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Route 66 Reposado 100% de Agave Tequila

Route 66 Reposado
100% de Agave
Tequila

 

By Robert Plotkin
http://route66tequila.com

From the day it opened in 1926 through the 1950s, there was no more famous roadway in America than Route 66. It stretched over 2400 miles from Chicago to Santa Monica, California, with stops in Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico and Flagstaff, Arizona. Route 66 was long heralded as Main Street USA.

After almost 40 years, the highway was eventually replaced by an interconnecting network of interstates and freeways, and one by one the gas stations, cafés, motels and other small businesses that serviced its steady stream of tourists and travelers closed shop.

Today, Route 66 exists only as long, unconnected stretches of asphalt, a few dozen historic road signs and as the subject of the popular standard by Nat King Cole, "Get Your Kicks on Route 66." But for generations of Americans, Route 66 still remains a romantic symbol, an invitation to set yourself free and hit the open road.

Our collective longing to take a soul-satisfying road trip is at the heart of Del Bravo's most recent release, Route 66 Reposado 100% de Agave Tequila. Marketed in a fetching motorcycle figural bottle, the super-premium tequila hails from Tequila Quiote [NOM 1433] located in the high altitude of Atotonilco el Alto. It's made from mature agaves grown in the red volcanic soil. After harvesting, they are baked, shredded and allowed to slowly ferment in stainless steel fermentation tanks. The fermented juice—which is referred to as mosto—is then double distilled in copper pot stills and eventually bottled at 40% alcohol (80 proof).

One of the concerns with a product like this is that it's too easy to presume all of the money and effort went into producing the bottle. Fortunately that's not the case here. While the bottle is certainly attention grabbing, it's the tequila inside that will snare all of the headlines.

Aged for 4 to 6 months in charred American oak barrels, Route 66 Reposado has an amber/gold hue, a satiny lightweight body and a wafting floral and fruit bouquet. Its aromatic signature alone is well worth the purchase price. The entry is soft and gentle, and then it expands filling the mouth with the flavors of plums, cinnamon, clove, cacao, caramel and vanilla. Its thankfully long finish is spicy warm.

¡Salud!

 


Route 66 Tequila Recipes

California Dreamin'
Tall house specialty glass, ice
Add to an empty mixing glass
2 lemon wedges
2 lime wedges
2–3 strawberries, stems removed
Muddle contents and add ice
2 oz. Reposado Tequila
3/4 oz. Grand Marnier
1/2 oz. fresh lemon juice
3/4 oz. fresh orange juice
1 1/2 oz. lime sour mix
Shake and double strain
Fresh strawberry garnish
Creole Margarita
Salt rimmed cocktail glass, chilled
Pour into an iced mixing glass
1 1/2 oz. Reposado Tequila
1 oz. Clement Creole Shrubb
3/4 oz. simple syrup
1 1/2 oz. fresh lime juice
Shake and strain
Lime wedge garnish
Diablo Margarita
Cinnamon sugar rimmed house specialty glass, ice
Pour into an iced mixing glass
1 1/2 oz. Reposado Tequila
3/4 oz. Cinnamon Schnapps
1/2 oz. Roses Lime Juice
1 1/2 oz. orange juice
1 1/2 oz. lemon sour mix
Shake and strain
Lime wedge garnish