Jenni Rivera La Gran Señora Tequila, Our Drink of the Week!

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Before Mexican music legend (and Long Beach girl) Jenni Rivera tragically died in a plane crash late last year, she was finalizing two projects that were near and dear to her heart. One, we'll sadly never see: an ABC sitcom based on her amazing story as a teenage mom-turned-genius-entrepeneur who never met a challenge she didn't conquer. The other one just reached store shelves last month: Jenni Rivera La Gran Señora Tequila, a line of the iconic Mexican spirit that she spent years on before approving the right spirits to represent her as a blanco, reposado, and añejo.

I know what you're thinking: celebrity-sponsored tequila is the bane of liquor. But you obviously never followed the career of Rivera, someone who never allowed inferior products to be attached to her name.

The blanco (the first one out on the market) is a perfect metaphor for Rivera. While Jenni rightfully earned her reputation as a ball-busting diva, La Gran Señora (The Grand Dame, for those of you who don't habla) also reflects her demure side. It has a nice, dense scent that turns into liquid fury upon touching your palate. But once it settles, the nuances start emerging: the vegetal beauty of the agave, a hint of earthiness, a lot of sass that's nevertheless of substance. Men can drink it and not feel like a wuss; gals can take a shot and feel ready to conquer machismo once and for all.

La Gran Señora Tequila is already a smash, with bottles going for $200 bottles on eBay (it retails for $40). Locally, you can buy a bottle at Northgate González supermarkets, where my daddy works as a troquero; folks in Los Angeles and the Inland Empire can go to their nearest Northgate or try their luck with the Vallarta and Cardenas chains. The tequila will soon appear in Texas and other states. And if you're lucky to find a bottle? Raise a copa to La Diva de la Banda, blast her epic "Los Ovarios," and marvel at her life.

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Anacrime
Anacrime

I have an extra bottle for $100.00.

Who wants it?

(949) 385-0656

littoscano
littoscano

You need to try Mañana tequila. This is truly a high quality brand made from estate grown agave that proves it's quality on it's own and not by the celebrity hype. The distillery owns the brand and the agave. This is the type y that should be appreciated fully.

Juan M Escobar
Juan M Escobar

I like Azul if I'm having a mixed drink. but to enjoy a nice tequila I stick with Herradura or Don Julio on a large brandy snifter glass.

Juan M Escobar
Juan M Escobar

I haven't, I'm skeptical, based on previous experiences with celebrities sponsored tequilas. I wouldn't buy it without tasting it first.

Rocio Guido-Ferns
Rocio Guido-Ferns

I honestly didn't know who Jenni Rivera was. The minute I watched one of her performances I thought "que vieja tan vulgar" She was so crude that I felt ashame of someone like her representing our culture. Just saying...

Tomás Foolary
Tomás Foolary

There was more but the plane that was carrying it crashed!!! Beeee funny

JV Joaquin Vazquez Jr.
JV Joaquin Vazquez Jr.

Another designer tequila, sigh. Don Julio for sipping and El Jimador for mixed drinks are still the shiznit.

Chino Negrete
Chino Negrete

It probably tastes GHETTO. I'm loyal to The Boss (patron)

Jesus Archuleta
Jesus Archuleta

LOL Umm none here in Texas I guess they think that just people in Califas loved and listen to Jenni well that is wrong I was surprised to see a lot of people at the People En Espanol Festival to see her tribute

Roberto714
Roberto714

Gustavo, how about doing a little research before writing the review? Jenni's tequila was sold exclusively at Northgate. You won't find it anywhere else, except from greedy sellers on eBay.

Jerry Vazquez
Jerry Vazquez

Is Julio still owned by Mexicans or do gringos own it now?

Jerry Vazquez
Jerry Vazquez

Who makes it and can I buy shares in the company ?

Massy
Massy

I wasn't a fan of hers. However, it was upsetting to hear of her tragic death. As the daughter of someone who grew up in Tequila, Jalisco, I have been exposed to and have a great relationship with tequila. I have been disappointed with the celebrity-branded tequilas. However, I'm intrigued. I will have to find a bottle and try it myself.

Mando Aguilar
Mando Aguilar

Celebrity-branded tequila is indeed the bane of liquor, and I don't see how this is an exception. There's way more tequila "brands" than there are tequila distilleries, so ya'll are just paying extra for the brand name and the fancy bottle.

Cholo Martinez
Cholo Martinez

Herradura is the cheap nasty tequila if u want cheap and good try AZUL that's a good tequila

Juan M Escobar
Juan M Escobar

I highly agree with William, Herradura is one of the best tequila. The Jenny Rivera Tequila might be a good marketing strategy but like the Lupillo Rivera's, the Sergio Goyri's and the Julio Cesar Chaves's Tequilas to name a few, they all suck!!

Brenda Laird
Brenda Laird

Good to know you enjoyed it. Jenni liked her tequila, so now I'm going to find it.

Kenny Lara
Kenny Lara

Good luck finding a bottle. I work at a Northgate Market, and in 2 days, about 100 or so bottles sold out. Ppl still ask when we will get more, we say we don't know, when the company releases more, I guess

Will Webb
Will Webb

I STICK TO TEQUILA HERRADURA... there are so many brands out there, from Tequila Avion from the creators of HBO's Entourage, to Tequila patito, which you may require you obtain a trained dog after its consumption...

priscillawarren20
priscillawarren20

@Robert Zagiel Aral u noe wat ur the fucken pig ok so a la chingada with ur commit.its jenni not janni pendejo go suck a dick vato

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