Viuda de Romero
Trying to follow the history of Viuda de Romero is enough to drive you to drink. The earliest recorded references to the Romero familys interest in tequila go all the way back to 1852 when Don Epitacio Romero produced "mescal wine." Don Epitacio died in 1873, leaving his estate to Don Francisco Romero Gonzalez. In 1888, Don Francisco formed a partnership with Don Cenobio Sauza and others. Over the next 45 years, no less than four different tequila distilleries were operated by various members of the Romero family. When Don Francisco died, his widow, Doña Catalina Aguilar Madrileño, became the Viuda de Romerothe Widow Romero of the brand name.
In 1933 Don Tomás Romero sold the rights to the Viuda de Romero name to the Velazco family, who later sold the brand to another producer named Gonzalez and Noriega. By 1976, the Viuda de Romero Company produced 14 registered brands and ran two distillation plants, one in Guadalajara and one in Tequila.
In 1979 Don Joaquin Gonzalez formed a partnership with a Spanish company called Cavas Back, who managed the brand until 1983, when they closed their Mexican operations and sold the business to L. A. Cetto, one of Mexicos most established wine producers. Louis Cetto completed construction of a new facility for Viuda de Romero in 1985. The current facility, located on the main highway just outside the town of Tequila, includes a distillery, barrel aging warehouse, bottling facility, corporate offices, and a tasting room.
At Viuda de Romero, agave is steamed in 15-ton autoclaves, and distilled in
3,000-liter stills that produce about five thousand liters per day. The Reposado tequila is aged six
months in large oak tanks. The Añejo is aged for two years in oak barrels.
The Viuda de Romero brand includes a Blanco, Reposado, and Añejoall 51% blue agave from both Tequila and Los Altos. At the same facility, they also produce Real Hacienda Silver, Reposado, and Añejo, all of which are 100% blue agave from Tequila and Los Altos. Finally, they have El Alteño, a 100% blue agave Reposado made exclusively from Los Altos agaves. In addition, the facility produces 810 other brands of tequila sold in Mexico and other countries.
Viuda de Romero Reposado: Full on the attack and slightly pungent, this yellow tequila presents macho intensity and good complexity. Powerful earthy agave aromas are followed by white pepper and hints of citrus, chamomile, and cream soda. Medium mouth feel and slightly sweet on the tongue. Loads of pepper flavor and almost as much earthy agave flavor. Moderate fruit and floral notes with a hint of caramel. The finish is hot, with a distinct bitter agave flavor of medium duration.
Viuda de Romero Añejo Inmemorial: Strong and pungent on the attack. Golden in color with moderate agave intensity. Oak and agave aromas dominate with lots of smoke layered on top of slight fruity, floral, and spicy aromas. Slightly thin in the mouth
with no sweetness. Lots of oak flavor followed closely by white pepper and smoke, decent agave, caramel, and fruit flavors in the background. Low sweetness and bitterness on the finish, which is medium. The flavor is oaky with lots of pepper.
Real Hacienda Silver: Colorless, with a full, pungent attack. Moderate and sencillo agave intensity. White pepper and citrus dominate the nose, along with a bit of caramel. Sweet and full in the mouth, the tequila has astringent, earthy agave flavors. Ends with a short, hot finish.
Real Hacienda Reposado: Pale yellow color. Very little agave character, and what there is quickly succumbs to smoky, vegetal, beeswax aromas. These aromas carry over to the taste with the addition of cardboard flavors. The aftertaste is hot and abrupt.
Alteño Reposado: Yellow with brown edges. Attack is full and slightly pungent. Moderate agave intensity, but sencillo complexity. Some ginseng and floral aromas float around with a good hit of acetone. Slightly sweet with a medium mouth feel. Ginseng, dried flowers, and cardboard flavors. Long, hot finish with the cardboard flavors remaining dominant.