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Sierra Tequila Silver
Member Name: PerfectPeaches
Sierra Tequila Silver
Advantages: Ideal for cocktails
Disadvantages: Sharp almost potent taste
I have in my time taken numerous alcoholic shots consisting of various alcoholic liquids and although I don't go out of my way on a night out to take a shot sometimes when I am with the girls it is nice to let my hair down and have a bit of fun. However, house parties is generally where the usual culprits such as tequila and Sambuca rear their ugly heads.
One such tipple that appeared at my birthday BBQ in the summer was Sierra Tequila Silver. I have seen the brand bottle before with it's famous red sombrero top and have previously bought a bottle a few years ago for a Mexican themed party but it isn't something I'd buy on a regular basis. Sierra do a range of tequilas and all of their products are produced and distilled in an area called Jalisco in Mexico.
Tequila is the national drink of Mexico and is produced under strict Mexican rules. Sierra is one of the largest producers of tequila and they use the Agave tequilana Weber azul which is the only type of agave which can make tequila (it is closely related to aloe vera) to create their tequila. The plant is grown in rows and looks like tall, green strips of very thick grass.
Like a lot of products Tequila is only proper tequila if it meets the criteria of the Consejo Regulador del Tequila ('CRT'). This was brought back many years ago by the Mexican government to protect the alcoholic drink and to save it from poor imitations.
Sierra Tequila Silver comes in quite a distinct bottle. It is made of clear glass with is rectangular in shape and although it has a screw on top it is covered with a little plastic red sombrero. On the front there is the red and yellow themed label together with the product name and Sierra logo as well as an image of a desert plain with a cactus and a Mexican with a guitar. There is the percentage info as well as product information on the back.
The drink itself is clear in colour and water like in consistency. The Sierra Silver Tequila has a very distinct aroma just like most other tequilas. It has a sharp aroma which is a little softer than a paint thinner! Tequila has a very noticeable aroma which is quite similar to Sambuca but Sierra Silver Tequila has floral notes too.
The tequila has been distilled twice to give purity and is a well rested drink. This particular tequila is known for its fruity and full taste which has been carefully mixed with chilli and pepper. The chilli notes is from the Agave tequilana Weber azul and is teamed with the fruity notes from green apples and pineapple two items I never would have put with tequila.
To drink you can of course drink it straight. The only way I have ever done it this way is by a shot and even then I find it quite a strong almost potent mix. One that warms your throat and makes the hairs on the back of your neck stand up. It certainly is an acquired taste to drink it straight and it isn't one I overly enjoy. However, mixed as a part of a cocktail and it balances it well as it provides the fruity notes together with a bit of zing.
In order to use up all of the tequila left over by my party I opted for the very easy and well known Tequila Sunrise recipe:
2 Measures of Tequila
2 dashes of grenadine
Simply pour the tequila in the glass together with the orange juice in a tall glass with ice then simply add the grenadine.
A simple drink which is light, refreshing and full of flavour.
I would never normally go out and by this tequila. Personally as part of a cocktail I find it perfectly drinkable and enjoyable. Yet drank on its own I find it has quite a potent flavour which I don't find particularly pleasant as it is just too strong with a paint stripper type quality (not that I have ever had paint stripper!). A tequila I would probably recommend as a cocktail mixer but not one that should be used on its own. 4 stars from me.
Availability: Supermarkets, office licences
Price: £13.00 - £14.00
Summary: A rather fresh tequila more suited to cocktail making
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