by a certain Hollywood superstar.

Saxty’s say: "This one is designed for sipping – it’s crisp and clean and has a long, smooth finish with citrus, vanilla and sweet agave notes. Casamigos was founded by George Clooney in 2013.”

More here.

ONE THAT'LL GIVE A LITTLE JUICE TO THE MARGARITAS AT YOUR BBQ

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Agavero Orange Tequila Liqueur, 32%

Still using master distiller Lazaro Gallardo’s recipe for 1857, this is perfect to add a little citrus flavour to your margaritas (tequila, lime juice, Cointreau, salt) this afternoon.

Saxty’s say: “Agavero is made from a blend of Agave nectar, tequila and natural orange essence.”

More here.

THE ONE TO REACH FOR AFTER DINNER

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Patron XO Café Tequila Incendio, 30%

This is a serious drink. You might have had XO before – it’s Patron’s rich, dark coffee liquor – but this kicks it up a notch with infusions of chillies and a rare, local origin chocolate bean.

Saxty’s say: “This one’s smooth and fiery. It combines the spicy, distinctive flavour of Mexican arbol chili with the rich, decadent essence of Criollo chocolate.

“It’s perfect as a shot or over ice, but it can also be enjoyed in cocktails or desserts.”

More here.

ONE THAT THE COOL KIDS ARE DRINKING

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1. Creyente Mezcal, 40%

Not to go all Zoolander, but Mezcal is so hot right row. In the same way that Champagne is only made in the Champagne region of France, tequila is only tequila if it’s made from blue agave – which are grown in one specific region of Mexico. Mezcal  on the other hand can be made from 30 different types of agave, and uses a process that give the final product a deep, smoky taste.

This makes it a really interesting sip – but also, mega useful for adding some punch to cocktails.

Saxty’s say: “Creyente is made with a blend of two top-notch Mezcals from Tlacolula and Yautepec, both of which are in Oaxaca – as mezcal can be made from many types of agave, some of which only grow wild.

“Creyente believe in expanding the boundaries of possibility, with real imagination and dedication to their craft. They combine distinct agaves, regions and traits to create extraordinary mezcal.”

More here.

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2. KAH Tequila Blanco, 40%

As you can probably tell from the bottle,  this is KAH’s Day Of the Dead tequila – which given that it’s a celebration of death and rebirth, carries a certain sense of irony for anyone who’s encountered a severe tequila hangover before.

The bottle is a show-stopper though, and KAH went to great lengths to have them designed and made so beautifully that you wouldn’t throw them away when you’re finished.

Saxty’s say: “The bottle is actually a hand painted skull design, inspired by Mexico’s day of the dead. What’s inside is a smooth sipping tequila, which has intense, sweet notes followed by peppery finish.”

More here.

ONE THAT WAS WORTH THE WAIT

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Patron Reposado, 40%

One of the more iconic bottles you’ll see on the bar, the Reposado is the big brother of Patron silver – a little older, a little wiser – but it uses the same rare blue agave only found high in the mountains around Jalisco where the soil conditions and climate are perfect for tequila-making.

Saxty’s say: “This is the one for tequila drinkers looking to make a change. It’s aged in oak barrels, but it’s still clear and bright and has hints of amber. Flavour-wise, think honey, citrus, vanilla, floral.”

More here.

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To find out more, pop in to the Secret Bottle Shop on Widemarsh Street - or visit their website here.

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