Tequila aficionados are driven by the joy of discovery, by finding new and exciting brands that exist out of the popular limelight and slightly off the beaten path. Leave the glitzy brands for others. Bona fide enthusiasts appreciate substance over image, great juice rather than a stunning bottle. If this sounds like what you're looking for in a tequila then Puerto Vallarta Añejo 100% Agave Tequila is the brand for you.
Puerto Vallarta is made at the famed Tequila Orendain Distillery (NOM 1110), which is located in Guadalajara in the Los Altos region of Jalisco. Mature agaves harvested from nearby fields are slowly baked in stainless steel autoclaves and shredded before fermented with a proprietary strain of yeast. The distillery uses both stainless steel and traditional copper pot stills. No additives, flavorings or artificial colorings are used in production. All of the brand's expressions are bottle at 40% alcohol (80 proof)
Award-winning Puerto Vallarta Añejo is triple-distilled and matured for a minimum of 18 months in French oak barrels. During its extended stay in wood, the tequila obtains a deep amber/copper hue, satiny, medium-weight body and a bouquet laced with the aromas of red plums, zesty orange, caramel, vanilla and cinnamon, to name but a few. The aromatics portend good things to come. The soft entry raises nary a trace of heat as it bathes the palate with dark chocolate, butterscotch, toffee, honey, anise, cloves, cinnamon and a touch of tasted oak. The añejo has a long, flavorful finish. The only question — how can such a such a luxurious spirit have such a modest price tag?
The same question applies equally to Puerto Vallarta Reposado, a vivacious gem matured in charred American oak barrels for about two months. The amber/golden tequila has a medium, silky textured body and a wafting bouquet of vanilla, white pepper, butterscotch and roasted peppers. Upon entry the reposado immediately fills the mouth with the engaging flavors of allspice, vanilla, cashews, dark chocolate, allspice and white pepper. The finish reveals the added flavors of cloves, cinnamon and warm caramel. Fans of easy to drink reposados will find this marque hard to resist.
Puerto Vallarta Blanco is also matured up to two months in ex-bourbon barrels, but any trace color derived from the oak is filtered away. The shimmery, crystal clear tequila has a trim, medium-weight body and an enticing floral, spicy and herbaceous bouquet. Its smooth entry rapidly expands filling the mouth with the flavors of roasted peppers, cayenne, black pepper, red plums and citrus. The finish is clean, crisp and spicy.
Ideally Puerto Vallarta Tequilas should be savored neat in an unhurried moment. That said, they have such delightful, outgoing personalities and modest price tags that they almost beg to be featured in mixed drinks or artisanal cocktails. You get the best of both words and don't have to spend a week's wages in the process.