Advent Calendar Day 8: 21-Year Old Whisky and Cuban Cigars
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It’s National Tequila Day! And, if today means nothing more to you than an excuse to indulge in traditional Mexican cuisine and drinks, then so be it.
If you’re looking to justify that seventh shot of premium blue agave spirit however – for that is the plant from which tequila is distilled – then here’s a brief history lesson. In 1862, under the leadership of General Ignacio Zaragoza, the Mexican Army triumphed against the odds in a battle with French forces in the southern city of Puebla. And if a long-lost battle between two countries you’re not from isn’t a good enough excuse for a drink, we don’t know what is…
Tapatio is a Mexican word referring to a man from Jalisco, the tequila-producing state of Mexico, and they are honoured in this tequila made at La Altena distillery, source of some of the best and most authentic spirits coming out of Mexico. Rested for 4 months in oak, this shows bright bell pepper and a touch of cooked fruit, along with some notes of buttered mash potatoes and vanilla.
Distinguished and refined, this special Añejo is produced in small batches and reflects Don Julio González’s life-long passion for making the highest quality tequila. Its sweet and complex aroma complements an equally intriguing range of flavors including hints of warm oak, pepper and cinnamon for an ultra smooth tequila with astonishing depth and character.
Using centuries old, traditional methods, Tequila Fortaleza Blanco is 100% estate grown Blue Agave Tequilana Weber, distilled and stored in stainless steel tanks and never touches wood. Presented in a hand-blown in Tonala, Jalisco by artisan glassmakers, the labour-intensive blend is unequaled in both taste and smoothness.
Patron more or less created the super premium tequila category by itself, gaining worldwide recognition for the quality of the blue agave based spirit, the distinctive handcrafted bottles, and the full, intense flavours it offers. This is a light, smooth and delicate style of Tequila, with lovely subtle spice characteristics.
Don Fulano is a 100% Mexican company, the legacy of four generations of Agaveros from around the town of Atotonilco, in the highlands of Jalisco. Dedicated to sustainable consumption and fair trade, they make incredibly complex and pure styles of Tequila, from 100% blue agave. This Blanco Tequila is rested for 60 days in stainless steel, and shows notes of pepper and sweet spice, along with some earthy agave character.
Under the direction of Master Distiller Miguel Cedeno Cruz, this fine tequila by Corazon has been aged in barrels acquired from the iconic Buffalo Trace distillery that previously held Old Rip Van Winkle bourbon in them, resulting in a rich, creamy tequila with notes of oak, fresh nuts, vanilla, cream and gentle agave spice.
Crafted using exclusively lowland Agave, renowned for its earthy and herbaceous quality, Jose Cuervo uses a time honoured steam-fed hornos method to cook the Platino’s pinas, distilling in a traditional copper pot still before employing a unique Essencia de Agave process to condense and purify the tequila. On the nose, chargrilled vegetables and linseed with agave make way for a palate of agave sweetness with honey and melon. A dry finish boasts slight pepper notes and enduring agave flavours.
Aged for 14 months in American oak barrels, Casamigos añejo is made slowly, with the agave fermented for twice the average and roasted for 10 times as long. And, of course, the brand is part owned by actor George Clooney for that extra edge of class.
Gran Mayan Ultra Aged is an extra añejo Tequila. A smooth and rich 100% agave spirit with notes of nuts, pepper, caramel and spice. An exceptional sipping spirit presented in a talavera bottle – which is an ornament in and of itself.
A rich and decadent añejo Tequila from Señor Artesano. This is naturally golden in colour with notes of wood spice, chocolate and butter candy. The bottle, also handcrafted, includes patterns traditional to Mexico, to create an item that wouldn’t look out of place in a rustic, central American cafe.
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