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Which Tequila is Better for a Margarita Cocktail?

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The margarita cocktail is the most popular cocktail made with tequila. If you want to make a classic margarita you will need tequila, lemon juice, ice and Triple Sec (some citrus fruit juices can also be added). Don’t forget the salt on the rim of the glass in which the drink is served.

Despite being a cocktail that can be made with simple preparations the margarita can be created with an infinity of styles and varieties. The types of tequila that can be used for this drink can also be very different from each other. Let’s get to know more about the types of tequila you can use for the delicious margarita cocktail!

White Tequila, the Classic Margarita

There are three types of tequila: tequila blanco (white) or silver, tequila reposado (rested or aged) and tequila añejado (extra aged). Tequila joven or oro (gold) and tequila extra añejo (ultra-aged) – which could be considered as two additional types of tequila – can also be considered two subtypes of the three types of tequila mentioned above.

It might seem strange but not all types of tequila are suitable for preparing a margarita cocktail. The type of distillate usually used to prepare most cocktails that include citrus fruits, as well as the most popular cocktails in general, is white or as neutral as possible.
A margarita cocktail is prepared on the same principles, so the ideal tequila for preparing a good margarita is a white or silver tequila.

What Are the Variations of the Margarita Cocktail?

The basic ingredients for preparing a margarita cocktail are tequila (white, of course), triple sec, lemon juice and ice. However, like all popular cocktails, the margarita comes in many variations. It is often the fruit that we use to mix the drink that varies and not the type of tequila itself. Therefore you might find margaritas with orange juice, strawberry margaritas or even kiwi margaritas.

You might also find variations of margarita that contain brandy, red wine or sake. The variations are limited only by imagination!

The Best Tequilas for a Margarita

Now that we know that white or silver tequila is the ideal tequila for preparing an excellent margarita we present a list of the best tequilas to prepare a classic margarita.

Do you want tequila recommendation for making margaritas? You will find the best below:

 

Jose Cuervo Silver The Rolling Stones: a Silver tequila produced in Mexico with an alcohol content of 38 %.

Tequila Patrón Silver: this is an ultra premium white tequila. It is fresh and sweet.

Don Julio Blanco: a Silver tequila from Mexico that has an alcohol content of 38 %.

Tequila Patron Silver 1L: a Silver tequila from Mexico with an alcohol content of 40 %.

Herradura Silver Tequila: a Silver tequila from Mexico with an alcohol content of 40 %.

Tequila la Tilica Blanco: a silver tequila from Tequila la Tilica distillery in Mexico. It has an alcohol content of 40 %.

Tequila Kah Blanco: a Silver tequila from Mexico containing an alcohol content of 40 %.

 

More Interesting Knowledge About Tequila

Do you love tequila? Do you want to know other curious facts about this popular spirit? Below you will find other articles that are sure to spark your interest!

6 tips to drink tequila
How are tequila and mezcal different?
9 tequilas and mezcals you cannot miss
Tequila leads the boom of luxury spirits

 

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No other than Sauza Tequila produces the Sauza Tequila Silver, a Silver with roots in Mexico with 38% of alcohol strength.

 

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Destilerías Tequila Herradura delivers the Tequila Herradura Añejo (£36.90), a Añejo with origins in Mexico with an alcoholic level of 40% and with the following professionals scores: peñín: 94.

Pink is the new gin!

 TAGS:undefinedGin Pink (not to confuse with a classic cocktail) appears like a new fever in the post-Gin & Tonic era. Only time will tell if the gin pink has come to stay, but in the meanwhile, the big brands are already betting on this new product. 

That is the case of the Beefeater Pink. This brand new gin adds a new and bold pink face to the brand’s product range and appears as a punky hommage of London’s underground club culture. From the bottle label, inspired by the typical concert poster, up to a graffiti on the glass bottle and the gin’s neon pink colour as a reminder of the city’s underground clubs – everything resembles the urban, rebel and restless London.

Smooth, intense and pink, Beefeater Pink is a unique fusion of strawberries, citrus and dill, created for those who seek new experiences every day.

Enjoy it!

