Exemplar Tequila and Mexican Food Merged Under on Great Roof
La Hacienda de Los Barrios hosted their first tequila tasting featuring El Mayor Tequila. Diana Barrios Trevino, Chef/Owner or La Hacienda de Los Barrios, welcomed guests to her northside restaurant, La Hacienda de Los Barrios, for their first tequila tasting featuring El Mayor Tequila. El Mayor Tequila, a tequila born and distilled in Jalisco, Mexico, is a 100% agave spirit taken from the Weber Blue Agave plant, known as the best agave. This agave can only grow in the rocky volcanic soil of this region, therefore producing the best tequila. El Mayor has been producing tequila on some of the most fertile Jalisco earth they could find for over four generations in time honored traditions handed down through the generations.
Javier San Martin, brand ambassador, brought four different tequilas for the nights tastings; El Mayor Blanco, El Mayor Reposado, El Mayor Añejo, and El Mayor Extra Añejo.
We started the evening with the unaged, clear El Mayor Blanco with its nose of clean, slight floral & spice overtones paired with Ahi Tuna Tostada with chili avocado and cilantro. This firm mild fish brought out the floral flavors of the Blanco with a hint of pepper at the end. The slight heat at the end went well with the chili.
Aged for 9 months giving it a golden hue, the Reposado has a nose of sweet fruit with spice undertones. The Reposado paired with a Blanco tequila infused Shrimp Queso Taco which was served with handmade corn and Mango Pico de Gallo sauce. The perfumed fruity spice of this tequila was just right for both the mango and the shrimp.
The Añejo, which is aged for 18 months, has a beautiful amber color with a golden glow. The Añejo has a nose of caramel, sweet fruit and light oak. For tonight’s dinner the Añejo was paired with a Spicy Tamarind Steak served with white rice and charro beans.This fuller bodied tequila with a grilled fruit finish was a great match for the tamarind marinated steak.
Last on the tasting, but certainly not least, was the cream de la cream, the Extra Añejo. Being aged for 3 1/2 years in White Oak Kentucky barrels gives this tequila a wonderful amber color and a nose of dried fruit, hints of dark chocolate, hazelnut, nutmeg and caramel all with a smoky flavor. All these notes made the Extra Añejo the perfect choice for the last course, the dessert. Seasonal Fruit Chalupas on a Buñuelo shell and drizzled with El Mayor Añejo Cajeta was a perfect choice for pairing with the sweeter Extra Añejo which brought out its complex and elegant body.
The beautiful menu put together for this tasting shows a different side of La Hacienda de Los Barrios. Even though this is a wonderful, traditional Mexican restaurant with many time-honored classic dishes on the menu which locals have come to love and trust, this restaurant shows that it is also very capable and adept at creating new, modern, eclectic dishes to please a different palate. Hopefully we will see some of these new dishes added to their traditional menu as well.
A handcrafted tequila for over 150 years, El Mayor tequila is starting to find its rightful place in the tequila market. Just reading through all their accolades will confirm that. But you really should try it for yourself. Weather you are looking for a sweeter sipping tequila or a lighter tequila to be mixed in classic cocktails, I think you will be surprised with the El Mayor tequila selection.
Location: La Hacienda de Los Barrios, 18747 Redland Rd, San Antonio, TX
Phone: (210) 497-8000
Mon-Thursday: 11 a.m. – 10 p.m.
Friday: 11 a.m. – 11 p.m.
Saturday: 9 a.m. – 11 p.m. Sunday: 9 a.m. – 10 p.m.
Closed: Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day & Easter Sunday