One of the few tequilas using alembic stills for their distillation.
Notes: This tequila is distilled and bottled on the Beckman Estate in just outside the town of Tequila (yes, there is a town called that) in the state of Jalisco, the heart of tequila country. This family has a tradition of almost 200 years of making tequila, making them easily the oldest tequila makers anywhere. Former partners in José Cuervo, they have decided to go on their own and are now producing this tequila. The agaves grown on this estate have a pedigree equally long – longer than those strains of yeast certain bourbon makers go on about.
Double distilled -all tequilas are – the difference here is they use traditional alembics (less romantically known and somewhat generically as pot) cognac stills and aged in used Bourbon and French oak barrels. This practice of using barrels is in contrast to some of the more commercial companies who use wood vats big enough to live in – giving the tequila a good bit more flavor and aging characteristics than the later. This is the Reposado (rested) expression of this particular line.The others being Certeza Silver and Certeza Anejo.
Appearance: Crystal clear body, golden wheat color from aging in oak casks . On swirling, it leaves a very light coating on the glass with very long legs forming.
First Impression: Dry butterscotch, vanilla oak, fruitier (dried fruit) smell than most tequilas.
Taste: Sweetish start followed rapidly by a dry alkali tang and touches of leather. Finish is dry and bracing.
Drinks: Wonderful dry and slightly woody notes make it very good for a exotic martini. We also liked it with tonic and lime. A substantial and dryish reposado with more presence in a drink than most.
Cigars: Goes well with a Ashton or Romeo Y Julieta
Final Thoughts: A manly tequila that has a lot of body, flavor and backbone.
Bottle: Looks like a 1950’s liquor bottle or maybe a perfume bottle with side pieces that remind me of a Soviet heavy lift rocket. Tasteful black label with gold lettering. Large circular decorative stopper made of wood with a sun on moorish sun on horizon design with a cork. Looks very nice on a bar- stands out from the rustico recycled glass crowd.
Web site: http://www.lacerteza.com
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