You’ve undoubtedly heard that old adage about the squeaky wheel getting the grease, but have you ever heard the one about the raving reporter getting the goodies? Since the raving reporter in question happens to be me, let me explain that part about getting the goodies. It all has to do with the way I evaluate spirits for this column. Normally, I like to try the spirit straight up first, in order to get a full measure of its potency, aroma and flavor. Then, I like to try it on the rocks and next. If it’s meant to be mixed, I mix it up. And lastly I like to spring it on an unsuspecting soul or two just to get another point of view and put in perspective just how full of myself I really am. As you can see by all of this tasting, I am not just taking one small sip of a few drops and writing my rave or rant.

Well, it just so happens that some PR folks who represent certain distillers were totally clueless to this process and believed that sending me a few drops of their client’s precious elixir in a miniscule bottle containing less than even one shot should be enough to get the job done. Well, let me tell you, it just isn’t so! However, other PR folks totally get it and really make up for some of those short comings – or should I say short samplings. Point in case, I recently received a teeny tiny bottle of scotch, and after I went ballistic, they sent me another teeny tiny bottle of the same scotch, which propelled me further into the stratosphere. Well, I wrote a rant and complained that I just couldn’t get a clue as to what their stuff was all about because there wasn’t enough of it to even do a scientific, empirical, microscopic DNA type forensic analysis. Lo and behold they got the message! I believe some other folks must have been paying attention too, because when they sent me some tequila to taste, this Blue Nectar tequila as a matter of fact, they sent small bottles, not necessarily teeny tiny bottles (as these are slightly larger), but the beauty of it is they sent 18 bottles of the stuff!! Now, you see what I mean about getting the goodies? Since I have more than enough samples to get the job done this time, let’s dive straight into this agave and see what’s up or down or sideways.


Let’s start with the Blue Nectar Silver. I’m a big fan of silver tequila. I like the pure straight up unadulterated, un-aged, un-oaked agave just the way the good Lord originally intended for it to be. I’m willing to bet you bucks to bullets that there must be a whole batch of you folks out there who totally disagree with me in regard to that previous statement. Don’t get me wrong; I like that aged oaked tequila too, but there’s just something pure and simple in a good silver drop of blue agave. This Blue Nectar silver tequila’s nose has a gentle aroma full of agave and not much in the way of alcohol. It really is one of the most temperate tequila noses I have ever experienced – so far so good! Straight up, it is a smoky delight followed by a good and fruity agave palate. It is very smooth and medium in length in the finish leaving a pleasant, sweet and smoky agave flavor in my mouth. This is definitely one of the better silver tequilas I have tried and worth enjoying straight up in a snifter. On the rocks, the nose becomes even fruitier letting the agave aroma shine. The palate becomes a bit more smoky with the agave coming in behind the smokiness with absolutely no burn and no alcohol discomfort. The finish is clean and smooth and a bit shorter but still leaves the refreshing taste of agave behind. This is a very nice and tasty sipping tequila that just might get a bit lost if diluted with other ingredients and should be enjoyed straight up or on the rocks. Leave the mixing to lesser tequilas.


The Blue Nectar Reposado tequila is a pale golden color that definitely shows a degree of ageing. Surprisingly, the nose is initially a bit sharper than the silver but settles down nicely after just a few minutes in the open air. The aromas of oak and agave are very mild with almost no trace of alcohol. On the palate, the mildness of the nose is complimented by subtle hints of oak and agave with the smokiness almost disappearing. The palate is just as smooth as the nose is mild. The finish is short and sweet and gentle leaving just a trace of agave in the mouth. This is one seriously laid back tequila and it tastes a lot older than it is, and I mean that in a very good way. On the rocks, the agave steps forward with the oakiness almost getting lost in the background. This is another great sipper.


And last, but not least, is the Blue Nectar Special Reserve. This one is also a pale golden color and the nose is also very mild but the oakiness and agave had taken a back seat to a very subdued spice note of vanilla and sweetened milk, with absolutely no alcohol aromas at all. This profile continues on the palate with a layered sweetness and subtle spiciness taking center stage, followed by the agave and then the barest note of oak. All of these flavors are so delicate, they are hard to discern fully, but they blend together very nicely, and they also present a depth and complexity that I wasn’t expecting. Don’t even think of putting this tequila on ice; it just doesn’t need it; enjoy it straight up, and don’t even think about mixing it up because it will get totally lost.

These three tequilas are the smoothest tequilas I have ever tasted. That being said, don’t get me wrong; they are very flavorful, deep, layered and complex in their own right. These aren’t your momma’s mixin’ tequilas of old. They’re far better than that. They’re priced accordingly but worth it. 750 ml bottles can be found for around: Blue Nectar Reposado $39.99, Silver $44.99, Special Reserve $49.99. Buy a bottle or two, pour a snifter or three, and enjoy them pure and simple.


By George Brozowski