Aromas of grilled peppers and wood smoke mingle with sweet, creamy notes on the restrained and elegant finish.
Wine Enthusiast 93 points - Though it’s light straw in the glass, with hardly any color, the flavor is robust and complex. Scented with perky black pepper and spice, the palate echoes the pepper up front, followed by a fleeting meaty umami note midpalate and a long finish that boasts sparks of ginger and cayenne. Aged eight months.
The spirit from La Altena is the only 100% blue agave tequila double distilled at 80 proof and bottled without any additional water. The methods of production are the same as they were a century ago, with a large stone wheel (known as tahona) turned in a pit to crush the cooked agave plants. The juice and agave fibers are then mixed in a barrel by foot before fermentation and distillation.
|(80º) Four months of barrel aging adds notes of sweetness, which nicely frame the natural spiciness of agave.
|Don Felipe Camarena’s family has been distilling tequila since the early 1800’s. When the family’s original distillery was destroyed and abandoned during the Mexican Revolution, Don Felipe turned to growing and selling agave plants from the highland region to other tequila producers. In 1937, Don Felipe opened La Altena Distiller in the mountainous region of Jalisco, Mexico. His passion inspired his family to continue handcrafting Tapatio, which means people or family from Gaudalaraja, so it could be enjoyed by future generations.
Don Felipe passed the business to his son, Felipe J. Camarena Orozco, who in turn passed it on to his daughters, Lilianna and Gabriela, and to his son, Carlos, who today, as Master Distiller, maintains the standards of excellence set down by his grandfather, Don Felipe.