America has embraced Tequila Tapatio Blanco, the Blanco 110, the Reposado... When we brought in the Añejo, we thought the story was complete.
Then bartenders & Tequila aficionados who had visited La Alteña Distillery in Mexico started asking for one other special release: the fabled 'Excelencia Gran Reservas."
Could we get some for the US? Long story short: we were able to get a 100-case U.S. allocation (Lot 1) in December 2013.
Lot 2 is one of the oldest tequilas on the market - distilled in 2000 from 100% estate grown (Highlands) agave; aged for 5 years in used Excelencia barrels, and an additional 10 years in 5 liter glass jugs.
From the Whisky Exchange (on Lot 1): "This Excelencia Gran Reserva Extra Añejo from Tapatio shows an incredibly peppery agave character, with buttery grilled veg and a spicy kick. A simply stunning Tequila."
From the Wall Street Journal (Lot 1):
By Matthew Kronsberg (February 18, 2016)
Tapatio Excelencia (40% ABV), $160
"Viscous and full bodied, redolent of smoke and dulce de leche, this tequila verges on being aromatically overwhelming. But the pure flavor of the agave and the brisk minerality of the local water punch through. It comes in a traditional 1 liter bottle, making it easy to share generously."
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