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Casa Dragones Tequila Raises The Bar

 

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Bertha Gonzales Nieves of Casa Dragones

 

She’s called “The First Lady of Tequila” and is the first female “Maestra Tequila” certified by the Academia Mexicana de Catadores de Tequila. And she makes a pretty amazing

tequila called Casa Dragones.

After years building the Cuervo brand globally, Bertha Gonzáles Nieves stepped out in 2009 to create her own style of tequila to rave reviews. Casa Dragones is an ultra premium, 100% Blue Agave, hand -crafted sipping tequila that’s smooth, soft and warm with no bite – the way a good tequila should taste. From the sea blue blue packaging and perfume bottle design to the platinum-hued liquid inside, everything about Casa Dragones speaks luxury. This is a sipping spirit to lift the spirits and savor slowly.

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Casa Dragones Joven

So what is Casa Dragones Tequila? Well, it’s a game changer – and part of a growing category of bottlings that are taking the art of crafting tequila, long thought of as a delicious and complex but somewhat pedestrian spirit, to new levels of refinement and elegance through the use of different techniques in distillation, aging and blending. With Casa Dragones, think Cognac with Tequila flavor, but without the burn, or in this case, the color.

First, Casa Dragones is not your old method Tahona wheel/wood-fired Still traditional type of tequila. It is a double column distilled sipper that is clean, ripe with florals and fruit in the nose, and subtle on the palate.

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Bertha Gonzales Nieves

Second, unlike the traditional styles of Tequila – Blanco (or Silver), Reposado, and Anejo – Casa Dragones makes what’s called a Joven Tequila, a blended tequila that is primarily Silver, but with other, more aged lots – in this case a bit of 5 year-old Extra Anejo (the recently added fourth main category) blended-in to add complexity and smoothness. In the case of the Casa Dragones Joven, the color is removed from the Extra Anejo portion to keep the final spirit clear.

 

With the proliferation of Tequila labels on the market these days, many of which are billed as traditional and with a classic Tequila style. Casa Dragones stands out for being exactly not that. It is not a rough, hot, meaty spirit that feels like it was made in a hand-made still in the barn behind the hacienda, but a soft, smooth, elegant spirit with a lightness and level of refinement that liken it more to the sipping equivalent of drinking silk than wool.

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Co-Founders Bob Pittman and Bertha Gonzales Nieves

Casa Dragones Co-Founder Bertha Gonzáles Nieves joins us on The Connected Table LIVE! this Wednesday May 4, 2016 for a chat about Casa Dragones, and her views on Tequila and the state of the Tequila industry. Listen in at 2:25pm

on W4CY Radio.

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A Tale of Tequila with Chantal Martineau

Tequila was always my “nasty spirit” in college. There was something about drinking tequila than made me want to dance barefoot for hours, preferably on a beach. I stopped drinking it for a long period of time until my former agency started working with Frida Kahlo Tequila, and I was properly educated on true tequila and its breadth of styles. Sipping an añejo or a reposado with a sliver of fresh lime was all I needed to enjoy tequila as a responsible adult. No tutti frutti drinks for me. My tequila style went from naughty to neat.
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Tequila is a $2 billion industry, and the U.S. gulps up 80% of global exports. Much of the tequila consumed is “mixto,” a cruder hybrid of the true spirit. But appreciation and sales of real tequila, made from 100 percent pure blue Weber agave is growing muy rapido.

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Chantal Martineau, author of “How the Gringos Stole Tequila” (Chicago Review Press) joins us August 26, 2pm EST, on The Connected Table LIVE! to discuss the story of tequila, how it’s made and monitored by Mexico’s Consejo Regulador Tequila, and how it’s been exploited by global marketers. She’ll explain the differences in tequila and its lustier sister, mezcal. Through her descriptive detail Chantal practically takes us in her backpack to meet producers, jimadores and the colorful characters behind this spirit so sacred to both the almighty dollar of big booze brand marketers and the agave activists who fiercely protect its heritage.

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Hers was a five year immersion into the world of tequila. Reading Chantal’s book makes me want to book a flight to Jalisco to see the dusty blue agave plants under a piercingly bright blue Mexican sky and soak it all in down to the last chilled shot with fresh lime. Melanie Young

Chantal Martineau (photo: Philip Taylor)
Chantal Martineau (photo: Philip Taylor)

Chantal Martineau has written articles about food, drinks, and travel for numerous publications, including Allure, the Atlantic, Decanter, Edible, Islands, Maxim, Redbook, Saveur, Time Out, Village Voice, the Washington Post, Wine Enthusiast, and Women’s Health. She grew up in Montreal and currently lives in New York City. Connect: www.chantalmartineau.com Twitter@chantytown Facebook:HowtheGringosStoleTequila

 

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Doing the Texas Two Sip

Fresh off his trip to the San Antonio Cocktail Conference, The Connected Table LIVE’s David Ransom connected with two Texas distillers making kick-ass spirits. We invited them on our show January 21.

Randall Metting, Dulce Vida Tequila – Austin

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Randall Metting Dulce Vide Tequila

Randall Metting is often referred to as “The Mayor of The Sweet Life.” His website http://randallmetting.com/ is a go- to resource for anyone who wants to know the ins and outs of red-hot, rockin’ Austin Texas. Randall is also marketing and brand development manager forDulce Vida 100 percent organic tequila. Dulce Vida is handcrafted, 100 percent Navy Strength; it sources its 100% organic agave from the Los Altos highlands in the Tequila region of Mexico. Because of the unique climatic characteristics and the air & soil, this area is well known for producing larger, fruitier agave, ideal for tequila. This organic agave ensures Dulce Vida makes tequila the way tequila has always tasted best: pure and powerful, free of any additives.

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Trey (Richard) Azar, Founder, Cinco Vodka, San Antonio

trey-and-kimberly-azar-dragon-spiritsAccording to Trey (Richard) Azar, founder of Cinco Five Star Vodka , the devil is in the details when it comes to overseeing each batch of his San Antonio-distilled spirit to ensure its clean, clear smoothness. Cinco Vodka starts with gently hand-made from bushels of the finest amber wheat from the Idaho. Using water naturally filtered through the Cordova Creme limestone that lies far beneath the surface of San Antonio, the liquid is distilled five times then blended and filtered in small batches in copper pot stills. Azar calls Cinco Vodka a “martini lovers’ vodka.” Critics have given it a High Five. Cinco Vodka received a gold medal at the Los Angeles International Spirits Competition. As for its Five Star name…..Cinco is a lucky number for Trey and his wife, Kimberly who are parents of five children. Cinco Vodka is his sixth “baby.”

Connect:
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Melanie Young and David Ransom, Hosts, The Connected Table LIVE!

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