Recently, I have been introduced to a tequila brand called Pancho Datos and now I can’t get enough of their wonderful tequilas. I love the earthiness of the Plata and subtle spiciness of the Reposado. Once you have learned all about Pancho Datos, don’t forget to head over to Instagram to enter our competition. More details on how to enter at the end of this post, but now, let me introduce you to my current favourite tequila brand.
What’s the story?
Pancho Datos was inspired by a character in Ricardo Grijalva de Leon’s poems, which he based on his own experiences in the Mexican Revolution and which became an important part of Mexican folklore. His grandson, Luis Carlos Grijalva, wanted to honour his grandfather through a Mexican product and bring his stories back to life.
It is important for the Grijalva family to maintain the brand’s identity and heritage; the brand may have been created to show appreciation for the grandfather and his writing, but they also want to encourage others to share their stories. What better way to do so than share some tequila.
Pancho Datos Tequila
Pancho Datos is made with 100% Blue Weber agave from the lowlands of the Jalisco region, known as Tequila Valley. It is considered that Tequila Valley produces more earthy, peppery and herbal tequilas compared to tequilas from Los Altos, the highlands, which can be fruity and floral. This is not necessarily always the case, but you can definitely detect plenty of savoury, peppery flavours in Pancho Datos. The range includes Plata (blanco) and Reposado tequilas, and Añejo is due to launch in the UK later on this year.
Pancho Datos Plata is unaged. It has a savoury, grassy and peppery flavour with a hint of vanilla to bring subtle sweetness on the palate. It is a smooth tequila that makes incredible cocktails and long drinks but is also perfectly fine sipped neat. The best way to enjoy the essence of agave is to serve Plata on its own.
Pancho Datos Reposado is matured for six months in ex-bourbon barrels to allow the spirit to soak up those vanilla, caramel and oaky flavours, which are balanced with the grassy, earthy notes. Sip it neat or serve in cocktails.
This is a drink I only really discovered recently and has become a great simple summer favourite. You can choose a range of garnishes from jalapeños or cucumber to citrus slices.
Tequila & Tonic
50ml Pancho Datos Plata
A dash of pink grapefruit juice
Pink grapefruit slice
Premium tonic water
Simply build the drink over ice, give it a quick stir and enjoy!
Paloma is a classic tequila cocktail, usually simply made with tequila, grapefruit soda and some sugar syrup. Jazz it up with Campari or try with other flavoured sodas.
50ml Pancho Datos Reposado
15ml Cranberry syrup
40ml Fresh pink grapefruit juice
15ml Fresh lime juice
Add salt to the rim of your glass. This is optional, I know salt is not to everyone’s taste. Shake all ingredients except the soda. Strain over ice, top up with soda and garnish with a grapefruit slice.
Margarita is one of the most popular cocktails. It is easy to make, and you can create endless variations using any ingredients at hand. I have replaced the usual orange liqueur with prickly pear in this floral margarita, but you can make it with Cointreau or triple sec as well.
50ml Pancho Datos Plata
15ml Prickly pear liqueur
15ml Elderflower syrup
20ml Fresh lime juice
Shake all ingredients and double strain into a cocktail glass. Garnish with lime peel.
I have teamed up with Pancho Datos to give you a chance to WIN a bottle of tequila and try it yourself.
To enter on Instagram:
2. Go to the competition photos.
3. Tag an agave-loving friend and tell us which bottle you’d prefer, Plata or Reposado – there will be two winners!
The competition closes on the 8th June 2020. UK entries only. You must be of legal drinking age to enter. THE COMPETITION IS CLOSED.
Disclaimer: This post was sponsored by Pancho Datos, but, as always, all opinions are my own.