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Dulce Vida Reposado Organic Tequila

Dulce Vida Reposado
Organic Tequila


By Robert Plotkin

Here's a tequila that promises you the Dulce Vida—Spanish for sweet life—and for everyone who genuinely adores the flavor of tequila, that's exactly what's in store for them with this Highland gem. Among its singular attributes, Dulce Vida Organic 100% Agave Tequila is bottled at 50% alcohol by volume (100 proof), this to better preserve its brilliant character. Being 50% alcohol by volume means that less water is added to the tequila after it is taken off the still. The result is a significantly more flavorful experience.

The entire Dulce Vida range is handcrafted in Jalisco at Groupo Industrial de Los Altos [NOM 1443]. The agaves used in production are grown in the Pacific coastal region of Mexico where the west-facing sun and the coastal climate have a profound impact on the plants. In addition, the agaves are USDA certified organic, meaning they were cultivated without the use of pesticides or synthetic fertilizers.

All aspects of production are conducted under the direct supervision of founder and master distiller Carlos Jurado. After harvesting, the agaves are baked and allowed to slowly ferment before being double-distilled in traditional pot stills.

Dulce Vida Reposado Organic Tequila is aged 11 months in charred American bourbon barrels and bottled directly from a single barrel. When the contents of that barrel are depleted, it's a slice of life not be repeated. Its stay in wood imbues the tequila with a rich golden hue, an oily textured, medium-weight body and a generous fruit, citrus and roasted pepper nose. The palate is rich with the flavors of black cherries, vegetal, chocolate and zesty citrus. The lingering finish is warm and semisweet.

Equally engaging is Dulce Vida Añejo Organic Tequila, which is matured a minimum of 24 months in charred American bourbon barrels. It, too, is bottled directly from a single barrel. The dark amber tequila has a velvety, medium-weight body and a bouquet of red fruit, vanilla and toffee. Its warm entry expands and bathes the palate with the semisweet flavors of vanilla and caramel. The finish reveals the added flavors roasted peppers and toasted oak.

Exuberant Dulce Vida Blanco Organic Tequila is bottled fresh from the still. The crystal clear spirit has a satiny, medium-weight body and a wafting set of peppery, herbal and citrus aromas. Its palate is a spicy affair laced with white pepper and semisweet herbs. Top-notch.

All three expressions have the kind of brilliant personalities that make them marvelous performers in artisanal cocktails and mixed drinks. ¡Salud!