For enthusiasts and aficionados, the Spirits of Mexico Competition held annually in San Diego is something like the Oscars and Olympics rolled into one. Earning one of the event's coveted gold medals has given scores of deserving brands a much-needed marketing boost, in large part because of the competition's growing reputation for exceedingly high standards. Occasionally a brand seemingly comes out of nowhere to steal the show. In 2012 that distinction fell onto Cava de Oro Extra Añejo 100% de Agave when it won best of show honors.
Long a popular favorite in Mexico, the family-owned brand is crafted in Guadalajara at Destiladora Leticia Hermosillo Ravelero (NOM 1477). Cava de Oro Extra Añejo is an ultra-sophisticated tequila aged for a minimum of 3 years in charred, American white oak barrels. During that time the 80-proof tequila develops a dark amber hue, a lush medium-weight body and an alluring bouquet laced with the bakery-fresh aromas of cinnamon, caramel, vanilla and nutmeg. Its gentle entry quickly expands revealing a luscious array of flavors—toasted oak, cinnamon, maple syrup and marzipan, all of which persist on the palate for an agreeably long time. If you're looking for an elegant tequila to enjoy after a sumptuous dinner, this would be it. The Cava de Oro Añejo is matured for not less than a year in American white oak barrels. The tequila has a rich amber/golden hue, a velvety medium-weight body and a generous bouquet of honey, nutmeg, black pepper, caramel and toasted oak. The aromatics are beautifully recreated on the palate, along with the flavors of vanilla, red plums and cinnamon that surface during the extended finish.
Cava de Oro Reposado is aged in American oak barrels between 3 and 6 months. The small batch tequila has a pale amber hue, a silky medium-weight body and a bouquet brimming with spicy, herbaceous and floral aromas. Its initial entry is warm and spicy followed by the flavors of vanilla, toasted oak, cinnamon and orange zest. The lingering finish is slightly smoky.
The Cava de Oro Blanco is bottled fresh from the still. It is an enticing treat with a light to medium-weight body and a spicy, floral set of aromatics. The warm entry delivers waves of peppery, spicy and herbaceous flavors. It makes an excellent entrée to the joys of sipping blanco tequilas neat.
Collectively the Cava de Oro range of tequilas is a treat for the senses. ¡Salud!