Clase Azul Plata (Platino) Tequila
Nose: clean, mild spice
Taste: spice, mild toast, mild sweetness
Finish: smooth & warm
Value: a lot of cash for a great booze
Much like Jewel of Russia Vodka, you likely won’t find Clase Azul Plata (aka Platino) in your local liquor store. You’ll have to go hunting for it. And just like Jewel of Russia, it’s not always in stock. Why? Because Clase Azul Plata is the Best Tequila on the Planet.
The last tequila I reviewed was one of the worst tequilas I’ve ever tasted. I posted that review first to illustrate the dangers of judging a bottle by its looks. I have tried to mostly focus on Best in Class, or Best Value Boozes. But that curveball was necessary. And while Clase Azul comes in some seriously crazy bottles, it’s the best tequila. So, as noted, it’s tough knowing what pretty bottle to grab off of the shelf.
Clase Azul Plata, like all Clase Azul offerings, is a true tequila: Made in Jalisco, Mexico from 100% Blue Weber agave plants. The guys at Claze Azul hand select the best of the best and slow roast the piñas for three days in old brick ovens. Just like the guys at 1921, the guys at Clase Azul make their tequila the OLD way, and man does it pay off!
Let’s Not Mince Words: Claze Azul Plata is frickin’ amazeballz. It is full bodied, subtly spicy, and just ever so slightly sweet. This tequila deserves to be sipped slowly from a brandy snifter. Left your hand warm the bowl of the snifter and savor the scent before you sip. Like Rendezvous Rye, if you mix this booze with anything, I will track you down and slap you silly with a wet trout.
Clase Azul Plata is the Best Tequila on the Planet.
As I’ve said, booze should exemplify its class and assault your taste buds with that which makes it unique. Clase Azul Plata defines what real tequila should taste like. All “true” tequilas are made from 100% Blue Weber tequila plant and are NOT aged. The aging process is something forced on tequilas to make them more like brandy or whiskey. It’s completely unnecessary, as aging a tequila robs it of its unique heritage. That stated, Clase Azul Plata, with its full mouth feel, subtle flavors, and warm & clean finish *is* tequila. THE tequila.
Yes, any bottle of Clase Azul is expensive, and Plata is no exception. It’s likely one of the most expensive tequilas you’ll ever go hunting for. But it is SOOO worth it. You’ll never want any other tequila in your house. Of course, you’ll HAVE to buy other tequilas if you want Sunrises, Margaritas, or any other blended tequila beverage.
But while we’re on the topic of bottles, the genie bottle that all Clase Azuls come in is just silly. I get that they’re handcrafted by artisans, but come on: make it short and stout! I can’t fit this damn bottle on ANY shelf!
So yes, it’s expensive. You’ll likely throw down seventy to eighty bucks for a bottle if you can find it. If you’re after something cheaper, Tequila 1921 is my second place recommendation. After that, Don Eduardo. Beyond those, you’re venturing out of the $40-something range and down into the 30s.
If Clase Azul Plata were a human being, it would be the most exotic, the most beguiling and mysterious woman in the world. She would have long, wavy sable hair, deep brown eyes, dark olive skin and a come-hither grin. Clase Azul Plata would force you down into a chair, push her breasts into your face, then lean back and slap you. And as she walked away, you’d ask for more.
Clase Azul Plata would force you down into a chair, push her breasts into your face, then lean back and slap you. And as she walked away, you’d ask for more.
This is the spot where I usually list all of the mixed beverages in which I think the booze will work. But please don’t mix Clase Azul. Just sip it on its own. Enjoy the truest form of tequila all by itself.
Final Rating: 97 out of 100