Tequila is a symbol of celebration and joy in the world of spirits. Yet, there’s a hidden gem within this realm, a bottle that whispers of aristocracy, and that is the Jose Cuervo Reserva de la Familia.
by Rizky Adityo
In the world of tequila, one name stands out among the rest, commanding the respect and admiration of connoisseurs and novices alike – Jose Cuervo Reserva de la Familia. This exceptional tequila has earned its place as one of the finest spirits globally, with a rich history, meticulous craftsmanship and unforgettable flavours that paint a vivid portrait of Mexican heritage.
At the heart of this renowned tequila is a tradition dating back to 1758, when Jose Antonio de Cuervo was granted the first royal concession to produce tequila by King Ferdinand VI of Spain. Over the centuries, the Cuervo family perfected the art of tequila-making, and Reserva de la Familia is the ultimate expression of their dedication.
Crafted from the finest, hand-selected blue agave plants, Reserva de la Familia is a testament to the Cuervo family’s commitment to quality. These agave plants grow in the rich volcanic soils of Jalisco, Mexico, and are carefully nurtured for seven to twelve years, developing a complexity of flavours that forms the foundation of this exceptional tequila.
Platino: The Shimmering Elegance
The journey begins with Jose Cuervo Reserva de la Familia Platino, the embodiment of elegance. This exquisite tequila is crafted using 100 percent blue agave and harvested at the peak of perfection. The heart of the agave plant, or piña, is meticulously slow-cooked to perfection, ensuring that the flavours are refined and the aromas inviting.
Upon pouring, Platino unveils itself in a shimmering, crystal-clear liquid that glistens like a precious gem. A delicate balance of agave and citrus notes dances on the nose, luring you into the experience. As the first drop touches your lips, the essence of the agave is unleashed with grace, accompanied by hints of white pepper, herbs and a subtle sweetness. The finish is smooth, crisp and undeniably refreshing, leaving a gentle warmth on the palate.
Reposado: A Symphony of Oak and Agave
Jose Cuervo Reserva de la Familia Reposado represents the art of ageing, where the spirit spends at least two months resting in oak barrels, absorbing the character and nuances of the wood. The result is a magnificent harmony between the agave’s purity and the oak’s depth.
As you raise your glass of Reposado, the amber hue captivates your gaze, hinting at the transformation that took place within the barrel. The aroma is a medley of vanilla, caramel and toasted oak, perfectly complementing the agave’s herbal and earthy notes. On the palate, a symphony unfolds. Flavours of honey, butterscotch and a touch of spice from the oak greet you, while the agave’s presence remains unwavering. The finish is a delightful interplay of sweet and spicy, leaving you craving another sip.
Extra Añejo: The Pinnacle of Patience
Extra Añejo is the crowning jewel of Jose Cuervo Reserva de la Familia, a tequila that showcases the patience and dedication of the Cuervo family. Aged for a minimum of three years in American and French oak barrels, this tequila is a testament to the art of ageing.
This deep amber elixir emerges from the bottle, and you immediately notice the rich, mahogany colour. The aroma is an opulent bouquet of dried fruits, vanilla and toffee, intertwined with the agave’s herbal complexity. Upon tasting, the flavours are an extravagant feast for the senses – dark chocolate, roasted coffee beans and a harmonious blend of oak and agave, leading to a seemingly endless finish that lingers like a cherished memory.
In every bottle of Jose Cuervo Reserva de la Familia, you’ll find not just a tequila but a piece of Mexican heritage and craftsmanship. The handcrafted wooden box housing the bottle is adorned with a different piece of art each year, showcasing the talent and culture of Mexico.
Exquisite Taste Volume 41