Ocho Tequila is a collaboration between Thomas Estes and Carlos Camarena. Their Tequila explores the notion of "terroir" and each release is bottled from a single plot (Rancho) in a given year.
This particular bottling comes from Rancho La Latilla which slopes gently from the east giving full afternoon sun exposure. The rancho has mature cedar and oak trees around the land. The soil is typical of the Highlands with red oxide and clay and is slightly acidic. This ranch is about 1 km from the distillery, La Alte where Tequila Ocho is made.
At harvest the plants were 7 years of age being fully mature with an average sugar content of 32%, which is well above usual. Average weight of the pinas was 39 kg. Size does not necessarily denote maturity. The plants were harvested in both later 2014 and early 2015 and all will have the 2015 vintage identity.
On the nose you have aromas of Pineapple, old wood, compost, anise, cinnamon, deep red berry fruit, acetone raciness and burnt caramel. Whilst on the palate there are layers of stewed red stone fruit, round and sweet, black pepper, earth, menthol, tannins, vanilla, coffee, cacao and old wood.
Sip and savour as you would a quality Brandy or wine.