Female-founded brand Espanita has launched a double-barrel añejo Tequila.
The 100% Blue Agave spirit, which is the first ultra-premium product in the brand’s portfolio, is finished in Kentucky Bourbon casks.
“We are excited to expand our award-winning Barrel Reserve collection with the introduction of Espanita Double Barrel Añejo Tequila, an exquisitely balanced aged Tequila that embodies the best craft practices of Tequila-making and innovative maturation techniques,” said Marina Wilson, founder of Espanita Tequila.
“As an artisanal brand committed to heritage, authenticity and excellence in craftsmanship, we strive to delight the evolving tastes of discerning Tequila enthusiasts and I am proud to bring this fascinating and unique age expression to consumers.”
It is the second release in the limited edition Barrel Reserve collection, which experiments with maturation techniques and barrel finishes, following the Espanita Double Barrel Reposado, which launched in January.
Both expressions in the range are distilled in small batches from hand-selected mature Blue Agave plants grown at the high elevations of Los Altos de Jalisco.
Espanita Double Barrel Añejo is aged in toasted American White Oak barrels for at least 12 months, before the maturation process is continued for another eight to 10 months in Kentucky Bourbon casks.
“The second round of barrel ageing allows us to precisely control the maturation process as well as the development of desired flavour notes. The result is a rich, elegantly executed and decadently delicious double-barrel aged añejo Tequila with a unique flavour profile that charms the senses with tantalizing, aromatic Bourbon notes while fully expressing its grassy, fruit-driven Blue Agave foundation,” Wilson explained.
Espanita Double Barrel Añejo is bottled at 40% ABV and has an RRP of US$60.
On the nose, the Tequila has aromas of ‘fragrant honey oak, roasted agave, candied walnut, pralines and vanilla butterscotch’, followed by ‘dark chocolate’ and ‘dried fruit’. The palate has notes of ‘caramel sauce, roasted nuts, coconut butter, sweet tobacco, toffee and baking spices’. The finish is ‘lingering and nuanced’, with notes of ‘caramelised figs, spiced nuts and bright cinnamon sparks’.
“I am particularly proud that our new Double Barrel Añejo is not only an excellent sipper but also pushes the boundaries on application of aged Tequila in mixology,” continued Wilson.
“Rich and nuanced, it opens up a realm of remarkable cocktails waiting to be discovered. In particular, Espanita Double Barrel Añejo creates truly outstanding riffs on such classic cocktails as Old Fashioned, Manhattan, Negroni, Sidecar and numerous delectable spins on Sour cocktails and Juleps. The opportunities to create memorable cocktails are endless!”
Espanita Tequila also offers a Signature Infusions collection of fruit-infused Tequilas.