 

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Beefeater Pink is balanced and fresh. Smooth strawberry, citrus and juniper flavour 

Top 20 Products of March at Uvinum

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Wine Selection

 

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Borsao Selección 2016

 

 

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Farnese Fantini Sangiovese Terre Di Chieti 2016

 

 

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Porta 6 2016

 

 

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Aviva Pink Gold

 

 

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Moët & Chandon Brut Impérial

 

 

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Domaine Horgelus Colombard-Sauvignon Blanc 2017

 

 

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E. Guigal Côtes du Rhône Rosé 2016

 

 

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E. Guigal Tavel Rosé 2016

 

 

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Les Jamelles Chardonnay 2015

 

 

Spirits Selection

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Courvoisier V.S. 1L

 

 

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Fernet Branca

 

 

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Grey Goose Vodka 1L

 

 

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Chivas Regal 12 Year old 1L

 

 

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Jinzu Gin

 

 

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Bombay Sapphire 1L

 

 

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J&B 1L

 

 

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Cîroc Vodka 1L

 

 

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Gordon’s London Dry Gin 1L

 

 

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The Macallan Amber

 

 

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Gin Puerto de Indias Strawberry

 

 

6 Vodka benefits you probably didn’t know

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This delicious drink, famous for its strong flavor and popularity when preparing cocktails, is also the solution to many problems that you may not know but it won’t hurt to know them.

1. Get rid of dandruff and scalp problems: if you have problems in your hair and you have nothing at hand, you’d better make a water solution with vodka and apply it. Due to its high acidity, vodka is able to kill the bacteria that causes dandruff. You’ll have to consider the next time if you pass it down your throat or your scalp.

2. Bad breath: though this is not a beauty tip in its fullest sense, like the previous point, a little water with vodka sprinkled on your tongue can help kill the bacteria that causes bad odour.

3. Chapped feet: this problem, besides to be a more cosmetic problem, it is not, because it can cause health problems. However, vodka seeks for the sake of your back or rather feet. Immerse your feet in warm water with soap and a tablespoon of vodka and the problem will be behind in the blink of an eye.

4. Fair skin: this drink is great to clean the pores of the skin. But beware: do not go to grab the full bottle and pour it into your face. Take a little and tone it down with some water and spray it on your skin.

5. Wrinkles: as mentioned in the previous point, vodka is very good for the skin. If you massage your wrinkles with a water solution you can make your skin to stretch again. However, if you have very sensitive skin this might not be the best option.

6. Shiny hair: as simple as adding a few drops of vodka to your shampoo for amazing results. Since vodka has very low pH levels, it helps the pH of your hair to be more manageable. Furthermore, its acidity already mentioned, will help with frizz. Just remember: a few drops are enough and no more.

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Grey Goose Vodka 1L

 

 

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Cîroc Vodka 1L

Indian Whiskey: taking the big step in the international market

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Although it sounds a bit strange or perhaps unusual, India has gradually been becoming a power in terms of producing high-quality whisky. In the last year, more than 1,500 million litres of whisky was consumed in the country. Yes, we can say that this figure is that high due to the large population, but still is a statistic that should be respected and taken seriously.

The country has many advantages over the strongest competitors, which we can reduce to Scotland and the United States. One of these advantages is that labour is very cheap in comparison to the two aforementioned countries. Another, and very importantly, is that India, alone, is one of the world’s biggest producers of high-quality barley, not to mention the climate that has settled in the region, ideal for the annual ageing of a good whisky.

The two most relevant producers of whisky of India, Amrut Whisky and John Paul, have recently reached US soil and plan to add at least a dozen of Indian whiskies to the market.

John Paul is located in Goa, where the tropical climate governs and remains the same throughout the year, which is perfect to give a faster whisky maturation, helping distillers to have more uniform levels. “There is no need to rotate barrels unlike Americans,” explains Michael D’Souza, Master Distiller at John Paul.

“You cannot compare whiskies one and another, as each malt has its unique character” says D’Souza. “That said, we have been rated very high internationally in comparison to Scotland and, in many cases, we have had the honour of been qualified even higher than they.”

