The Beverage Tasting Institute ranks Tequila Ocho’s Single Estate Plata & Ocho’s Reposado “Exceptional”, awarding both Ocho’s 2011 El Puertecito Plata & Ocho’s 2009 Las Pomez Reposado the International Review of Spirits Award’s Gold Medal.
The Beverage Tasting Institute’s Remarks:
Tequila Ocho 2011 El Puertecito Single Estate Tequila Plata $44.99
“Clear with a silvery cast. Rich savory aromas of marinated sweet potatoes, cheese, roasted pepper, olive, and dried tropical fruits with a silky, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a long, graceful and layer finish with notes of sweet cream, baking spices, pepper, and herbs. A fantastically flavorful and vibrant Blanco.”
Tequila Ocho 2009 Las Pomez Single Estate Tequila Reposado $49.99
“Pale, golden color. Rich aromas of BBQ rub spices, orange blossoms, grilled peppers and cactus, snap peas, and caramelized pineapple with a silky, fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body and a rich, gentle warming peppery spice, honey crème, herb, and tropical fruit compote finish. A beautifully crafted, flavorful and elegant Reposado.”
About Tequila Ocho:
Tequila Ocho sources its agaves from “single estates” - single parcels of land with unique microclimates. Access to multiple estates, at varying altitudes allows Ocho to showcase different nose and flavour characteristics through each vintage. The brand represents the unveiling of “terroir” as a genuine product concept in tequila and confirms that it exists as much in agave as it does in grapes. This concept is centuries old in wine, but has not been seriously explored in spirits. Whereas most spirits focus their distillation on delivering “consistency of character”, Ocho is original in its delivery of “complexity of character” through each vintage.
Tequila Ocho’s production process remains highly traditional. Overly mature agaves are slow-cooked in old stone ovens for 3 days and fermented in open wood casks. Ageing takes place in used American Bourbon Barrels for the least amount of time allowable by law in order to retain as much agave flavour as possible. The small batch approach is artisanal at every step of production including the packaging where each bottle is numbered by hand and stamped with the estate name of each vintage.
Tequila Ocho is imported by Altamar Brands a boutique company focused on developing craft spirits. Other brands in Altamar’s portfolio include Pierde Almas Mezcal, Mount Gilboa Rum, Kubler Absinthe, Right Gin and Leopold Raffin Cognac.