We age Arrogante Reposado in the American oak barrels that were previously used in the production of bourbon and are slightly charred. Tequila is a delicate spirit. The previous use of the barrels has depleted some of the tannins from the wood, therefore the impact of the wood on tequila is more gentle and gradual. Charring caramelizes and releases sugars and other flavoring agents, allowing for subtle vanilla and caramel notes to develop.
Aging tequila is a masterful skill, one that’s more art than science. It requires many years of experience and an exceptionally keen palate to do it really well. Many factors come to play, including the temperature and humidity of the aging cellars, the type of the wood used, as well as the age and size of the barrels.">
In its medium-level fragrance we find predominantly fruity qualities with tonalities of ripe pineapple and citruses such as grapefruit, orange and lime. Its secondary aromas are floral notes of jasmine as well as almond and orange flower. Among this mezcal’s tertiary aromas, in which the scent of its oak barrel prevails, are a light hint of cotton candy, vanilla, fresh earth and a touch of cinnamon.
This fresh, balanced mezcal has a light, silky body and pairs perfectly with a variety of fresh cheeses, green salads with fruit, or ceviches.">
Native highlander and master distiller Enrique Fonseca employees unique technique with Purasangre, distilling earthy Atotonilco El Alto agave first in stainless steel alembic pot stills followed by a second distillation in copper pots. The tequila is both rich and balanced, with a distinctive agave flavor inherent of Atotonilco’s 5,200’elevation. In keeping with Casa Xalixco’s house preference, the Reposado and Añejo varieties are barreled in French oak casks.">
The distilling process is, like with all mezcal arts, the most important step after selection of the hearts. Sacrificio is first distilled in steel where it concentrates before being distilled a second time in copper to refine and polish the emerging mezcal. Aging, like any good recipe, improves the result.
After aging however, we are only left with time, and the oxygen that slowly permeates through, to leave us with a delicate, refined and tuned product that does not require more toasting than that the hearts have already undergone. It is for this reason that we choose un-toasted barrels to obtain the elegance of aging on the one hand, and youth on the other, and the unmistakable and delicious agave flavor, clean, fruity and fresh.">