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Review: Epic Western La Paloma, Chispa Rita, and Ranch Water

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Epic Western is located just some miles from my house in Austin, the place it produces a trilogy of Texas-themed canned cocktails, all made with 100% agave tequila, glowing water, and — as you’ll quickly see — salt. Prepared to offer them a style? Let’s crack open some cans and dive in.

All are served in 12 oz cans.

Epic Western La Paloma – Tequila, glowing water, grapefruit, and salt. This appears a lot sweeter than you’d anticipate for a cocktail with no sugar listed on the elements, however so it goes. Fairly flat — the glowing water could possibly be a lot extra glowing — there’s a minimum of a strong slug of candied grapefruit on the palate, adopted by a rush of saline. Natural agave is mild however current, crystalline sugar ultimately dominating the in any other case flippantly fruity, flippantly salty end. 8% abv. B

Epic Western Chispa Rita – The fizzy, skinny margarita — tequila, glowing water, lime, and salt. There’s a clearer, stronger tequila affect right here — by no means tough or rustic — and paired with the lime this comes throughout as an affordable facsimile of a margarita that you just dumped a ton of soda into. Once more the salt is unquestionably noticeable, including a cleaning kick to the end. Much less advanced than the Paloma however arguably extra profitable as a result of that simplicity. 8% abv. B+

Epic Western Ranch Water – The official boring cocktail of Texas involves canned type from Epic Western, made with tequila, glowing water, lime… and salt, once more. I’ve by no means had a ranch water with salt in it and right here it makes issues style, nicely, like a margarita, simply barely much less candy. The excellent news is that lime and tequila notes are each in impact right here — and at a barely increased abv than Epic’s different cans — however the heavy salt character on the back-end is an out-of-place head-scratcher. 10% abv. B

$19 per four-pack of 12 oz cans / epicwestern.com

Epic Western Chispa Rita

$19

Ranking


8.5/10

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