Basically, the acquaintance with the endless world of Mexican tequila for many begins with Sauza. Budgetary, tasty and a wide variety of the line. This is the key to the company's success. The brand has many fans. But there are also ill-wishers who believe that there are more worthy tequila samples on the market. Let's take a closer look at the Sauza brand. How will this experienced gourmet tequila please?
The Sauza family became one of the oldest tequila dynasties. The innovations that they introduced, in general, shaped this industry. Therefore, the history of the brand is closely intertwined with the history of the Mexican drink itself.
The building of the brand's empire began with the purchase in 1873 by Senobio Sauza of the La Antigua Cruz distillery. And before that, he worked at the enterprise of his future strongest competitor, Antonio Jose Cuervo, in various administrative positions. Senobio Sauza immediately changes the name of its new plant to "La Perseverancia". This name, by the way, has survived to this day.
In 1873, tequila hits the international market - the first export shipment arrives in the United States. But this event can hardly be called any special milestone in the history of the company, because during the entire 19th century. "Mexican vodka" seeped in small batches through the border cordons. But the brand's drinks are very popular in America. By 1889, Sauza acquired 2 more distilleries, since it was necessary to increase the volume of alcohol production. The company began to produce several brands of tequila. Sauza is just one of the brands owned by the company.
A number of innovations that he made while developing his empire are also associated with the name of Senobio. First of all, this is a special design of ovens for roasting agave. In the process of processing plant materials, steam was used, which saved resources and affected the purity of the resulting drink. And it was Sauza who began to promote the use of exclusively blue agave, which was then called "Blue Chinese", for making tequila. Only later did the plant receive its modern name - Weber's agave (in honor of the German botanist who studied the flora of Mexico). Sauza noticed that this particular variety grows faster than other species. It contains more sugar in its pignas (24-40% when fully ripe). But in general, the decision to use this particular agave was dictated by economic considerations, rather than its specific taste. Later, almost all tequila producers switched to blue agave. Drinks tasted much better.
In 1909, Senobio Sauza died. The enterprise passed to his son Eladio. In the 20th century, the development of the company alternated with cycles of both a sharp rise and an unexpected recession. Played a role and two wars, and dry law, and the crazy success of the Margarita cocktail. And even after the death of Sauza's son, the company remains purely family-owned - only members of the dynasty are at the head of the company. In the middle of the 20th century. tequila Sauza has changed its design. The goal of the company was to promote drinks around the world. And it seems that the brand succeeded.
In 1988 Sauza becomes part of the Spanish wine producer Pedro Domec. After a few more owners changed, the brand passed to the Japanese alcohol conglomerate Suntory.
Types of tequila Sauza
According to the brand, in the production of tequila, the developments of the company's founder are used. The factories have long been modernized, but the brand is trying to adhere to the classic methods of making Mexican liquor. This is steam treatment of plant raw materials, and the aging of alcohols in oak.
Reviews for Sauza tequila are mostly positive. In general, consumers say that the quality of the drinks is in line with their value. But gourmets, who have already tried many brands of tequila, call Sauza a very mediocre brand - ordinary tequila without a "complex" bouquet. Among the competitors, you can find exactly the same samples, only with a more attractive price tag. But this brand is definitely worth getting to know for those who are just discovering a wide range of Mexican spirits.
In addition to the rich line of Sauza tequila, the company has developed a whole collection of low-alcohol carbonated drinks - Agua Fuerte (5% vol). Fresh and tasty. It contains sparkling water, classic transparent tequila Sauza and various flavors. There are 4 flavors in this series - lime, grapefruit, mango, pineapple. Drinks are sold in cans. Positioned as an alternative to the often sugary alcoholic cocktails to cool off on a hot day.
Tequila Sauza in the middle price category. Drinks are in the range of 1200-3000 rubles. for a volume of 0.7 liters. The exact price tag depends on the tequila category. Un aged drinks are cheaper.
The Sauza brand lineup includes the following tequila items:
Silver, 38% vol
Double distilled un aged tequila. Transparent, with a soft and unobtrusive bouquet. Contains 51% blue agave alcohol. Many connoisseurs compare this drink with good vodka. And the Sauza Silver brand itself is positioned as a base for cocktails.
The aroma is fresh and lively, with notes of grapefruit, agave and white pepper. The aftertaste retains the motives of citrus zest. But the finish will not please for a long time - the fresh trail quickly leaves, leaving excess astringency and some spirituality.
Gold, 38% vol
In general, this is still the same Sauza Silver tequila, but with a slightly caramel shade. The color of the drink is not given by exposure, but by the addition of color and oak bark to the composition. Contains 51% blue agave alcohol.
Sauza Gold has a slightly richer taste than silver. Light caramel and woody nuances are discernible in the bouquet. But it is agave that dominates the taste. The aroma has a lush trail of tropical fruits and cane sugar.
Signature Blue Silver, 40% vol
Another clear tequila. Only this specimen is 100% blue agave. And the recipe is also supplemented with plant extracts to soften the bouquet - which ones are not disclosed. The drink is great for creating all classic tequila cocktails.
As gourmets say, the differences in taste between Silver and Blue Silver are not significant at all. Despite the changed composition. The aroma still has the same lush trail of grapefruit. It is only in the aftertaste that spicy notes manifest themselves.
Signature Blue Reposado, 40% vol
This is a lightly aged tequila made from 100% blue agave. The blend of the drink contains alcohols that have been in oak for about 2 months. Not at all the time that tequila gives the complex facets of taste. It is mainly used for making cocktails. In its pure form, it may seem too tart.
The bouquet contains nuances of vanilla and a little hot spices. Light woody and floral nuances remain in the aftertaste.
Conmemorativo Anejo, 40% vol
Tequila 18 months old. In general, this is the most "adult" specimen from the entire line of the brand.
For the Anejo category, this tequila seems light and not very sweet. In general, according to the reviews, it is drunk very softly. The aftertaste is fast, which is typical for all Sauza products. The bouquet contains vanilla-caramel nuances with a pleasant pungency of white pepper.
Cucumber Chili, 40% vol
This is a flavored tequila specially created for the preparation of the legendary Margarita. However, many people use it in its pure form, supplementing it with ice or sweet liqueurs. It contains extracts of green chili and cucumber.
The aroma of tequila reveals itself with citrus and agave in a soft frame of fresh cucumber. The bouquet contains spices and caramel. At the finish, the pungency of the pepper remains.