Peligroso Tequila Silver 42, Our Drink of the Week!

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If you glance at a bottle of Peligroso tequila and are a way-too-politically-conscious pendejo like me, you'll want to immediately protest. The name, drawing on centuries of gabacho stereotypes about the inherent danger of Mexicans and tequila. Their logo, a coiled rattlesnake with fangs bared, ready to strike. The accompanying tag, which promises "When your crew sets out for a night of drinking PELIGROSO, they know it's going to be a great time with the potential for adventure and danger." They should've just thrown in a joke about donkey shows while they were at it.

Thankfully, there aren't too many way-too-politically-conscious pendejos like me, because all that thinking gets in the way of a fine tequila.

I was able to score a bottle of the Peligroso silver. Silver tequilas, of course, are the moonshine of the distilled liquor's universe (actually, mescal is, but that's another review...), which means it's barely aged and harsher on the senses. The Peligroso stays true to its family, with a nose that pops you like a tapatío after one too many, and an initial flavor that's surprisingly peppery--not too much, though, as a smokiness settles in toward the end.

What remains throughout, though, is a zing that resonates across the palate. It'd make great margaritas and Bloody Marias, and works even better as a sipping tequila for those you can trust without going loco after a shot. Good buy--and in the greater scheme of things, having a tequila promise danger is far less offensive than one named after Frida Kahlo...

Go to peligrosotequila.com to find some of the many local restaurants and stores that carry it .

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Arandas 1
Arandas 1

I am an long time importer /afficionado and have to agree with 20ftJ. A blanco can be very smooth compared to aged tequilas. Not saying that's a good thing. Just a depends what one prefers. Wood can definitely impart a spiciness that can be harsh. And herradura........ lol.

gustavoarellano
gustavoarellano

¿Ustedes de Arandas que saben? You gave the world Cazadores after all haha

Arandas 1
Arandas 1

Don't forget about Tapatio, Centinela, ..... why bother. Lol

20ftJesus
20ftJesus

"Silver tequilas, of course, are the moonshine of the distilled liquor's universe which means it's barely aged and harsher on the senses."

Sincerely, you need to stop spreading this lie that silvers are harsh or moonshine.  There are many ultra-smooth silvers (e.g. Canicas, Porfidio).  Just because it says Plata on the bottle does not automatically make it trash. 

There are some expensive tequilas aged forever in used french oak barrels that taste like complete shit (e.g. Asombroso).I'm going to organize a protest against you and your evil aspersions to tequila blanco. 

gustavoarellano
gustavoarellano

There's a difference between tequila that tastes like shit, and the variants of tequila. Line up a good brand—let's say, Herradura—and the blanco will ALWAYS be the harshest of the batch, based on it being the youngest. Just like the difference between moonshine and bourbon, baboso!

20ftJesus
20ftJesus

Nonsense and more lies!  (Herradura?  roll eyes)

Trey at Hi-Times Cellar puts on a tequila tasting every year.  I suggest you go and sample all three variants from a quality tequila maker.  To me, the taste of the barrel (aging) imparts harshness...bleck!  Triple distilled tequila is very pura and smoooooth.  You need to stick with your yankee bourbon or get a quality tequila education (and stop reading Wikipedia for your tequila knowledge). 

gustavoarellano
gustavoarellano

Your contributions are great--SERIOUSLY! Who knew there was a brain there?

20ftJesus
20ftJesus

Perhaps.  BTW, how am I doing with my contributions?

gustavoarellano
gustavoarellano

No need for lessons from you, as much as you may know! Any yahoo knows the blanco truism—maybe just a matter of preference?

20ftJesus
20ftJesus

Of course the reposados and anejos have "more notes, more sweetness, more flavors" because they're getting it from the WOOD.  This doesn't mean all blancos are HARSH(er) when compared to their equivalent repo or anejo. 

Invite me to your next tasting and I can help you distinguish between the various tequilas.  Gratis, no charge for you. 

gustavoarellano
gustavoarellano

Oh, please. I lead tequila tastings as well every once in a while, starting with pulque, going through Don Cenobio and ending with Johnny-come-latelys like yourself. Reposado and añejo will ALWAYS feature more notes, more sweetness, more flavors than a simple blanco. And who says I don't like them?

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