Tequila Ocho has announced the release of three limited-edition blends of añejo created by Tequila Ocho founders Carlos Camarena and Tomas Estes, in partnership with Maison Ferrand Master Blender Alexandre Gabriel.
These aged tequilas showcase casks used by Maison Ferrand to age cognacs and rums. The lineup includes three new expressions: Tequila Ocho Barrel Select Tropical, Tequila Ocho Barrel Select Continental and Tequila Ocho Barrel Select Transatlantic.
Tequila Ocho Barrel Select Tropical aged in rum casks from Fiji, Trinidad and Panama. On the nose are fresh cherries, peach, clove, cinnamon, nutmeg, marzipan, honey, demerara, chocolate, hazelnuts, passionfruit with licorice and lavender, the company reports. The palate brings bitter chocolate, prunes, coffee, plum, cherry and vanilla, before a finish of aniseed, white pepper and sweet spice. 91.6 proof.
Tequila Ocho Barrel Select Continental aged in cognac casks from France. Aromas include aniseed, chocolate, custard marzipan, marshmallow, jasmine, apricot and cooked agave, the company says. The palate is dark chocolate, toffee, nutmeg and mace on the initial taste. The midpalate develops into mango, vanilla and cinnamon sweetness, light white pepper and clove notes, evocative of mango custard. 86.2 proof.
Tequila Ocho Barrel Select Transatlantic aged in rum casks from Fiji and Panama, as well as Cognac casks from France. The nose is frangipane, banana foster, pandan leaf, honey, molasses, mango and green pepper, according to the producer. The palate includes sweet tropical fruits — mango, banana, pineapple — with spicy, vegetal notes reminiscent of jalapeño. Also the palate has notes of thyme and spearmint, and is mineral and slightly savory. 88.4 proof.
Each expression is available beginning this month for a suggested retail price of $89.99 per 750-ml. bottle.
Tequila Ocho is sourced from a unique field and vintage whose details are affixed to every bottle, and remains certified as additive-free. As with all Tequila Ocho expressions, Tropical, Continental and Transatlantic come from fully ripened agave grown in Los Altos — the highlands — of Jalisco, Mexico that have been owned and operated by the Camarena family for five generations.