Fuenteseca Reserva Extra Añejo Tequila 21 Años
Tequila Extra Añejo
Los Altos, Jalisco, Mexico
Master distiller Enrique Fonseca crafted this spirit with the goal of producing the world's longest-aged tequila. Unlike most other releases in the 2015 line, which incorporate at least some tequila produced in pot stills, the 21 year old is produced exclusively in copper double-column stills. Most of the spirit was placed into barrels used to age Canadian rye whiskey, along with one barrel previously used to age California white wine. These spent ten years in Atotonilco el Alto before being moved to Chapingo for an additional eleven years. It is bottled at 43.5% ABV.
Tequila Extra AñejoDistilled from 100% blue Weber agave, it is aged for at least 3 years in barrels not to exceed 600 liters. Any type of wood is acceptable, although ex-bourbon barrels are most common. Extra Añejo tequilas are also known as "ultra aged".
"Is twenty-one years too long to keep a tequila in barrel? Many tequila drinkers would assume so, but the Fuenteseca Reserva may win over skeptics of long-aged agave spirits. Unexpectedly pale in color, it presents a moderately spicy nose with hints of butterscotch. The oak makes itself known on the palate with vanilla notes, but the agave still has plenty of vibrancy after its long rest, leaving a soft, lingering aftertaste with a touch of toasted coconut. This is an exceptionally good tequila worthy of its age."