After showcasing tequila recently, I’ve been waiting to try out one that has caught my eye in more the bottle than anything. Once you realise the brand, and the logo, you can understand the link – its name? Olmeca.
Olmeca is produced at Destileria Colonial de Jalisco in the town of Arandas, Jalisco in Western Mexico which incidentally is 2104 metres above sea level. Operation at the plant is overseen by Maestro Tequilero Jesús Hernández and as the Master Distiller he is responsible for supervising the hand-selected blue agave picked after 7–8 years of growth. Once harvested, traditional brick ovens are then used to slow cook the piñas. Part of the production process at Olmeca involves using the 500-year-old traditional and artisanal Tahona method, which consists of a 2 tonne millstone made of volcanic rock, known locally as Tezontle. Once the Agave piñas have been harvested and cooked, they are crushed by the Tahona, creating a pulp and drawing out the juice from the fibres. This juice is referred to as Tahona Liquid, of which a percentage is integrated into the fermentation and distillation process of all Olmeca Tequilas, with Olmeca Tezón exclusively containing 100% Tahona Liquid.
So a rather unique and traditional method to create the range of Olmeca, but how does it fare? Well below, I give to you my tasting notes –
Olmeca Altos – 38%
Lots of fruit and herbs on the nose with citrus following closely. Smooth beginning on the palate that develops into a well-balanced citrus led flavour with hints of wood smoke and a long subtle spice offering.
A great sipping tequila, but if this tickles your fancy, then be my guest –
Tequila Con Sangrita
Tequila in a stem glass, Sangrita in a side shot glass
50 ml Olmeca Altos
750 ml Tomato juice
100 ml Fresh orange juice
100 ml Fresh lemon juice
25 ml Tabasco
Combine all the ingredients, except for the tequila, in a blender and blend until frothy. Cover and refrigerate for the flavors to marry. To serve, pour the sangrita into stemmed glasses. Pour the tequila into shot glasses.
A cheeky little variation to drinking it neat. There are many other variations within the Olmeca brand, including a Reposado and the Tezón range mentioned above. A great addition to any bar or drinks cabinet.
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