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Olmeca Tezon Tequila Review - Premium Hand-Crafted Tequilas
Old-world techniques meet modern day standards inside each bottle of Tequila Tezón. Even with its limited availability this super-premium 100% blue Weber agave tequila hit the U.S. market in June 2006 and made a big splash.
The range of tequilas produced by Tezón is distinctive as a whole and each is separately spectacular. From the clear silkiness of the Blanco to the spicy vanilla of the Reposado and the creamy oak of the Añejo, all are handsomely mastered with passion and care that you can... taste in each sip.
In 2006 I was given the opportunity to tour the Olmeca Distillery that produces Tezon in Jalisco, Mexico to get a look behind the scenes of making this fantastic tequila.Continue to 2 of 6 below.
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Making Tequila Tezon
The entire process of creating Tequila Tezón is an art form that is felt throughout the Olmeca Distillery that is its home. Olmeca is found near the village of Arandas in Los Altos region of Jalisco, Mexico on a plantation framed by blue agave fields.
The modern-faced distillery has a style and mystique that is both inviting and intriguing and stands as a testament for the product that is created within the walls.
Tezón begins by harvesting select 8-12-year-old agave plants from the red dirt... fields surrounding the distillery.
After removing the cogollo, or bitter sprout, the clean agave piñas are loaded into brick ovens where they are baked for three days. The time that is taken to slowly roast the agave contributes to the notable organic flavor of the finished tequila and distinguishes it from many others.Continue to 3 of 6 below.
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The Traditional Tahona Wheel at Tequila Tezon
The tahona wheel, made of a dark volcanic rock called tezontle, is the traditional method for crushing baked agave in preparation for the fermentation process.
The giant grinding wheel revolves inside a shallow pit, crushing the agave into thin fibers and extracting its juices. A man yielding a rake follows the wheel as it slowly circles; sifting the agave to ensure each fiber is crushed evenly.
After two long hours of constant labor one ton of agave is ready for the next step. The difference... between the production rate of the tahona method and the eight tons per hour produced by machines is a testament to craftsmanship and is the main reason Tezón is available only in limited quantities.
The tahona wheel process employed at Tezón reabsorbs the juices into the fibers; the resulting mash, or mosto, is then placed into fermentation tanks where it stays for three days.
The fermented liquid is then slowly transported to copper pot-stills through a maze of pipes to begin the first of two distillations. After each distillation, the “heart,” or middle, of the distillate is chosen to continue on in the process. This ensures the purest and most consistent tequila.Continue to 4 of 6 below.
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The Final Steps in Making Tequila Tezon
Further quality standards and checks are in place between the distillation and bottling processes. The distillery’s quality control lab tests each batch of tequila both chemically and with the refined palates of two men who can sense the slightest inconsistency to ensure that it matches the standards Tezón has set.
One of those men is Don Jesús Hernández, Tezón’s Master Distiller and the man who oversees the entire operation. Hernandez’s passion for and knowledge of tequila is... unmistakable, as is his pride in the product he produces.
Finishing and Aging
Before the tequila is barreled it is sent through a chilled filtration process. This last step ensures that, once bottled, the tequila will maintain its color and taste, which is an important consideration when shipping to the colder climates.
At this point, the three types of Tequila Tezón are distinguished.
Blanco tequila is the only one that requires no aging and is bottled right away.
The tequila intended for the Añejo and Reposado types are aged in a large building just across the courtyard in an uncontrolled environment that further lends to the natural flavor of the tequila.
Reposado tequila at Tezón is aged for 8-10 months while the Añejo is aged for 18-20 months, both in used bourbon barrels.
Tezón’s bottle is captivating within itself. Two metal plates adhere to the stout, rectangular-shaped bottle. Each is engraved with symbols signifying the important factors that influence Tequila Tezón: Agave, Fire, Tahona, and Spirit.
Not to outdo itself in aesthetics, each bottle is cork is topped with a small volcanic rock, the same shape as the tahona wheel.Continue to 5 of 6 below.
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Tequila Tezon Tasting Notes
Tequila Tezon Blanco
This clear tequila has a very soft fruit fragrance dominated by citrus tones and accented with a crisp earthiness and spicy pepper. As a contrast, the palate is a silky, sweet citrus that is filled with honey and vanilla. A final snap of pepper leads to a long, pleasant finish.
Although it is a stimulating sipper, it is also the most versatile of Tezón’s tequilas for mixing in cocktails. Drinks with light mixers like a Paloma allow the flavors of the tequila to shine.
Tequila... Tezon Reposado
Elegant is the perfect word to describe this reposado. The light straw-colored tequila has a floral nose with accents of lime and a subtle woody undertone. A rich, smooth entry opens a run on flavors that range from vanilla and spice to a notable citrus. The finish is clean and crisp with a pepper snap.
While it can serve as an excellent mixer in refined cocktails like the Dulce de Tequila, this reposado is best appreciated straight.
Tequila Tezon Anejo
A piece of art for the palate, this is tequila at its finest.
The oldest of the tequilas, the añejo contains a markedly woodier characteristic than it’s compatriots and is comparable to a fine Cognac. Rich earthy tones of straw and oak can be taken in from the golden spirit with the added fragrance of sumptuous butterscotch and thick vanilla. A pure agave feel with a surprising velvety smoothness and the butterscotch and vanilla promises are fulfilled in a wash on the palate and linger long after.
To mix this tequila with anything would be as big a shame as not enjoying every sip.
About Tequila Tezon
- Hand-crafted, small batch 100% blue Weber agave tequila produced from brick oven-baked, estate-grown agave crushed with a traditional tahona wheel. Double-distilled and (for the aged styles) aged in used bourbon barrels.
- Produced at the Olmeca Distillery in Los Altos, Jalisco, Mexico
- Master Distiller: Don Jesús Hernández
- Imported by Pernod Ricard
- Released in 2006
- 40% alcohol/volume (80 proof)
- Retails for around: $30 (Blanco), $40 (Reposado), $50 (Anejo) all 750ml bottles
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Disclosure: Review samples were provided by the manufacturer. For more information, please see our Ethics Policy.Continue to 6 of 6 below.
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Tezon Tequila Cocktails
Tequila Tezon is a fantastic tequila for almost any cocktail that you can imagine. The blanco makes a fantastic Margarita and the reposado is perfect for a Reposado Old-fashioned. Even the anejo is cocktail-worthy if you are in the mood for a classy drink like the Spanish Harlem.