PATRON LALIQUE TEQUILA

Fine crystal makers Lalique collaborated  with premium tequila producer Patrón to create an impressive handmade limited edition decanter. Bottles are numbered and within each of the 500 bottles rests a blend of some of Patrón’s oldest and rarest tequilas, hand-selected from their barrel aging room in the hills of Jalisco, Mexico.

Pre- order by emailing: INFO@MELANROSE.COM

release date  November 2015


Patron 7 Anos: A Hidden Gem, Rediscovered

It is not often that a distiller can happily say that they forget about several barrels of their product. But exactly that happened to 30 barrels of Patron Tequila, and they couldn’t be happier. After going through their usual tequila production process, starting with only the best blue agave hearts which are baked in stone ovens and then distilled in in small copper stills, 30 barrels worth of tequila was put in French Oak barrels, an unusual choice, to be aged for a typical period of one year. But, as Patron shifted around the barrels, taking old ones out and bringing new ones in, these 30 barrels remained untouched for not two or three, but a staggering seven years. Then, only just this spring, the master tequilero cracked open a barrel and discovered something extraordinary. Extraordinary enough, it turns out, to warrant Patron’s first ever limited-release bottling.patron-A7A-bottle_January-15

Patron 7 Anos Extra Anejo tequila. Beautiful to behold, it is an intense amber color with gold notes, stunningly displayed in a replica bottle based on the very first hand-blown Patron bottle and stopper. In the glass, it has an intense woodsy aroma, with notes of vanilla, light butter, and caramel. It tastes smooth, sweet, with dried fruits, citrus, light caramel and vanilla, offset by smoky wood character. This is a truly remarkable bottle in extremely limited quantities, so get it while you still can. After all, Patron 7 Anos was a happy accident, one that will never be replicated again.

Corazon Expressions Tequila: Perfect for Cinco de Mayo

With Cinco de Mayo fast approaching, plans for the perfect barbeque may be derailed by a simple question: what drinks should I serve?  Of course, beer is a must, but what else?  Bourbon is a perfect choice.  But what if you’re serving more Mexican fair to go along with the celebration?  Tequila would be more appropriate.  Now, there’s a way to do both.

Corozan’s Expressions Tequilas.  Three impressive tequilas barrel-aged in ex-bourbon barrels, from esteemed distillers Buffalo Trace, George T. Stagg, and Sazerac Rye, and a special Artisanal Blanco as their bases.  Each bourbon imparts complex flavors to the tequila, turning an already noteworthy drink into something truly remarkable.

corazonblanco__03939.1411552429.1280.1280Corazon Artisanal Edition Blanco Tequila is tequila in its purest form: un-aged and crystal clear.  Powerful agave scents lead the nose towards more subtle citrus and spice notes.  But on the tongue it is more subdued, with more agave and touches of vanilla and spice.  Not overly harsh, the mid-palate brings out some warmer spice and depth, without becoming harsh.  The finish is soft and smooth, ending with clean and refreshing agave flavor.

t7736517hz_1Corazon Buffalo Trace Reposado Tequila starts off life as Artisanal Blanco before aging in ex-Buffalo Trace barrels for ten and a half months.  This short ageing period is only enough to impart a pale-gold hue, but it more than makes up for this in flavor.  Buffalo Trace, a complex and powerful whiskey, is first apparent in the nose, where heavy oak and spice leads before giving way to the tequila’s natural agave.  But on the tongue, the oak is balanced well by the bourbon and tequila’s spice, which intermingle in delightful ways.  It expands during the mid-palate, without becoming overpowering, into bourbon notes of caramel and vanilla.  The tequilla ends superbly with the clean agave flavors balanced by the bourbon’s sweetness in a long and lingering finish.

corazongeorge__80973.1411553515.1280.1280Corazon George T. Stagg Anejo is aged for a longer 22 months, but is only marginally darker than the Buffalo Trace.  The tequila opens with a simple nose, primarily oak with hints of citrus and caramel.  But this is not a tequila for sniffing; it is for drinking.  The agave is balanced well by more caramel, expanding nicely into oak and bourbon sweetness.  It ends cleanly, but richly, far closer to a bourbon than a tequila.

img_794_1Corazon Sazerac Rye Anejo is the darkest of the three (but still very pale), aged for 24 months.  It opens with oak again, but is tempered by curious fruit and butterscotch notes.  It’s higher alcohol content creates more classic tequila spice and heat, with agave holding its own against caramel and subtle citrus.  Though it burns noticeably initially, the finish cools substantially into lasting caramel sweetness.

Whether you enjoy tequila, bourbon, or both, there is something special in each of these fine tequilas.  Feliz Cinco de Mayo!

Selecting a Good Tequila

A Good bottle of TequilaAre you in the market for a good bottle of Tequila?

I thing the first thing for any Tequila lover is to know the history of all Tequilas. Tequila is distilled from the juice of the Agave plant. After the Agave plant has grown several years, it starts to store up sugars to feed its flower. This Flower or bloom is usually detached or it will use all the sugars that are needed in the distillation process.

