Peligroso is the Spanish word for Dangerous, which depicts the lifestyle of Peligroso Tequila. Born and raised in the beautiful city of San Clemente in Orange County, California. Peligroso was conceived with the images of surfing, and testing the limits. That boldness stands out in the flavor of their Añejo, Reposado, Silver and Cinnamon. I took a trip to San Clemente, where I learned how to surf, fish, and made memories that would last me a lifetime.
Its morning in NY, and I am in the airport waiting for a flight to board that’s headed for San Clemente California. I look at my itinerary and see SURFING and FISHING and think I might die these next four days. After a 6-hour flight, I land and meet up with colleagues and proceed to the van headed to the hotel. But of course we made a stop at In n Out Burger because when in Rome, right? (FYI, I did not have the animal fries, NO ONE TOLD ME THAT IT EXISTED) So fast forward to day 2, we set off to the water in the morning, coffee in hand, ready to do some fishing. Once on the boat (Reel Fun) we get equipped with fishing poles and bait. The guys on the boat taught us how to hook the bait and fish, and after hours of trying and coming close, finally the great Corey caught a 20 pounds yellowtail. We didn’t leave the water empty-handed which was the goal all along. Next on the day after food and drinks, is the never ventured activity of surfing. They fitted us with wet suits and put us on our way. I was given and long sleek blue surfboard, which didn’t work for me, I tried for a while to get my balance and it just didn’t work. The group of teachers which included the legend Greg Long and his good friend Eddie figured out to get me a wider board to help me with my balance and it made all the difference in world. I was able to ride the wave and stay on the board a bit longer and enjoy surfing. We surfed for two days, which gave us an appetite for food and cocktails. Part of our excursions included watching Dolphins swim (part one, part two) in packs while we were served curated cocktails and given a lesson in whales, sharks and dolphins.
At night we escaped to the Monarch Bay Club, which is a private area in the St. Regis. We gathered by a fire where we had the honor of tasting Peligroso Tequila, Añejo, Reposado and Silver. We first had cocktails then we moved to the dinner table and we were greeted by a tasting of all their expressions as well as a new flavor, cinnamon. Creator of Peligroso Bruce Beach and legendary surfer and brand ambassador for Peligroso Greg Long, took us through the tradition of the tequila and the story behind the idea of this young tequila. We started the tasting with the award winning Silver (2011 Gold, 2012 Bronze metal San Fran World Spirits Competition), which has hints of spice, white pepper and lemongrass. Then we moved to the reposado (2011 & 2012 Bronze) with hints of spice fruits and oak. The Añejo (2011 Gold, 2012 silver) is by far my favorite, which has macadamia nut, oak, pumpkin and spice notes. Lastly, the semi sweet flavor of cinnamon, which is not overpowering, and has a great balance.
We ended the trip with an amazing dinner where we ate like kings and drank like the day before prohibition hit. It was bittersweet saying goodbye to San Clemente and the good people at Peligroso. Learned so much about surfing, fishing and the Peligroso lifestyle. Make sure you catch up to the tequila on their socials Instagram, twitter, and facebook. Thank you to Bruce Beach, Greg Long, Eddie and the wonderful folks at Taylor Strategy (Joe & Jenna), this experience will go with me wherever I go.
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