We’ve all experienced that random weeknight that turned into a bar crawl.
Before you knew it, the word ‘tequila’ was uttered, followed by the sight of your buddy walking over to your table, carrying a tray of little glasses filled with the clear liquid that smells of every bad decision you ever made.
You have to admit that this sight filled you with dread (and secret joy).
Tequila is a favorite for bar workers and bar-goers, usually taken as a shot along with salt and lime. There are many tequila brands on the market and many new ones being manufactured.
This article will be reviewing Teremana Tequila, brought to you by Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson. This wonderfully crafted tequila has been meticulously produced to hit all the right notes with each sip.
Despite launching in March 2020 at the start of the pandemic, this product has made headway and is going strong.
Although they only have three products so far, this brand is looking to expand in the future and there is no doubt that their future products will be of an equal standard, or even higher.
This article will cover all you need to know about this small-batch tequila, but first, let’s go over a little brief history of how tequila came to be.
A Brief History Of Tequila
The tequila we know and love (and hate) today dates back to around 200 AD and was known as something called pulque. This was made from fermented agave plants made by Aztecs in what is now known as northern Mexico.
It is believed that the Spanish invasion of the Aztecs in the 1500s lead to the introduction of the distilling process, using the agave plant to make tequila.
When the Spaniards ran out of brandy, they apparently mixed mud and agave to make a drink. In the 1600s, the first large distillery was built in Jalisco, which is still where most tequila is made.
Tequila began to be commercially produced in the 1700s, by the Cuervo and Sauza family. These are still some of the most popular brand names of tequila on the market today.
The Sauza family is said to be the first to discover that blue agave is the best for making tequila, and using this ingredient is now a requirement for something to be considered tequila.
Teremana Tequila – An Overview
While having Johnson as the face of the brand may have attracted fans to this company and given it a good head start, Teremana Tequila has kept things local by utilizing family-owned distilleries in Mexico that have carefully crafted this wonderful tequila, in order to give customers the best experience.
Although known as a party drink, (we know things are heavy when someone whips out the tequila bottle) this drink is intended for sipping and savoring the high-value work that went into producing it.
Doing their part for the environment, Teremana has aimed to use sustainable methods when sourcing materials for their products.
Teremana means ‘spirit of the earth’ and this is an ethos that has guided them through the production process.
They have used organic materials and composting during manufacturing, along with implementing a water filtration system. What this does is it recycles used water in order to reduce water waste and the carbon footprint during manufacturing.
Organically and sustainably sourced, valuing the local family-run business, and did we mention their tequilas are gluten-free and low in sugars and carbs?
You can’t go wrong with these tequilas, so let’s delve a little deeper into how these drinks are made.
How Is Teremena Tequila Made?
Teremena Tequila is carefully handcrafted in Mexico, in the peaks of the Jalisco Highlands.
As mentioned earlier, they use small-batch manufacturing, enlisting a local family-run distillery to provide the highest quality products.
They use a 100% brick oven for roasting the agave. They do this for three days and then shred the agave, which will extract its juices, ready to be fermented.
Once the fermenting process has finished, the tequila is then distilled with copper pot stills.
The stills used have been handmade by an artisan on the same premises as the distillery. Using copper stills that have been handmade produces a much smoother and cleaner tequila.
Teremana Blanco is the brighter liquid of these three products, with ‘Blanco’ meaning ‘‘white’ in Spanish.
The 100% agave from Blue Weber Highlands gives it a very strong agave scent, that some people seriously love.
This Teremana Tequila has refreshing bright citrus notes, along with a smooth fresh finish, leaving you wanting more after each sip.
It also has zero sugars and carbohydrates, so you don’t need to worry about breaking any fitness regime you may be on. It is also completely gluten-free!
This second option carries a darker color liquid. However, this tequila is sweeter in flavor with notes of oak and vanilla. It also has a smooth finish like the ‘Blanco’ but is slightly richer.
