Departures: A Tequila for Mixing by Casa Dragones
Following the success of its exquisite $275 joven sipping tequila (released in 2009), small-batch tequila producer Casa Dragones has created a second premium spirit—this time, designed specifically for mixing.
“We are not doing tequila from a style point of view—blanco, reposado, añejo,” explains Bertha González Nieves, Casa Dragones co-founder and CEO. “We’re bringing tequilas for occasions, and that is quite different.”
Made of 100-percent pure blue-agave silver tequila, and made in small batches of no more than 400 cases at a time, Casa Dragones Blanco ($75) is handcrafted using ingredients including agave plants grown in the Trans-Mexican Volcanic Belt and fresh spring water gathered the day of distillation from the aquifers of the Tequila Volcano.
The result is nothing less than transcendent—a luminescent, crystal-clear tequila with an aroma of green apple, grapefruit, honeydew and fresh herbs. It is creamy on the palate, with pronounced flavors of citrus, melon, pepper and salt and a clean finish of mint and cucumber.
To showcase Blanco’s subtlety and complexity, Casa Dragones has teamed up with James Beard award–winning mixologist Jim Meehan, of the New York bar PDT (113 St. Marks Pl.; 212-614-0386; pdtnyc.com), to create signature cocktails. “The character of the tequila is what I use to extrapolate and create cocktails with,” he says of incorporating delicate grapefruit, lime and celery flavors into his clean, simple Pink Panther. “It’s a great tequila, and my philosophy when mixing with great tequila is to try to not get in the way.”