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Looking to buy a bottle of tequila? Read our expert review of a spirit so authentic that it's produced in the Mexican town of Tequila itself.
Tequila from the town of Tequila (in the Mexican state of Jalisco) itself. This bottle comes from the Fabrica de Tequilas Finos distillery, a producer of many fine spirits. Rooster Rojo blanco is the brainchild of esteemed master distiller, Arturo Fuentes Cortes. It's full of herbaceous and citrus flavours, sparked to life by fiery pepper.
It's hard to imagine a more authentic place to get your tequila from than 'Tequila'. Franciscan friars founded the spirit just outside the town in 1530, and the first large distillery popped up in 1600. The term 'tequila' was protected by the Mexican government in 1974, when regulations dictated that the spirit had to be from one of a select group of regions, and the recipe had to meet strict specifications.
Tequila production began at the Fabrica de Tequilas Finos distillery (located at the foot of Tequila Hill) in 2000. Rooster Rojo blanco is made using 100 per cent Weber Blue agave from Los altos de Jalisco – piñas are cut into halves or quarters before being steamed for 10 hours in an autoclave. Fermentation lasts three days and involves the use of a special (and secret) yeast. Maturation takes place in French Oak casks, lasting up to two months. Interestingly, the spirit is filtered through Mexican silver, making Fabrica de Tequilas Finos the first distillery to use such a method.
When master distiller Arturo Fuentes Cortes finally perfected his recipe, he needed to decide on an appropriate brand. Owing to the authenticity of the brand’s location, an iconic Mexican symbol was chosen: the rooster. In particular, a superior red rooster. The bottle label also includes the Tequila volcano, which is visible from the distillery.
Rooster Rojo blanco has a nose brimming with citrus and pepper, fiery and inviting. These qualities follow through to the palate but fade behind earthier, more herbaceous notes. Lemon morphs into coriander and a waterfall of agave drags along vanilla and roasted nuts.
The herbaceous notes in Rooster Rojo blanco play well against grapefruit, making this tequila ideal in a tequila paloma cocktail. Fill a shaker with ice and add 50ml Rooster Rojo blanco, 10ml agave syrup, 10ml lime juice and 60ml grapefruit juice. Shake well and strain into a highball glass with a few large ice cubes, then top up with soda water.
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