Abreojos Silver 100% de Agave Tequila provides an excellent example of why international spirit competitions are so beneficial. At the 2013 San Francisco World Spirits Competition, this artisanal, privately owned tequila went head-to-head with the world's most successful brands and walked away with a double gold medal and "Best Tequila" honors. As one of the competition's judges, I can attest that its surprising achievement was well deserved as few of us left any of the tequila in our glasses. It was just too good.
Abreojos Tequila is handcrafted at Destiladora Del Valle de Tequila [NOM 1438] in the town of Tequila. The agaves used to make the tequila are cultivated in the semiarid Lowlands of Jalisco. After harvesting, they are brought to the distillery and slowly cooked in traditional brick ovens. The baked agaves are then shredded to extract their sugar-rich juice and transferred to vats where it is fermented over the course 5 to 7 days. Master distiller Luis Gabriel Orendain Robles uses naturally occurring yeast to precipitate fermentation. The fermented wash is double-distilled in a traditional pot still and bottled at 40% alcohol (80 proof).
Abreojos Silver possesses every characteristic you'd want in a world-class blanco tequila. Bottled fresh from the still, the crystal clear tequila has a lushly textured body and a generous bouquet laced with the aromas of citrus, pepper and tropical fruit. Its aromatics contribute greatly to the overall appeal of the tequila. The entry raises nary a trace of heat as it quickly expands filling the mouth with the flavors of lemon zest, black pepper, cinnamon, baked agave and fresh fruit. The finish is long and spicy.
You can search the seven seas for a better blanco than Abreojos Silver, but why waste your time? It's moderately priced and close at-hand. As for the Abreojos Reposado and Añejo, you'll need to be patient as they are still in the barrel at the time of the writing.
The name Abreojos originates from a quiet little fishing village in Baja California Sur called Punta Abreojos. Abreojos in Spanish means "open eyes." The area is famous with surfers for its pristine beach with a wrapping right hand point surf break.
Abreojos Silver is a most appropriately named spirit as it has indeed opened many people's eyes. ¡Salud!