Praise from the Experts
Tequila Aficionado May 9, 2017 - Reviewed on video with high praise by Rick Thibault Levy and Mike Morales. A lot of great things were said in 20 minutes! Here are come direct soundbites:
- I am really impressed.
- tequila is supposed to be like this!
- kudos to Emilio!
- a Brand of Promise Nominee!
- a small but mighty company.
- the aroma all baked agave.
- the alcohol is not as over-powering as you might think.
- the first thing that hits you is all agave.
- it has a big aroma.
- first sip, wow!
- really very nice,
- I love it!
- buttery agave.
- no off notes.
Watch the video here: http://tequilaaficionado.com/…/sipping-off-the-cuff-dos-al…/
I have been following your project and it makes me very happy to see the level of passion and commitment you have devoted to this, just like you do with everything else in life. Congratulations! I will definitely let you know when I go to San Diego so we can share and celebrate.
Chris Simmons - Director of Food and Beverage at Green Acre San Diego
(Chef Brian Malarkey's Farm to Table Restaurants in San Diego) Chris is also the man behind the All Agave Project at Rancho Valencia Resort & Spa. He and Emilio share the same goal to dispell any myths about tequila. One of the premier tequila experts in United States and one of only a few Catadores (certified Master Tequila tasters) in Southern California.
Emilio, I am really honored to offer you my outlook on the juice. It goes without saying I'm impressed with the outcome and wish you continued success with the brand. Cheers!
- Tasted: 3/20/17
- Appearance: Clear
- Viscosity: Medium Plus
- Nose: rich and pleasant with high notes of alcohol. Very upfront notes of cooked and fermented agave with a warm, yeasty undertone
- Taste: Light viscosity with shades of raw cinnamon, light green vegetal notes of mint with a roasted agave explosion
- Finish: long lasting and full mouth encompassing, delicious lingering agave
- Overall: Agave and plenty of it is the name of the game with Dos Almas 55. From the nose to the palate until the last fading hint of its finish, agave is the star. The high alcohol is as apparent on the palate as the 55 on the label, yet the strong alcohol backbone gives the Tequila a solid structure and is inviting for the connoisseur. Although perhaps a bit muscular for the novice or faint of heart, this Tequila is well worth the money and sure to please the discerning palate. Bravo!
Brad Barnes - tequila aficionado for over 30 years, with no financial ties to the industry, is well respected among the Southern California tequila crowd, has traveled with Emilio to the tequila region of Jalisco on a number of occasions, and is Emilio's biggest critic.
December 27, 2016
I’m so fired up for you and your new passion project. Dos Almas reminds me very much of you, high octane power with a soft long finish, which usually ends up in first place. I know how long and hard you’ve dedicated your energy to creating such a unique product and brand. After sharing Dos Almas with my family and friends, most of which are serious tequila drinkers, everyone’c comments have been the same; “I didn’t expect it to be so smooth for a 110 proof tequila”.
Vancouver Guero - https://vancouverguero.blogspot.mx - November 30, 2016
Dos Almas 55 Plata scores high in a recent side by side blind tasting! Dos Almas 55 was 1 of 5 blancos, 1 of 15 total tequilas, and the only 110 proof in this blind tasting. VERY RECOMMENDED! Here is their review from November 30, 2016:
Brand (B): Appearance: clear, colourless, forming skinny, medium legs on the sides of the glass. Aroma: baked agave, earthy (grassy?), honey?, spicy pepper (jalapeño?), hint of floral and fruit (citrus), mild alcohol. Flavour: baked agave, some sweetness (honey?) and spiciness (jalapeño?) - vegetal notes seem to compete with subtle salty-black licorice and mild earthy (smokey?) notes. Medium oily upon entry that pleasantly coats the mouth - heavy numbness on the lips, gums and mouth. Even felt in the nasal passage. A minty herbal - spicy note lingers from the middle to the back followed with a slight alcohol burn. Warming. Enjoyable. Finish: nice medium-long finish with lingering baked agave, spiciness with sweet black licorice. It reminded us of Astral blanco tequila. Very Recommended.
