Monday, December 26, 2005

Are You Sure It's Not a Tequila?

This particular liquor is a bit of a saga. Many bottles of good tequila were inadvertently bought to get my hands on this stuff. Thank goodness it's tasty, or it would have been wasted effort.

Crema de Almendrado
Hencho En Mexico
30% Alc. Vol.
Cont. Net. 1L

Tasty Factor: 6.5/10
Uniqueness Factor: In US 8/10, in Mexico 3/10
Use as a Mixer: Yeup.

Clear bottle in the classic "fifth" bottle, little raised agave plants in the glass at the top just below the neck. The only label is in the front. It's a painting of two Mexican gentlemen drinking a bottle of Crema de Almendrado on a yellow background. This label caused me no end of pain describing to multiple friends traveling through Mexico. It has gathered me about five different bottles of tequila. Dumbass that I am, I didn't know it wasn't tequila. In my own defense it smells like tequila, and it's the right color. But in reality it's cream of agave. Only it's not creamy. It just looks and smells like tequila.

The tale of how I first found it involves me just being old enough to drink, and in Mexico with borderline alcoholics for work. One of my, ahem, "associates*" found this stuff and feel in love with it. Either that or he fell in love with the mood is wife/ex-wife/wife-again achieved when intoxicated with it. She loved to mix it with Dr. Pepper. I could see some other mixes too, it's a good replacement for tequila where you want more sweetness. I brought a bottle back that I sipped on and hauled around the country for a few years. The newly minted Mrs. Collector discovered it in the first interation of the Liqour Cabinet from Hell. Ever since then we had been looking for it.

It took a trip to Mexico City to actually find it. On the bottom of a shelf. The sales clerk didn't understand why I would be buying some very nice bottles of good tequila, and two bottles of this stuff. Apparently, while still being respectable, it's not first tier with the aficionados.

Tasting wise it has real tequila overtones, but it's much sweeter, much more like an after dinner drink than a margarita mixer. It's also got a nice almondy** nutty flavor mixed in. As wine coolers are to wine, Crema de Almendrado is to tequila.

* They didn't call us employees, they called us "associates". Needless to say this was a California company.
**Ok so I make up words. What is it that Mrs. Collector says? "Put that in the dishwasher!", no that's not it. Oh yeah, "Bite Me".


Blogger erman said...

thanks , I just found this last year and was wondering why I didn't go crazy like I usually do with tequila... it's because it isn't... whew!

8:46 PM  
Blogger mlynch5 said...

My girlfriend and I just tried a free sample while shopping in Isla Mujeres and she convinced me to buy a bottle, which we negotiated down from $60 to $30 US (Jan 5, 2010)--we were already pretty buzzed after drinking half a dozen cocktails on the beach at an all inclusive resort, so our will power was low. I saw a comment on another site that we could have bought it at the duty free for $29, although not sure what date that comment was posted. Looking forward to giving it another try while sober. Thanks for the background! Slainte!

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Guys, Caba San Lucas, $15 a bottle, no bickering, no BS...

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Blogger Debra said...

Got my bottle on a whim in the border town of Las Palomas, MX. Walked over the border from Columbus NM. The town was a dissapointment; I knew I has at least an opportunity to bring one bottle of something back duty-free, so a picked this bottle of Crema De Almandrado off the bottom shelf for $5.50 US, even though I had no idea what it was. I kinda like it, but I still have 1/3 of the bottle left after 3 years, if that tells you anything. As i try it again in yet another experimental mix today, I am glad to find some info here on it from sage, straightforward fellow imbibers

11:54 AM  
Blogger Kay said...

I LOVE this stuff so much that I found this blog while surfing the internet to by more. LOL I got mine in Cozumel a week ago for $8 USD and it is almost gone! I thought it was Tequila also, because the stores I was shopping in were giving out samples and they called it Tequila. Either way, I love it and will buy some more the next chance I get!

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Blogger shamrock003 said...

Crazy that I'm looking at my bottle of Crema De Almendrado and posting here. I also thought it was a tequila, an almond tequila actually. To find out its not was a surprise as it is soooooo smooth and tasty. A bit sweet, but as posted prior a very nice treat. When I return to Puerto Vallerta next year, I'll be bringing back a few bottles as I'm half done mine.

5:01 PM  
Blogger SR said...

