Beverage Industry News | February 2021

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THE FIND EYE ON

TEQUILA PRECISION PRODUCTION

Tequila PaQuí aims to optimize agave’s hundreds of aroma and flavor compounds while avoiding any harsh bite. Their methods include using only piñas that reach exactly 26 brix ripeness; fresh wine yeast—not airborne; and a severe separation of the“heart” of the distillate to remove impurities. SRP range $49.99-$69.99.

WHERE THE AGAVE MEETS THE CANE

A tequila-rum crossover? It’s a natural, according to El Mayor andd its Extra Añejo Rum Cask Finish. “We are thrilled to launch this tequila, as it surpassed our expectations in its complexity and character,” says Graciela González, fourth generation distiller at Destiladora González Lux. “The full body of the extra añejo finished in the rum casks leads to the perfect balance of oak, caramel, and dark chocolate, with a smooth and elegant finish of cooked agave.” 6,000 bottles, $129.99.

ENTER THE WOLFPACK

The team behind Lobos 1707 Tequila & Mezcal, named after the Spanish word for wolves and dedicated to “the strength of the pack,” includes LeBron James. Lobos 1707 will offer Joven (SRP $44.99), Reposado ($47.99), Extra Añejo ($149.99), and Mezcal Artesanal ($54.99). The key distinction: finishing in Pedro Ximenez (PX) sherry barrels, using a traditional solar system, resulting in degree of extra maturity in each level of tequila. Lobos 1707 Mezcal is 100% Espadin, roasted in a conical Oaxacan fire pit and ground by stone, and yielding a smoky yet smooth liquid with a subtle burn of spice. Starting in NY, FL, CA.

Lobos 1707 partners Diego Osorio, Dia Simms, and LeBron James

A special filtration strips naturally dark extra añejo tequila clear, or “cristalino,” maintaining its aged taste and aroma.

FRANCO-MEXICAN COLLABORATION

In their second collaboration, Tequila Ocho founders Carlos Camarena and Tomas Estes join Alexandre Gabriel of Maison Ferrand of France to create three distinct blends of añejo: Tropical is rounded by aging Ocho in rum casks from Fiji, Trinidad, and Panama; Continental is aged exclusively in casks previously containing Cognac Ferrand Ambré; and Transatlantic combines casks previously used for both rum and Cognac. Tequila Ocho is known for its “single field” production philosophy. Said Estes, “We’re thankful to continue working with another family that values terroir as much as we do.” $89.99

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STAYING BOLD

A family doesn’t get to 11 generations of tequila-making artistry without a mix of tradition and vision. In that spirit, Maestro Dobel Tequila, considered the pioneer of colorless but complex cristalino tequila, has released Maestro Dobel 50, marking founder Juan Domingo Beckmann’s 50th birthday. Developed by Beckmann himself, the limited edition is a blend of extra añejo tequilas from a reserved family cellar. Its smooth and sweet finish is the result of a proprietary refinement process that prevents any bitter notes of the barrel. $145