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Herradura Silver Tequila
About Herradura Silver Tequila
This bottle of Herradura Silver Tequila is produced by Casa Herradura, a tequila distillery founded in 1870. Located in Amatitán, Jalisco, this distillery makes up a small part of the larger Hacienda San Jose del Refugio – a live-work community evolved from the traditional hacienda estate. The horseshoe image is prominent in the bottle’s branding – alluding to the company’s origin story where the founder found a lucky horseshoe in the agave field where his distillery would eventually reside.
As a tequila producer, Herradura boasts an authentic process steeped in history – from the legacy jimadores (agave harvesters) to the traditional equipment used throughout the preparation and distillation process. Their Blue Weber Agave is grown right on the hacienda, and they continue to propagate from the original plants that were growing when the company was founded.
This particular tequila is distilled twice in alembic stills, and then aged in American White Oak barrels for 45 days. This is unusual, as silver tequilas are normally not aged prior to bottling. As with any spirit, this slight aging is meant to increase the smoothness and flavor quality.
❖ ABV: 40%
❖ Distillery: Casa Herradura
❖ Aging: 45 days
❖ Price Point: lower mid price range
Here are the tasting notes of Herradura Silver, according to Casa Herradura and various retailers.
❖ cooked agave
❖ sweet agave
❖ subtle oak
My Tasting notes
As I began to smell this tequila, the aroma was soft and pleasant with notes of agave. I continued to take deep sniffs, and I noticed that it was very sweet and smooth. Overall, the nose notes were agave-heavy. It wasn’t until about 5-6 sniffs in that I began to detect a slight hint of wood. I could never quite make out the vanilla, but I got the impression it was a big factor in the general sweetness of the aromas.
My first sip started out smooth and sweet, but had a woody and slightly bitter aftertaste. On my second sip, I got a wave of vanilla and citrus up front – again with a woody aftertaste. My third sip is oak-forward, with the vanilla and citrus notes in the background. As I continue, I begin to feel a pepper-like tingle as the alcohol moves in my mouth. The black pepper notes begin to come out strong.
For my cocktail, I chose the Tequila Eastside. I first came across this drink in the classic book Regarding Cocktails by Sasha Petraske (now out of print). Personally though, I like to change up the ingredient ratios a little by adding a little more tequila. Here is how I make my Tequila Eastside:
- Add the cucumber, mint, lime, juice, and simple syrup to a shaker and gently muddle
- Add in the tequila with ice and shake until chilled
- Strain into a cocktail glass filled with ice
- Garnish with cucumber or a mint sprig if desired
Inside of a cocktail, this tequila is very smooth. At first, it was difficult to pick out flavor notes at all through the strong cucumber. However, I did start to taste slight vanilla notes about a quarter of the way through my drink. Overall, the tequila’s flavor notes remained subtle, letting the cocktail ingredients shine through. None of the bitterness came through at all. This Tequila Eastside was super refreshing and really hit the spot!
Overall, I would definitely recommend Herradura Silver Tequila depending on what you are looking for. As far as silver tequilas go, it is extremely smooth. However, I’m not sure that it fits neatly into the blanco/silver category due to its slight aging. So – if you’re browsing different silver tequilas because you heard it’s a cheaper party option, you may want to look elsewhere.
The best way to think about Herradura Silver is as an “elevated” silver tequila. This will suit a lot of people’s needs, but it’s important to note that the price does reflect this quality boost. Given the quality, I think this bottle is very fairly priced. It’s a great choice for people who prefer their liquor to blend and hide within the flavors of a cocktail. Herradura Silver is very smooth and focused – without overly distracting flavor notes. Like most blanco/silver tequilas, it is not meant to be sipped straight.
From a consumer perspective, I also really appreciate the authenticity of the Herradura brand. I had such a great time researching the history of the company. I didn’t have enough room to include all of the fun facts that I learned (otherwise this review would have turned into a novel) – but at the end of the day when you purchase from Herradura you are getting the REAL stuff. They are not afraid to take their time and do things by hand in the name of tradition – and you can really taste it!
As always, drink responsibly.
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