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THE ORIGINS OF OLMECA
Olmeca Tequila, the No 4 Tequila in the world, is produced 2100 meters above sea level in the Los Altos region of Jalisco Mexico, which is known for its mineral-rich, red soil. Olmeca focuses on high quality rather than efficiency by using traditional, hand crafted production methods and its distillation in traditional copper pot stills results in an exceptionally smooth Tequila.
All Olmeca Tequilas contain Tahona liquid, produced using the 500-year-old Tahona handcrafted method of crushing cooked piñas with a two-tonne volcanic milling stone, generating a pulp that consists of sweet Agave juices and macerated fibres, which is later put through the fermentation and distillation processes.
Olmeca Tezon is a 100% Tahona Tequila, the only 100% Tahona, 100% Agave Tequila currently on the export market, while the rest of the range is a blend of Tahona Tequila and Tequila produced using rolling mills.
Olmeca has continuously premiumised its portfolio with 100% agave tequilas, offering consumers a more authentic and sophisticated tequila experience, first with the introduction of Olmeca Tezón in 2005 and more recently with the launch of Olmeca Altos.
Olmeca Altos is a super-premium 100% Agave tequila, born out of a unique partnership between world-renowned UK bartenders Henry Besant and Dre Masso, alongside Olmeca’s own Master Distiller Jesús Hernández. This authentic Tequila is double distilled in traditional copper pot stills and aged in small American oak barrels.
Olmeca Tequila Range:
Olmeca is a high-quality mix to Tequila. Its expert and unique production process combines hand-picked Agaves plants, masonry ovens, cultivated yeast and distillation in small copper pot stills.
Olmeca Altos Tequila Range:
Olmeca Altos 100% Agave Tequila is born from a unique partnership between internationally renowned bartenders Henry Besant and Dre Masso and Olmeca’s own master distiller Jesus Hernandez. It is produced in Los Altos and is created, in part, using the traditional Tahona production process before being distilled in small copper pot stills.
Olmeca Altos Reposado: Gold Winner at IWSC 2012
Olmeca Altos Reposado is aged for six to eight months in 200-litre white American oak ex-Bourbon barrels, a process that supersedes the legal quality standard defined by the Council Regulatory Tequila (CRT) of 60 days in any barrel size.
Aroma:Sweet citrus notes of orange and grapefruit, fruity and fresh. The cooked agave, vanilla and woody notes complement each other, leaving a well-balanced and wide-bodied aroma.
Taste:A sweet sensation in the mouth, a hint of tannins and citrus. The body is robust, yet pleasant, and has a long finish with a well-balanced combination of sweetness, vanilla and woody flavours.
Olmeca Altos Plata
Aroma: Herbal notes of cooked Agave, slightly citric and sweet, very aromatic and fruity.
Taste: Sweet with citric and cooked Agave notes, well balanced and long lasting aftertaste.
The Tahona Society
Olmeca joined forces with Worldwide Cocktail Club founders Henry Besant and Dre Masso to create the Tahona Society.
The Tahona Society is a global network of professional and passionate bartenders, which sets out to recognise and celebrate the ancient art of true Tequila production: the Tahona. Run by world-renowned bartenders Henry Besant and Matthias Lataille, the Tahona Society selects the top bartenders from each chosen city to participate in either one or two day seminar on Tequila. Bartenders are given an insight into the origins of Tequila, its industrialisation and the history of the authentic Tahona process, before exploring the art of bartending in a tactile learning experience.
Los Altos Films
The Olmeca Altos Films, a series of five documentaries, were beautifully shot with a dynamic, contemporary feel and feature Henry and Dre travelling through the origins of tequila and its production techniques before giving an overview of how the spirit is utilised in London’s vibrant bar scene. The films are available on the Olmeca Tequila website here.
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