Updated: Jan 22
Suerte Blanco - Batch B240817 - NOM 1530 - 40%
I've been spoiled tasting tequila over the past year. When I began, I really didn't understand the wide swing in quality possible due to production methods and additives. Now that I've tasted the difference, anytime a tequila uses quality production methods is cause to celebrate. Suerte is one of those brands - a partnership between a group in Colorado and a family run Highlands distillery. The brand launched in 2013 and boasted single estate agave, horno cooking, double pressing with a tahona and screw mill, natural spring water, and 2 mo. stainless steel resting for the blanco. All the expressions receive solid reviews. XA releases have become a favorite among collectors. In the 30-40 dollar range, Suerte Blanco is on the affordable end for tequila that checks all the above boxes.
Nose: Reserved, but complex. Baked sweets. Light earthy notes. Strawberry, Soft florals. Plastic.
Flavor: Thin. Brighter than the nose. Mineral driven. Dryer sheet - chemical/boozy florals. Finish is light with lingering minerality and fruit.
Structure: Linear with a minor kick in the finish that’s clean and short.
Alcohol Integration: Slight action toward the back that keeps the pour from playing too flat. It reads chemically at times when the booze isn’t as well integrated.
Score: 4 (Not Complaining) Nose makes you work for it but offers complexity. Palate doesn’t provide a ton of complexity or clarity. Finish is unrefined. Still, you're getting your money’s worth for thirty bucks.
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I'd rather pay up for El Tesoro, G4, or Fortaleza for my daily blanco.
10 - Reevaluate The Budget
9 - Stash Two (If Able)
8 - Stash One (At The Right Price)
7 - Highly Recommend It To Strangers
6 - Solid - Above Average
5 - Acceptable For The Situation
4 - Not Vocally Complaining
3 - Anything Else To Drink?
2 - Nothing Nice To Say
1 - Drain Pour