Holy Taco and the introduction to Antigua Cruz

Holy Taco’s a hip taqueria/tequila bar in East Atlanta that features a great menu filled with authentic Mexican and modern fusion dishes. They’ve got a pretty killer tequila selection (for Atlanta) and makes for a great change of pace to the standard modern American eatery. We happened to visit on the first thursday of the month when their chef does Tequila and Tapa’s which pairs a flight of tequila’s to unique tapa plates that accentuate each tequila your drinking. We laughed, we drank, we ate, we had a good time.

Tonight’s tequila was Antigua Cruz. It’s a brand thats been around for a while but is being reintroduced throughout markets with new packaging, graphics and A LOT nicer bottle. The old bottle borrowed that round squatty bottle that you might have seen on Don Julio’s Reposado. No one in our group has had it before so it seemed like a great night to try the place out.

This brand is a highlands brand, NOM 1406 which also produces El Charro which I recently bought at Tower Package for $12 bucks! You cant beat a sipper for that price. Unfortunately Antigua Cruz’ line starts at about 25 for the blanco, 30 for the repo, and 35 for the anejo. This line is really being targeted to American pallets. As a whole, its pretty sweet. Too sweet for me so while it was great to try and posed an interesting night, I cant say I’ll be buying it anytime soon. I got the hint that while it was 100% agave, there were some artificial additives to it, something we’ll blog about soon.

The blanco had a great agave nose that emanated that sweetness I was talking about. It also had hints of citrus and fruit. Everything was served in shot glasses so swirling wasn’t really possible but you could tell it coated the glass nicely. The sweetness really came through on the pallet. It paired with the agave and some vegetal notes but it reeked of glycerin. Overall I’d post a 2 outta 5 

The repo was the one I could get behind. It seemed lost within this family and had earthy notes along with vanilla, cinnamon, and oak. These transferred to the pallet without bringing along that overly sweet mouthfeel of the blanco, or the anejo for that matter. 3 outta 5

Here comes that sweetness again. The anejo seemed inline with the blanco but added vanilla and caramel to the mix along with some oak notes from the aging. I thought it was better than the blanco


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