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Amrut Indian Single Malt

 

 

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Amrut Fusion

Matthew McConaughey: from Oscar to Whiskey

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Don’t worry, we’re not saying that the good Matthew has left his career for whiskey. On the contrary, he has left the cameras for a moment to dedicate himself to directing. However, not in the conventional way as many actors do. Something very different: he has debuted as a director of commercials for the original company of Kentucky, in the USA. Wild Turkey Bourbon.

This collaboration was announced in August of this year, and originally McConaughey was first contacted by the sister company of Wild Turkey, Campari, to hire him as the face of the company. However, Matthew had other plans, as he offered to work with them but as a writer, director and star of the campaign.

“I wanted to take the whole project with my own hands,” McConaughey said at a press conference with Jimmy Russell and Eddie Russell, the father and son of the Wild Turkey team. “I would like to be responsible and an important part of the campaign and not just the face of it.”

Unveiled in September at the Wythe Hotel in Brooklyn, New York, a mini-documentary of just 6 minutes was shown where the actor can be seen walking through the distillery tasting whiskey accompanied by the Russells. A shorter, 30-second ad, where you can watch The Hot 8 Brass Band in New Orleans, was launched nationwide in the United States as part of the global campaign.

That will be the first part of 3 more films that Matthew wants to do — as if it was a story divided into three acts. The actor will also be appearing in printed ads. The decision to bring McConaughey to the company and release him as the lead creative for the campaign was taken under the premise of reaching a younger audience, and although the actor admits that he does not have a strong record with whiskey, he says that he enjoys it a lot, as well as red wine.

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Wild Turkey 101: a bourbon with origins in United States with an alcohol strength of 50.5%. Uvinum users give this Wild Turkey 101 4,7 of 5 points.

 

 

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Wild Turkey 81: a whisky produced by Nichols Distilling Company with origins in United States with an alcohol content of 40.5%.

The islands of Azores and Madeira, a beautiful land of wines

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Madeira wine, or just Madeira, is also known as Vinho Generoso madeirense or Torna-Viagem and is produced on the island for more than 500 years.

Departing ships loaded with wine that was considered of lower quality, enabled them to discover the power and consequences of longer fermentation. The wine was stored in the cellars of sailboats for more than a year and the heat in the tropical region along with the long journey across sea proved to transform ordinary wine into excellent nectar.

When fermentation went on to developing, we see the forming of 2 types of techniques that are the originates from the 2 kinds of wine that were used. The canteiro wine, fermented in barrels stored in the highest part of the storages in the early years, and moved further down as it ages (you can drink from the 4th year) Stoving wine, it is heated to 55 ° C for 3 months and can be consumed from the 3rd year. In the Azores, during the XIX century, stove wine was a strong-tasting drink similar to Jerez in taste and color.

Madeira is a fortified, enriched wine and with an alcoholic strength between 17º and 22º. It remains in oak barrels through a slow oxidation process to concentrate the wine. This type of wine is divided into Blend, wines of varying age, with an average of 10 years of the same strain, and Colheita (Added), wines from the same vintage and a single strain. They can be taken from 4 years, Vintage, aging at least 20 years and then must go through a test that determines the authorization to be bottled or not. These are wines of long age, high acidity, and freshness. You can find Vintage 1975 in perfect condition.

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Wines from Azores – Past Vino (strain Malvasia) and dry wine – produced on the island of Pico, undergoing a process similar to that of Madeira, where fermentation was interrupted by adding brandy, as with the Port wine production of the wines of the Azores, it is not considered to be of lower quality than Madeira.

Probably not too many data exist on the subject, for a long time it was believed that the wine practice was limited to the islands of Pico and Graciosa but, in reality, all were devoted to the cultivation of vineyards. Although they were islands struggled with difficult weather and very stony conditions as a result of volcanic eruptions in the Azores, it still has produced very strong vines.

In the mid-nineteenth century, the islands suffered from an aggressive outbreak of powdery mildew, forcing the replacement of strains, such as Verdelho (Verdejo white), and instead, some American vines were planted (especially the Isabela strain, which today banned in Europe because of its high content of methanol).

The elaboration of spirits was considerably increased and multiplied in flavors from the molasses brandy on St. George Island, the dark spirit of Terceira Island and red, peach loquat and fig, from Pico Island.

