Thursday, August 19, 2010 7:00 AM
Tequila Seminar and Tasting at Hacienda Tres Rios Resort
The highlight of my evening at Hacienda Tres Rios, aside from meeting all the great travel writers and bloggers, was the informative tequila seminar and tasting presented by Chef Oscar. Because, I have the good fortune to live in Mexico where I have access to a plethora of fine tequilas, you might think that this would be "old hat" for me. Not so! There is much to learn about Mexico's signature beverage!
Chef Oscar told the group all about the history of tequila production in Mexico, what it is made out of, how the Blue Agave plants are harvested, how and for how long the tequila is barreled and aged. We learned about the different types of tequila and had the chance to taste several samples of each level.
We learned that the procedure for tasting tequila is similar to that for wine.
First we analyze the color and the viscosity.
Next, we experience the aroma.
Finally, we taste. Inhale through the nose, take the tequila onto the palate. Swallow. Exhale through the nose.
We were able to taste about a dozen different tequilas ranging from silver to extra anejo, each more delicious than the next. It was remarkable to register the huge variations in aroma and flavor. Chef Oscar even shared with us his signature Sangrita recipe which we sampled with a clean Don Julio Blanco.
It was an informative and fun event and one that the guests of the Hacienda Tres Rios can enjoy every Tuesday evening. Should you have the good fortune to find yourself on holiday at this beautiful resort, I highly recommend it!