1800 Tequila Release Limited Edition Cognac-Finished Milenio Tequila

Earlier this month marked the release of 1800 Tequila’s extra-aged, Cognac-finished evolutionary elixir: Milenio. This is the second edition of Milenio, the first of which was produced in the year 2000. 

1800 Milenio is super premium extra-aged tequila that has been finished for four months in French Cognac barrels bringing out vanilla, cinnamon and spice flavours. Milenio spares no effort, using the best of avant-garde ageing and distillation techniques.

Milenio will be available at select liquor stores beginning April 2014. 1800 Milenio Tequila will be available at liquor stores in select markets beginning May 2014 for $125.

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1800® TEQUILA RELEASES LIMITED EDITION COGNAC-FINISHED MILENIO TEQUILA

April 7th marks the release of 1800 Tequila’s extra-aged, Cognac-finished evolutionary elixir: Milenio. In a celebratory nod to the new tequila’s release, Milenio has partnered with Chef Ken Oringer from Manhattan’s Toro and Chef Ludo Lefebvre from Trois Mec in Los Angeles to lay the proper red carpet for the ultra premium spirit.

Oringer and Lefebvre are both artists of the edible, with the understanding that everything comes better with a little “anejo” (age). The James Beard winning Oringer has established himself as a global chef with specialities ranging from French fine dining to Spanish tapas, while Lefebvre, who is the only chef in Los Angeles to receive the prestigious Mobil Travel Guide Five Star Award at two different restaurants, is adept in combining old world simplicity with new world innovation; as a hundred-year-old tequila treading on new ground with the use of French cognac barrel finishing, Milenio saw these two gentlemen as apt introduceours of the tequila.

Both reveled restaurateurs have created food and tequila pairings that play up the exquisite tasting notes. Ludo explains, “Many people assume that tequila only pairs well with Mexican or Spanish inspired dishes but when it comes to using Milenio, the possibilities are endless. There is such a character via the Cognac-finishing, it goes exquisitely with many dishes of mine that are French inspired.” Oringer, likewise waxes poetic: “Since the tequila has been aged in French oak Cognac barrels for five years, its body is so full that it turns the simplest dishes into something so much, much more. The flavoring is so bold that the end result is absolutely exceptional.”

A single taste of the tequila provides insight as to why these two notable chefs are raving about it: from its elegant pyramid-shaped bottle to its incredibly well-balanced flavor, Milenio is an expression of the finest craftsmanship. After a long and delicate aging process, the extra-aged tequila is matured for a short period in French oak Cognac barrels creating a balanced, soft, and unique flavor. A perfect expression of the land that nurtures the fine Blue Weber Agave and the hands that craft its final liquid, Milenio is considered the best representation of 1800 Tequila’s roots and worthy of only those who appreciate the finest tequila.

This is the second edition of Milenio, the first of which was produced in the year 2000. Milenio (40% ABV) will be available at select liquor stores beginning April 2014. 1800 Milenio Tequila (750ml/40% ABV) will be available at liquor stores in select markets beginning May 2014 for $125.

About 1800® Tequila:

1800 Tequila is a super-premium tequila, renowned for being consistently smooth. Named after the year it was created, 1800 Tequila is 100% blue agave tequila grown on family-owned ranches and bottled in Jalisco, Mexico. Each bottle of 1800 Tequila is double-distilled for superior drinkability. 1800 Tequila is recognized for its superior smoothness and iconic packaging.

About Proximo Spirits:

Proximo is a privately owned, premium spirits importer based in Jersey City, New Jersey. With just over five years of business, the company’s portfolio has already grown to hold twelve premium brands including: 1800® Tequila, Three Olives Vodka®, The Kraken® Black Spiced Rum, Maestro Dobel®, Boodles® Gin, Hangar One® Vodka, Jose Cuervo® Tequila, TINCUP™ Colorado Whiskey and Stranahan’s® Whiskey. Proximo, translated as “next” in Spanish, is the next major producer of innovative spirits marketing and new product development. The company continues to develop strong relationships with distributor partners in the US and internationally, while accelerating the growth of its high profile portfolio of award-winning, premium brands. They remind consumers to please enjoy their products responsibly.

About Chef Ken Oringer:

From fine French dining to casual and colorful Mexican cuisine, Ken Oringer is chef and owner of restaurants that span the globe. Oringer’s five restaurants throughout Boston are among the city’s most popular and critically acclaimed. Each uniquely reflects a passion for quality, authenticity and culinary innovation that consistently attracts loyal fans and both local and national accolades.

About Chef Ludovic Lefebrve:

Ludo currently carries the flag for Los Angeles modern fine dining, with Trois Mec, his first brick and mortar restaurant opened in April 2013. Trois Mec has earned 4 stars from both Los Angeles Magazine and LA Weekly, been named to Esquire Magazine Best New Restaurant List for 2013, and made Zagat’s list of Top 10 Hottest Restaurants in the World for 2013. Food & Wine Magazine (Dec. 2013) awarded Trois Mec with the #1 Best Restaurant Dish of 2013 and GQ placed Trois Mec #2 on its list of Best New Restaurants in the country for 2014. Before introducing his wildly popular LudoBites restaurant event in Los Angeles, Ludo made a name for himself as the executive chef at L’Orangerie and Bastide—two of the city’s most famous and luxurious restaurants. Ludo, before reaching the age of 30, had been named one of the World’s 50 Greatest Chefs by Relais & Chateaux and was a James Beard Foundation finalist for a Rising Star Chef Award. Ludo’s expertise expands beyond the four walls of the kitchen and into the role of a teacher;  Ludo was the on-air culinary mentor of the winner of the 2014 season of the ABC hit competition series The Taste.