Don Manny Blanco California Agave Spirit Batch 01
Tequila has to be made in Mexico. That is a fact, an internationally protected fact. But what if you take the same Weber blue agaves (we're not going to get into how they got here) grown in Jalisco 1200 miles to Don Manny's backyard in Santa Ana, California, do you get something similar? Yes and no. The cooked agave sweetness, the minerality, and the citrus all come through but there is a boldness that is truly Californian. Don Manny harkens back to the recipe his grandfather used to make raicilla - ~8yr old agaves, horno cooked, twice distilled - applying it to his estate grown Weber blue agaves. The result is both old and new, the bounty of California intertwined with the history of Mexico.
The blanco has a beautiful rich body, vegetal but not bitter, cooked limes almost like lime cordial, and chewy minerality. Makes an amazing margarita where you don't want to the tequila/agave spirit to get lost.