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Tapatio 100% Agave Excelencia Gran Reserva Extra Anejo Tequila (1000ml)
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'Spirits chasers' who are always after the latest and greatest releases as well as the more esoteric, would almost be disappointed to know that Tapatio has been floating around Mexican bars for about 75 years and thus, already enjoys a strong following in its country of origin. Outside of Mexico is another story. Until recently, the brand was not even obtainable north of the Mexican border, at least not by legal channels (it debuted in the US only this year.)
The family owned distillery behind the brand, "La Altena", preferenced the promotion of another of their Tequilas,"El Tesoro" for overseas markets, but thankfully Carlos Camarena , La Altena's chief distiller, finally succumbed to the pressure to release the Tapatio tequilas to faithfuls around the world. Some of these were no doubt introduced to its charms on a Mexican bender from Juarez to Tapachula. Many others probably fell in love with the drink from a single shot and became instant converts.
The long awaited arrival of Tapatio Tequilas in Australia is a welcome one, as from a production point of view, this is as traditional as you will get : 100% estate grown agave, brick ovens, wooden vats and copper stills make La Altena one of the last bastions of old school tequila production, resulting in a drink of character rather than a mass produced commodity tailored for the 'senoritas in sombreros' segment - even though some would say there is nothing wrong with that, we know where we stand when we're looking for a true Mexican delight!
This very special anejo tequila previously reserved only for the friends and family of Don Felipe and Carlos Camarena, is aged for around four years in new French oak.
Tasting note: Bright copper appearance. First pass offers sensuous aromatics of melted butter, salted nuts and some forgivable flashes of varnish. Second time round finds sweeter scents of vanilla, marzipan and stewed fruits. A light entry expands into a surprisingly fresh, off dry profile of beeswax and cedary oak followed by suggestions of exotic fruit paste (cumquot? fig?) and dark chocolate before climaxing into a crisp, dry finish. Concludes long with cocoa and cigar box lingering. Altogether unlike any other ultra-aged tequila we’ve tasted. 40% Alc./Vol.
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