Long Island Lou Tequila - November 26, 2016
Dos Almas is a new tequila brand by Emilio De Soto and produced at La Cofradia- Nom 1137 in the El Valle (lowlands) area of Jalisco. Dos Almas means two souls, referring to the Old World and the New world. Emilio De Soto is the Founder, President and Maestro Tequilero at Dos Almas Premium Craft Tequilas. De Soto owns other companies as well as a triathlon gear company, as he is a triathlete himself, but his love is tequila. Dos Almas products are made entirely of certified organic ingredients, and Dos Almas is in the process of certification. They like to say that they are doing things in a way that coincides with the soulful lifestyle they live at the beach in San Diego. This is a tasty, strong and very potent- 110 proof/55% abv Plata/Blanco, which is not for the faint-hearted or beginners into the world of tequila. Dos Almas is tequila that is made for tequila connoisseurs and aficionados, who like the pure rawness of the agave flavor and often in the high-proof range. Emilio likes to say "this young tequila has never seen the inside of a barrel, and has nothing added and nothing removed." There isn't even water added to it, as it is distilled directly to proof and simply bottled....Oh Boy!! At this time, Dos Almas only makes their high-proof Plata and a Cinnamon Tequila Liqueur. This is a first production with only 1300 bottles.
What I like about this overproof high octane blanco, is that is not rested at all and bottled straight from the still. It may be the only 110 proof blanco that is not rested and definitely the only 110 proof unrested blanco using screw milling. The price is a little high at $79.99 and it is being sold in the United States through Zee's Old Town Tequila Superstore, but you know what... it's worth it. Dos Almas is a high end, high quality, high-proof, hot, sweet and tasty blanco, for people willing to spend the price, who would appreciate the rawness, greenness and brightness of this tequila. De Soto told me "we are not just bottling stock tequila from unknown sources and slapping a label on it." This is some serious juice, trust me on this folks. Dos Almas high proof reminds me of El Caballito Cerrero- one of my all-time favorites, which I cannot get anymore. This is the closest I've tasted to that tequila, and that tequila is worth this price when and if you can find it.
Although there are other high octane blancos out now or coming out, this is quite unique and quite good. Remember Tapatio 110 is aged for 180 days in stainless steel, and others are close to or only slightly over 90 proof. Not many unrested 'still to bottle' 110 proof blancos are available, if any, and this is likely the ONLY unrested 110 proof blanco, using screw milling.
PRODUCTION - The agaves are from Tepatitlan in the highlands (los altos) region, and trucked down to El Valle, to the La Cofradia distillery. They are slowly cooked in stone & brick hornos (ovens) followed by a screw mill, which gently squeezes the cooked agave in a different manner, some say a softer manner without damaging the fibers compared to a shredder/roller mill, which cuts the fiber or a tahona which crushes the agave. Natural Fermentation in stainless steel tanks is followed by double distillation in stainless steel with copper coil pot stills. Note that many products at La Cofradia are triple distilled, and that is not always my favorite type of tequila, but this is only double distilled. The last process is the proprietary filtration method, which leaves a slippery, clear and icy tequila untarnished by the dilution of water.
Dos Almas Plata/Blanco- approx $79.99 at ZEE Tequila Superstore. This bottled 'straight from the still' organic tequila, is one sweet hot tequila. I love this pure, high octane juice. This is as agave forward as it gets, and this delicious sweet agave shows brightly, in the aromatics along with pepper, spice cinnamon, some citrus, and light smoke. It has a taste of hot and spicy pepper with anise and cinnamon. This is one hell of a blanco and I can't say enough about it. Dos Almas is just so pure, so green and so sweet. It's for sipping of the highest degree, and although I sipped mine from a Riedel, those that are not accustomed to this heat, may benefit from a snifter or neat glass. Letting this sit will be optimal. This is made to be sipped slowly and savored.
NOSE- ridiculous agave forward sweetness, pepper, raw and so green, spice, cinnamon, some citrus, earthy and light smoke.
TASTE- medium oils, hot, spicy, pepper, with anise (licorice) and cinnamon.
FINISH- spice, pepper, and nice sweet agave, heat with a nice tingle, and some cinnamon taking you out (in more ways than one) with a medium to long finish.
