Tequila Ocho Añejo "El Vergel" 2007
Tequila Ocho // Los Altos, Jalisco, Mexico
Tequila Ocho is dedicated to showcasing terroir ( a sense of place) in Tequila. Each production is from Blue Agave harvested at the peak of ripeness from a single rancho. Rancho ‘El Vergel’ (The Orchard) is close to Arandas at an altitude of 2,000 meters and has the red, iron soil characteristic of ‘The Highlands of Jalisco”. This Rancho was thought to be unsuitable for agave growing by Don Felipe, since his limes growing there would sometimes freeze, peaches were grown there too. This was the first crop of agave harvested here and had the sugar content of 26.7%, which is in line with the region average.
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".
Cask Typeused whiskey barrels
"This Añejo Tequila stands out from the crowd by its notably light yellow straw color. Cedar and cinnamon are fast out of the glass followed by the luscious aromas of honey and orange marmalade. There is a lot going on here; vanilla, cinnamon, coconut and orange peel, a prelude to what is to come. The first sip starts like velvet, soft and inviting, with a welcome heat that showcases the baking spices and begs for a second and third taste. Orange peel, honey, almonds, nutmeg, and vanilla make for a joyous experience. Finishes full of flavor but a hair too soon. Drink neat or in an expertly crafted Old Fashioned cocktail. "