Not all tequilas are created equal. There are about 140 Mexican distilleries that produce over 1600 different tequilas. Tequila Ocho stands out from the rest by literally sourcing their agave pinas from a variety of eight (Ocho) fields owned by the company. A collaboration between the Camarena family and Tomas Estes, their tequilas are unique in that each bottle lists the particular field the agaves come from, as well as the year it was bottled. In a sense giving it a vintage like you find in top quality wines.
These tequilas are world’s apart from each other, and a great example of what single estate tequilas are capable of. Two of the unaged blancos were sent to me for review.
Tequila Ocho Plata Single Estate: Los Corrales (80 proof)
Nose: Sweet and delicate, with a lemony citrus bouquet almost bordering on floral. Airing brings the slightest hint of vanilla custard.
Taste: Medium heat with black pepper overtones. Baked agave is pronounced with an almost milky character. Quite dry, with a lot of minerality.
Finish: Fairly long with the lasting impression being one of a slightly minty chalk-like terroir.
Overall: Very interesting, and unique. I was left with the impression of the chalky soil character found in Champagne, France in terms of terroir.
GSN Rating: A-
Tequila Ocho Plata Single Estate: Las Pomez (80 proof)
Nose: A heady and almost dark rum-like nose with apparent agave overtones.
Taste: Cinnamon and fresh-baked bread. Sweet and almost fruity. There is a lively freshness here that almost seems playful.
Finish: Very nice with a long single sweet note of barley sugar.
Overall: This is a great dessert tequila. Surprisingly, despite the lack of any aging whatsoever, it has the smoothness indicative of a fair amount of oak aging.
GSN Rating: A-
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