A very interesting and complex tequila. A touch odd , but I always enjoy the unusual
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 over 200 years of making tequila, making them easily the oldest tequila makers anywhere. The agaves grown on this estate have a pedigree equally long dating from 1758 – longer than those strains of yeast certain bourbon makers go on about. Imported and bottled by Heaven Hill ( a good to excellent bourbon and rye whiskey producer of which we have reviewed many of their products).
As a sidebar the parent company supports the environment and ecology issues such as helping the Mexican Wolf and its habitat among other worthy causes.It also does not use GMO or cloned agaves.
Double distilled – all tequilas are – the difference here is they use traditional alembics (somewhat generically and less romantically known as type of pot still) cognac stills The youngest expression of this particular line is the Blanco which is very nice for a blanco and a great choice for the money . The others older releases being in order of age, Lunazul Reposado and more standard ( to me anyway ) Lunazul Anejo.
All of the Agaves are 7-9 years old so they are nicely mature and possess terrior in a nice understated way.
Well I guess it had to happen…. I’ve seen a lot of aged rums come out lately that were filtered to remove color from cask or at least wood aging for whatever benighted marketing reasons… This tequila is a anejo tequila that has been aged for 18 months then filtered eight times to make it look like a blanco, why I am not entirely sure
Appearance: Crystal clear body, On swirling, it leaves a very light coating on the glass with very long legs forming.
First Impression: Apples, pineapple, citrus, roasted peppers and almonds, vanilla , fruitier smell than most highland tequilas, more of a fruiter lowland tequila, but nicely restrained version thereof. Hints of vanilla , oak char and wood wrap sinuously around the other elements adding more depth than the blanco and a more restrained expression on the anejo. There is also a slightly more pronounced minerality to this expression
Taste: Somewhat fruity start with interesting oak notes adding to a vanilla and char layer then followed rapidly by a dry mineral and pepper tang . Finish is dry, with a nice touch of citrus, barrel notes, and minerals.
Drinks: Wonderful dry and slightly woody notes make it very good for a exotic martini. We also liked it with tonic and lime. A light and dryish Blanco with more more delicate presence in a drink than most so be careful how you use it.
Cigars: Goes well with a Ashton, Romeo Y Julieta or a Montechristo natural wrapper.
Bottle: Square clear glass bottle with black label – similar in shape and appearance to a Jack Daniels bottle only larger body and shorter neck.
Final Thoughts: A very interesting and complex tequila, a outstanding value for the money. Not the best tequila I have had but quite complex and interesting in an idiosyncratic way and well worth buying !
Web site: http://www.lunazultequila.com
Much improved from what it was with a good amount of information ,some recipes and a fair amount of history and technique. Fast-loading and not overburdened with code.
For a much more insightful look got to : tierradeagaves.com.mx which is the website for the actual producer of Lunazul ( and other tequilas you may recognize and many I have reviewed under their respective trade names. A lovely website with even more information !