Cocktail, Sydney, Wine

Disaster Bay Chilli Wine

A new find at the Saturday morning markets in Kings Cross, a chilli grower from Disaster Bay, basically as far south in New South Wales as it is possible to get.

While they also produce a fantastic sauces, it was the chilli wine bottle that caught my eye and taste. Produced by the fermentation of bush ripened chillies, the wine has a sweet (they call it dessert wine), winey taste, with a great finish of mild heat. Kind of like a chili vermouth, minus some of the herbal middle.

I’ve been playing around with it and tequila. Kind of using it as vermouth for tequila. Early days yet, but it does produce some tasty results in my first experiments.

Two rabbits in a bag.

45mls Cazadores Reposado Tequila, 15mls Disaster Bay Chilli Wine, 2 dashes Bittermens Xocolatl Mole Bitters.

Combine ingredients over ice and stir well. Strain up and garnish with a peel of lime.

Special prize for anyone who can link the name to the drink.

November is Tequila Month, Spirit

Cazadores Blanco

The one with the deer on it.

Cazadores does not have the best stories as a tequila brand, production does not predate the settlement of Australia. There are no special releases mixed with the ancient family stock, no signature release in an adorned custom flask.

The bones however, are very good. Like all great tequila stories, it starts with a man and his recipe in 1922. Kept as a family secret for three generations, the blend finally made it to the wider market in 1973 when Jose Maria Bañuelos’ grandson founded a distillery, calling the liquid inside the bottle Cazadores – “the hunters” to acknowledge his grandfathers passion in hunting down his dream and placed his grandfathers favourite animal on the bottle as well.

The distillery was acquired by the Bacardi family in 2001. They probably liked the fact it had an animal on the label.

Only 100% agave is distilled here, with the agave harvested from highland plantations. Only one other marque, Corzo, is produced at the distillery. What they lack in history they makeup by using the best techniques and best agave to produce the highest quality end product.

The blanco is a little sweet, really well distilled and soft. There are really nice citrus and pepper notes in it too. It maybe lacks some of the earthy body I’ve become so accustomed too, but I can’t wait to try it out on a Margarita or in a slighty greater than equal parts take on Negroni’s holy trinity.

You can find a bottle here for a smidgen under $60. That makes it probably the best value 100% agave tequila available in Australia.

A great start if you’re looking for a bottle to kick off a collection, or something that you can throw into some cocktails without feeling too guilty.

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