As all lovers of fine tequila know, the best tequilas come from 100% Blue Weber agave. Olmeca Altos stands out amongst the competition by using the traditional Tahona method of expressing the agave juice and syrup. What is Tahona, you ask? It involves a 4000 pound millstone made from volcanic rock called a Tezontle which crushes the cooked agave in much the same way a millstone grinds wheat. There are very few distilleries still using this method as it is both time-consuming and rather old-fashioned. But, when it comes to making fine spirits, all the extra effort and care is worth it.
On a personal note, this tequila recipe was masterminded by fellow bartenders Dre Masso and Henry Besant, along with Master Distiller Jesús Hernández. So, in a real sense this tequila is designed for mixologists.
Olmeca Altos Plata Tequila (80 proof)
Visual: Perfectly clear.
Nose: Fresh cut agave, sweet rock candy, herbaceous spice with a hint of green pepper.
Taste: Bright, fresh and almost effervescent with tinges of candied ginger. Pepper comes through immediately, but soon fades to agave and mint.
Finish: Long and with a tannic clarity that is unusual for a young tequila. At the far end of the spectrum lies a caramel finish.
Overall: Perfect for shots, Margaritas, Frostbite cocktails, what have you. Very versatile and classy.
GSN Rating: A
Olmeca Altos Reposado Tequila (80 proof)
Visual: Pale honey gold.
Nose: Barrel aged agave with a smokey sweetness. Caramel creams, toast, and autumnal leaves on a sunny day.
Taste: Initially an almost burnt marshmallow quality with a lot of ginger and a subdued woodiness. Well aged, but still with a youthful sprightliness.
Finish: Fairly long with a sweet and medium dry finish. Again, the ginger spice excites the mid-palate.
Overall: A good expression of a rested tequila. Not as interesting as the plata, but still a top-notch 100% blue agave spirit.
GSN Rating: A-
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