Rey Supremo Blanco Tequila
Proveedora y Procesadora de Agave Tres Hermanos, S.A. de C.V. (NOM-1439), Tequila, Jalisco
I'll admit, Rey Supremo is a bit of a mystery to me. Using agave grown in Nayarit and Jalisco, but processed in Jalisco while a distillery is being built in Nayarita which would be the first active one in the state (Nayarit is one of the five states that can legally call their agave distillate 'tequila'). There's a tenuous tie to the Gonzalez family and the whole brand is only ten years old. I'd be likely to write it all off for not having enough info, but, oh, the juice! I haven't had a blanco this oily and rich in forever. Starts with a nice balance of citrus, black pepper, and chapperal flowers, but the finish is all creamy vanilla and salted caramel. They claim no additives and, while those notes could describe a number of adulterants, these taste real, instead of, say, birthday cake flavor and headaches, and are beautifully integrated. Definitely excited to see what's next for Rey Supremo, especially once they open up their Nayarit facilities.