El Tesoro "K&L Exclusive" Single Barrel #117 Reposado Tequila (750ml)

SKU #1348120

Carlos Camarena needs no introduction to those familiar with fine Tequila, but for those of you who are still getting your feet wet: he's the man behind a number of outstanding brands on today's market; those baring the NOM number 1474 on the side label. His father first founded La Alteña in 1937 and we were invited down this past Fall to celebrate the distillery's 80th anniversary and be a part of the first single barrel selections of reposado casks. While most modern facilities have moved onto to more efficient power shredders or roller mills, La Alteña still uses the tahona wheel for part of its production, holding on to the traditions of the past. In the case of El Tesoro, however, 100% of the agave used is tahona-pressed, which in the wine world would be the equivalent of foot-stomping. Made with 100% Highland agave, the piñas tend to be larger, fruitier, and sweeter in flavor due to the difference in both soil types and climate. The result is a lighter, finer, and incredibly sippable spirit. This single barrel Reposado expression, barrel #117, is a bit more herbaceous than our #110 selection, adding a bit more concentration to the classic characteristics of baking spices and soft vanilla from the oak maturation.

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Staff Image By: Jeffrey Jones | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 3/15/2018 | Send Email
I really liked this single barrel. It has a classic and expressive nose with citrus notes dominating. In the mouth the citrus flavors are complemented with hint of spice. This Tequila is complex and has a soft texture. There is a touch of sweetness on the finish.

Staff Image By: Andrew Whiteley | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 3/1/2018 | Send Email
The #117 barrel is darker and more savory than the #110. It does not lack for the intense fruitiness that you can achieve in highland tequila, but it really shows the earthy component more than the fruit. If you want a very clean and pretty sipper but gravitate towards more robust and full tequilas with a touch of savor, this is the barrel for you.

Staff Image By: David Driscoll | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 2/28/2018 | Send Email
Any great wine's reputation will (and should) always begin with the quality and the location of its vineyards. In the case of La Alteña, the agave is planted in the vibrant red soils of the Jalisco Highlands, which create a much different flavor profile than those planted in the Lowlands. Whereas Lowland agave produces a greener, more vegetal and herbaceous style of Tequila, Highland agave piñas tend to be larger, fruitier, and sweeter in flavor due to the difference in both soil types and climate. I've heard people compare Highland Tequilas to Highland single malts, but I've never liked that analogy. The classic Highland single malt profile has much more to do with stylistic choice than terroir. The difference between Highland and Lowland Tequila is more like the different between Napa mountain and valley-grown Cabernet. Due to the recent shortage of agave, many large producers (especially those using diffusers) don't distinguish between the geographical origins of their piñas, but that's no different than buying a bottle of red wine that says "California" on the label and one that very specifically indicates "Howell Mountain." When you buy a bottle of El Tesoro, you know you're getting Tequila made from Camarena family estate Highland agave.

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Alcohol Content (%): 40