ArteNOM Añejo TequilaMADE BY LA TEQUILEñA IN JALISCO, MEXICO
We waited to bring in an añejo tequila until we found one that felt as smooth and fine as riding in a 50’s-era Cadillac. Something that embodies glamour, might and ridiculous dimensions. We think this is it.
La Tequilena is owned and operated by famed tequila maker — and fifth-generation agave grower — Enrique Fonseca. The blue agave used for ArteNOM is estate-grown and harvested from the hills surrounding Atotonilco El Alto, which sits almost 5,000 feet above sea level. The agave is steam-roasted without pressure, fermented with proprietary yeast, and distilled in both a pot and a column still.
But it’s finishing touches that make this añejo a beautiful beast.
Sixty percent of the tequila is aged for two years in red wine barrels made from French oak with the remainder aged for three years in identical wine barrels. Then the tequila is blended and aged for another year in casks that have already been used to age American bourbon. The final result yields rich, complex layers of citrus, spice, smoke, toasted nuts and vanilla. Like a vintage Eldorado, it’s unforgettable and timeless.
Please, please, sip this one solo.
Tip of the Tongue:
Did you know that tequila comes in three primary varieties? There’s blanco or “silver” (unaged), reposado or “rested” (aged a minimum of two months, but less than a year) and añejo or “aged” (aged a minimum of one year, but less than three).