Sunday, December 18, 2005

Tequila Reposada

Last evening, The Prism Design Christmas party was at the home of Susan and John Reeves. Susan is the design firm’s principal. Warm, beautiful place. Good people. Good food. And the annual gift game. You know it: everyone brings a wrapped “mystery” gift; then everyone gets a number and either selects a present from the pile or steals one he or she likes from a previous player.

The hostess’s instruction was to bring a creative gift under $15. Barbara selected the number for us – it was “8.” So when our turn came up, I looked over the pile and pulled out a present. I tore off the wrapping (in your basic guy mode). Inside was a cardboard package with a bottle of tequila and two shot glasses. But what a hoot of a bottle!

Tequila Reposado “Hijos de Villa” comes in a bottle blown in the shape of a .45 Colt Automatic Pistol. Wonderful – as you can see from the photograph. It was brought to the party by Jim Prejean from AIM Investments.

I had to Google it – and this “collectible limited edition” comes with a story. This package was produced to celebrate the 55th anniversary of Licores Veracruz Distillery and the third generation of the Villanueva family. It’s numbered – mine is Botella No. 18842. Because of the custom-blown bottle, in the shape of the .45 Auto, it also displays a bit of the craft-art of the Mexican Indios. (Apparently, a large part of marketing specialty tequilas and mezcals involves craft-made bottles.)

It's too cool...especially since I'm not up on the edge of the tequila trend. Had everyone laughing. And surprisingly, no one stole it from me. Reposado is translated as “Aged” for alcoholic purposes.

There’s way more to Licores Veracruz – you should read all about it here. Meantime, Susan, thanks for the party. Thanks, Jim, for the genuinely creative gift. I am, at the last, reminded of Mae West’s line and apologize for revising it: “Is that a bottle of tequila in your pocket, or are you just glad to see me?”

Photo from Mexcor, Inc., with thanks.


Susan said...

I don't think anyone stole it from ya because you were like a kid on Christmas morning. What a cool toy.

Thanks for the book Richard. "Cryptonomicon" should keep John entertained for more than a week.

Josephine March said...

You should be glad I wasn't there. If was #10, I think I would have been tempted to take it from you.

Here is New England, they call that type of gift exchange a Yankee Swap. Do they call it the same thing in Texas?