Updated: Jan 22
Yeyo Silver Tequila - 2019 - NOM 1414 - 40%
For most of my reviews, I've purchased the spirit or it's been generously shared by friends and fellow enthusiasts. In this case, the company provided the review sample. Along the way, owner/founder, Jon Bullinger, was kind enough to answer some of my production questions. Most remains the same as detailed in 2011 by Tequila Aficionado - hornos, well water, personally selected agave, blended yeast strains. One addition for the relaunch was an oxygen machine - something I'd never run across in whiskey or brandy. Turns out isn't uncommon in tequila (thanks, John Welch). Post-distillation but pre-bottling, the machine aerates the new make with the same sort of aim as someone letting a glass of wine breathe. Jon tastes each hour until the tequila is where he wants it. The 2019 batch took 4 hours. I also asked Jon about the distillation proof because it seemed low - full and viscous on the palate, great structure. Jon confirmed this 2019 batch was distilled to 40.3%. So we're pretty close to still proof.
Nose: Complex and clear. Massive agave. Baked honey. Lemon tea. Sweet potatoes. Baking spice. Faint maritime, ocean notes.
Flavor: Fat honey and agave up front. Yams. Cinnamon and orange into the finish.
Structure: Full and lush. Mid-palate dances high before dipping for the finish. Finish is long and rolling with baking spice and citrus. Love.
Alcohol Integration: One of those rare, overachieving 80 proof spirits that make 110+ proof drinkers (including myself) reevaluate our life choices.
Score: 8 (Stash One) This is totally dialed in. Mouthfeel and finish are crazy good. I hope as they expand the product line and move into more states that production stays the same. I'm gonna stash another 2019 just to be safe.
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