Dos Almas 55% Blanco is no joke. This is the real deal, a real pure, clean, strong blanco that is total high octane in brightness and purity. This is as agave forward as you're going to find, and seems clearer than water. HOT....NEAT...and OH SO SWEET Tequila. For about the price of a good anejo, you need to have one of these in your house to know what a fine, high quality and high octane agave forward blanco is supposed to taste like. This is HOT STUFF and I love it. It's truly.... Agave Rawness in a Bottle.
TequilaTourist - www.tequilatourist.com
A new brand...a well known distillery. Dos Almas Blanco is a brand new tequila bottling from the ever present La Cofradia distillery (NOM 1137). The thing that makes this one very unique is that it is bottled at 110 proof. In a world that has seen the consumption of whiskey exploding all over the place, particularly at barrel proof, I know that the added proof will excite a lot of people. In fact, the question that I get asked most by whisk(e)y drinkers is: "Why does tequila always have to be only 80 proof?" Let's see if I'll be informing them of this new find.
Price: $80/bottle (at Old Town Tequila)
Aroma: Nose of sweet and earthy agave. The extra proof doesn't present itself in a boozy manner, but it does bring a bit of extra intensity.
Initial Taste: Sweet cooked agave, pine, grassy notes and citrus. And the proof makes it big flavor.
Body: A nice and full & oily body. Lots of earthy agave intensity. Citrus and pepper are also present and the more green notes have faded.
Finish: A long and spicy finish. The sweetness stays present and the alcohol is there on the linger, but it's a nice and warming linger.
I like this bottle. I wish more places would come out with an uncut blanco and barrel aged expressions. The price is a touch steep, but you need to remember how much water is added to bottles to bring it down to 80 proof and you realize that like with barrel proof whiskey that the higher price is justified. This is probably not one for the people taking shots and or just getting into tequila. This bottle is for people that want something different and with a little bit more flavor. Imagine Casa Noble Blanco with a bit less earth and a bit more pepper and citrus. It's a big tequila...and it's worth a sip.
Screw It, Snacktaku Spends Election Night With Dos Almas Tequila - Mike Fahey - kotaku.com/snacktaku
Is alcohol a snack? The answer is normally no, but there are exceptions. Is the alcohol in question a limited craft run of an oft-misunderstood Mexican classic, and are you drinking it on the same evening your country is going batshit insane? Then sure, why the hell not. Snack away.
Tequila is one of North America’s very first distilled spirits. Tightly regulated by the Mexican government, which only allows production in select areas and only allows non-flavored varieties to carry the tequila name, the distilled blue agave juice has fans all over the world.
When many people think tequila, they imagine an amber liquid with a little dead worm in the bottom. That’s generally a mezcal, a different Mexican liquor made from the hearts of just any plain agave plant you might have laying about (pesky thing). Mexico does not allow tequila to contain worms or scorpions. Neither do I for that matter.
Tequila—good tequila, at least—is a premium liquor that’s having a hard time shaking its party animal image. I’m afraid I don’t further the cause much in the video above.
The clear plata is $79.99 a bottle, while the cinnamon liquor is $54.99.
I’d been sitting on a pair of Dos Almas bottles for several weeks, waiting for the right moment to crack them open. The clear bottle is a plata tequila, meaning it is bottled straight from the still without aging. The other is actually a cinnamon liquor made from a combination of reposado tequila (aged at least two months but no more than a year) and organic Indonesian Ceylon cinnamon sticks and agave nectar.
Dos Almas is sold, oddly enough, through an online triathlon supply shop called De Soto. Tequila is a passion of De Soto, founder Emilio De Soto, and he already had the one website, so why bother with another? You can find out how they make it over at that very website.
How are they? The plata is strong and bold, the agave flavor leading a powerful burn. I try to hold it together in the video, but that burn gets me. The cinnamon liquor is much more mellow and smooth, with a nice cinnamon heat with a fruity accent. Both are highly recommended, though maybe not in the way I drank them last night. A modest glass to celebrate the day, perhaps. That sounds nice.
For those of you who only showed up to see if I get drunk, jump to the seven minute mark in the video to see the exact reason I don’t drink very often. This is the first and very likely last alcoholic beverage Snacktaku, unless America is even dumber four years from now.
Snacktaku is Kotaku’s take on the wild and wonderful world of eating (and drinking) things, but not eating meals. Eating meals is for those with too much time on their hands.