Tequila. This word brings many good/bad/amnesic memories to all of us. Tequila actually has a deep heritage dating back to 1666. The humble versatile agave plant has given birth to many a tequila and the latest is an all-female partnership who have created luxury 100% agave tequila, Satryna.
What’s the story? A tequila making family in Mexico created a tequila for friends to enjoy at special occasions. 60 years and three generations later, Nitzan Marrun decided this fine liquid should be shared with the world and persuaded her grandma to share the secrets behind Satryna. And so a small batch, hand-crafted, ultra-premium tequila made its UK debut this week with Blanco (triple distilled) and Cristalino (matured for 18 months in American oak barrel and charcoal-filtered).
Satryna is made from 100% Blue Weber agave sourced from the rich volcanic soil of Jalisco. After 12 years of nurturing, each agave is then carefully harvested, steamed for 24 hours, triple distilled then aged in oak barrels imported from Cognac and California. Triple distillation gives it that smooth finish but retains complexity.
What about the taste?
Tasting tequila is an art form. Firstly, glass choice. Drink it from a Riedel Ouverture tequila glass (the only glass designated for tasting by the Tequila Regulatory Council). Secondly, instead of throwing it down your throat, take a small sip, swish it around your mouth for two seconds, breath in deeply and exhale out. Trust us, it works.
Satryna Blanco – So smooth and with a smoky undertone, we tasted delicate flowers, herby agave and a hint of honey.
Satryna Cristalino – This uber pure liquid had lemony notes with sweet agave overtones. We tasted it with some habanero salted crunchy corn which gave Cristalino an amazing caramel like, long viscous finish.
To show how pure this tequila is, rub a few drops between your hand sand hold them up against your face to reveal the aromas. You will also notice your hands aren’t sticky, revealing how clean the liquid is.
The bottles look good too and stand out on any drinks trolley. The intricate, striking metal skull cap and Satryna’s name are inspired by ‘La Catrina’, the female skeleton that symbolises the Mexican Day of the Dead festival. Each bottle is hand numbered, signed and can also be engraved on request. If you are out and about in London, you can find Satryna at The Wellington Club, Groucho Club, Annabel’s and Tramp.
5 tequila facts you may not know
*It has the least calories of any alcohol, only 60 compared to 160 for a glass of wine.
*The agave plant contains high levels of inulin, which helps the digestive system by growing good bacteria for digestion.
*Pure single agave tequila won’t give you a hangover.
*Tequila goes well with food as there are 750 flavour notes in tequila compared to wine where there are only up to 150 flavour notes.
*We shall lend on this interesting statement. All tequila is mezcal, but not all mezcal is tequila…
By Mark Captain