Tequila ArteNOM Selección de 1414 Reposado
Tequila ArteNOM // Los Altos, Jalisco, Mexico
Arte NOM is the brainchild of wunderkind Jake Lustig. An American who grew up in the Mexican state of Oaxaca, Lustig has been importing, selling, and writing about agave spirits his entire adult life. He asked his favorite producers of blanco, reposado and añejo tequilas to make special batches just for him to showcase their mastery of these respective styles. Such a project required a change to Mexico's law, which previously required an individual brand to represent the product of one distillery only. This reposado is made by Feliciano Vivanco in Arandas from estate-grown agave and spends ten months in ex-bourbon barrels.
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".
"Subtle and open-knit, Tequila ArteNOM Selección de 1414 Reposado has a fun balance of sweet and savory-vegetal flavors. Initial nosing reveals green banana, orange-blossom honey, nutmeg and a sort of mixed-bag of fresh citrus peel. The briny and vegetal notes really come through on the palate, before finishing with sweet cinnamon and clove. It has a nice presence without too much weight or alcohol heat."