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Sol de Mexico Tequila

Sol de Mexico
100% Agave
Añejo Tequila


By Robert Plotkin

You can make bad wine from great grapes, but you can't make great wine from bad grapes. The same is true for tequila. Making a great tequila begins with mature, hand-cultivated agaves grown under optimum conditions. Those used to make Sol de Mexico 100% Agave Añejo Tequila grow in the red volcanic soil and dry warm microclimate of the Los Altos Mountains, among the most prestigious growing regions in Jalisco. Their quality only begins to tell the story of why this tequila well deserves the critical acclaim it's received.

The Sol de Mexico range of tequilas is crafted at Productos Regionales de Atotonilco—NOM 1526. Founded in 1951, the small, family-owned distillery is situated in the highlands in the town of Atotonilco. The sucrose-rich agaves are harvested, baked and fermented before being double distilled in a traditional pot still. The brand's flagship expression—Sol de Mexico Añejo—derives much of its distinctive character from being aged minimally a year in three different types of oak—ex-bourbon barrels, used cognac casks and new French or American oak barrels.

Those seeking an elegant tequila they can slowly savor need look no further. Sol de Mexico Añejo has an amber hue, a lushly textured, medium-weight body and a honey, herbal and floral bouquet. The tequila slowly warms the palate with peppery, spicy and semisweet vanilla and cocoa flavors, all of which persist throughout the extended finish. The añejo is surprisingly luxurious, especially at the price.

The Sol de Mexico Reposado is matured in charred American oak barrels for 6-8 months. The glistening honey-colored tequila has a medium-weight body with a brilliant fruit, citrus and toasted oak bouquet. Its initial approach is a dry and balanced affair that gradually fills in the mouth with a bevy of flavors. The finish is laced with the tastes of vanilla, honey and fruit. The lightly wooded reposado is splendid in all respects.

Aficionados of silver tequila will delight in the Sol de Mexico Blanco. The crystal clear spirit has a medium-weight, slightly viscous body redolent with the aromas of dates, ground pepper and cloves. On the palate the tequila is dry and spicy with a long warming finish.

Sol de Mexico tequilas are reasonably priced and endowed with luscious characters, which makes them equally well suited for drink-making or sipping from a snifter.