Proof: 43% alc. vol. (86 proof)
Product Website: Tequila Cabeza
Place of Distillation: El Ranchito Distillery, Arandas, Jalisco, Mexico
Single Estate Tequila From the Los Altos Region in Arandas, Mexico
Tequila Cabeza is made from 100% estate owned agave that is grown in the Los Altos region in Arandas. The agave is grown by the Vivanco family, who have been cultivating agave without pesticides on their 800-hectare mountainside land for five generations, and is handpicked by the jimadores at seven to nine years of age when the agave has a sugar content of 23-28%. The agave hearts (piñas) are cooked in brick ovens for 24 hours at 100 C°, and after shredding the pure sweet agave juice (mosto) is fermented with the aid of a proprietary champagne yeast in copper tanks during the winter months. The cooler temperature allows for an extended mash period (approximately 10 days) giving fruitier agave flavors. Once the fermentation is finished, the mash sits for two days before distillation.
So many steps were taken to preserve as much of the agave’s true flavor as possible - the agave was picked at the peak of its maturity and slow cooked in brick ovens. Winter fermentation was used to bring out more fruit characteristics from the agave; it was only filtered after the first distillation, and no oxygenation techniques were used to smooth it out. The 86 Co wanted Tequila Cabeza to taste of agave, and the Vivanco family took these steps to give them what they wanted. The final touch was increasing the ABV for some extra kick in cocktails.
Tequila Cabeza has an aroma of a bouquet of agave that is complemented by notes of earthy minerals and honey. The aroma opens up to notes of green vegetables, pepper and citrus, and is followed by bold, sweet notes of citrus on the palate. The finish, which is full and velvety, has touch of black pepper, vanilla and pineapples.
On the nose there is a bouquet of highland agave that captures both the earthiness and the honey of the agave whilst adding complex layers of green vegetables and a nice dose of minerality.