Beauty in a bottle
In the world of premium tequilas, extra anejos are the single malts of blue agave. They typically spend about three years aging in oak to develop their deep amber hue and mellow finish, inspiring more sipping than blending. But a new, limited-edition tequila from the boutique distillery Casa Noble has just turned up the dial on extra anejos. Alta Belleza (Spanish for ‘high beauty’), aged for an additional six months in Cabernet Sauvignon barrels sourced from Napa Valley’s To Kalon Vineyard, the spirit is transformed into a coppery-red distillation. It hints of cinnamon, green apple, and toasted almond on the palate, its velvety-smooth finish warming more than it bites.
The Casa Noble Alta Belleza begins with blue Weber agaves grown in the high desert of Jalisco, Mexico. The stressed conditions of altitude and heat create more sugars in the pinas, which translates into a better taste profile later on.
It is then triple-distilled before being aged for three years in French white-oak barrels. Its final six months of rest take place in just two of the To Kalon wine barrels, yielding a run of 563 bottles (US$1,200, S$1,675 each).