APRIL'S SPIRIT OF THE MONTH--TEPOZAN REPOSADO TEQUILA
We have all become more aware of what we put into our bodies. I know as the natural wine buyer that one of the biggest points of that booming category is no additives to what is in the bottle. While in the wider category of spirits this awareness is just starting to take place, it has been a focus for many in the tequila world. One brand that is a great example of that is Tepozan Tequila. Some proof of that would be the estate grown agave they use which is taken from the fields to where they are processed by donkey, keeping cars and machinery away helping preserve the fields. Another example is using only natural yeast which has a connection to the brand’s name; all around the property are tepozan trees. These trees serve as the main provider of yeast in the air that helps ferment the agave. And the only thing that you can say is really added to this spirit is volcanic filtered well water that is also located on site.
The result of this pure, no additive practice of making tequila is delicious distillate that has clean flavors and will make any fan of tequila happy. Out of the three expressions made by Tepozan, the one that stood out to me the most was the Reposado. Which is why it is our April Spirit of the Month. Aged for four months in Kentucky white oak bourbon barrels the light savory profile that is shown in Tepozan’s Blanco becomes a little more vibrant in spice and rich in flavors. Lively baking spice notes pair with robust dark chocolate to bring a warming sensation to the profile. Soft notes of vanilla bean and butterscotch create a creaminess that coats the palate. The baking spice flavors from the beginning come back on the finish along with black pepper notes making a savoy ending.