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El Mayor Tequila Blanco 100% de Agave

El Mayor Tequila
Blanco 100% de Agave


By Robert Plotkin

A quick sniff, sip and swallow of El Mayor Tequila Blanco 100% de Agave will confirm that Rodolfo Gonzalez is most deserving of the title of Master Distiller. Barrel-aging tequila in wood often serves to mask flaws, blemishes and defects. Not so with a blanco like this. It is bottled directly from the still exactly as the distiller intended it to be—fresh, unadulterated and brimming with the captivating character of blue agave.

This extraordinary tequila is crafted at Destiladora Gonzalez Gonzalez [NOM 1143] in Puerto Altata, Jalisco. The agaves used to make the tequila are cultivated in the red volcanic soil of the Highlands. After harvesting, the agaves are brought to the distillery where they are slowly baked in stainless steel autoclaves. The steamed agaves are then pressed by a millstone to extract the sugar-rich juice and transferred to stainless vats for fermentation. The distillery uses a proprietary strain of yeast to precipitate fermentation, which is one reason their tequila tastes unlike any other. The fermented wash is double-distilled in a traditional, copper-lined pot still. El Mayor tequilas are bottled at 40% alcohol (80 proof).

There is a growing trend among enthusiasts and aficionados of sipping premium silver tequilas neat like fine brandy and El Mayor Blanco is a perfect example why. The crystal clear spirit has a satiny medium-weight body and a generous floral and tropical fruit bouquet. Its wafting aromatics are quite enticing. The entry raises little to no heat as it bathes the palate with cocoa, black pepper, fresh fruit and cinnamon. The lingering finish is dry and spicy warmth.

This blanco has a lot of character. While an excellent choice for use in a cocktail, it really shines served neat. The longer the tequila is allowed to breathe, the more character it exhibits.

El Mayor Reposado is equally engaging. It is aged up to nine months in charred, American white oak barrels. During its stay in wood, the tequila develops a golden/amber hue, a sleek medium-weight body and a bouquet saturated with the aromas of fruit, vanilla, caramel and spice. The finish is long, flavorful and thoroughly satisfying.

The El Mayor Añejo is best described as luxurious. Barrel-aged a minimum of 18 months in American oak, the tequila possess a deep golden hue, a curvaceous body and an array of aromas as irresistible as your neighborhood bakery. Its palate is a flavor extravaganza of toffee, cocoa, coffee, vanilla, caramel, tropical fruit and baking spices. It, too, is best appreciated served neat in an unhurried moment.

Each of the three expressions of El Mayor Tequila is sophisticated, yet affordably priced. On behalf of a thirsty nation, thank you for that.