I’ve only written one other Tequila review in the XI years I’ve been writing about Spirits. So, let me officially welcome you to my second Tequila review.
VIVA XXXII (32) Tequila– JOVEN A breakdown by the
Roman numerals numbers:
- 80 Proof
- 40% ABV
- 750 ml
- 100% Blue Agave
- 10% – I’ll get to that in a minute.
80 proof for a 750ml bottle seems to be the standard and there is nothing wrong with that. If you’re someone who craves a HIGHER ABV to test the boundaries of common sense and your liver, I suggest you look elsewhere. This bottle has just enough of what you are looking for. And that thing you’re looking for, is pure 100% Blue Agave. This brand and the high quality Tequila they produce is full of it and they stand by it.
Priced at 45 dollars, VIVA 32 is at the sweet spot for purchasing. A premium tequila priced for the drinking Hipster’s wallet. Not too much so you can’t buy Kale Avocado Smoothies for a week but just enough to let your friends know you brought the good stuff. Affordable luxury in a bottle. Yes, ‘affordable luxury’ is a term people love to throw around but in this case it hits the mark dead on center.
10% – That number applies to the amount of their proceeds that goes towards animal cruelty prevention. Drinking and HELPING animals in need are two things everyone can get behind. The money is distributed to organizations like Shelter Transport Animal Rescue Team (START), Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCALA) and the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA).
VIVA 32 comes in two expressions – Joven and Reposado.
The “Joven” expression is a result of blending a Silver Tequila with a Reposado and/or Añejo Tequila, while keeping the 100% Agave classification. Some Tequila snobs may cry foul on this. To them I say, Lily Allen has a song dedicated to you. Anywell – Nosing and tasting notes on the Joven are as follows.
Peppery – Black and White with enough heat to remind you what you’re drinking and where it is from. There are true Agave notes on the nose that fade gently.
Sweet – There is a delicate sweetness to it like a faint memory of your favorite lollipop. Not over powering but just enough to put a smile on your face. There is a meaty sweetness to it reminiscent of powdered sugar lightly dusted on applewood smoked bacon.
Neat – An earthly pleasantness that brings to mind Lemongrass, Summer and nosegay. It’s a wonderful reminder of what a good Tequila is suppose to be.
Ice – A solid cube of ice is like the last chapter of a mystery novel. It reveals everything – every flaw and nuance, especially with Spirits. VIVA 32 rises to the occasion in ice. The presence of Agave is true and present with a whisper instead of a shout.
It’s a harmonious blend that makes it drinkable in a cocktail as well as neat. I went to my Spirits library and tried something new, something slightly different.
The Chimayó cocktail was created by Arturo Jaramillo, owner of the Rancho de Chimayó restaurant in Chimayó, New Mexico in 1965,
1/4 oz. Lemon juice
1/4 oz. Creme de cassis
1 oz. Apple cider
1½ oz. Tequila- VIVA 32
Pour the VIVA 32 and unfiltered Apple Cider into glass over ice. Add the Lemon juice and Creme de cassis and stir. Garnish and serve.
Served: On the rocks; poured over ice
Standard garnish: Slice of unpeeled apple
Drinkware: Highball glass
And the new standard in Tequila cocktails – The Paloma. A refreshing, simple cocktail that is best enjoyed on a hot Summer day.
1 Grapefruit wedge
¼ cup of fresh Grapefruit juice
1 Tablespoon of fresh Lime juice
1 teaspoon Sugar
¼ cup Tequila- Yes, VIVA 32
¼ cup Club Soda
Pour some Kosher salt on a plate. Rub half of rim of a highball glass with Grapefruit wedge; dip rim of glass in salt. Combine Grapefruit and Lime juices with sugar in a glass. Stir until the sugar is dissolved. Stir in VIVA 32 add ice then top it off with Club Soda. Garnish with a Grapefruit wedge.
Drinkware: Rocks Glass
A side note:
I do not have a horrible Tequila story.
In my youth I had, on occasion to over indulge while imbibing certain Spirits. – Happens to the best of us but in my years of drinking I’ve never drank too much Tequila.
There is a simple reason for this. I didn’t trust Tequila.
Growing up with friends and adults who were hard core drinkers they had one common link – A near death experience from drinking Tequila. The other common link was the brand of Tequila that got them sick. I won’t mention them by name but if you have a horrible, near death Tequila tale odds are you know what brand I’m talking about.
I’m at a point in my life where I drink responsibly and enjoy good Tequila in moderation. VIVA 32 is on my short list of Tequilas to own. It’s in my liquor cabinet because I trust it. I trust it to go down smooth with ice or in a cocktail. If you’re looking for a Tequila to add to your collection or as a present for a Tequila nerd VIVA 32 is the way to go.
Follow @VivaTequila32 on Instagram and @Viva32Tequila on Facebook.
As with any review I do I like to leave you with a toast to use-
“In wine there is Wisdom, in beer there is Freedom, in water there is bacteria.”
― Benjamin Franklin