This is a wonderful option for those winter months, and rather than taking it as a shot, the intention is to sip this tequila, so you can really taste those heartwarming oak sweet notes.
Like the previous option, this drink is also made using 100% agave straight from the Blue Weber Highlands, adding to its tasty sweet flavor.
Unlike the ‘Blanco’ tequila, this ‘Reposado’ has been aged in American whiskey barrels. This will remove any rubbing alcohol taste and enhance those oak notes.
This hearty tequila is also gluten-free and free of sugars, making it perfect guilt-free alcohol!
The newest of this tequila range is the Tequila Anejo. Johnson himself described this tequila as “cool, sexy, elegant, smooth and absolutely delicious”. Who wouldn’t want to try something described as all those things in one sentence?
Using the same small-batch process as the previous ‘Blanco’ and ‘Reposado’, the ‘Anejo’ has a warm oak, but lightly sweet and rich flavor to it, similar to the Reposado.
It has also been aged in American whiskey barrels, so you are guaranteed to experience that sweet oak flavor.
Once again, this tequila does not disappoint with its gluten-free, sugar-free, and carbohydrate-free properties.
Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson’s Role
While many celebrities who are the face of products don’t always play a big part in the product itself, you can be assured that this is not the case with ‘The Rock’ and Teremana Tequila (see also: The Rock Tequila Review).
The Rock actually owns and operates this company, and he is largely invested in the sustainable manufacturing of the product.
He is passionate about producing quality products to consumers and has made Teremana Tequila his latest project, putting endless time and effort into providing new lines to the world of alcohol.
How Does Teremana Stack Up To Other Celeb Tequilas?
It seems that every celebrity nowadays has their own tequila – Clooney has Casamigos, Nick Jonas has Villa One, and The Rock has Teremana.
The knock with some celeb liquors is that they’re overpriced and don’t live up to the hype.
For our taste, Teremana is a 100% viable tequila at a great price point – and is definitely one of the best overall celebrity tequilas out there. It’s cheaper than most other bottles, especially on the reposado side of things.
Lick, Shoot, And Suck?
Lick, shoot, and suck are referred to the way tequila is widely taken. We all know that lime and salt are key accompaniments when having tequila, but why on earth do we do it?
You are to lick the salt from your hand first, take the shot, and end by sucking on a lime or lemon. This is what makes tequila such a shot fun to have.
As much of a hit as this is, it actually goes against what connoisseurs recommend, which is to savor the taste of the alcohol.
Incorporating the salt and lime is sometimes known as tequila cruda, or ‘training wheels’. The salt is said to lessen the burning sensation of the salt, and the fruit will balance and enhance the flavor.
However, when consuming high-quality tequila, the purpose is to sip it, to enjoy the flavors, which is what Teremana Tequila is all about.
Frequently Asked Questions
Is Teremana Tequila Good For Shots?
Although you can take this tequila as a shot, it has been carefully crafted with lovely sweet and smooth flavors, and it is recommended to be sipped and enjoyed.
What Does Teremana Mean In Spanish?
Teremana means ‘spirit of the earth’. Teremana stands for taking care of our earth, and what we do with it matters. Tequila is sourced from agave, found in the earth, so we should value and take care of it.
Where Is Teremana Tequila Made?
This tequila is made in Mexico, in the Jalisco Highland mountains. They use a family-run distillery business, keeping it sustainable and local.
Who Owns Teremana Tequila?
Teremana Tequila is owned by Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson. He is famous for his WWE and acting career and is very involved in the process of manufacturing this alcohol.
Is Tequila An Upper Or A Downer?
Most alcohol is a downer. It’ll have you feeling good whilst intoxicating, but this is followed by a low period. However, tequila is said to be an upper.
It lowers blood sugar, and cholesterol, and its agave ingredient promotes the production of insulin in your bloodstream.
As we have mentioned, this tequila has been created with the consumer’s needs at its forefront. If you are not a lover of tequila, it may be because you haven’t tried a good-quality, rich-tasting one.