About Espolòn Extra Añejo Tequila
Made exclusively from blue agave harvested from the Highlands region of Mexico, Espolòn Tequila is crafted at the San Nicolas Distillery by Master Distiller Cirilo Oropeza. The distillery is located among the agave plantations of Jalisco’s rolling hillsides, and has been the site of tequila production for over two centuries.
The process begins when expert jimadors harvest the agave after they have been matured for nearly a decade. Then, the heart of the agave — the piña — is removed and cooked for approximately 22 hours (versus the industry average of 12 hours). Once the piña has been cooked, it is shredded and the remaining agave pulp is fermented using a proprietary strain of yeast. During fermentation, Oropeza plays rock music within the distillery to inspire the agave. Then, he twice distills the wash through copper pot stills for approximately 5.5 hours (versus the industry standard of 3.5 hours).
After distillation, Espolòn Tequila Extra Añejo was laid to rest in new, American white oak barrels, where Master Distiller Cirilo Oropeza kept a watchful eye on his tequila (and waited patiently). After six long years — twice as long as the legal minimum for “extra añejo” — Oropeza bottled the tequila at 82 proof, giving it an exceptionally rich, smooth flavor.
Espolòn Tequila Extra Añejo has a nose that is both floral and smoky, with roasted agave notes mingling with baking spices, toasted almond, vanilla, ripened pineapple, maple and oak. The palate is buttery and viscous, and leads to a finish accented with cocoa nibs, rich fruits, cherry, tobacco and honey.
There’s only one batch of Espolòn Tequila Extra Añejo, and once it’s gone, it’s gone forever.
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Although tequila has developed a bad reputation, there’s more to the spirit than just shots on a Saturday night.
This traditional Mexican drink origins in the state of Jalisco when according to a local legend, lightning struck an agave cactus before the Nahua tribe drank its warm nectar. Behold, tequila.
Legally, tequila has to be made of 51% of Blue agave around the Jalisco region in Mexico. There are different types of tequila according to age – from the youngest representatives, blanco, reposado, and añejo, to the oldest extra añejo.