I want to fly out to Mexico to buy 2 bottles of Orendain Crema De Almendrado. Does anyone know which Duty Free in Mexico has this? I am only making a trip out there and right back home.

8:18 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I just love my crema de alemendrada. I bought mine at a conience store in Cancun right next to Temptation Resort. I thought it was amaretto tequila and now I just got another bottle in Playa de Carmen for 5.00 in the shopping district. Both bottles for 5.00 usd. Lovely knowing it is not tequila!

2:41 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

How do we find this thing? Can it only be purchased in Mexico. A friend brought me a bottle back from a trip and I love it, but I dont want to have to find my passport to get it. Any way around that?

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Anonymous Robin said...

Actually it's a liquor made from a blend of tequila and natural almond essences according to the distillery's website. Here's the link if interested.

I found it quite tasty and enjoyed the free samples the vendors were offering while shopping in Cozumel.

As another blogger posted the Reserva del Señor Premium Almendrado is a nice substitute that you can find in the US.

Happy Hunting

8:27 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I just purchased a bottle in Progresso for $11 US.. good stuff

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

My wife and I got a bottle of this when we bought a ring in Cozumel in September after the store owner gave us a few free shots to taste. I love it. I thought is was too smooth to be Tequila, but it tastes great and is great for Strawberry Margaritas. I plan to buy more as soon as I make it back to Mexico.

2:57 PM  
Blogger yogi4087 said...

well the same old story, we tried it while shopping in Cozumel during our cruise and fell in love with the Crema de Almendrado. Very sweet and it went down smooth. The store we were shopping in called it tequila and were giving us shots as we shopped. I have been looking for it since i have been back to Texas and have had no luck. I guess i will have to go back to Mexico to find it.

3:31 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

We buy it all the time when we travel to Rocky Point from Phoenix. UsuallY around $10 usd for a fifth size bottle. Love it. I usually have about 4 bottles in the cupboard to give out as gift.

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Blogger David Flores said...

I got a bottle and it has little flakes in it does anyone else have this in there bottles.

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Blogger David Flores said...

Did it have little flakes in it by any chance?

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Tijuana, 8/22/2013, in a liquor store just before you exit Mexico into San Isidro, $12/bottle and they had about 10 bottles.

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Anonymous Gary B said...

I live in El Paso and I have been trying to find Crema de Membrillo by Orendain. It is flavored with quince. Very tasty and smooth but really har
d to find in my area. Anyone have any source for this one?

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Blogger Paul C said...

I didn't take the times to read all the posts and maybe this has been corrected. However, the original posting indicated that it was not tequila. IT IS TEQUILA. Maybe Mexico has changed their labeling requirements since the first posting some 10+ years ago but the bottle I bought in Mexico City in November of 2015 had the ingredients listed on a little sticker on the back of the bottle - maybe something they have "recently" started adding. It is 30% alcohol. Normal Tequila is usually 40%. So that means it has 25% less tequila than full strength tequila. Here is what the label says:
Tequila, Agua(water of course), Acido Citrico (citric acid), Azucar (sugar) Esencia (essence), Caramelo (carmel of course probably for a little coloring and sweetness).

Tequila is normally 40% alcohol and 60% water and maybe some other stuff that is probably not worth mentioning (a little coloring etc.) One might assume that the tequila used in this to start with is also a 40%/60% mix. They are using less tequila. Therefore, this is 30%/45% (from the original tequila to start with) and the remaining 25% in this is the other above listed ingredients. I don't know for sure but it seems logical. I LIKE IT. It's smooth and goes well in coffee - probably in a lot of other things too like the Dr. Pepper mentioned earlier in the blog.
My apologies for bringing BASIC math into the discussion. It probably has little to do with this discussion. :-O
Paul C

9:33 AM  
Blogger Beth White said...

I’ve been onto this creme tequila since 1978, I love it! But I hardly ever go to Mexico! Why can’t I get it here in the US, or can I! Could it be shipped? Anyone know??

8:47 PM  
Anonymous Julie Reed said...

I live in Yuma AS, We travel about 20 minutes to Los Algodones and ate able to purchase it at pretty much any of the liquor stores in the main strip.. All within less than 5 min walking distance from the border.. Currently I have 1 bottle in the freezer and about 4 more in the cabinet.. It runs about $10 to $12 a bottle.. Can you say I'm just a little addicted to it?

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