When was the last time you had an 18-year-old tequila? Oh, never?
Neither had anyone else, on earth, until methodical madman Enrique Fonseca and his renegade, fourth-generation agave growers culminated a 20+ year odyssey with the release of Fuenteseca Riserva 18-year 100% Agave Azul.
What the Scots have done for peat and barely, they have accomplished for maguey. And right here, for the next two weeks or so , you can pre-order your own bottle of the oldest tequila ever released. Period.
Fonseca, an architect by training and agave conservator by heritage, shared local farmers' frustration with what international companies did with highland Atotonilco el Alto agave. Together, they bought the old Bacardi distillery in Fonseca's home town of Tequila, Jalisco. In 1995, they made 18 batches of pure agave tequila, cut 75% copper column with 25% copper pot distilled juice and aged it for half a decade in old rye bourbon casks. From 2001 on, the full lot was blended and re-barrelled, 47% back into the Canadian oak bourbon casks and 53% into EU barrels that had aged California reds.
The result is something you know is historic the instant you uncork it. Brandied sea spray on the nose, a supple agave fire mid-palate and turns of white pepper, spice and carmelized maguey mint new brain cells during the long finish.
Sometimes something so magnificent makes its way into this shop that it requires tribute. (Not surprisingly, it made its way into the shop via the barrel whisperers of PM Spirits.) This is one boldly aged tequila that will create more memories than it obliterates. - JO
Available on a pre-order basis. Bottles are due to arrive by the end of March and can be delivered (free within NY) or made available for pick up at the store.