Updated: Jan 22, 2021
Tequila Cabeza Blanco - 43%
The Vivanco family has been involved in agriculture for generations, but in 1990 they built an artisanal distillery, El Ranchito (Feliciano Vivanco y Asociados, S.A. de C.V. - NOM 1414). There they produce a lot of tequila for outside brands, offering a wide range of production options to their clients. What I have tried out of NOM 1414, I've really loved - Yeyo Blanco and ArteNOM 1414 Reposado. Other brands coming out of El Ranchito, like Gran Dovejo and Siembra Azul, are high on my "to try" list.
Tequila Cabeza was a collaboration between the 86 Company and NOM 1414, incorporating 24 hours of horno cooking, champagne yeast and extended, cold temperature fermentation. The brand was recently discontinued after the 86 Company sold to Brown-Forman.
Nose: Unique and funky. Mild cheddar. Buttered corn. Black pepper.
Flavor: Complex - earthy, vegetal, sweet, funky, spicy floral. Citrus in the finish.
Structure: Satisfying weight. Small but dynamic rolling waves. Flavors spike and washout for a second mid-palate into the finish.
Alcohol Integration: Kicks a bit as a sipper. But I’d totally sip on this.
Score: 6 (Solid) Plenty of character. Clarity suffers at times. It's boozy, but a great Swiss Army Knife. I'd cocktail with it and sip when I wanted something punchy and guilt free. Grabbing one if I see one.
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