Here’s a highlands brand that has quite a large distribution area (many States) but doesn’t get a whole lot of attention. In this episode we rectify that situation; Presenting Baluarte tequila!
Your TEQUILA WHISPERER delves deep into the heart of darkness as he spelunks the black-glass bottles looking for flavor treasure. Come along, and bring your fedora!
AGAVE SOURCE: HIGHLANDS
GENERAL TASTING NOTES:
Like a shining shard of black onyx found on the Jaliscan desert floor, Baluarte tequila delivers a bright tingle of pure highlands spice with major agave and some spiky heat.
Th’ Lip singled out the reposado as a great “social tequila”. This age will be great for bringing to parties and conversing with a special someone in the kitchen or on the couch(!) It’s got a wonderful black pepper note which floats above the “smiling wood” bottom end while maintaining the heat and spice of the blanco. This is one easy drinking repo with a great balance of close-flavors. You’ll be drinking half the bottle before you realize how much is gone!
The blanco strips the wood away and leaves the palate in a brighter, sharper, grip of highlands sweet spice and heat. Look for a really long-lasting finish and a wonderful mouthfeel that is at once light and fiery. While BOTH ages were completely pleasing and made your TEQUILA WHISPERER smile wide, it was the blanco which slightly edged out the repo which after a bit of sustained sipping seemed just a hair flaccid compared to the blanco. Where oh where will the (forthcoming) anejo take us? Watch this space and see!
FLAVOR Profiles for BALUARTE blanco (out of a possible 4 points)