Friday, November 18, 2016 Features Soltado Spicy Añejo Tequila

imageWe love featuring the latest spirits to hit the market, and as we feature more and more unique beverages, I find myself being consistently drawn to some of the new and interesting Tequila releases.  With that in mind, we decided to feature a new and unique tequila called Soltado Spicy Añejo Tequila.

Soltado is not only an aged tequila, but it is also the first infused tequila we’ve sampled…and as it turns out, Soltado Spicy Añejo Tequila is actually the first aged and infused tequila to hit the U.S. market.  This tequila is made using 100% blue Weber agave, it is then aged for 28 months (

6-months shy of

an extra Añejo)

in American white oak, and after the aging is complete, Soltado Spicy Añejo Tequila is infused with local organic Serrano chilies and Mexican canela (cinnamon).
Soltado Spicy Añejo Tequila gets it’s agave from 80 local agave farmers in the Juanacatlan region that are part of a co-op that makes the tequila.  Because Soltado Spicy Añejo Tequila is all-natural, I’m told that each batch actually has subtle variations due to the changes in the hand-selected ingredients and NO sugar or coloring is added.
As always, we decided to sample Soltado Spicy Añejo Tequila straight up.  The tequila pours a deep amber color with really inviting roasty/peppery aromas.  The first seep greets you with some spicy cinnamon richness followed by the roasty almost smoky serrano pepper heat.  Soltado Spicy Añejo Tequila carries enough natural sweetness that you get some additional caramel notes, but the heat of the peppers quickly builds and dominates.  After a few sips we did start to find more sweetness and cinnamon flavors toward the end, but the aggressive heat still remains (in a good way).  Overall this is a really smooth and pleasant tequila with a very unique combination of flavors.
Next up we decided to make a cocktail with Soltado Spicy Añejo Tequila, and we quickly locked in on the Soltado Spicy Blood Mary.  This classic cocktail uses Soltado Spicy Añejo Tequila with tomato juice, lemon, horseradish, celery salt, black pepper hot sauce and Worcestershire.  We decided to drop out the hot sauce to allow the tequila’s natural heat shine a bit more.  We really enjoyed what Soltado Spicy Añejo Tequila brought to the mix, so much so that we decided to make and enjoy another Soltado Spicy Blood Mary.  Try this cocktail!

imageSoltado Spicy Añejo Tequila is a 4-time Gold award winner including a Double Gold Best Flavored Tequila Of The Year as well as a 97-point rating.  It is available in 750ml bottles for a retail price of about $40, so this is great value for such a nicely aged tequila.  Try Soltado Spicy Añejo Tequila for yourself and be sure to try the Soltado Spicy Blood Mary too (you’ll thank me later).


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