Tequila Ańejo - Voodoo Tiki Ańejo
Voodoo Tiki Ańejo Tequila
Importer: Tiki Tequila Corporation., Pembroke Pines, Florida
PROOF: 80 (40%)
AGE: 1 year +
PRICE: $71.99 - 750 ML
Notes: This tequila is produced on the Highlands of Jalisco (the Corazón de Los Altos) , the heart of tequila country. This is the Ańejo (old) expression of this particular line. Other younger expressions are the Voodoo Tiki Platinum, and a Voodoo Tiki Reposado, there is also a infused Tequila product line including Desert Rose Prickly pear, Blue Dragon Blue kiwi, and Green Dragon lime.
Voodoo Tiki uses agave that are a minimum of 10 years old for their Tequila (others use agave as young as 3 years old). A more mature agave develops a better flavor of terroir (taste and sense of place) due to the longer growing period according to a number of experts. Voodoo Tiki also uses a number of more traditional steps to make their tequila than many others.
First, they use hornos, the old style brick and stone ovens rather than the stainless steel autoclaves (that look a lot like wood drying kilns) and eight to twelve times longer 50 -72 hours rather than 6) to bake the pinãs (heart of the agave) and convert the starch to sugar. This allows a slow conversion and avoids carmelization of sugar (and the resulting bitterness). After that the resulting juice is fermented over a 7-10 day period to become mosto (fermented juice). It is then first fermented into ordinario (the english term would be low wine) it is then redistilled into tequila. Unlike vodka you only want to distill Tequila twice to preserve flavor and character.
Appearance: Crystal clear, with a slight yellow gold cast to it - lovely body. On swirling, it leaves a very light coating on the glass which then forms some luscious legs which then leave a constellation of droplets on the sides of the nosing glass.
First Impression: Has a subdued and more subtle aromatic signature of its younger siblings salty, sweet brine, savory, herbal with a citrusy bouquet- like thai-lime leaves and lemon grass, hints of oak pepper, leather notes, lemon balm, cinnamon and vanilla.
Taste: Wonderful oily body. Sweetish entry drying rapidly but pleasantly. Savory Provencal-type spiciness and a brandy like finish with dryish notes.
Finish is long, with the char and tobacco taste lingering. Very smooth.
Drinks: Very nice on its own worth sipping and contemplating over. Wonderful margaritas- not the usual insipid sweetness. Be sure to use fresh juice and Grand Marnier- anything less would be an insult to the tequila and a waste.
Cigars: Joya de Nicaragua ,Rocky Patel, or Davidoff natural wrapper.
Final Thoughts: Nicely done, brandy and cognac notes make this one to be savored.
Bottle: Recycled clear glass bottle with , rounded shoulders short neck and blue sealing wax (with stamp on top) neckband. Bright blue glass Tiki totem/god attached to inside surface of pommel in bottle. Silk-screened tiki and bamboo graphics in white, limited edition # on back. Composite cork (with wooden top) reduces chance of cork taint. Each bottle is handmade by the Master Artisan Glass blower Alahandro Numaro Quite the package altogether and a real standout on your bar. Must have tequila for a Tiki Bar.
Web site: http://www.voodootiki.com
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