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Product Spotlight: Arta Tequila Reposado

 

Many producers only age their Reposado for two months. Arta Tequila Reposado, however, is aged for 11 months (12 months and it would become Añejo) in unique, 150 liter, American oak barrels. The greater wood-to-tequila surface area of the smaller barrels and additional aging process provides creating Arta’s award-winning infusion of flavor and the smoothest drinking Reposado on the market.

Arta Tequila Reposado delivers traditional reposado smoke with a softened finish of floral and vanilla notes. This tequila is aged to perfection and is the ideal variety for mixing into a premium cocktail or sipping on its own.

Tasting Notes

Appearance: Straw, with medium, balanced tears.
Aroma: Cinnamon, agave, and a hint of black pepper and lemon.
Initial Taste: Sweet agave with oak and vanilla tones.
Spirit Body: Smooth vanilla, smoke and light basil.
Finish: Cinnamon spice with light oak and agave finish.

 
About the Company
Originating exclusively from the birthplace of tequila itself, and borne of a desire to create an authentic and high quality tequila rich in heritage and tradition, Arta Tequila has created a line of pure, small-batch, single-estate tequilas.

Our Master Distiller learned the skills of producing tequila from his father who, in turn, learned from his father. The single estate that produces 100% of the agave for our tequilas has been in the same family for over 250 years. We go to great lengths to find unique 150 liter barrels, smaller than other producers, to create an aging environment that further infuses our tequila with the subtleties of the wood. Even our bottles are handcrafted from recycled glass.

These unique characteristics stand Arta Tequila apart as a singular producer of premium, 100% Weber blue agave tequila.

 

 

Company: Arta Tequila
Brand: Arta Tequila
Origin: USA
Category: Alcohol
Packaging: 750ml bottle
Variants: Silver, Reposado, Añejo
Alcohol Volume: 40%
Price: $49.99 USD
Where to Buy: Buy Online, Store Locator on Website
Website: artatequila.com

 

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Product Spotlight: Illegal Mezcal

 

Desperate for a good agave-based spirit to stock at his bar (Café No Se) in Antigua, John Rexer began smuggling artisanal mezcal from Mexico to Guatemala using banditos, river rafts, bribes, disguises, and late night drop points. As word spread about Rexer’s illegal mezcal, travelers and tourists, journalists and photographers and lawyers and businessmen began patronizing Rexer’s bar and smuggling the mezcal from Guatemala back to the United States. Simply put, Ilegal Mezcal began as an illegal pursuit to stock Café No Se with some of the finest spirits being distilled in Mexico.

Today, the journey of Ilegal Mezcal begins in the agave fields of Tlacolula, Mexico. There, under the watchful eye of master distiller Eric Hernandez, expert mezcaleros harvest agave plants that are nearly a decade old and have reached their peak of maturity. After the agave have been harvested, the hearts of the agave, or piñas, are transported to Hernandez’s distillery.

At the distillery, the piñas are cooked in a pit oven for approximately five days. The oven is heated by a wood furnace dug below the pit, and kindled with oak, mesquite and eucalyptus (this gives the mezcal its signature, smoky flavor). After the piñas have been cooked, they are chopped into smaller pieces and finally crushed to a mash by a tahona, a stone mill drawn by a horse (Hernandez’s horse is named Caballo Sin Nombre, which means “a horse with no name”). The mash is then fermented for up to two weeks by airborne yeasts before it is distilled twice, first through small, stainless steel alembic stills and then again through copper alembic stills.

Ilegal Mezcal Joven is unaged and has notes of sweet agave, eucalyptus and minerals, complimented a light floral note. The notes of rich agave are well-balanced with hints of pear, apples and citrus, and are followed by a long finish.

Ilegal Mezcal Reposado is aged for four months in 200-liter, medium-charred American oak casks. It has notes of smoky agave, along with a touch of green apple, mesquite, and oak.

Ilegal Mezcal Añejo is aged for thirteen months in medium-charred American oak, medium-charred French oak and used bourbon casks. As a result, while each batch of Ilegal Mezcal Añejo is slightly different, the mezcal boasts expressive notes of roasted pineapples, citrus and smoke. The flavors open up to notes of figs, tobacco, and slight hints of caramel, which are layered over a chocolate, peppery finish.

Each Ilegal Mezcal is certified by COMERCAM (Mexico’s regulatory body for mezcal) as being produced naturally — the only ingredients in the mezcal are 100% wild espadín agave, Oaxacan sun, water and time.

“Mezcal is very small, very artisanal,” says Rexer. “You can taste the difference from village to village, because of the water, because of whether the agave are processed in a clay pot or a copper pot. It’s handcrafted.”

 

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Tasting Notes

Joven: Notes of sweet agave, eucalyptus and minerals, complimented a light floral note. The notes of rich agave are well-balanced with hints of pear, apples and citrus, and followed by a long finish.
Reposado: Notes of smoky agave, along with a touch of green apple, mesquite, and oak.
Añejo: Expressive notes of roasted pineapples, citrus and smoke. The flavors open up to notes of figs, tobacco, and slight hints of caramel, which are layered over a chocolate, peppery finish.

 

 

Company: Illegal Mezcal
Brand: Illegal Mezcal
Origin: Mexico
Category: Alcohol
Alcohol Volume: 40%
Variants: Joven, Reposado, Añejo
Packaging: 750ml bottle
Price: $46.99 (Joven), $64.99 (Reposado), $95.99 (Añejo)
Where to Buy: View Locations, Buy Online
Website: illegalmezcal.com

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Alcohol Spotlight: Corzo Reposado Tequila

 

An exceptionally modern tequila with deeper complexity.

We use select French Oak casks during the second mellowing period of our Reposado to add more complex flavor notes. More about our process.

 

Aroma: Sweet cream, toasty coconut, candied lemon peel, and dried pineapple
Taste: Sweet lemon custard, coconut flake, and baked banana and brown spice flavors
Finish: Long and smooth, with a sweet tropical custard pie fade
Color: Bright yellow gold

 

About the Process
To achieve our vision and patented "Hearts of Hearts process", much thought, time and determination was needed to enhance the traditional ways of making tequila. The extra steps we take is how we ensure our liquid is the smoothest, finest tequila you’ll ever taste.

CORZO is made with only 100% Blue Weber Agave from Jalisco, in the heart of the Highlands of Mexico. It is what gives CORZO its sweeter, citrusy, tropical notes.

 

 

Company: Corzo Tequila USA
Brand: Corzo
Origin: USA (Product of Mexico)
Category: Alcohol, Tequila
Packaging: 750ml
Alcohol Volume: 40%
Variants: Silver, Reposado, Anejo
Price: $95.00 USD
Where to Buy: Buy Online
Website: corzo.com

 

 

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