Morning Shot: My Simple Review of 1800 Tequila
Three days into 2014, and we’re finally talking about Tequila! For me, that’s a touch too late, because of all the spirits available to us, from Bourbon to Gin to Vodka to homemade shine, there is no other spirit I enjoy quite like a straight-up shot of Tequila!
Don’t get me wrong here, I also enjoy and regularly extol the virtues of any number of whiskies, vodkas, etc., but I just personally enjoy the simple taste of tequila more than any other spirit. It was that love of a good tequila that led me, a few evenings ago on New Year’s eve, to order several shots of a brand I hadn’t tried before – 1800 Tequila. In a word, wow!
According to Wikipedia…
1800 Tequila is a brand of tequila owned by the Beckmann Family, who also own the Jose Cuervo brand. 1800 Tequila is a 100% blue agave tequila and bottled in Jalisco, Mexico. 1800 is named after the year aged Tequila was aged in oak casks. Originally named Cuervo 1800 Tequila, 1800 Tequila is sold throughout the world. In the United States, the brand is imported and distributed by Proximo Spirits based in Jersey City, New Jersey.
Again, according to Wikipedia, there are about eight varieties of this exquisite tequila, including
- 1800 Silver (aged in oak barrels for 15 days, and blended with a touch of aged reserves)
- 1800 Silver Select (100 proof, 100% agave tequila, aged in American Oak barrels for 15 days)
- 1800 Reposado (rested in American and French Oak barrels for 6 months)
- 1800 Anejo (aged in French Oak barrels for 3 years)
- 1800 Coleccion (annual release with specially designed pewter decanter, a blended tequila aged in charcoal French Oak barrels)
- 1800 Essential Artists (limited edition silver product featuring Artwork picked by the brand owners)
- 1800 Millenio (A one off run of 1800 Extra Anejo tequila produced for the new Millennium in 2000)
- 1800 Coconut (coconut flavored silver tequila)
On New Year’s Eve, the bar I was at didn’t have the famed Anejo brand (aged 3 years), but I was able to procure shots of the fabulous tasting Reposado variety, and it was delicious! I love tequila in general because the taste is not overpowering, not bitter, and not at all hard to swallow. Now that truth assumes that you are buying a quality brand of the spirit, not a mixtos variety made with about 51% agave with glucose and fructose sugars added, but the 100% agave variety.
I highly recommend 1800 Tequila, and encourage you to try it the next time you are at your favorite establishment that carries a better variety of spirits. Even if in the past you’ve not taken to tequila, perhaps it was because you were trying a lower quality, mixtos brand. Try the good stuff – try 1800 Tequila, and you’re attitude toward this wonderful spirit may likely change.