PUSHES THE EDGE IN TEQUILA
By Michael Hepworth
If the design of the Tequila bottle was a major
factor in winning gold medals at Tequila events, then Asombroso would be
one of the top contenders every time. Luckily the tequila itself is very
worthy, and for the second year in a row, the judges from the 2008 San
Francisco World Spirits Competition have singled out Asombroso. The 11
year old Anejo this year won the “Top Tequila” award, and the Rick
Gamarra created brand has had the experts enthused.
Naturally the celebrities were quick to jump on the Asombroso
bandwagon, with the likes of P.Diddy, Sugar Ray and Paris Hilton all
cavorting at Hollywood insider parties, and the trendy drink has also made
appearances in the movie “Mr. and Mrs. Smith,. and trendsetting HBO show Entourage.
is perfect for the Margarita, and the peppery flavor has hints of fennel,
licorice, anise and dried herbs. The
LaRosa Reposado, a resplendent tequila
that I liked a lot with its red rosy appearance, is aged for three
months in French Oak Barrels once used for
wine, a truly innovative process that gives the drink a wonderful
fragrance. It is best served chilled in a snifter or in a martini. A
lovely smooth vanilla finish makes this Reposado a must purchase. There is
also LaRosa11 version, the numbers indicating the number of months left
aging in the former wine barrels.
Anejo has been aged for five years in French Oak Casks, and experts
have associated this work of art with an aged
. It is best served at or below room temperature in a snifter, and if you
are a little surprised by the rather sweet honey like smell of this
tequila, it is something you will come to like, rather a lot.
The creative design of the bottle really sets this brand apart, and
although it is hard to find on the shelves, this is most certainly a
tequila to track down and break out at the next party or tasting you are