Ever wonder what a spirits writer actually does? This is my life. Welcome…. try not to get too sticky while you’re here!
This is a photo of what my office looked like last week.
What’s in those bottles, you may ask? Tequila. To be absolutely specific, those bottles encompassed:
- 25 bottles of blanco tequila
- 24 bottles of reposado tequila
- 21 bottles of anejo tequila
- 2 bottles of “extra anejo” tequila
- 2 bottles of blended tequila (reposado, anejo, and extra anejo together)
Yep, that’s a grand total of 74 bottles of tequila. Here’s another photo:
Seventy-four bottles of tequila.
Yes, I tried Every. Last. Bottle.
No, I did not do that in one sitting. I did a few at a time, over the course of a month. I also wrote tasting notes for each, and assigned each a rating.
Usually, I receive 20 to 30 samples to evaluate for a spirits column. And actually, these photos represent roughly 30 or so brands. But in triplicate! And there are still more tequilas out in the tequila-verse that I did not get to try. Here’s a final photo:
I’m not quite sure why I felt the need to take an aerial shot of the bottles.
So what are those little purple stickers on top of the caps? It doesn’t indicate a good or bad product; it’s just how I flag for myself that I’ve already sampled that bottle. Looks like some of the flags have fallen off. I use miniature Post-Its. Hmm, I really should think about buying stock in 3M.