Chinaco Blanco Tequila
Chinaco // Tamaulipas, Mexico
Chinaco was born when Guillermo González, then Mexico's Secretary of Agriculture, planted agave in his home state of Tamaulipas to supply Jalisco's then-booming tequila industry, only to have his buyers renege on their contracts once the plants were mature. González responded by opening his own distillery in his namesake hometown and lobbying the government for its inclusion in the designated area for tequila production. Chinacos were a fabled group of wealthy landowners who fought for the Liberal side during the Reform War and the Franco-Mexican War in the mid-19th century.
Tequila BlancoDistilled from 100% blue Weber agave, it is typically unaged , clear, and bottled straight after distillation. Sometimes rested in stainless steel up to 60 days and can also be aged in wood for no more than 30 days.
"Nosing this introduces crisp, refined aromas of sea salt, crushed rock, dill weed, and candied citrus peel. The palette of flavors really opens up in the mouth, with an impression of cooked tropical fruit, aloe, and dried chilies. The variety in soil types and elevations of the agave fields used for this tequila come through in the distinctive, edgy minerality and agreeable sense of ripeness."