It’s the (Mayan) End of the World as we know it, and your TEQUILA WHISPERER is feeling fine because he’s got a Man-Cave loaded with fabulous tequilas and some of the best BEEF JERKY in the USA!
Join Lippy as he tastes his way through all 6(!) bottles of the Luna Nueva brand, and manages to sort through 6 different Jerky brands to pair with them. It’s a Tequila/Jerky-off, and YOU are there!
BRAND: LUNA NUEVA
AGAVE SOURCE: Lowlands & Highlands, French Oak barrel aging
BRAND: LUNA NUEVA 2012
AGAVE SOURCE: Lowlands & Highlands, Bourboned White Oak aging
GENERAL TASTING NOTES:
In this episode we learned that Luna Nueva has two completely different brand variants: the basic “clear-bottled” Luna Nueva brand (NOM 1558), and the frosted-bottled, Luna Nueva 2012 edition (NOM 1107). The “clear” juice is formulated specifically for an “introductory” palate, and it lives up to that mission statement quite well. Your Tequila Whisperer found the blanco to be well-integrated in its flavors of citrus (with a pleasing side-note of thyme) and cooked agave. The repo and anejo brought forth a kind of “cotton candy” sweetness to the flavor profile that ultimately turned him off. Newer devotees to tequila may enjoy this addition of sweetness, so don’t walk from this brand so fast. It could make you many friends at a Holiday party of tequila newbies.
LUNA NUEVA 2012 Reposado (though ALL the ages of this variant are completely worthy and affordable)
RECOMMENDED BUY: Jeff’s Famous Beef Jerky