Most Tequila distilleries press cooked agave piñas through roller shredders, an efficient way to separate the juice from the bagasse, the tough, fibrous flesh. For Suerte Tequila, master distiller Pedro Hernandez Barba prefers to use a tahona, a massive stone wheel. The process is reputed to increase flavors, and the Suerte Tequilas would back that up. The Blanco is vegetal and zesty, with hints of anise and floral notes; the Reposado, more tropical, has a cinnamon-coconut sweetness. The Añejo takes on even more vanilla, lime and baking-spice notes after two years in oak. Try the vibrant Blanco in a cocktail or alone; drink the Reposado and Añejo straight up.
Suerte Blanco; Reposado; Añejo; all 40%
Colorado Spirits Importers, Boulder, CO
This story appears in the print issue of June 2014.
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