The recovery of white wine was gradually achieved, and one of the examples of the history of wine in Azores is the Cooperative Winery of Graciosa Island.

In Madeira, the rum – Madeiran rum – white and aged, has won a central role. To learn more, one can visit the Engenho do Porto da Cruz, which is a museum center, near Casa del Ron, where you can take some exceptional reserves.

Among the strains traditionally used in the islands we can find:

Malvasia – One of the first stocks that reached the islands of Azores and Madeira during the first half of the fifteenth century. With this strain produces a sweet wine, with aroma similar to nuts and honey flavor notes. A perfect match with cheeses and chocolate.

Verdelho – a semi-dry wine, flavored ripe pineapple and tropical flavor is developed. Good pairing with soft cheeses and wines. This strain is common in the two archipelagos.

Cercial – With this strain one produces a dry wine, with citrus aromas and caramel. It is indicated as an aperitif or combined with nuts or olives. This strain is used in the two archipelagos.

Boal / Bual – The result is a semi-sweet wine with the aroma of honey and caramel flavor. It is indicated to combine with fruits, cheeses and desserts. Azores strain of high quality and used in the two archipelagos.

Black Ink – Some say that this strain is the result of crossing Pinot noir with Grenache (Garnacha). In Spain it is known as Negramoll and occurs mainly on the Canary Islands. Combine with vegetables, rice and white meat.

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Blandy’s Duke Of Clarence Rich: a fortified wine from the region of Madeira and shows an alcoholic content of 19%. Uvinum users reviewed this fortified wine with 3,7 of 5 points.

 

 

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Blandys 5 Years Sercial Dry Madeira is a fortified wine made by Blandy from the region of Madeira and has an alcoholic content of 19%. 

 

 

Three cocktails inspired by mobsters

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One of the most powerful people during the 1920s and 1930s was Al Capone, who in addition to being one of the most famous gangsters of the world was the owner of numerous underground casinos and liquor stores and, of course, a precursor of the cocktail culture.

During the years of the American prohibition law, the consumption of hard liquor increased marking Scotch whiskey as a favourite. The bartenders back then started to experiment with liquor leftovers’ in these underground bars creating new drinks and cocktails.

Al Capone, besides illegally distributing unadulterated whiskey in speakeasies all over the U.S., was also known for his outspoken attraction to forbidden cocktails. Inspired by this fascinating character, we’ll share three amazing cocktails with you. 

Penicillin

Not the medicine, but the cocktail. It was created in 2005 by San Ross Milk & Honey bar in New York and combines the taste of honey, lemon juice, ginger with the strength of the Cutty Sark Prohibition.

Ingredients:

  • 40 ml of Cutty Sark Prohibition edition
  • 10 ml of ginger liqueur
  • 25 ml lemon juice
  • 15 ml of honey syrup

Preparation:

Pour the ingredients into a shaker with crushed ice, mix and serve in a nice glass.

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Cutty Sark Prohibition: During the prohibition in 1920, Captain William McCoy smuggled Cutty Sark blended Scotch whisky into the United States.

 

Barbary Coast

This cocktail is a clear example of risky combinations performed during the period of prohibition because of the little amounts of these liquors. It is a mixture of gin and whiskey.

Ingredients:

  • ¾ ounce of blended scotch whiskey
  • ¾ ounce of gin
  • ¾ ounce cocoa
  • ¾ ounce of heavy cream

Preparation:

  1. Pour all the ingredients into a shaker with crushed ice.
  2. Strain and serve in a chilled glass.

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The Famous Grouse blend include the Glenrothes, Highland Park and The Macallan. Matthew Gloag, the founder of the 200-year-old brand, was a down-to-earth and very modest man from the beginning on.

 

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Saffron Gin: A  Genever gin produced in France with 40º of alcohol strength. 4,1 points on 5 is the average score of Saffron Gin at Uvinum. 

The Scofflaw Cocktail

This cocktail is named after an adjective created in 1924 when contest participants were asked to define “the idea of a drinker without moral, an insolent and bad citizen” in one word.

