Sauza Hornitos Black Barrel Tequila
Tequila Valley, Jalisco, Mexico
The Hornitos line is 100% blue agave, double-distilled, and presented in a distinctive bottle whose label color, in this case frosted black, reflects the age of the product within. The tequila is first aged 12 months in American oak, then transferred to "deeply charred" American oak for four months, after which it is moved again to "specially toasted" American oak for an additional two months. The resulting spirit, a kind of accelerated añejo, is a deep amber color.
Tequila AñejoDistilled from 100% blue Weber agave, it is aged for at least a year in barrels not to exceed 600 liters. Any type of wood is acceptable, but ex-bourbon barrels are most common. Añejo tequilas are also known as "aged" or "extra aged".
"Heat, wood, vanilla, menthol...this is not a typical añejo nose but rather one that hints at whiskey as it also flirts with veiled agave and spice. Heat, wood and cinnamon bark at first dominate the palate; agave finally reappears with time in the glass proving this an odd hybrid without the mouthfeel of a whiskey or the vegetal feistiness of a tequila. On the finish, the heat tends to dissipate, allowing wood and some additional agave to emerge as a parting shot."
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