Tequila Reposado Jalisco
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Distilled by Melly Barajas at her small distillery in Valle de Guadalupe, Jalisco, La Gritona Reposado is a blue agave tequila crafted from 9-10 year-old mature agave grown in the iron-rich red soil of the Jalisco highlands. It's cultivated at the height of its sugar levels and is put into ovens within 24 hours of being cut. The agave is steam cooked in one thick-walled earthen oven for 24 hours and then allowed to rest for another 24 hours before crushing. The collected liquid is naturally fermented in open steel vats at a rate that is dictated by the local air temperature. Once it starts to swim, Melly distils her nascent silver twice. She rests the distilled silver in reused American whiskey barrels for 8 months before filtering and bottling. Every step of production takes place under one roof and the facility is overseen by a group of local women who work each process from start to finish. Only 12,500L on average is bottled per batch. All of the agave remnants left over after production are given to local farmers to use as cattle feed. The bottles are hand blown with recycled Mexican glass in the Guadalajara municipality of Tonolá, an hour away from the distillery.
“When people ask us to describe La Gritona, we find it difficult to categorise and compare to other reposados. It is light on the sweetness and retains the aroma and true essence of the plant from which it was distilled. Though La Gritona reposado has rested for 8 months in oak, the taste is herbaceous, with agave notes that have not been ‘whiskified’ by the barrelling process. It is a very vegetal tequila, without the notes of oak, pepper, vanilla or dulce de leche that can be associated with a highland reposado. It retains the crisp qualities reminiscent of an excellent silver tequila while still expressing subtle signs of Melly’s deliberate, careful aging. The finish is extremely round with no burn. We recommend it straight with no ice, lime, salt, or mixer. It’s best when paired it with a nice cold Mexican lager or pilsner.” – La Gritona