Casa Herradura Tequila Tasting

Casa Herradura Tequila Comes to Puerto RicoImagine yourself wandering through the forests of western Mexico after a thunderstorm, some 800 years or so ago. You come upon a a blue cactus looking plant that had been struck by lightening. Looking closer you see a white milky substance oozing out of the plant. Curious, you swipe your finger though it and are surprised. The creamy liquid has a pungent flavor, but even better, after tasting the liquid for a while you begin to feel slightly euphoric and happy.

That's how I felt after participating in the tequila tasting class of René Valdez, Brand Manager for the Americas of Tequila Casa Herradura. Held at the distinguished El Hórreo de V. Suárez, René was in Puerto Rico to celebrate the launch of the Casa Herradura brand in Puerto Rico which V. Suárez will exclusively distribute.

I learned a lot about tequila during the class, but more importantly I got to taste some of the best tasting tequila I've ever had. My old memories of doing tequila shots in college some how make me cringe even now. You couldn't get the lemon in your mouth fast enough to extinguish the fire in your mouth. However tasting Casa Herradura tequila was a completely different experience. Handcrafted since 1870 Casa Herradura tequila is one of the few tequilas made from 100% agave.

Blue agave is the special ingredient that makes tequila special. The agave is not a cactus as is commonly thought, although it is a succulent like a cactus, agave is from the Liliopsida family.

Casa Herradura Seleccion Suprema

While there was excellent catered Mexican food and a live Mariachi band, the highlight of the evening was tasting Herradura Seleccion Suprema tequila. Casa Herradura Seleccion SupremaThis extra añejo tequila is the cream of the crop. Aged over three years in wooden barrels, Seleccion Suprema tastes more like a fine cognac or extremely aged scotch whiskey instead of tequila. Everyone who was there could taste the quality of this tequila, and we all wanted to take a bottle home. But at $350 a bottle, Seleccion Suprema is only for the most refined tastes.

Dondequiera would like to express our gratitude for being invited to this impressive experience. We'd like to thank Casa Herradura, V. Suáraez, and Margie Alvarez for their hospitality.

In the photo above are, from left to right, Ismael Martinez, Territory Manager for Brown-Forman, René Valdez, Brand Manager for the Americas of Tequila Herradura, and Francois Goachet Product Manager at V. Suárez & Co., exclusive distributors of Herradura.