Chinaco Tequila, the only tequila produced in the Mexican state of Tamaulipas and the first premium tequila to become available in the US back in the 1980s, celebrates its 50th anniversary with a reimagined bottle. Imported by San Francisco’s Hotaling & Co., the new bottles hit the shelves of the retailers nationwide.
La Gonzaleña Distillery was built in 1972 in Tamaulipas. The Gonzalez family made a name for themselves in the tequila world, distilled tequila outside of Jalisco, and paved the way for premium tequila in America. Just a decade after its inception, Chinaco became the first artisanal, high-quality tequila to become available in the United States.
Chinaco Tequila is available in three expressions – Blanco, Reposado and Añejo – each featuring unique taste profiles influenced by the different terrain and proximity to the ocean.
Chinaco Blanco (40 proof; 700ml; $49.99 SRP)
The Blanco expression is distinguished by its fresh 100% agave taste. Bottled within five days of distillation, this tequila has a fresh, clean taste and offers a bouquet of pear, quince, dill and lime, tinged with aloe. It is clean, smooth, fresh and bright on the palate, with exceptional depth and balance, followed by a smooth, long, lingering finish.
Chinaco Reposado (40 proof; 700ml; $59.99 SRP)
The Reposado expression is aged for eleven months in white oak barrels from France and England, some of which were used at one time for aging Scotch and are now over 35 years old and impart a gentle woody character. This tequila has a generous nose of citrus zest, peach, and apple, hints of dill and quince. Clean, fresh flavors carry through on the palate, with full depth and balance, capped by a medium-long, lingering, fruity, spicy finish.
Chinaco Añejo (40 proof; 700ml; $79.99 SRP)
The Añejo expression is aged for thirty months in a similar mix of barrels as Chinaco Reposado, along with some American bourbon casks, providing its consistent smoothness and character. The result is a remarkably smooth and rich complexity that is best savored like a fine cognac. This tequila offers aromas of pear, wildflowers, vanilla, smoke, and baked apple, edged with papaya and mango. The flavors are rich and complex, with exceptional depth, balance and style, ending in a luscious, spicy, smoky finish.
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