Age category: 1 year, 19 days (Añejo)
Rancho: El Refugio
ABV: 54.57% (cask strength)
Price: $60 (Exclusive to Binny’s Beverage
Note: I received an informal tequila tasting from a Binny’s staff member before purchasing this bottle.
Appearance: Pale gold.
Nose: White asparagus with hollandaise sauce, alcohol, lime peel, cane sugar, whiff of smoke.
Palate: Full bodied and rich. Agave syrup, tangerine, orange slice candy, burn.
Finish: Lime pulp, white pepper, burn.
Parting words: La Alteña is best known as the home of El Tesoro tequila, although it makes a few other brands including our friend Tequila Ocho here. Tequila Ocho was developed by Carlos Camarena of the Camarena tequila dynasty in partnership with Tomas Estes as a single-estate (rancho) tequila made using traditional methods.
Binny’s has a tradition of excellent whiskey selections that has now extended into tequila, a spirit that their whiskey staff is also passionate about. As a tequila novice, I found this to be accessible with lots of typical character, but not boring. In spite of being cask strength, it’s subtle and sophisticated with seamlessly integrated vegetal, citrus and sweet notes and aromas. The price is almost impossible to beat, too. Binny’s Single Barrel Tequila Ocho is highly recommended.