|This type of tequila bottle used to be made by nuns...but why would they make the bottle look like that?|
Downstairs, there's a '70s styled lounge, while tucked away at the back of the restaurant is the cozy Tequila Vault. The compact room can hold about a dozen people, and it can be used for everything from a romantic anniversary dinner to an exclusive tequila tasting session, and the selection of rare tequilas that lines the walls is muy rico indeed. I was invited to try some of the top-notch tequilas for a tasting ranging from Silver to Reposado to Anejo to Mescal. (Work the next day kept me from ingesting the supposedly-hallucinogenic worm.)
Tequila bottles are always fascinating, and while AsamBroso is known for its extremely phallic bottles, the El Carbonzado variety aged in Tennessee whiskey barrels is also a fine sipping tequila with a hint of butterscotch flavor.
Fortaleza is from one of the first families to sell tequila, and the Reposado (or "rested") variety has a heady vanilla nose. But the mejor de mejor we tasted in the vault was Casa Noble single barrel Anejo, aged for five years, which is just about the smoothest tequila I've ever tasted, with a buttery, silky finish.There's also a selection of mescals, and Malo beverage director Fred Warner is an able guide through the world of tequila. Mas Malo is also introducing a menu of traditional style cocktails made with tequila, from a Tequila Sazerac to a Tequila Aviation, and you don't need to be in the exclusive vault to order any of the tequilas or cocktails.