Ocho Single Estate 2020 Cerro Grande Reposado Tequila
One of the few tequilas still made slowly in the old fashioned way, Tequila Ocho is a spirit which accentuates that which is exclusive to tequila, the agave flavor. Ocho is the first tequila to designate both the year it was produced and the precise field from which the family grown agaves were sourced. Each batch comes from a different field or rancho contributing distinctive characteristics of that place.
The field where the agave for this vintage is grown is located around 27 km east of Arandas, where the mountain range “Cerro Grande” begins, lending its name to the ranch. To date, Cerro Grande is the agave field with the highest elevation that has been used for Ocho, sitting at 2,290 meters above sea level. The rancho has mostly old cedar and oak trees growing around the land. The soil is typical of the Highlands with red iron oxide and clay and is slightly acidic with a pH of 5.8.
Planted in 2013, at the time of harvest the agave plants were 7 years of age and fully mature, and contained an average sugar content of 30.72%. The quantity of agave processed for Ocho was 419,825 kg, enough to produce 83,500 litres of tequila.
The nose is lively and crisp. Peppery, very citric, lemon tea, grass, wet soil, celery, fresh coriander, and fruity notes at the end like pears and green apples. Orange peel, black pepper, herbaceous and a subtle smokiness rounds the palate. Nice cooked agave flavor in the aftertaste. Smooth and delicious, perfect to enjoy neat. Bottled at 40% abv.