NO hockey so to celebrate Greg’s birthday we went to Escape Bradenton! None of us had ever been to an escape room. For those of you who don’t know anything about this trend here’s what it’s about. An Escape Room is a physical adventure game in which players solve a series of puzzles using clues, hints and strategy to complete the objectives at hand. Players are given a set time limit to unveil the secret plot hidden within the rooms. Escape rooms are inspired by “escape the room” style video games. Games are set in a variety of fictional locations such as cells, dungeons and space stations. They’re popular as team building exercises.
Indeed, it was our team of TeamWorks agents and admin that went to the recently opened Escape Bradenton facility just off of Cortez Road. We played the Inheritance Game. I won’t go into any of the details because that would be a definite spoiler. What I will share is that we rocked it in the beginning and got stumped towards the end. But we did it. We escaped! The owners told us that was unusual for a group of first time gamers. Yeah TeamWorks. We each used our strengths and worked together to solve the puzzles. There was no ego in the room. I did get a little hyper towards the end as we stalled, I’ll admit it.
We’re going to do it again soon. I can see how people become Escape Room Enthusiasts. Tyler and Claire both said that if we had not solved it they would have gone back today! That’s commitment.
After we escaped the room we went next door to Mr. Tequila’s for a drink and food. Greg loves a nice shot of Tequila. Because we have our TeamWorks Adventures business in Playa del Carmen, Mexico he has got to taste some of the best brands and types of tequila. After drinking Silver (Blanco), Gold and Reposado he has settled on Reposado which means “rested” in Spanish. He enjoys affordable tequila (thank goodness) and suggests you try Camerena and Cazadores. Reposados rest anywhere from two months to a year before they are bottled. Reposados take on the gold hue from the barrels in which they are aged which is typically in oak or white oak barrels. The type of barrel changes the flavor of each distillery’s tequila. There are two other types – Anejo and Extra Anjeo.
Gold Tequila gets its color from the caramel coloring added to the tequila before fermentation. Look for 100% agave because if the brand doesn’t cite that it means they have added coloring and sugar to obtain the gold color. Gold tequilas are typically not aged and usually contain only 51% agave tequila. Since quality aged tequila also has a golden hue (and it is 100% agave), the addition of the coloring to the less expensive tequila is a marketing tactic to improve the consumer’s perspective (that’s you) of these cheaper brands.
Silver Tequila, is sometimes referred to as Blanco. And it’s rarely aged more than a couple of weeks, making it the purest form of tequila. It is very often considered the best type of tequila for mixed drinks and is commonly seen in margaritas.
Reposado is next and I shared it’s highlights above but I also want to add that some of the distilleries use bourbon/whiskey, cognac or wine barrels to age the reposado and the liquor then inherits the unique flavors from the barrel’s previous spirit.
Anejo Tequilas are aged from one to three years and are considered the best type of tequila for sipping because of their smoother flavor. Anejo means “vintage” and are darker than reposados.
Extra Anejo Tequilas or Ultra Anejo Tequilas are aged for over three years and are a relatively new type of tequila. They officially were classified in 2005. This is the most expensive type of tequila, not only because the flavor improves with age, but also because distilleries will only allow their best spirits to age for that long. This tequila should be savored, not shot or mixed.
Tequila has become more and more popular and celebrities like George Clooney, Rande Gerber and Mike Meldman have entered the arena with their Casamigos brand of tequilas. Diageo, a drinks conglomerate took Bushmills Irish Whiskey out of its drinks line up to gain full control of Don Julio tequila from the Casa Cuervo company based in Mexico. Read more about that swap right here: https://www.theguardian.com/business/2014/nov/03/diageo-swaps-bushmills-whiskey-don-julio-tequila
A big thanks to Casa Blanca Mexican Restaurant https://casablancamexican.com/understanding-differences-types-tequila/ and Tequila.net http://www.tequila.net/faqs/tequila/types-of-tequila-classifications.html to help us sort this all out.
So what does an Escape Room and tequila have to do with Real Estate? Teams conquer much more together, be it real estate or gaming or distilling tequila. A real estate team offers a variety of people who have definite strengths and who can focus on what they do the best vs doing it all on their own. There are many types of real estate companies and teams just like there are brands and types of tequila. You have to decide what works for you as the consumer. Who offers the service and style most suited for your personality and goals? A team of professionals like TeamWorks can best match your needs and wants. Just like you, we’re all different but we are united in our commitment to putting our clients first.
So remember to relax. We’ll do the work. And as always to “Drink and little and dance a lot!”