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Pueblo Viejo Anejo 100% Agave Tequila

Pueblo Viejo Añejo
100% Agave Tequila


By Robert Plotkin

One of the premiere distillers of tequila, Casa San Matías (NOM 1103) enjoys a reputation for producing tequilas as beautiful as its surroundings. Perched 6000 feet in the Los Altos Mountains, Casa San Matías is an estate distillery that for more than a century has earned renown for handcrafting exquisite artisanal tequilas, brands such as Carmessí, Rey Sol and Tequila Corazón. Also among the distillery’s achievements is Pueblo Viejo Añejo 100% Agave Tequila, a value-laden masterpiece.

The entire Pueblo Viejo range of is made from mature, estate-grown agaves cultivated in the red volcanic soil of the Highlands of Tepatitlán. After harvesting, the agave piñas are slowly baked in traditional stone ovens, shredded and transferred to large fermentation vats, where the juice is allowed to slowly ferment. The fermented wash—called mosto—is then double-distilled in the estate’s stainless steel stills. A significant point of distinction is that Casa San Matías uses only pure mineral water sourced from nearby springs in its tequila. The tequilas are bottled at 40% alcohol by volume (80 proof).

Despite its modest price tag and humble packaging, Pueblo Viejo Añejo is an elegant tequila matured for upwards of 18 months in charred, American white oak barrels. It has a golden/amber hue, a light to medium-weight body and a bouquet brimming with fruit, caramel and coffee aromas. There’s a hint of toasted oak as well that is quite pleasant. The entry is smooth and refined without a trace of unwanted heat. It bathes the palate with an impressive array of flavors, that includes vanilla, dark chocolate, caramel, cinnamon and spice. The warm finish is semisweet and fruity. As they say, it certainly punches above its weight class. Salud!

Pueblo Viejo Reposado 100% Agave Tequila is matured a minimum of 9 months in charred, American white oak barrels. The straw-colored tequila has a lightweight, oily textured body and a generous bouquet comprised of spice, caramel and ripe red fruit aromas. The palate features an assortment of peppery, herbal and vanilla flavors. The finish is semisweet and spicy with caramel and cocoa notes.

Aficionados of blanco tequilas will thoroughly enjoy Pueblo Viejo Blanco 100% Agave Tequila. The tequila is crystal clear, light-bodied, satiny textured and saturated with the aromas of pepper, caramel and zesty citrus. It has a gentle entry and quickly fills the mouth with the lingering flavors of fruit, baking spice, dried herbs and red fruit. It’s a pleasure from first sniff to final shallow.

A beautiful bottle does nothing to improve the quality and character of tequila. And once the juice is in the glass, the packaging does nothing to impress friends, neighbors and guests. If you’re looking for a classy tequila that’s worth much more than the asking price, look no further than Pueblo Viejo tequilas.