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Tequila Ocho Plata

Tequila Ocho Plata 2010 vintage

Looking to celebrate Cinco de Mayo with a nice sipping Tequila? I had the opportunity to attend a Tequila tasting over the weekend courtesy of Liquor.com. There were many fine products available for sampling and some of my favorites such as Siete Laguas tasted well against their competition. The highlight for me was being able to sample the range of Tequila Ocho.

Ocho has taken a new approach to Tequila, rather then developing their signature flavor they are looking to celebrate the differences between agaves from different vintages and estates. Every bottle has a vintage year and the name of the single estate where the agaves were sourced.

To my knowledge this is the first time someone has gone to market with Tequila that demonstrates the difference in terrior for Tequilas. The Ocho line-up includes a plata (unaged tequila), reposado (aged 8 weeks & 8 days*) and anejo (aged 1 year*). The difference with Ocho is that  each expression can be from a different vintage and estate thus producing different Tequilas. Each Tequila gains it’s uniqueness from the estate the agaves were grown on and one can taste the difference altitude and micro-climate can have on the flavor.

The entire range of Ocho was exquisite, even their unaged plata was a delight to sip on. Sampling their 2009 Plata from Rancho Las Pomez (photo above is the 2010), there was even balance across the flavor profile with fruity flourishes that dance on your tongue alongside spicy notes. The texture is silky and it’s hard to believe an unaged spirit can be so smooth (for a whiskey guy like me).

Ocho was also tasting their new for the U.S. market extra anejo product which stole the show in my opinion. It will command a hefty price tag when it’s released but then again most extra anejo premium Tequilas are pretty expensive.

The entire range of Ocho products is not inexpensive, even their plata is $45-$55. However I would highly recommend their products for any serious Tequila fan, you will not be disappointed with the quality.

*Don’t quote me on the age statements, these are from memory


One comment to “Tequila Ocho for Cinco de Mayo”

  1. Fabienne Jach

    I look forward to a lovely margarita this evening. Yes?


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