Ancient Aztec Indians used the Agave plant for countless things. This included processing the leaves into a type of thread and also allowing the juice to ferment and drinking it. This was the first Tequila! Years later the fermented juice was distilled producing the first real Tequila. Today, Tequila is produced in numerous distilleries in Mexico, and much of it is exported to the United States.

Here are some pointers of how to select a good bottle of Tequila.

*NEVER buy Tequila that you have seen advertised. Most of these brands spend so much on advertising that they sometimes skimp on quality.

*Look on the label for “100% AGAVE”. If this is not on the label, DO NOT buy the bottle! This means that the “Tequila” in the bottle is not really Tequila. It contains either water, colorings, artificial this, artificial that, etc…

*Make sure that the Tequila is made in Mexico. “Made” is “Hecho” in Spanish, either of these will do. Mexico cannot make whiskey, we sure cannot make Tequila here either.

*Know your local Liquor Shop so that they can direct you to the best valued Tequila in the market.

List of all Tequilas on our site:

And finally …… try anything within these criteria, find the one you like the best, enjoy!

Tequila in a Crystal Snifter

THE latest group of tequilas can look in the mirror and see the reflection of a good Cognac. Having spent time in French oak barrels, they desire to be poured from crystal decanters into snifters.
Unlike the two tequila types that control the market — the popular, margarita-friendly Silver, and the temporarily aged Reposado (rested) tequilas — these new tequilas must be aged at least three years in oak, longer than regular Aañejo (aged) tequilas. They surface a deep golden color, with rich, honeyed, sometimes smoky flavors that are more typical of brandy or Scotch. The often strongly vegetal quality that distinguishes good tequila may have taken a powder.
Though some of these top-of-the-line tequilas are not new to the market, they now be eligible for the designation Extra Añejo, or extra-aged, which was accepted by Mexico’s National Committee on Standardization about a year ago. (Flavored tequilas were also approved.) Until then, Añejo tequilas needed at least a year in oak, and those aged three years or more had no special distinction.
Now with the market for high-end spirits on the rise, producers convinced the government that longer-aged tequilas, often priced at $100 or more a bottle, needed to be set apart!
Among the first of the tequilas labeled Extra Añejo to reach us in US was Gran Centenario Leyenda, aged about four years in French oak, and sold in a bottle similar to that of Rémy Martin XO Cognac. Another great tequila in the market , Chinaco Negro and Partida Elegante, two new extra añejos, hold the Extra Anejo label.
The Extra Añejo designation will also appear on new shipments of Sauza Tres Generaciones (costing about $60), 1800 Colección (about $2,000, in a special bottle), Cuervo Reserva de la Familia ($130) and other labels.
Sales of super-premium tequilas, those costing $40 a bottle or more, have increased more than 20 percent this year. So it’s no wonder that producers in Mexico are aiming for the luxury market.
But not all of our tequila lover customers applaud this expansion! Customers state that they like tequila for its essential fresh, bright floral character. Extra aging produces flavors that are more roasted and nutty and don’t taste like agave. These aged tequilas are strictly luxury items.
Like all fine tequilas, those given extra aging are made from 100 percent blue agave, the big succulent with spiked leaves that grows in central Mexico. The round, fleshy core of the plant, or piña, is cooked and crushed, and the resulting juice, or agua miel (honey water), is fermented and then distilled to make tequila.
The unaged spirit, diluted with water to bring the alcohol content down to about 40 percent, is silver or Blanco (white), with a citrusy, herbaceous perfume and peppery intensity that can sometimes be harsh.
Tequila that is aged from two months to a year becomes Reposado, which is likely to be softer and more nuanced than silver. Aged or Añejo tequila is kept in oak, often in bourbon barrels, for a year or more and becomes mellower still, taking on overtones of buttered toast and caramel, and losing more of the vegetal agave character along the way.
Until fairly recently, tequila aficionados considered aging for more than three years to be a waste of time since it essentially tended to mute the character of the spirit.
We tasted a dozen extra añejos, aged from three to seven years, at Mel and Rose. More than half of them, including the Sauza Tres Generaciones, were in tequila denial.
But the 1800 Colección was sweetly vegetal and very rich with an elegant aftertaste; the Chinaco Emperador ($320 to $400) had a lingering herbal flavor, with whiffs of smoke, mint, citrus and caramel; the Herradura Selección Suprema ($250 to $350) was exceptionally smooth with tequila aromas and floral, herbal complexity; the Milagro Select Barrel Reserve (about $100) was smoky with a sweet fruitiness and a lingering finish; and the Clase Azul Ultra Tequila(about $1700) showed tequila character in the aftertaste.
We have the best sources for Extra Añejos in Los Angeles Shops.
With an eye to the high-end market, many of the Extra Añejos come in elaborate decanter-style bottles nestled in fancy boxes, often numbered to indicate limited production.
.It’s evident in the packaging that some of these are not intended for tequila drinkers and they’re not meant for drinking in a margarita but to be collected and sipped in a snifter!

Extra Anejo Tequilas available at Mel and Rose