Aged: No age statement
Product of: Mexico
Made using 100% twelve-year-old blue agave, Excellia tequilas are aged in Grand Cru Sauternes wine casks from France. Excellia is a collaboration between Jean Sébastien Robicquet, the brains behind Cîroc vodka, and Carlos Camarena, the respected Mexican tequila distiller.
Excellia is made at the Camarena family's La Altena Distillery, Arandas in the Highlands of Jalisco using estate-grown agave plants, the piña of which are slowly cooked in traditional brick ovens before being crushed using a traditional tahona wheel. The resulting juice and pulp are fermented in wooden vats and then double distilled in copper pot stills.
The tequila is then aged for 9 months in an underground cellar in casks that previously held Grand Cru Sauternes wine and ex-cognac casks. The tequila is blended from tequilas aged in both these casks.
Review and Tasting
Sampled on 06/10/2011
Clear, pale golden yellow.
Fresh basil and spicy oak with sweet honeyed floral notes.
Lightly spiced complex palate features freshly baked gingerbread, light honey, white pepper, tarragon and buttery oak.
Delicately spiced, light honey notes persist throughout the lingering finish.