Alright back to our previously schedule continuation of Tequila’s and other lighter South American spirits. This week we try out Camarena Silver which unlike the last two tequila’s we reviewed is one I actually like.
This is the kind of tequila where if it was about 3 dollars cheaper I’d be singing it’s praises like New Amsterdam, because it ultimately has a nice taste to it. and unlike the last 2 entries – has an actual taste at all without being too powerful that you can’t even stomach the tequila.
This is another one on the line of the blue agave guarantee, which to be fair I’ve never really been able to assign a blue agave as a sign over whether something is good, I’ve had tequilas be both bad or good when using it, and to be honest who really cares. I understand the need to distance oneself from the Mezcals of the world, but as long as it tastes good I don’t care what you did to the agave plant in terms of raising them.
What they Say: “Clear with a pure, platinum sheen, Familia Camarena 100% Blue Agave Silver Tequila shows notes of rich toasted agave and fresh green herbs. Exceptionally soft and smooth on the palate, our Silver Tequila exhibits hints of sweet vanilla, savory brown spices and black pepper with a graceful, warming finish.”
Taste: 6.5 – Agave is certainly there, and you can tell it’s true blue agave. I really do like the taste here, and while I wouldn’t consider this a bottle sipping tequila, it’s much rather have it then some recent attempts.
Aftertaste: 7.0 – Dragon breath – seriously though you get that agave taste, and a twinge of the power and it somehow goes directly to sort of tickling your nose with burn. I do like it though.
Burn/Smooth: 4.5 – This does certainly burn, but it’s got just as much warmth in that burn as it goes down to not make you want to vomit.
Aroma: 8.0 – Finally someone got the silver tequila balance in terms of smell, it’s not perfect, but damn is it good.
Honesty: 5.0 – Graceful warming finish is about the only statement I agree with of their literature, but they otherwise don’t do much to make themselves stand out, so I really can’t afford them points they haven’t earned.
w/ Lime: 6.0 – Standard fare the taste adding only a bit.
Tequila Sunrise: 7.0 – That is a fairly good sunrise, but not great.
Value: 6.5 – It’s really not bad for the under 20 dollar range as far as tequila’s go.
Google Shop Average: $19
Metric Score: 44.0/70 |+| Metric Average: 6.29 |+| Reviewer Average: 6.5
You know I may pick up a bottle of this in the future as a goto Tequila, but I’ll likely continue to keep trying as it’s an area I haven’t explored enough of.