Aged Tequila may command higher prices, but to many connoisseurs this remains the purest expression of Tequila, taken straight off the still or aged for up to two months. Also known as plata or silver, blanco Tequilas tell the story of their origins – in terms of the agave and the production methods used – with no oak to cover any faults.
The Orendain family have been making Tequila at their El Llano distillery in the heart of the town of Tequila since 1900, with the fifth generation now in charge. El Llano was rebuilt in 1978 and, eight years later, Arette was created, taking its name from a horse that won two showjumping gold medals at the London Olympics of 1948.
Arette is made from 100% estate-grown valley agave, pressure-cooked to produce a pungent, but still elegant, style – and Arette Blanco is its purest expression.
Serving Suggestions: A classic Tequila for classic Tequila cocktails – any number of riffs on the margarita theme, or a gutsy paloma. Also great neat when served lightly chilled, either on its own or with seafood.
Classic peppery agave nose, with an earthy backnote indicating a robust style of distillate. Forward and assertive, with lawnmower clippings and hedgerow florals. The gorgeous texture carries punchy black pepper and spice. Powerful and and mouthfilling, with a drying finish and that peppery character always to the fore.