Tequila of The Week 


El Tesoro Anejo (NOM 1139)  Produced at La Alteña (NOM 1139) by master distiller Carlos Camarena. El Tesoro is produced from 100% estate grown agave which is cooked for three days in brick ovens and then Tahona crushed. *For those of you new to tequila a Tahona Wheel is a two ton Stone wheel (made from volcanic rock) that is used to crush Cooked Agave and separate juices from fibers. 


While very traditional and said to provide a unique profile to the tequila, this process is very slow. Fermentation is in open air wooden tanks, then distilled in copper stills, and finally rested 2-3 years in American oak previously used For bourbon.

 

This traditionally produced Anejo carries notes of Cooked Agave, Cinnamon, and Oak. The taste profile is dominated by Earthy and Cooked Agave flavors with hints of pepper, vanilla and oak. A light sweet finish with hint of spice to it makes this a great sipping Anejo and one I recommend keeping around. 2018 saw a rebranding of the El Tesoro tequilas packaging on display here. I think they look great and I particularly like the “Tahona wheel” stopper.


Previously on this page I have featured tequilas from another Camarena brand, produced at La Alteña (Ocho) and highlighted how those were produced using single Estate sourced agave. EL Tesoro is also produced using only Estate grown agave however the Agave is sourced from multiple estates (specific fields). In my opinion El Tesoro is one of the most consistent brands I’ve come across to date, and one I regularly recommend to friends

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