When Roca on the Rails rolled into Union Station, the coveted affair occurred under secrecy. The caboose sat on an unlabeled track, sandwiched between other train carriages. In awe, I thought my excitement was merely my own; however when Chris, our guide for the evening started spilling out his enthusiasm, I knew a dream had come true. Rail aficionados unite.
Roca is the newest line of tequila from the Patrón Tequila brand. Using the finest weber blue agave which is harvested eight years after planting, the agave juice is then extracted from the pressure of a two ton volcanic rock. Afterward, handmade copper stills assist in the distilling process until you have the artisanal crafted liquid known as Roca.
That night we started with a tasting of all three: silver, reposado, and añejo. Each determined by their aging process which ranges from two to fourteen months respectively. After touring the train, we sat down to a spectacular meal and cocktails created by none other than acclaimed mixologists Glendon Hartley and Chris Spangler. It certainly was a night to remember.
Manzana Invernal Daiquiri
Jai is a culinary/travel photographer, author whose photography has been seen in publications such as Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown, Munchies (VICE), and Ad Week. Jai has been with GMF since 2014 is the former GMF Editor-in-Chief. She has photographed for both domestic and international tourism boards. Additionally, her work was selected as a semi-finalist in competitions such as Restaurant Association of Metropolitan Washington’s RAMMYs in Focus, and The Historical Society of D.C.’s For the Record. Contributing her photography to books like New York One-Food Wonders and Discovering Vintage Washington, DC, Jai’s creative spirit focuses on the food, beverage, and travel industries. Co-authoring Plantations of Virginia with six-time New York Press Club award winner Charlene C. Giannetti, their book is currently in its third printing within a year of being released. Jai enjoys collaborating with her clients to bring their vision to life.