Cartagena Activity

by Kelly

The best Cartagena activity We weren’t expecting to do a tequila tasting in Colombia but we came across Rosa Mezcal and knew we had to do it! Our next destination was Mexico it was a perfect opportunity to learn a little about what we would experience as well.

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We purchased our tequila and mezcal tasting through Get Your Guide, we have used them before and always had a good time so we were pretty excited to get started. Cartagena is full of life and this is a great activity to experience the fun.

The Venue for our Cartagena activity

Rosa Mezcal is a beautiful restaurant right in the middle of Cartagenas old district. Walking in you feel transported to Mexico, with the decor evoking an upbeat cool vibe. The cool air conditioning was a welcome relief from Cartagena’s heat.

The Tequila – best Cartagena activity!

Our booth set up with glasses, I loved the cool table top! As the staff set up the tequilas to taste we immediately recognised the 1800 tequila brand and were excited as we had been wanting to try them!

We met our host who spoke perfect English, making our lesson much easier as our Spanish is very rudimentary! We learnt about the plant that tequila must be made from, the blue agave and. The process of first extracting the white tequila, followed by the Reposado which is aged in oak barrels for 8 months and Añejo aged in barrels for 24 months respectively.

The Tasting 

Tasting each tequila and discovering that it should be sipped and savoured instead of shots drunk quickly. Learning about perfect pairings for each tequila was so much fun! The 1800 blanca pairs with pineapple, the 1800 Reposado with orange. We were also introduced to tomato Gris, which tasted much like a Bloody Mary but we were told in Mexico many people sip this after tequila to bring out the flavour. We also tried Añejo with lime, this was my favourite, rich caramel and almond flavours, it was smooth and easy to sip and savour.

The food

We didn’t realise our tasting included a plate of nibbles. The delicious taco pieces were Devine! Crunchy and filling of flavour we decided then and there we would need to return for dinner!

Trying Mezcal for the first time

We were also able to try Mezcal for the first time, the first sip was so unique! Smokey woody tasting and paired with fresh pineapple and ‘worm salt’ it was incredible, a completely new flavour for both of us.

We decided that a good Mezcal is something you’ve got to experience. It’s unlike anything I’ve ever tasted. A smokey flavour that becomes softer as you savour it, the fresh pineapple and worm salt enriched the flavour becoming softer as the flavours lingered.

This is a must do Cartagena activity. The tasting is a great way to learn about tequila and Mezcal and the restaurant itself is perfect for a meal to enjoy with your new found knowledge. Check out this excellent tasting here, we highly recommend, it is such a fun Cartagena activity!

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