IXA Tequila Blanco (750ml)
This botanical Tequila mixes vanilla, white flowers and a whiff of mint with welcome grapefruit peel bitterness and a twang of black pepper. Alcohol builds with repeated sips. This would be a great addition to a paloma or other citrusy cocktails.
IXÁ is made in an old and increasingly rare way with fully mature agave plants which are cooked slowly in traditional clay ovens and then fermented and distilled with the agave fiber included, compared to modern distillers who buy agave half the size, pressure cook in a tenth the time, and ferment and distill only the agave juice. This old school method, known to produce excellent tequilas like Siete Leguas, is more time costly, time consuming, and makes all the difference. When you taste IXA you'll understand why they went through the extra effort. Ixa also happens to be one of the greenest products you can put in your bar. Every bottle of IXÁ starts with a verified 9 lbs CO² carbon footprint from start to consumers. They then plant one tree per bottle sold. Based on an independent study, each one of these trees absorbs 1,743 lbs of CO² from the atmosphere over its lifetime. The difference between the greenhouse gases they create and those they help take away is enough to make the average American carbon negative for a day by just having a cocktail with 2 oz of IXÁ.