Upon entering the celestial-themed Sunset Ballroom at the stunning Beverly Hills Hotel, the Casa Noble Tequila tasting there would appropriately prove to be a heavenly experience. The presentation was informative and sensory, providing us lucky samplers with an array of sights, smells and of course.. taste.
From the first sip of the Crystal Tequila, it was clear that the makers of Casa Noble knew what they were doing. The shimmery liquid spun easily around the glass unlocking aromas of mango, citrus and Agave with a slight hint of pepper. Surprisingly, the initial taste was very smooth and somewhat mild. Within seconds, however, the full flavors of this bright gem hit the pallet with an unexpected burst of buttery spice finishing in a crisp bold finish. In other words, it's an unassuming and stimulating treat for any Tequila lover and would take any margarita to the next level. Casa Noble’s Crystal won Double Gold medals at the San Francisco Spirits competition.
The Reposado, glimmering in amber light with hughes of sparkling copper, awaited my next sip. The aroma was distinctly that of the French White Oak that it rested in for 364 days. Its smell alone was intoxicating and inviting. The essences of vanilla and honeysuckle seemed to dance in the air along with the Oak, coupled with the distinct hint of fine Agave. With my senses tingling, my mouth was ready. At first contact, the flavor was bold, bright and buttery. Instantly my mouth was in a whirl of sensations, that finished with a smooth, warm tapering of caramel and spice. It left me a bit flushed, with a desire for more. An elegant experience that proved to shine in quality and taste.
I was then curious to explore the organic blue Agave sample on the table that resembled a piece of turkey jerky. I've never actually touched Agave in it's raw form, and was surprised by it's opaque mahogany color. Its taste was semi sweet, with a chewy consistency that I only briefly experimented with. It was explained that organic Blue Agave are harvested at their peak flavor which is between 10-12 years, and are grown in the most ideal and organic conditions to provide the highest caliber of Tequila. Casa Noble has been producing superior Tequila along the hillsides of Jalisco, Mexico on their private family estate since 1776. This estate encompasses over 6,500 acres of land and hosts more than one million Blue Weber Agave plants. This fascinates me and I was truly impressed by their family lineage that was now presented before me in fine crystal.
Last on the list, but certainly not least, was the Anejo, aged for over 5 years in French White Oak Barrels. This golden gem, swirling slowly, released soft and subtle tones of butterscotch, toasted oak and teased my nose with overtones of cocoa and lime. Gently sipping, my palate welcomed the intense marriage of charged butterscotch, bright citrus and bold vanilla that went down like liquid velvet. The aftertaste was surprisingly light, with a sweet and oaky finish that left me with a smile on my face. The Anejo was my personal favorite of the three, but it was difficult to choose between these award winning spirits. Casa Noble’s Anejo also won Double Gold medals at the San Francisco Spirits competition.
Casa Nable Tequilas were named “Tequila of the decade” and are triple distilled and crafted with 100% Certified Organic Blue Agave. They proudly carry the USDA Organic Certification symbol as a testament to their unsurpassed expectations of quality and their devotion to environmental consciousness. All their Tequilas are triple distilled and naturally fermented with no additives making them 100% pure ultra premium. The hearts of the Blue Agave used in their Tequilas are slow-roasted for 38 hours in traditional brick ovens. Casa Noble’s standard of excellence, rich culture and strong devotion to perfection is deliciously experienced within every bottle. As the master makers themselves simply state.. “this is authentic Tequila”. This is Casa Noble.
Here's some exceptional recipes for that perfect Casa Noble cocktail to really get your senses stirring:
2 oz Casa Noble Crystal
2 oz Fresh Pineapple Juice
2 oz Cranberry Juice
Serve on the rocks with a lemon twist garnish.
2 oz. Casa Noble Reposado
1/2 oz. Crème de Cassis
1 oz. Ginger Ale
1/2 oz. fresh lime juice
shake ingredients in mixing glass with ice, then strain into glass.
Add lime wedge as garnish.
2 oz Casa Noble Añejo
1 oz Grand Marnier 150 Year
1 oz fresh lime juice
Serve shaken over ice.
For more information on Casa Noble Tequila, please visit their website at www.casanoble.com