El Caballito Cerrero Anejo Chato Agave Spirit (750ml)
This expression employs the rare but traditional agave varietal "Chato" (Angustifolia). This squat agave is not uncommon in the valley around Guadalajara and would have been used in distilleries to produce spirit prior to the tequila "normas" being established in the middle of the 20th century. Chato's character is generally described as more vegetal than the Blue Weber and it shows here. The aroma opens sweet like a butter-menthol lozenge, alternating with a drier aspect that's mildly terpenic, herbal and woody. The palate is full bodied, with surprising intensity and vibrancy by Anejo standards. It manages to show off the best of both the agave and the wood, neither overwhelming. Butter textured with a superb mid palate burst of exotic agave flavours tempered by sweet smoke and wood spices, in moments, reminiscent of low-peat Islay whisky, with the kind of body and feel you associate with single malt. Butter menthol, pine shoots, vanillan oak and white pepper trail through the long peppery finish. An Anejo unlike any other. 46% Alc./Vol.