By Zach Johnston
Cierto Tequila Reserve Collection Blanco
This tequila from the Valley region of Jalisco is a single-estate expression. The agave is cooked in a low-pressure autoclave before it’s roller milled and open-air fermented in stainless steel tanks. That fermented juice is then double-distilled in copper pot stills. The tequila is aerated before going into the bottle with no additives.
Nose: The nose on this one is fresh AF with a bright sense of summer wildflowers, orange blossom, and an herb garden in full bloom next to mild sweet notes of agave that’s nearly like pulque (the Indigenous precursor to tequila).
Palate: The palate leans into caramelized roasted agave notes with a lush sense of creamy honeyed florals and citrus (kind of like an orange sherbet) with a crystal clear sense of soft minerality that plays well with that creaminess.
Finish: The caramel agave and creamy citrus drive the end past the minerality toward a final note of soft white pepper with a whisper of tart tropical fruit.
Bottom Line: This is a very sippable pour of blanco. Add a little ice and a twist of lime or a fresh allspice leaf and you’re set.