I’m back on the silver Tequlia bandwagon, this time bringing you my thoughts on Riazul, a 100% Blue Agave Tequila in the silver variety. Oddly enough, Riazul produces a Silver and an Añejo (I have both) but no Reposado, curious on why. That’s a question for another day, first, we must tap into this clear liquid and see how it tastes.
First, the presentation, the liquid is perfectly clear, like a highly filtered spring water. This Silver tequila is bottled directly after distillation without any “resting.” It offers you a clear glimpse into its production through the look and feel of this Riazul tequila.
The nose is quite awesome, pouring it alone is enough to get a sense of its aroma from a distance. Up close, Riazul Silver has a lot to offer in bouquet including a mildly sweet agave meets pineapple blend with a very nice herbal organic nectar style profile. As I move my nose away from the glass I get a bit of a vanilla and caramel wafer image in my head, interesting.
The initial attack is that of brown sugar with an agave brine mid-palate transition and a cool crisp albeit slightly sour hotness towards the finish. The front of the tongue and forward edges tend to light up with a tingling numbness as you finish the sip. The finish is long and powerful, offering a neat over-ripe pineapple skin which lingers for minutes at a time. I’m left with a little vanilla and hints of chocolate long after the finish.
The mouth-feel is a bit chalky and not as thick as I had expected, based on some of the other blanco/silver tequila’s I’ve had in the past few weeks. Some brands will rest their tequila for a few weeks after distillation to round out some of the flavors which may thicken the viscosity of the spirit; I don’t know.
The end result is a worthwhile Tequila with class, complex flavors and a crisp clear color. What more can you ask for?