Fuenteseca Reserva Extra Anejo 9yr Tequila
35% of this lot was column-distilled, then placed in American Oak barrels (Quercus rubra) native to central and eastern North America, a species that tends to be large (from 35 to 40 meters high) and that can become very long-lived. The wood comes from oak that grew in neutral, acidic, loose, deep, and well-draining soil. The barrels were given a medium toast, which is achieved with higher temperatures and for a longer period of time than is typical, to elicit aromas of chocolate, vanilla, and coffee while providing gold and amber color to the spirit. The other 65% of this lot is from an Alembic pot-still and is matured in American oak barrels of the variety Quercus alba commonly called White Oak, which is mainly found in Missouri and Kentucky. Staves were made by sawing the trunk, so the resulting wood is more resistant and less permeable to wine. The resulting stained barrels bring out espresso, vanilla, and cocoa flavors.