Tequila Ocho Reposado "El Refugio" 2012
Los Altos, Jalisco, Mexico
Tequila Ocho is the first brand to follow a technique reserved until recently the wine business. Ocho is the only single-estate vintage tequila on the market. Since all agave is harvested from individual family farms, each is allowed to showcase nuances found only at those estates. El Refugio is located at 2055m above sea level and has soils rich in red iron oxide. Agave from this area and climate have a very high sugar content.
Tequila ReposadoDistilled from 100% blue Weber agave, it is aged from 2 months up to a year in barrels no larger than 20,000 L. Any type of wood is acceptable, although ex-bourbon barrels are most common. Reposado translates to "rested".
"Right from the gate the aroma strikes me with eucalyptus and drying jungle vegetation. Being aged in very neutral barrels the terroir plays a huge part in everything tasted. Notes of black tea, crushed macadamia nuts and a smidgen of fresh fruity mango and papaya. The eucalyptus comes back in the finish but similar to freshly cut dry grass. "