Blanco tequila also known as white, plate, silver or platinum tequila is the purest form of tequila. It’s clear and typically either un-aged or aged for less than 2 months in stainless steel or oak barrels. It’s a versatile mixer and is the base for classic cocktails including the margarita.
AquaRiva Blanco is a crystal clear nectar packed full with the warm, sharp flavour of a classic tequila. The brand is owned and promoted by the once household name Cleo Rocos and is a sweetly spiced yet punchy offering. On opening you’re hit with a bouquet of flavours from fresh leather to salt to spicy pepper and sage. On tasting the salty flavour remains and is supported by a faint nuttiness, lime zest and overall, that peppery spice coming through strong. This is one hot tamale, as tequilas go.
Arette Blanco is a premium silver tequila, launched in 2007 and highly thought of on the drinks scene. Bottled on site in Jalisco and made of 100% agave, Arette Blanco is an exceptional silver tequila full of fresh flavours, spicy hints and a cheeky character in which you can pick out each single flavour note. Great body and wonderful for sipping or mixing into a wide range of different cocktails and long drinks.
Don Fulano tequilas are stylish, contemporary in design and more than deserving of a spot in your drinks cabinet. Fruitful in style and character, this is a light and elegant tequila which hides many wonderful flavours in its crystal clear appearance. Cooked agave is fully released with notes of creamy butterscotch and sharp, bitter olives. The spicing is balanced against fresh citrus and the creamy notes, ensuring an elegant and wonderfully crafted silver tequila.
Bottled straight from distillation, El Jimador is a crystal clear blanco tequila and named for the skilled men who select and harvest the agave that gives it its flavour. First introduced in 1994, El Jimador Blanco is a sweet vegetal smelling tequila which also offers up notes of fresh balsa wood. These aromas merge into flavours of pine freshness, sweet agave and notes of citrus. The peppery heat comes through in the finish and reminds you it’s a genuine Mexican tequila you’re drinking.
It’s a 10 year ageing process which ensures Gran Centenario Plata is a silver tequila with depth and standout characteristics which make it memorable. It’s the ageing which gives this tequila a stand out oakiness to its character, enjoyable and different. It’s slightly viscous on the palate but enjoyable so and has just a small hint of welcome peppery spice. Perfectly paired with herbal liqueurs and delicate cocktails. Smoother than your average silver tequila.
Herradura Blanco is a smooth silver tequila, aged for just 45 days and offering up a welcome cleanliness on the palate. The ageing means that there’s a hint of oak in the flavour but its key note are refreshing agave which is enhanced by tangy citrus. The strength of the agave flavour makes this a fantastic choice for your next margarita and the light heat underlying the key flavours is a wonderful reminder of the quality of this tequila.
Produced in Oaxaca, Ilegal Joven is a young Mezcal which has the distinctive flavour of roasted agave and earthy tones which help it stand out from the crowd. Its aroma are fresh and youthful, with fresh flowers, peppermint and tobacco notes all coming through. It has a complex herbal character which is softened by caramel and raisin flavours and spiced up with black pepper heat. It ends with the floral notes at the forefront.
One of the newer offerings from the famous Jose Cuervo range, Jose Cuervo Reserva da le Familia Blanco is an exceptional new silver tequila. Limited edition, hand signed, hand dipped and corked, each bottle of Reserva Blanco is highly sought after and it’s easy to see why. The strength of quality agave comes through in the nose, closely followed by charred vegetables and hints at linseed oil. The flavour keeps the vegetable notes alive but teams them with fresh pear and of course the sweetness of agave. Pepper only comes through towards the end but it strong and satisfying.
Jose Cuervo Silver 1800 is a 100% agave tequila which rests in ex-American whisky casks and benefits from the depths of both the oak and the whiskey flavours coming through. Chargrilled vegetables and celery notes come through in the nose which then leads into a flavour which allows the agave to take centre stage. Light and delicate, the agave is surrounded by the smokiness of the vegetable flavours and a light peppering of spice. Herbaceous and rounded to the final sip.
