Humito Tequila Launches in NYC (and we’re not blowing smoke about this)
One of the great things about writing wine and spirits reviews is the opportunity to taste something truly unique. This happened on April 22, 2016, when Maestro Dobel released the world’s first smoked silver tequila, Humito, at a launch party in New York’s Garage Lounge.
Humito, which is Spanish for “little smoke,” uses 100% percent blue agave, and has a smoky flavor created by using Mexican mesquite wood during the artisanal process.
This clear spirit has a salty smoke nose that almost smells like you are in range of a forest fire. On the plate, the tequila was stiff up front, but pushes quickly to the back of the mouth. There the smoke opens up folled by salty citrusy notes. The finish is long and smoky with a bit of citrus. This would create an amazing margarita, as the smoky mesquite notes contrapose with the citrusy floral tastes.
At the event, the Humito was served in a cocktail featuring sweet guava puree and smoked salt. Honestly the salt was not necessary, as Humito has enough smoky notes to be sure, but the sweet brought out the mineral notes in the tequila.
Priced at about $50 per 750 ml bottle, this is not an everyday tequila, but it is a good addition to a well-stocked bar, that works well both neat and as a mixer.
For more information, visit www.maestrodobel.com.
This report by John Dunham, the advicesisters.com wine & spirits columnist.