Friday happy hour: 1800 Select Silver
Raise a glass to our new blog feature "Friday happy hour," the first in an occasional series of end-of-the-week booze reviews to get you in the weekend spirit.
Here's my favorite line from a publicist lately: "Enclosed is your sample of 1800 Select Silver, the first ever 100 proof tequila!" Finally, a solution for those of us who don't think the old-fashioned 80-proof stuff packs enough punch.
I've been enjoying this bottle for about two weeks now (I shared some with my wife and a couple of friends, too). It's 100 percent agave and has a full-bodied tequila flavor without any raunchy aftertaste. It's a good sipping tequila despite the high alcohol content. It reminds me of Gran Centenario, my longtime favorite tequila, which, coincidentally, is also distributed by Proximo Spirits. The 1800 is also quite nice in a margarita, or on the rocks with Sprite (although that mix could be considered a waste of good tequila).
Peter Vestinos, Sepia mixologist and TOC's summer drinks columnist, recommends mixing good silver tequila with homemade honeycomb-tequila liqueur. My wife, bless her heart, followed Peter's liqueur recipe, so I'll soon be able to see how smoothly the 1800 pairs with that as well.