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Pueblo Viejo Orgullo Anejo 100% Agave Tequila

Pueblo Viejo Orgullo Añejo
100% Agave Tequila


By Robert Plotkin

Añejo tequilas enjoy nearly universal appeal. Collectively they offer enthusiasts the exuberant herbal quality of the blue agave tempered by the enticing effects of barrel aging. When made with skill and devotion, añejos are a treat for the senses brimming with spicy, peppery aromas, vibrant fruit-laced palates and long, satisfying finishes. Such are the pleasures awaiting you with Pueblo Viejo Orgullo Añejo 100% Agave Tequila.

Like the entire Pueblo Viejo range, Orgullo Añejo is made at Casa San Matías (NOM 1103), an estate distillery located above 6,000 feet in the Los Altos Mountains of Tepatitlán. Its estate-grown agaves are cultivated in the red volcanic soil of the Highlands. 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. It is bottled at 40% alcohol by volume (80 proof).

Orgullo Añejo is matured a minimum of 2 years in charred, American white oak barrels. During its stay in wood the tequila develops a rich golden hue, a velvety textured body and a generous bouquet of citrus, marzipan, cinnamon, vanilla and caramel. Its aromatics rival that of your neighborhood bakery. The entry is soft and gentle. The palate immediately expands filling the mouth with the flavors of cocoa, dark chocolate, toffee and roasted almonds with light notes of toasted oak. The finish is long and fruit-forward.

Orgullo Añejo is a guaranteed crowd-pleaser, an elegant, perfectly balanced spirit priced well below market value.