Ingredients:

  • 1½ ounces of rye whiskey
  • 1 ounce of dry vermouth
  • ¾ ounce of lemon juice
  • ¾ ounce of grenadine
  • 2 drops of orange bitters

Preparation:

  1. Pour all the ingredients into a shaker with ice.
  2. Blend, strain and serve in a chilled cocktail glass.
  3. Garnish with a slice of orange peel.

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Koval Rye Whiskey 50cl (£39.88): A bourbon from the Koval Distillery from the United States. Deserves an evaluation of 4 points on 5 according to Uvinum’s users. 

 

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Dolin Dry Vermouth 75cl: Maison Dolin & Cie produces this Dolin Dry Vermouth 75cl (£10.38), a vermouth from Italy with an alcohol strength of 16º.

Drinking alcohol in moderation may prevent memory loss

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According to a recent study by researcher Michael A. Collins, of the department of molecular pharmacology and therapeutics at Loyola University Medical Center in Maywood, Illinois, drinking in moderation can help prevent Alzheimer’s disease and memory problems in general.

However, researchers emphasize the “moderate consumption” of alcohol, the equivalent of a daily glass of wine, or 1 to 2 glasses of beer or 1 small shot of liquor for women; and to double these measures for men.

In this study, moderate drinkers were 23% less likely to develop symptoms of memory problems or Alzheimer’s disease. These benefits were seen in 14 of the 19 countries surveyed, including the US

It is not known exactly how that moderate alcohol consumption does reduce the risk of memory problems, but alcohol may have anti-inflammatory effects. And, precisely, it is the inflammation of the brain one of the main symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease, the most common form of dementia in the population. Inflammation is also one of the symptoms in heart disease, vascular lesions in the brain, diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, and some cancers.

“This study is not the last word, but it offers the most completed picture,” says study researcher Michael A. Collins, who adds that “low levels of alcohol may have anti-inflammatory effects on the immune system, on the heart and on the brain.”

On the other hand, the wine turned out to be more protective than beer or spirits, according to this new report. But most studies do not differentiate between types of alcohol. 

 

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Marqués de Murrieta Reserva 2010 is a red wine from this DO: Rioja based on carignan and cannonau of 2010 and presents an alcohol content of 14º. 

 

 

6 tips to drink Tequila

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Tequila is a very popular drink around the globe. Moreover, it has been demonstrated that consumed in moderation, it’s capable of lowering cholesterol levels, preventing diabetes, senile dementia and even strokes and seizures.  A curious fact about Tequila is that it was used in 1918 as a remedy for an epidemic flu under recommendations of doctors, and proved to be a very effective method.

Tequila is elaborated from a specific class of blue agave which contains some particular features. Keep the following tips in mind to fully enjoy this drink!

  1. Choose a pure tequila: 100% Agave Tequila has a better taste and helps prevent hangovers. If you want to be sure that yours is 100% pure, pick one made by brands like Cuervo, Orendain and Sauza.
  2. Tequila Añejo: Despite being a little bit more expensive, Añejos have aged for at least one year. That provides a better flavor and complexity. If you go for this kind of tequila, remember to drink it at room temperature, neat and in a tequila glass or shot glass called “Caballito”.
  3. Alternate tequila and sangrita: Another option is to alternate a shot of tequila with a shot of sangrita, a traditional Mexican beverage without alcohol that helps to better digest the first shot. If you want to create your homemade sangrita just mix 1 cup of orange juice, 1 cup of tomato juice, 1 dash of lime juice, 1 tablespoon of grenadine and 4 dashes of hot sauce.
  4. Taste correctly: To taste the tequila correctly you should pour a measure of the drink in a shot glass, raise it up to your eyes, look at its color, stir gently and then wait for the liquid to adhere to the walls. Then, take a sip and savor for 10 seconds before repeating.
  5. Drink it with lime and salt: Contrary to the general belief, the majority of Mexicans don’t use lime and salt to drink their tequilas, but it’s an accepted way to do so. The other option is to drink it calmed and pure.
  6. Drink it as a margarita: another way to drink your tequila is by preparing one of the world’s most famous cocktails. For that, you only need to mix 2 parts of tequila with half part of orange liqueur, 1 part of lime juice and half part of agave nectar and ice in a shaker. Enjoy it!

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Tequila Corralejo Reposado

 

 

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Tequila la Tilica Blanco