So holy cow. I'm not really a Tequila drinker; and honestly, I am a noob when it comes to Tequila. But this was impressive and opened the door into Tequilas for me. The Tequila that I know is the Cuervo stuff behind the bar, or on occasion, the boutique (I prefer to say "freakshow") stuff made by George Clooney or Sammy Hager. This stuff is basically garbage, not even suitable with salt and lime, rather best mixed with Cointreau and lime juice. Hence why I have stayed away from Tequila. So anyway, I was up at my usual spirits haunt to pick up a bottle of RE:FIND for @brencho when Marty (he's the spirits guy there) asks my wife and I try to this Tequila. Now again, I'm not a Tequila guy, but this blew me away. Holy shit. Smooth. Amber color. Kind of like bourbon, but an Agave bourbon, that finishes with a puff of smoke at the end! I'm still a relative newcomer to the North American spirits, but it just amazes me how people in the Americas (not only USA, but Americas) can come up with such good shit that can rival the finest brandies from Europe. (I'm sure the French may disagree). Supposedly, Tequila came about because the conquistadors ran out of brandy. I'm sure you guys can go to Wikipedia and find out more, but I will summarize. The core of agave plant (and I believe it can only be from the blue agave plant for it to be called Tequila) is baked in an oven (hence the tiny bit of smoke at the end - those who dislike the peat smoke of Scotch may find this kind of smoke to be much more palatable), ground into little bits by a stone wheel, fermented in a vat, and then twice distilled. It's basically Agave moonshine at this point and much of it is sold like this to stores. The amber looking stuff I am enjoying is Extra Anejo or Ultra Aged, which I believe means put in an oak cask for at least nine years. There is stuff in between that isn't aged as long too. The extra aged stuff is sort of like bourbon, except instead of corn, it's agave. This is the stuff that is best enjoyed neat. Actually, I'm pretty sure Mexicans enjoy Tequila neat. Only Americans (USA) do the salt and lime thing. I also found out that real Mexicans in Mexico don't do anything for Cinco de Mayo, but May 1 is their labor day, which is an important holiday for families to get together. Obligatory photos to piss off snobs.