Here at El Camion, and in our Pink Chihuahua bar, we love a few cocktails. And what’s one of our favourite spirits to put into these creative concoctions? Yep – tequila!
Today we’re taking a look into the history of one of our favourite varieties – Olmeca Altos 100% agave tequila.
What: Altos Reposado Tequila – sweet and citric, with a robust yet pleasant body. Agave, vanilla and woody flavours make this an easy drinking, quality spirit.
Who: Los Altos 100% blue agave was the created from the partnership of Jesus Hernandez – Olmeca’s own Master Distiller – and internationally renowned UK bartenders Henry Besant and Dre Masso.
Where: Los Altos is 2014 meters above sea level, in the western state of Jalisco in Mexico. A combination of the mineral-rich, volcanic tierra roja and the unique microclimate mean that some of the highest quality blue Agave can be produced there – hence the super taste of Olemca Altos!
How: At the peak of maturity after 7-8 years of growth, the blue Agave plants are harvested by a team of jimadores, using skills passed down from generations. The leaves are chopped to reveal the pina at the heart of Agave, which removed the bitter tasting cogollos – hence the best flavour and highest quality. Traditional brick ovens are then used to slow cooked the pin as to bring out the naturally sweet, fruity agave notes. Then a traditional Tahona method that is over 500 years old is used – this is a process of crushing cooked pin as with a 2-tonne volcanic millstone to draw the sweet juice from the fibres. It is then distilled on small copper pot stills to produce the smoothest, finest tequila.
Best Enjoyed: With lots of friends, in an El Camion margarita!
Visit the website to learn more about Olmeca Altos Tequila here