Tequila Ocho Añejo "La Magueyera" 2014
Los Altos, Jalisco, Mexico
Tomas Estes and the Camarena family are the founders of Tequila Ocho single estate tequilas. This one, La Magueyera, is a name honoring the maguey plants themselves. The agaves used to make this tequila were grown in gray clay soil on south-facing slopes, which get full sunlight on the average day. Their añejo is aged for one year in very used American whiskey barrels which become “neutralized” and is therefore able to retain as much true agave flavor as possible.
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".
"People often think "sweet" when it comes to añejo, but this one stands out in the crowd. Like a good mole, there are flavors of cocoa and buttery richness, but it's also quite vegetal and peppery. It finishes surprisingly clean with a sweet-saltiness, giving it a distinctly elegant and restrained style."