A few weeks ago, I went to a friend’s pig roast and was convinced to take a shot of cheap tequila. Before I go any further in this explanation, I’ll have you know – I love tequila.
But as soon as that shot hit my taste buds, I knew I made a mistake. The tequila was so bad that it almost prevented me from drinking for the rest of the night. Well, almost.
My point is that cheap tequila sucks. I usually fall in the middle range for price and quality, but even mid-grade tequila activates my gag reflex.
Enter – Grand Mayan Tequila.
If you’re the type of person who likes a full experience, not just one dimension of one, you’ll love this stuff. It starts with the beautiful bottle, hand-painted by Mexican artists. You’ll think that’s the greatest work of art until you get a chance to taste the magic inside.
Grand Mayan Tequila retails for about $100. I don’t know that I’ve ever had tequila that expensive before. Mixed into a margarita, it’s harder to tell the difference between the different types of tequila. It’s when you take a shot or sip the tequila that you can truly make that distinction. I’m not one to sip usually – more of a rip off the band-aid type when it comes to liquor. But I decided to try this tequila more slowly. I sipped on the Grand Mayan Ultra Aged Anejo… and it was so smooth. My definition of the perfect tequila, especially after such a rough experience just weeks ago. Honestly, if you can get drunk without a mixer… you’re saving yourself a lot of calories. This would be perfect for that.
What pairs better with delicious margaritas and tequila then guacamole and tacos?
While sipping on the signature Quetzal margarita, I tried a wide variety of northern Mexican specialties at Moe’s Cantina. There were tacos el carbon, crispy duck tacos, italian brick chicken tacos, and chicken mole tacos. The mole tacos were my favorite – I’m a huge fan of the bitter chocolate-y sauce. A new favorite Mexican dish for me were the pachuchos – ground beef and mashed potatoes wrapped in fried masa dough, served with a serrano salsa. A lot of the dishes had a bit of the serrano kick, including the guacamole. The pachuchos reminded me vaguely of Spanish croquettas.
Mexican and Spanish cultures always end their meals with churros con chocolate. In this case, the “chocolate” was a coffee sauce made with Grand Mayan tequila. I took a shot of the remaining liquid after my churros were thoroughly coated in it’s tasty goodness.
Grand Mayan Tequila isn’t your cheapest option – but it’s the perfect choice for a special occasion or paired with a tasty Mexican meal. There’s a lot I can handle when it comes to liquor, but in terms of true enjoyment… that’s hard to come by. Grand Mayan Tequila is worth every penny if you don’t want Malort Face after every shot of bad tequila. Chicagoans take note that you can buy Grand Mayan Tequila at Binny’s!