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Review: Gran Centenario Plata Tequila (2008)

The first thing you’ll notice about this blanco tequila is the distinct yellow tone it has. That’s not a tint on the Deco-styled bottle, that’s the spirit. But aren’t blanco tequilas supposed to be totally clear?

Surprise: Gran Centenario lets its blanco/plata mellow for 28 days in oak barrels before going into bottle. It’s not enough to make this qualify as a reposado, but it does do something unexpected to what is often a very familiar spirit.

At its core, this is a pretty straightforward white tequila. Vegetal, herbal agave is heavy on the nose and in the mouth, but it’s creamier than many blancos. A strong hint of vanilla is there, a definite contribution of the wood, but unfortunately that just reminds me that, hey, I could be drinking anejo instead. Definitely an interesting twist on the blanco… and if you’re either a blanco or reposado fan, definitely give Gran Centenario a try for something a little unusual.

Gran Centenario says this spirit is excellent for mixing, and I can’t disagree. Here’s one sample cocktail (courtesy of the company and pictured below) that sounds especially intriguing. Note to self: Buy lemons.

80 proof.

B+ / $40 / grancentenario.com

Jim’s Diablo
2 oz. Gran Centenario Plata
3/4 oz. fresh lemon juice
3/4 oz. Domaine de Canton ginger liqueur
1/4 oz. Crème de Cassis

Add all of the ingredients to a mixing glass, then add ice. Shake and strain into a chilled coupe. Garnish with a thinly sliced lemon wheel.

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Christopher Null

Christopher Null is the founder and editor in chief of Drinkhacker. A veteran writer and journalist, he also operates Null Media, a bespoke content company.

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  1. Lucas April 7, 2010

    An outstanidng tequila and a clear proof of quality, where the smooth agave is tasted at it full. Well balanced herbs and citrous notes with slightly vainilla, dried fruits and a smooth yet ardent finish.
    highly recommended


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