Spirit of the Month May ’18 – Los Arango Tequila Reposado

Cinco de Mayo might have gone down weeks ago, but that doesn’t mean it’s too late to celebrate. And what better way to do that than with a nice bottle of Los Arango Tequila Reposado, which takes its name from history’s most famous Mexican revolutionary? Of course, one doesn’t need to hit the history books in order to appreciate this dense, sweet and complex stunner. It’s our Spirit of the Month for May 2018, and a delicious spirit of the month at that. Indeed, now is a great time for tequila drinkers. Read on for background and tasting notes.  


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los arango history

History

His name was Doroteo Arango, though folks know him better today as Pancho Villa, the Mexican General who helped liberate his country during the Mexican Revolution. According to legend, an agave field worker was so grateful to Villa for protecting his town from attack, that he dedicated a handmade bottle to the famous general. Villa was so delighted with the taste that he asked for his family name to put on the bottle. Los Arango Tequila was thus born, and then recently resurrected by Infinium Spirits. 

los arango villa

Los Arango is currently produced in the Hacienda Corralejo Distillery in Pénjamo. We’ve previously covered Corralejos’ flagship expression, and found it to be bold, smooth and flavourful. Like that fantastic sipper, Los Arango Reposado packs centuries’ worth of craftsmanship into every bottle, on land that once hosted Mexico’s first commercial distillery. Suffice to say, Los Arango never forgets where it came from, or how it got its name. 

 

los arango front view

Tasting

To give Los Arango Reposado its distinct character, the distillers at Hacienda Corralejo cook hand-picked 100% blue agave (that’s been matured for 8 years) inside adobe ovens for 36 hours, and then ferment the mash using specially designed yeast. Next, the tequila is double column distilled, and then aged in American Oak barrels. As a result, the spirit offers a brilliant tier of complexity and dimension, alternating between flavours without ever losing a sense of balance. It used to be bottled at 35% ABV, but now comes in at a full 40%. Here’s a breakdown:

Nose: The tequila is sweet, rich and mellow on the nose. Coming through on top are notes of Agave and cinnamon. Also present are dashes of peppercorn, chocolate, and pineapple.

Taste: A smooth, neutral opening gives way to dense blasts of cinnamon, pepper, Agave, honey, maple syrup and milk chocolate. The spirit stays balanced on the palate, and comes joined by a dense, silky texture.  

Finish: Notes of pepper, spice and Agave dominate on the finish, while touches of oak linger in the background.

los arango product

After a neutral opening, Los Arango Reposado offers incredible depth and dynamism as it develops on the palate. Dense and honeyed, the tequila also delivers alternating flavours from sip to sip. On some sips, there was a prominent maple syrup element present in the middle, while on other sips that element receded far into the background. What remained consistent throughout was the tequila’s steadfast quality and delectable appeal. Don’t waste your time adding sugar and lime to this one–it goes down great all on its own.

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