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Riazul Silver 100% Blue Agave Tequila Review

riazuil-silverI’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?

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3 Comments

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    Riazul Capitan
    June 15, 2009 at 10:58 am

    Thanks much for the review! Sorry it took us so long to get you the samples, but better late than never. Wanted to answer your question regarding the delay in the launch of the reposado. Given the unique profile in our tequilas and since we are trying to make a firm statement towards the sipping of tequila following the shift in the consumption trend in the US was that we introduced the añejo first (you will see why after you enjoy this delicacy). Irrespective of the above, more than 75% of tequila is still consumed through a shot or mixed drinks what made the silver the necessary next category. This places the reposado in a “hybrid” zone what left this class the last. Our short but wide experience in people’s desires and tastes have marked the way for an outstanding blend of fine notes what will captivate the palates of the most demanding tequila conoisseurs and enthusiasts alike.

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      Derrick Schommer
      June 15, 2009 at 11:34 am

      That’s unfortunate, as I love a good reposado too 🙂

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