Inocente Platinum Tequila

by Stevi on January 11, 2009

in Cocktails,Liqueurs,Reviews,Tequila

While to date I haven’t developed a real taste for tequila, I didn’t realize until now that I’ve never featured the spirit here at Two at the Most. Now that I have received a bottle of Inocente Platinum Tequila for review, I can remedy that situation.

Inocente is made from 100% plantation grown blue Weber agave. The agave piñas are baked in dry masonry kilns before being macerated and fermented in stainless steel tanks and then triple distilled. This is followed by micro-oxygenation, a process purported to remove additional impurities. The resulting platinum tequila is then poured into hand-blown and twisted bottles made from recyled glass.1 I do have to note the corked stopper didn’t seem to quite seal my bottle, resulting in a slight amount of leakage during shipping.

On the nose, this has a fairly clean, tequila scent. In the glass, the most dominant flavor is pepper, with a thin body. I added some ice, but found it to be rather unpleasantly hot for sipping. This isn’t necessarily a mark against Inocente, since blanco/silver tequilas are usually used for mixing.

Next I made my standard margarita recipe, using a 3:2:1 tequila:orange liqueur:lime juice ratio.

Margarita

1.5 ounce blanco tequila (Inocente)
1 oz triple sec (Citronge)
0.5 oz lime juice

Shake and strain into cocktail glass.

The Inocente made an excellent margarita. It had enough body to stand up to the relatively sweet recipe I prefer. This is one of the best homemade margaritas I can remember making. Here the peppery notes blend well with the orange and lime, making for a very drinkable experience.

I’m never happy just making the standard drink for a spirit. The Jan/Feb. 2009 issue of Imbibe Magazine included a recipe from Jim Meehan of PDT that called for platinum tequila and Strega, which seemed like a great next choice.

Witch's Kiss

Witch's Kiss

Witch’s Kiss

2 oz platino tequlia (Inocente)
0.75 oz lemon juice
0.5 oz Strega
1 barspoon apple butter

Shake well and strain into cocktail glass. Garnish with lemon twist.

I didn’t have any apple butter on hand, so I initially used 1 barspoon agave syrup in its place. The resulting drink was just a touch too sour for my taste, so I added a second barspoon of syrup, and achieved a nice balance. The Inocente is dominant in the drink. I can imagine the concentrated taste of the apple butter would have added an additional layer of flavor, one that would likely compliment the highly peppery taste. Next time I might up the Strega to increase its contribution to the drink.

Inocente is still in very limited distribution, mostly just in New York at this time.

Overall, I quite enjoy Inocente platinum tequila, especially in a margarita. It’s more spicy on the tongue than other 100% agave silver tequilas I’ve tried recently, but overall has a fresh, clean taste.

Do you like sipping blanco tequilas? What’s your favorite tequila-based drink?

[1] And the labels are all removable, so you can reuse the bottle at home once the tequila is done.

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Tiare January 12, 2009 at 5:30 am

With tequila I like to mix all kind of drinks with fresh fruit juices. I`m especially fond of tequila reposado and anejo.

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