You won’t find many blanco tequilas that look as clear as Casa Dragones. My first glance at this bottle made me think of the freshest glacier water I’ve sampled from the calming rivers of the back country of Iceland. There has been a lot of uproar about this brand of tequila, so today I’ll share with you what I know, along with my personal opinion and tasting notes, in my Casa Dragones review.
Editor’s side note: is anyone else drinking way more tequila during COVID-19?
Is Casa Dragones Blanco Tequila Worth The Price?
The first thing people will see when they view a bottle of the blanco tequila is that it comes with a rather high price. You see, the price of tequila has gone up substantially in recent years, due not to just popularity and society making it cool, but also the fact that there is a limited availability of blue agave. With that being said, most bottles seem to sit in the $30-50 range, and when I purchased this bottle at Total Wine, I paid $72 for it. That’s what you’d expect to pay for a higher end anejo tequila.
Note: I’ve seen people claiming they have purchased this for much less, but after a quick Google search for the Casa Dragones blanco price, the lowest I’m seeing in May of 2020 is $69.99
With that being said, the packaging is to the nines. The boxed product is a rather rare thing in the tequila and mezcal space, and xxx spared no expense on presentation.
Once the box is open, the light blue logo pops against the crystal clear tequila inside, and this tequila officially looks like it belongs on the top shelf of your collection.
Casa Dragones Blanco Review
I opened up the blanco on a Friday night and got ready to sip this, and only this. I used a big ice cube in a rocks glass and enjoyed slow sips until I tried to wrap my head around what I was tasting. I didn’t add a lime or anything to the glass, as I didn’t want any interference. I’ve seen many people drink blanco tequila with a lime, and occasionally I’ll use one if I’m drinking Don Julio blanco, but I never do so in a first taste test of any brand. After sipping this, I will go on record that you’ll never catch me with a lime in this tequila!
The first thing I noticed was that this was no doubt the smoothest blanco tequila I’ve ever tried. It wasn’t even close. Before I could really let it all sink in, I was well on my way to making my third glass.
The Official Website of Casa Dragones calls the aroma “herbaceous” with hints of citrus. Other websites note the green apple, and even chocolate. I get the hint of herb on the nose, but chocolate isn’t something I’m taking in here personally.
To me, the overwhelming taste here is pepper. A strong punch of a pepper spicy enough to let you know it’s there, but nothing that I’d call spicy if you are someone who fears that word and all foods and drinks associated with it.
Ironically, a friend of mine who drinks a lot of tequila in New York City bought this the following day so I was looking forward to comparing notes.
Casa Dragones Reviews
There are countless reviews out there that sing it’s praise and echo my thought on the smoothness of this tequila. Count Oprah Winfrey as one of the celebs who helped put this brand on the map. She started talking about it years ago, and it even made her “Favorite Things” list.
This 100% pure blue agave silver tequila is Dangerously smooth
Also count Ryan Seacrest as a fan, along with Martha Stewart, Kate Upton, Thalia, Usher, and even Madonna.
Casa Dragones Drink Recipes
If you look around, there are plenty of people making drinks with this blanco tequila. If you want a high end cocktail with a tequila base, there perhaps isn’t a better one to use than this exact tequila. Here are some of the recipes that caught my eye on their website.
Marco’s Mexican Margarita at Javier’s
I’ve never been to the Javier’s in Newport Beach, California, but I’ve been to the one at Aria Hotel in Las Vegas, and let me tell you, it’s not only a great place to eat amazing Mexican food, but they offer a serious selection of tequila as well!
Javier’s famous margarita recipe uses Casa Dragones Blanco, and the recipe is below:
1.5 oz Tequila Casa Dragones Blanco
0.5 oz Cointreau
Fresh Lime Juice
Garnish with a salted rim glass and a lime segment.
Ginger Margarita at Pujol
If you find yourself in Mexico City, you can visit the renowned Pujol restaurant and get their take on a classic margarita infused with ginger.
2 oz. Tequila Casa Dragones Blanco
¾ oz. lemon juice
½ oz. “Don Maguey” agave honey
3 fresh cut-crushed ginger slices
Rim a rocks glass with hibiscus salt. Muddle the fresh ginger slices with the lemon juice and honey in a cocktail shaker, then add the remaining ingredients and shake with ice. Strain into the ice-filled, rimmed rocks glass.