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Excellia Reposado 100% Puro de Agave

Excellia Reposado 100%
Puro de Agave


By Robert Plotkin

Few products are as appropriately named as Excellia 100% Puro de Agave. While it is indeed excellent, the makers could have attached loftier superlatives to this magnificent spirit and been justified in doing so. If an extraordinary tequila is what you seek, look no further than critically acclaimed Excellia.

What makes this tequila so unique is how it's made. The process starts with mature agaves cultivated in the Highlands of Jalisco. After harvesting, the agaves are brought to La Alteña [NOM 1139], home of master distiller Caros Camarena, maker of world-class El Tesoro and Tapatio Tequilas. Once at the distillery, the agaves are slowly steam cooked in a traditional stone and brick oven. The baked agaves are then shredded and crushed. The extracted juice is collected and put into large wooden vats where it is patiently allowed to ferment naturally using the indigenous yeast in the air. The fermented must—referred to as mosto—is double-distilled in La Alteña's copper pot stills.

Here's where things get a bit more interesting. Enter Jean-Sébastien Robicquet, founder of EWG Spirits & Wine and brand creator and producer G'Vine Gin and Esprit de June Liqueur. After the second distillation, the new tequila is placed in one of two types of barrels. The first is Sauternes wine oak casks that have been used to mature only one vintage—approximately for 2 to 3 years. The other is French Limousin oak barrels filled previously with cognac for more than 20 years. Each type of oak has a singular affect on the aging tequila. When the barreled tequilas have reached their peak maturity, creative partners Camarena and Robicquet blend the two wood-finished tequilas together to obtain the desired flavor profile.

While each expression of Excellia Tequila is worthy of praise, Excellia Reposado 100% Puro de Agave seems to best illustrate the tremendous possibilities marrying tequilas finished in this unique manner. The reposado is barrel-aged for a minimum of 9 months during which it develops a lustrous golden hue, a satiny, medium-weight body and a glorious floral, fruit, honey and spiced bouquet. Its wafting aromatics alone qualify it as world-class. The entry is warm and smooth and it quickly bathes the palate with the flavors of toffee, black pepper, vanilla, cinnamon and baking spice. The finish is long, spicy warm and imminently satisfying. It's an irresistible treat for the senses.

Ultra-suave Excellia Añejo 100% Puro de Agave is meant to be slowly savored in an unhurried moment. Barrel-aged for 18 months, the tequila has a deep golden hue, a velvety textured body and a generous bouquet of spices, roasted peppers, raisins and tropical fruit. Its dry, expansive palate features spicy, peppery and herbal flavors with light fruit and honey notes. The finish is long and peppery. There is simply no other tequila on the market quite like it.

Excellia Blanco 100% Puro de Agave is rested in the two types of oak barrels for several weeks prior to being bottled. Its short stay in wood does leave an imprint on the young tequila. Excellia Blanco has a subtle golden hue and a dry, medium-weight body. The nose is lightly floral with fruit, herbal and white pepper aromas. Its entry is silky smooth with the long lasting, palate warming flavors of cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg, white pepper, roasted nuts and baked agave. The combined effect is mesmerizing.

What a sensational threesome. ¡Salud!