Skip to main content

Maestro Dobel Diamante Blends 3 Tequilas Into One

Maestro Dobel Tequila Diamante
Maestro Dobel Tequila/Facebook

Order a tequila at the bar and you’re typically asked what kind: “blanco, reposado, añejo, or extra añejo?” Rarely (OK, never) is the response: “Hmm, all of them combined, chappy.” That would taste terrible, right? This is a question for tequila maker Maestro Dobel.

For its latest ‘Diamante’ expression, Maestro Dobel blended reposado, añejo, and extra añejo tequilas, then filtered the dark, aged concoction, yielding a clear crossbreed tequila.

Related Videos

There’s a word we use for combining alcohols without a mixer (not in a cocktail setting) and it’s this: madness. For instance, if a date ordered whiskey and tequila mixed, no chaser, we’d excuse ourselves and never go back (OK, we’d complete the evening and never call again). However, Maestro Dobel found a way to do it right, and it involves a process lots of other tequila brands are doing.

When aged tequila is filtered to remove its barrel-aged coloring, the resulting liquor is called a cristalino. Hornitos makes one, so does Volcan De Mi Tierra, and the benefit is you get the depth and body of an añejo with the bright and crisp notes characteristic of a young blanco. The godfather of tequila, Arturo Fuentes told The Manual that cristalinos are very popular in Mexico.

What makes Maestro Dobel Diamante unique is its combining of aged tequilas. Most cristalino tequila is made from one source; never two, and definitely not three. Diamante is literally the world’s first multi-aged clear tequila.

(Maestro Dobel was also the first to ever make a Smoked Tequila.)

Maestro Dobel Tequila Diamante
Maestro Dobel Tequila

Combining a one, two, and three-year-old tequila, all aged in European white oak barrels, Maestro Dobel filters the blend to remove all color. (Diamante in Spanish translates to diamond … as in crystal clear … as in cristalino.)

Details on the filtering process are kept on the down-low, but most cristalinos are filtered with charcoal. What you have at the end is a mind-bending tequila both expansive in flavor yet light and crisp.

Each tequila that goes into Diamante shares the trait of being distilled from 100% Blue Weber agave plants grown on a single estate in Jalisco, Mexico. And it wasn’t some dude off the street who thought of the idea to blend tequilas. Dobel tequila was created by an 11th-generation leader of Jose Cuervo tequilas, Juan Domingo Beckmann Legorreta. He and master distillers (aka “Maestros”) Marco Anguiano and Luis Yerenas were the founding fathers of Dobel.

The question, then, is: “How does it taste?”

Great aromatic strength comes through immediately before Maestro Dobel Diamante hits your lips. If you’re a spritzer, light beer, vodka kind of person, it may not be your thing. Upon first sip, there’s no question the heart of this spirit is deeply aged and intense. (Perfect for the cognac drinker who finds himself at a tequila bar.) A hint of fruity sweetness lightens up the palate, and given the depth and strength of this tequila it makes a superior sipper. As for cocktailing, combine with light yet bold fruit juices.

Here are two recipes from Maestro Dobel that bring Diamante to life. Because who needs the sideways glance when you ask the bartender to combine your tequilas.

Hibiscus Daisy Recipe

Maestro Dobel Tequila Diamante Hibiscus Daisy Cocktail
Maestro Dobel Tequila
  • 2 oz Maestro Dobel Diamante Tequila
  • 1 oz watermelon juice
  • .5 oz lime juice
  • .5 oz hibiscus syrup
  • Smoked paprika salt for rim

Method: Shake all ingredients over ice. Pour into a chilled rocks glass with a smoked paprika salt rim. Garnish with lime wedge.

Diamante Refresher Recipe

Maestro Dobel Tequila Diamante Diamante Refresher Cocktail
Maestro Dobel Tequila
  • 2 oz Maestro Dobel Diamante Tequila
  • .5 oz fresh lemon juice
  • .25 oz honey
  • .25 oz ginger puree
  • 3 dashes Angostura Bitters

Method: Shake all ingredients over ice. Pour into a chilled rocks glass. Top with Angostura bitters.

Editors' Recommendations

Celebrity chef Zac Young gave The Manual his Guinness Green Velvet Cake recipe, just in time for St. Patrick’s Day
Be the first to try this incredible Guinness Green Velvet Cake from Zac Young
green velvet cake recipe zac young

If you've spent more than even five minutes on The Food Network in the last several years, we're quite sure that there's no need to introduce you to Zac Young. Celebrated celebrity chef, TV host extraordinaire, and creator of all things ridiculously delicious, this chef's talents are well known to the world. Between his frequent appearances on well-loved cooking shows like Chopped, Beat Bobby Flay, and Worst Cooks in America, he somehow finds the time to showcase his immense talents by gifting to the world treasures such as the PieCaken. For that culinary contribution alone, we are eternally indebted.
Young's unbelievable holiday-themed desserts are nothing short of spectacular. His original, hugely famous Thanksgiving PieCaken — one decadent dessert encompassing pumpkin pie, pecan pie, spice cake, apple pie, cinnamon buttercream, and oat crumble all at once — snowballed into something of a sweet treat phenomenon and took the world by storm back in 2015. Since then, Young has ingeniously created a PieCaken for every season, including The Winter PieCaken, The Red, White & Blueberry PieCaken, The Valentine's Day Red Velvet PieCaken, and many, many more.

In addition to all of these remarkable PieCakens, Young is still busy developing other holiday-themed desserts, such as this Guinness Green Velvet Cake, which he has shared exclusively with The Manual.

Read more
Here’s how to make a margarita, according to top bartenders
The only margarita recipes you'll ever need
margarita tequila cocktail lime strainer

The best margaritas do not grow on trees, nor do they show up in a can (although there are some tasty canned drinks these days). No, the tastiest version of the tequila classic is made fresh, with love and care and some wisdom from a couple of top bartenders.

It's a balancing act, for sure, but when it's dialed-in, the margarita is one of the best and most refreshing cocktails ever devised. The classic mix of agave spirit, lime, salt, and a touch of sweetness is great alone or with any number of dishes, especially within Mexican cuisine (the nation where the drink was born).

Read more
Expert pitmasters reveal their top tips to make smoked brisket
Expert pitmasters shows us how to make smoked brisket
hill country barbecue market brisket 3

No one can argue that smoked meat is one of the great joys in life. If someone does, immediately unfriend them — they are not worthy of your time. Kidding, but only kind of. And while we love all pieces of smoked meat, from sausages to ribs and beyond, there’s something truly special about biting into a perfect piece of brisket, with its pink smoke ring, flavorful bark, and juicy meat that is just the right texture. While we’ve cooked many briskets in the oven in our day, smoked brisket is a much bigger undertaking, especially if you’re new to the backyard barbecue game.

New York City barbecue has been coming into its own during the past decade, which can be seen in the city’s many meaty festivals that take place every year. (Don't believe us? Check out this episode of Beards, Booze, and Bacon with Arrogant Swine's Tyson Ho.) One such event, Brisket King NYC, which has been going on for over ten years and draws pitmasters from near and far to compete for the best brisket in the city. This year, top pitmasters will be throwing down for the title on April 26, 2023, in what is sure to be a meat-tastic day.

Read more