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Tequila's Rise

Once the Liquor of Machismo and Margaritas, Tequila has Gone Decidedly Upscale
Jean T. Barrett
From the Print Edition:
Jack Nicholson, Summer 95

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Sauza Tres Generaciones--Pale straw color, this sipping tequila offers complex aromas, mingling mossy-herbal and tropical fruit notes. On the palate it is brisk but smooth. Like Conmemorativo, Tres is not labeled 100 percent agave.

Not Categorized by Age

Cuervo 1800--Packaged in a distinctive decanter, this tequila has the golden color of a dry amontillado sherry. Wood and spicy scents of ginger dominate the bouquet. The label declares 1800 to be a "marriage of añejo and other fine tequilas"; in other words, it cannot be termed añejo. Nor is it 100 percent agave tequila. Nevertheless, 1800 has a style entirely unto itself and is a very popular brand in the United States, particularly in high-end Margaritas.

J.T.B.

* All tequilas are labeled as 100 percent agave unless otherwise noted.


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