by FRODELICIOUS, Good Spirits News
Handcrafted by widely respected Master Distillers Enrique Fonseca and Sergio Mendoza (fourth and fifth generation agaveros), Cierto Tequila, a luxury portfolio of tequilas, begins its U.S. rollout this month.
“Cierto” is Spanish for “True” – the perfect word to describe this elegant tequila completely free of additives or impurities and housed in a gemstone-inspired bottle designed to showcase the natural colors of the tequila within.
Cierto starts with fully mature, estate-grown agave from the Jalisco Highlands, selected and harvested by hand.
The agave is then hand-cut, cooked slowly, and distilled in alembic copper pot stills and Coffey column stills at the La Tequileña distillery in the town of Tequila.
Cierto’s aged tequilas mature primarily in French Limousin oak casks which previously contained wines and spirits, including cognac and Armagnac.
Each expression is blended with aged tequilas from the Fonseca family’s private library, containing some of the oldest and rarest tequilas in existence.
After blending and tasting hundreds of options from the Fonsecas’ vast library of aged tequilas, the Cierto team crafted eight unique expressions, which they shared with family and friends while conducting extensive consumer research.
Cierto Tequila is launching first with its Private Collection, four distinct agave expressions embodying the complexity of the Highlands’ terroir:
- Cierto Tequila Private Collection Blanco: Rested before bottling, it is best enjoyed on the rocks or in a Margarita, with an SRP of $89 / 750ml.
- Cierto Tequila Private Collection Reposado: Aged primarily in French Limousin oak, it is best enjoyed on the rocks or in an elevated Paloma, with an SRP of $119 / 750ml.
- Cierto Tequila Private Collection Añejo: Aged primarily in French Limousin oak, this unique marriage of rare añejo tequilas is best served neat or on the rocks, with an SRP of $169 / 750ml.
- Cierto Tequila Private Collection Extra Añejo: Aged primarily in French Limousin oak, it is best served neat or on the rocks with an SRP of $279 / 750ml.
Initially launching in California, Florida, Texas, New York, Illinois, Arizona, Colorado, Nevada, and Delaware, Cierto will expand nationally throughout 2023.
Note: GSN received samples of the blanco and the reposado for review.
Cierto Tequila Private Collection Blanco – GSN’s Remarks: Fresh agave nose with a hint of smoke, mint, young leather and marshmallow. The flavor entry is superb, with a round, creamy and lightly peppered character.
Notes of green pepper, saline, wood tannins and a hint of eucalyptus percolate over the tongue. A very long finish leaving a yearning for another expressive sip or two. Really a stunner of a young tequila. GSN Rating: A+
Cierto Tequila Private Collection Reposado – GSN’s Remarks: A spicier and darker coloured nose, with some caramel intertwining with the agave. Another round, but slightly less creamy entry with oaken characteristics lending sweet caramel, brown butter, pecan and spicecake to the flavor presentation.
There is also a soft spiciness that is somewhat reminiscent of cinnamon red hots. The finish is long with a dry and tannic ending. A contemplative and introspective reposado. GSN Rating: A-