Quick Spirits: Tequila | Bartender Atlas

What is Tequila?
– Must be made from Agave tequilana (commonly known as Blue Agave)
– Those agave plants must be grown in the state of Jalisco, or certain municipalities in Guanajuato, Michoacán, Nayarit and Tamaulipas.
– 51% of the finished product must come from this agave
– Blanco or Plata Tequila may only be stored in oak for less than 60 days
– Joven or Oro Tequila is a Blanco that has been softened using certain additives (usually oak extract, caramel colour and/or sugar) and/or has had a small amount of Reposado, Anejo and/or Extra Anejo Tequila added
– Reposado Tequila is aged for a minimum of two months in oak vessels.
– Anejo Tequila is aged for a minimum of one year in oak.
– Extra Anejo Tequila is aged a minimum of three years in oak vessels with a capacity of 600 litres or less

What makes Olmeca Altos Plata?
– Distilled in the Jalisco region of Mexico in the highlands or ‘Altos’.
– Created by bartenders for bartenders. The goal was to create a high-end tequila for bartenders that would not lose its flavor in a cocktail.
– Made from 100% agave
– Red soil from the Altos (highlands) of Jalisco adds fruity aromas and a more rounded taste
– Over 150 distilleries in Mexico and Altos is one of only 8 who uses the traditional Tahona stone method to crush the agave fibres to add to the flavour.
– Twice distilled in copper pot stills to enhance the flavour profile of the agave.
– Voted the best tequila for Margaritas 3 years in a row by Drinks International
– An extremely versatile tequila made for cocktails and to sip. On the nose there are aromas of cooked agave and citrus from the lime zest. On the palate it is sweet with a balanced body of citrus lime flavour and fresh herbal notes. The aftertaste is smooth and long-lasting.

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