Yessir….this is what you may term a review. If Tequila can be reviewed. Certainly, this beverage has nuances and certainly, it’s got its charms. But real Tequila, 100% Agave, is….well….it’s a thing of beauty. As a beer and wine writer and consumer, my tastes in Tequila are indeed limited. Still, its popularity is well documented and the folks at Cuervo 1800 spared no expense on this one.
It’s the Artist series that I was sent to try and so what we have here is a bottle with a painting on it by Dr. Jorge Alderete, a Mexico City artist who specializes in pop art and what’s been called “trash culture” and makes it into images using comics, surf films and other popular media. He signed the bottle, too and it certainly has….well, again….style.
Let’s start with the beverage. This Tequila may well be one of the best around. It’s clean, crisp and clear with those slight citrus nuances that make Tequila a remarkably flexible beverage. But let’s be honest, unlike its other pals in the Spirits world, it is far more drinkable. A shot of vodka? Sure, if your plan is to just get drunk. Whiskey? If it’s good, then absolutely. Nothing wrong with a good sipping single malt or even a well managed blend. Tequila, however, is drinkable and likable–if it’s any good.
1800 is beyond good. It’s among the best and I’m not the only one who says so. That’s the reason that for this bottle, with the addendum of the painting, the cost for it is $225.00. Now, as I told the fine folks who sent it to me, I don’t know too many people, myself included, who would ever spend $225.00 on a bottle of tequila. I don’t run in those circles. I’m clearly interested in quality beverages, mostly wine and beer, and I’m all for a capitalist market–if they can get $225.00 for it and make a profit, more power to them. But at that price, if it weren’t any good, well–what would be the point?
The reason the cost is up, however, is because this is the artist’s series and the aforementioned painter is indeed a noted artist. But, well….here’s the bottle, painting and all:
Now the art is not my style, which is not to say that I don’t appreciate it. I certainly do. But I wouldn’t purchase this kind of art. I have a seven-year old and I guess it’s a great bottle to have around if you want to scare children from trying your alcohol. Peanut said, “she looks like the witch in Wizard of Oz.” A younger witch, yes, and certainly a more handsome witch, except for the fangs, and with perhaps even a note of a kind of angry sex appeal. But, really, she’s dark fargin’ green and she seems to be screaming. Perhaps she’s had too much of the product inside the bottle.
OK, I digress. No need to go over the top. The Tequila is excellent and among the best you’ll find. And, if for some reason my readership has changed and all of a sudden I’ve got high-end aesthetic and eclectic art lovers reading these pages, well, then this bottle’s for you. But, to be honest, for $225.00–and that’s a discount so I’m told, I’m just not certain the screaming green woman is worth the extraordinary tequila inside.