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Route 66 Reposado 100% de Agave Tequila

Route 66 Reposado
100% de Agave


By Robert Plotkin

From the day it opened in 1926 through the 1950s, there was no more famous roadway in America than Route 66. It stretched over 2400 miles from Chicago to Santa Monica, California, with stops in Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico and Flagstaff, Arizona. Route 66 was long heralded as Main Street USA.

After almost 40 years, the highway was eventually replaced by an interconnecting network of interstates and freeways, and one by one the gas stations, cafés, motels and other small businesses that serviced its steady stream of tourists and travelers closed shop.

Today, Route 66 exists only as long, unconnected stretches of asphalt, a few dozen historic road signs and as the subject of the popular standard by Nat King Cole, "Get Your Kicks on Route 66." But for generations of Americans, Route 66 still remains a romantic symbol, an invitation to set yourself free and hit the open road.

Our collective longing to take a soul-satisfying road trip is at the heart of Del Bravo's most recent release, Route 66 Reposado 100% de Agave Tequila. Marketed in a fetching motorcycle figural bottle, the super-premium tequila hails from Tequila Quiote [NOM 1433] located in the high altitude of Atotonilco el Alto. It's made from mature agaves grown in the red volcanic soil. After harvesting, they are baked, shredded and allowed to slowly ferment in stainless steel fermentation tanks. The fermented juice—which is referred to as mosto—is then double distilled in copper pot stills and eventually bottled at 40% alcohol (80 proof).

One of the concerns with a product like this is that it's too easy to presume all of the money and effort went into producing the bottle. Fortunately that's not the case here. While the bottle is certainly attention grabbing, it's the tequila inside that will snare all of the headlines.

Aged for 4 to 6 months in charred American oak barrels, Route 66 Reposado has an amber/gold hue, a satiny lightweight body and a wafting floral and fruit bouquet. Its aromatic signature alone is well worth the purchase price. The entry is soft and gentle, and then it expands filling the mouth with the flavors of plums, cinnamon, clove, cacao, caramel and vanilla. Its thankfully long finish is spicy warm.