When local rum expert and distiller Kelly Railean decided to venture into other types of spirits, she knew exactly where she wanted to go next. The problem was, what to call her new venture?
There are "Texas tequilas" cropping up all over the state right now, but most are not made in Texas, just distributed by companies here. There's even a bottle shaped like Texas. But you can't actually call something tequila unless it is made in specific regions in Mexico.
So, new from Kelly Railean's Eagle Point Distillery comes El Perico, the first Texas Agave Spirit. I was able to sample the soon-to-be-released El Perico at the distillery recently and was surprised by how smooth and delicious it was. You get notes of butterscotch on the nose, and there is a little citrus kick in the flavor profile.
Kelly recommends it for margaritas, of course, but I truly could see sticking the bottle in the freezer and just sipping it ice-cold. Her rum is already a regular in my liquor cabinet, and I expect that the new Agave Spirit will be too.
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