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Voodoo Tiki Tequila

The Tiki Lives

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A bottle of Voodoo Tiki Tequila

A bottle of Voodoo Tiki Tequila

Photo Credit: © Shannon Graham
Consider the tiki reborn, at least in a line of interestingly branded tequila. Voodoo Tiki Tequila has built its image around the hand blown glass tiki gods waiting at the bottom of each bottle, along with a “magic” word on the back and the tiki legend. The bottles are enchanting and can be a great accent for a backyard tiki party and the tequila’s not half bad, in fact it’s pretty good. Beyond the platinum, reposado and añejo, the distillers also produce three flavored, very colorful tequilas.

The Tequila Inside

Voodoo Tiki Tequila is a 100% Weber blue agave, ultra-premium tequila distilled in the small Mexican town of Capilla de Guadalupe in the “Corazón de Los Altos” region of Jalisco. The area is known for producing top-knotch agave plants, which are allowed to grow for 10 years. Once harvested the pinas are steamed slowly in hornos (controlled ovens) for 50-72 hours, until the desired sweet agave flavor is reached. The baked agave is then pressed to release its sweet juices, which are then fermented, distilled twice and barreled as tequila.

Voodoo Tiki Tequila at a Glance:

  • Developed in 2001 by founder John Taddeo
  • Voodoo Tiki Tequila President: Donna DeCunzo-Taddeo, former well known internet Dietitian
  • Released in August 2006
  • 100% Weber Blue Agave Tequila
  • Distilled in Capilla de Guadalupe in Jalisco, Mexico
  • Hand-blown, numbered bottles with glass tiki statue inside

The Tiki Inside

Glass Tiki statue inside Voodoo Tiki Tequila bottle

Glass Tiki statue inside Voodoo Tiki Tequila bottle

Photo Credit: © Shannon Graham

“Legend has it” that there’s magic inside each bottle of Voodoo Tiki, and I’m not speaking of the magic tricks you may think you can perform after downing its contents in a night. While neither the tequila nor the bottle have any actual magical powers, they are pieces of art and you can’t help but appreciate such a well-planned, beautifully designed and fantastic tasting spirit.

Each one-of-a-kind bottle is hand-blown with a glass tiki statuette inside (view video of how the bottle is made). This miniature, gentle giant stares with glowing eyes through the glass with a deep, audacious grin on his face. Under the direction of Master Artisan, Alehandro Nuramo, a team of 10 people work together create each bottle. Both elements, the bottle and the tiki, need to be formed at the same time, and while still hot, the two are joined, reheated to meld together, annealed and cooled. The art comes together in the finished bottle design, with hand etched palms and lettering, a natural wood cork and, just to top it all off, a hand-dipped wax seal. The back of the bottles are numbered, hand-signed and labeled with a magic word that defines the "power" the tiki inside possesses. You may find happiness inside, or maybe courage and possibly even fame or balance.

You can read more about the “Legend of the Voodoo Tiki” or register your collectible bottle on the company’s website: VoodooTiki.com.

Traditional Tequilas

Voodoo Tiki’s Añejo is surprisingly lighter than many other añejos. The nose is soft and rich with fruity earthiness that is a fine precursor to the soft palate that displays silky, sweet vanilla, cinnamon and the slightest hint of ginger. While this añejo may look and taste soft, it does follow the warm cognac-like finish customary to its type, but differs from others with a pleasing, much sprightlier agave kick that makes for fantastic straight sipping.

  • Aged a minimum of 1 year
  • Retails for around $60 for 750 ml bottle

The Reposado produced by Voodoo Tiki is my favorite of their traditional tequila line because it conveys the feeling of diffused morning sunshine, true agave flavor and is perfectly sweet and silky at once. Sweet agave, lemon and lavender swirl in the nose with a vibrant, silky entry. The taste is seductively sweet, filled with sweet citrus, vanilla and agave and finishes with an airy, brandy-like agave feel.

  • Aged for 6 months
  • Retails for around $55 for 750 ml bottle

The light, sweet liquid of Voodoo Tiki Platinum is a pleasant precursor to its aged colleagues. Herbs and fruit fill the nose with delicate sweetness, leading into the equally light flavor of mature agave and a touch of pear which also flashes an appearance in the quick, invigorating finish.

  • Retails for around $50 for 750 ml bottle

Other Voodoo Tiki Tequilas

Voodoo Tiki Private Family Collection Extra Anejo Tequila

Voodoo Tiki Private Family Collection Extra Anejo Tequila

Photo Courtesy of: © Voodoo Tiki Tequila
Private Family Collection ("Coleccion Privada de la Familia" Extra Anejo):

This limited edition tequila is nothing short of spectacular - deserving a straight 5 stars - and the price tag shows it. However, if you are looking for a very special tequila to bring out for a very special occasion the $1,200 is worth every penny. That price does include a handcrafted wood tiki box and four of the tequila's glass tiki god shot glasses, but you will not be shooting this tequila because it is one of the smoothest sippers available in the tequila market. The drawback is that there are only 1,000 bottles of this available each year. You can find this extra anejo at DrinkUpNY.com or reserve it at the Voodoo Tiki Tequila website.

Tasting Notes:
The Voodoo Tiki Extra Anejo has a sweet, gentle floral aroma with warm woody notes. It is ultra smooth and spectacularly silky with a deliciously soft, buttery palate with that wood lingering in the background. The agave flavor hits in the end with a bang and is a brilliant reminder that you are drinking a fine tequila with a yummy caramel and oak that slowly fades.

More Voodoo Tiki:

  • Anejo 3 Years- Family Reserve aged for at least three years. Very limited availability as only 1,000 cases a year are produced. Retails for around $249.99 for 750 ml bottle
  • Gold Pirate's Treasure- Traditional gold tequila with real gold flake inside.

Find Voodoo Tiki:

  • FL, GA, NY, NJ, MO & NV as of August, 2007
  • ME, OR, WA, TX, CA and NC in October, 2007
  • Looking to be in 20 more states by the middle of 2008
  • A few online spirits stores
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