Ocho 8 Blanco is a limited edition silver tequila which is refreshing and clean on the nose. Cedar, mint and spice all come through and there’s a satisfying earthiness to this tequila and you taste. Pepper and mint work in tandem to deliver hot and cool hits of flavour and they also work alongside the sweetness offered by agave and hints of raspberry. The finish lingers with those raspberry notes at the centre but still a whisper of that spicy pepper too.
Olmeca Altos Plata has been described as the perfect choice for a margarita and its 100% agave content delivers a satisfying sweetness. On opening its white pepper, sea salt and vegetal notes which come through strongly, with agave in the background. This changes when you taste as the viscous feel on the palate is full of sweet agave, notes of lime, nutmeg, salt and hot white pepper. Balanced sweetness and spice is what makes this tequila worth trying.
One of the premium offerings from the famous Patron tequila distillery, Gran Patron Platinum uses the finest blue agave grown in the highlands of Jalisco. Triple distilled and then rested for a short time in oak tanks, Gran Patron Platinum is wonderfully smooth and full-bodied. The nose is full of that fresh agave teamed with citrus and fresh fruit and the flavour follows suit with the agave taking centre stage, citrus and fruit following on. Its finish is long and spiced with white pepper.
Young and sprightly, Patron Silver is the youngest of their tequilas and its flavour reflects its youth. Clear in colour and rich with fruity aromas, particularly citrus, Patron Silver is refreshing and has a smooth sweetness about it. Soft and light the flavour is peppered with hints of citrus with natural agave taking centre stage. Light peppery notes hit on the finish adding some welcome bite to the end note.
Rooster Rojo is produced using only the best ingredients and techniques. Rooster Rojo Anejo is made with Blue Agave, they used the Fabrica de Tequilas method, where you cook the Piña for 10 hours in autoclaves. After this, a special yeast is added to the Agave, just before fermentation. Rooster Rojo Anejo is double distilled in stainless steel pots and then aged in oak barrels. Finally, water that is filtered through Mexican silver is added to the drink, bringing it down to 38% ABV.
Fabrica de Tequilas produced and distilled this blanco Tequila using agave cooked for 10 hours in steam-powered autoclaves. After the addition of special yeast, the batch was then fermented and moved into stainless steel pots for double distillation. To blend this blanco, Rooster Rojo used water filtered through Mexican silver, creating its sumptuously smooth profile.
Produced and distilled in the heart of Tequila, Mexico, by Fabrica de Tequilas, this reposado was made with blue agave that was cooked in autoclaves using steam for 10 hours. A special yeast is then added to the agave juices before fermentation, which lasts as long as 72 hours before distillation.
Rooster Rojo reposado is subsequently double pot distilled in stainless steel pot stills, before being 'rested' in oak. Water filtered through Mexican silver is added to blend the product down to a measured 38% ABV.
Sauza Tres Generaciones Plata is an estate grown 100% agave silver tequila which has been produced using a triple distillation process ensuring the ultimate smoothness and purity of this crisp and refreshing drink. Its aroma is subtle, with only slight hints at the flavours within, eucalyptus the most prominent of the bunch. The flavour is brighter with spicy white pepper notes and a little light agave, the pepper really standing out above all else.
A wild harvested Sotol with a real herbal and floral character Hacienda de Chihuahua Plata is an award winning tequila. Smooth, refreshing and vibrant with zest, the wild agave really gets the chance to take centre stage inthis offering. The flavour is more complex than imagined, with minty and vegetal notes from the nose coming into the flavour, with the sugar sweetness of the agave added, creating an enjoyable, light character.
Tapatio Blanco is one of those choice silver tequilas that has an exceptional flavour which you’ll find hard to stop sipping. The pepperiness of this tequila is really up there with the best, apparent from first opening in the nose where it’s combined with earthy hay and subtle herbal tones. The flavour too is awash with earthiness with the sweetness of agave paired naturally with cinnamon, charred vegetables and sharp hits of black pepper. The end is satisfyingly salty with that earthiness remaining.
Villa Lobos Blanco is a collaboraton between Carlos Camarena (master distiller of Ocho and Tapatio) and Dale Sklar (managing dirtector of Wine & Spirit International). Handmade using traditional methods in the Arandas highlands of Mexico, this is elegant with a floral and citrus character.