Arta Tequila Reposado
Arta Tequila // Tequila Valley, Jalisco, Mexico
Arta Tequila prides itself on on being both "steeped in tradition and rooted in rebellion." The distillery, overseen by Master Distiller Angel Gonzalez, uses traditional practices with no pesticides and sustainable farming, recycling the unused bits of agave into compost or made into bricks for construction. The "rebellion" here comes with a whopping 11 months of aging (usually reposado averages about 4 - 6) in ex-Heaven Hill bourbon barrels. The bottles are handmade with a Dios de Muertos skull design etched in the glass.
Tequila ReposadoDistilled from 100% blue Weber agave, it is aged from 2 months up to a year in barrels no larger than 20,000 L. Any type of wood is acceptable, although ex-bourbon barrels are most common. Reposado translates to "rested".
"For such a mature reposado, the flavors of the agave still shine. It's soft and fruity, with stewed agave, grapefruit, and peach. Sweeter flavors of malty cocoa (like Ovaltine), vanilla, burnt caramel, and roasted pumpkin-seed emerge on the mid palate. The finish is dry and peppery with a puff of smoke. "