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Malinalli Tequila Extra Añejo 100% de Agave

Malinalli Tequila
Extra Añejo 100% de


By Robert Plotkin

Sometimes you just want a tequila you can sip and savor in a quiet, unhurried moment. Such a moment calls for a spirit that's brimming with character and exceptionally easy to drink. Ultra-sophisticated Malinalli Tequila Extra Añejo 100% de Agave is a perfect choice. Indeed, Malinalli is liquid luxury in a glass.

Made according to a secret recipe, this handcrafted masterpiece is distilled by Corporación Ansan [NOM 1360] in El Arenal, Jalisco for Malinalli Tequila LLC. After harvesting, the estate-grown blue agaves are taken to the distillery where they are placed in an autoclave and steam baked for a minimum of 12 hours. They are then shredded and rolled to extract their sugar-rich juice, which is transferred to large vats and allowed to slowly ferment. The process takes for 5 to 7 days and is precipitated by a proprietary strain of anaerobic yeast. The fermented wash—which is referred to as aguamiel—is double distilled in a traditional pot still.

Malinalli Extra Añejo is matured in French Limousin oak barrels for not less than 4 years and bottled at 40% alcohol (80 proof). The tequila has a burnished copper hue, a sleek medium-weight body and a beckoning bouquet of cinnamon, honey, vanilla, caramel and black cherries. Its delectable aromatics continue to build with time, so be patient. The entry onto the palate is gentle and smooth. It quickly expands filling the mouth with a treasure trove of bakery fresh flavors, including mocha, nutmeg, black pepper, cinnamon, cloves, vegetal and ripe red fruit. Fortunately Malinalli has retained much of its vim and vigor, which is a welcome quality in a tequila of its advanced age. The flavor extravaganza persists well into the extended finish.

Malinalli is named after one of the legendary women in Mexican history. As a young girl, Malinalli was sold into servitude in the port city of Maya. When the Spanish Conquistadors invaded, she became translator for Cortés in a gesture that would change the outcome of the journey and the fate of the continent. Malinalli soon became the voice of Cortés, the voice of her people and an enduring symbol of Mexico.

As mentioned at the onset, Malinalli Extra Añejo is an elegant spirit that should be sipped to be fully appreciated. Be prepared to be impressed.