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|NOM :||1468 ,|
|Agave Type :||Tequilana Weber ,|
|Agave Region :||Jalisco (Los Altos) ,|
|Region :||Jalisco (Los Altos Southern) ,|
|Cooking :||Stone/Brick Ovens ,|
|Extraction :||Roller Mill ,|
|Water Source :||Deep well water ,|
|Fermentation :||Stainless steel tanks, 100% agave, Champagne Yeast, Open-air fermentation, Fermentation without fibers ,|
|Distillation :||2x distilled ,|
|Still :||Copper Pot ,|
|Aging :||- ,|
|ABV/Proof :||40% abv (80-proof)|
|Other :||Aeration, No additives|
Refined, nostalgic, and beautiful. You can taste the attention to detail and commitment to process. No shortcuts, no additives, no bs. This is a lightly peppered, cooked agave forward, slight citrus gentle giant of a tequila. I don’t need t fly to Tequila when I can get there with this bottle. Extraordinary!
Lote from 2020 (before the move to all copper pot still.) Nose: Softly spiced. Hints of pear, citrus, green agave, sulfur and lime. Kissed with a floral note. Flavor: Round spices. Vanilla and cinnamon. A touch of saltiness. Slow, rolling, warming pepper spreads across the palate. Silky texture. A straight forward easy sipper. Lalo should appeal to a wide spectrum of tastes.
Strong agave forward, subtle sweetness with a mild peppery finish. Definitely a top blanco. A must for your bar.
Aroma: Clean minerality, some herbal notes, with aromas similar to a high-proof blanco. Taste: Light and mild sweetness, with a light mouthfeel and a flavor of primarily cooked agave. Finish: Surprising! A nice vegetal and herbal finish, coupled with cooked agave, some lime zest, and black pepper.
A – Agave, black pepper, and limestone initially, giving way to strong citrus scents (equal parts lime, orange, grapefruit, lemon…I seemed to pick up subtle notes of each). Moments of cola/anise and baking spices (most notably cinnamon and clove). I also had cocoa and vanilla bean hitting my tastebuds during the nosing process. Great aroma! T – First sip instantly had me thinking green…mint, grass, jalapeno, thyme, rosemary, etc. Cooked agave settled in and stuck around while black pepper, olive, and a slight hint of smoke entered the show. F – Finish was quite good, almost exclusively cooked agave, but a little short for me. Overall – This is an everyday sipper for me. Straightforward blanco, high quality, has everything I like.
Blind tasting and this was in my top 5! N- agave, brine, wet earth, pineapple T- cooked agave, very soft flavors, brine, ripe fruit, bell pepper, mint MF- oily F- long finish that fades from slightly sweet to spicy heat
From blind tasting: On the nose, I got lactic, buttery, cooked agave, and pear notes. The taste matched the aromas, giving me like a pie/dessert vibe with a medium finish.
Blind: Aroma: agave. A hint of orange/ pineapple. Nuts, maybe almonds which i like. A bit of herbs and minerality Taste: tasty, but not as exciting as the nose. The agave comes through. Vanilla. There is a harsh bite of rubbing alcohol to this which docs this down significantly for me Finish: nice finish the alcohol causes some buzz. Honestly some honey which is great and softens the edge Update: New product is wayyy better. Will drink again. Great minerality
Agave, green grass and citrus very present in the aroma. Definitely displays classic Los Altos profile. Sweet, cooked agave up front in the flavor followed by some black pepper heat and a bit of bitterness at the end. Finish is minimal. This is a solid Los Altos blanco. I wouldn’t put it on the same level as Siete Leguas or Suerte but it is better than most. 4/26/2022
Cooked agave on the nose… citrus smell and pepper…. Minerality….. Same on the mouth with some vanilla and slight caramel …. Pepper taste lasts
Light nose with hints of cooked Agave, citrus, taste profile is crisp with nice amount of cooked agave agave, hints of citrus, light pepper. Overall a blanco complex enough to be enjoyed by a veteran tequila drinker and a relative newcomer as well.
Very rich, ripe agave on nose and palate. First impression is that it's not a very complex tequila, although that's not a bad thing. it's simple and the aromas and flavors are bold. Mouthfeel is creamy/chewy. Some black pepper on the finish. Citrus and cinnamon begin to emerge, the longer the tequila is in the glass.
On the nose, Agave, agave, agave. A touch or baking spice and cinnamon. Loaded with cooked agave though, that’s the main takeaway. I get more baking spice and fruit, like dried fruit. On the palate, very heavy mouthfeel, that catches my attention before the flavors. Definitely getting that agave, and very little heat. That baking spice is nice, very warming. It’s so silky, I almost want to call it creamy. A little bit of pepper. A touch of sweetness but drier than quite a few of the tequilas in my bar. Overall, solid blanco. Not a lot going on, it’s not overly complex, but it hits the right notes and hits them well. Won’t be a mainstay in my bar, but I’m glad to have it while I do.
Really digging the Lalo! Great fresh agave nose. Mid palate is smooth and round. Finish is smooth and elegant with a bit of white people on the tongue. Definitely a tasty highland tequila. Great job Lalo Gonzalez!
New distillery bottled 13/06/22: Sweet agave, citrus, light cinnamon, touch of butter, and just a bit vegetal. Goes down fast; would be a good poolside drinker! Seems lighter with more citrus than the old batches, without the grassy notes. I’m enjoying the new distillery better. I rated this an 87 last year, 83 during a recent blind review with TMM, and now… upgraded to an 88 with the new distillery. Since NOM 1468 didn’t change despite moving distilleries down the road, you’ll have to check for the batch date newer than 17/05/22 (May ‘22).
Aroma: Friendly and forceful attack, a mineral vegetal impression. Agave is definitely present, with hints of pineapple, citrus peel, herbs and finishes with a pepper kick. Flavor: Herbal, earthy, vegetal and hints of pear & apple green Pairing: dehydrated pineapple
Standout Blanco. What a product. Fantastic nose and fresh flavor. Highly recommend and comparable to Yeyo if you have tasted that.
Fresh agave, tangerine, sugar cane, something herbal that I can’t quite put my finger on. A delicious agave-forward, clean, assertive and yet very sip-able blanco. I love everything about this tequila.
Nose: Raw Agave, citrus (lime & grapefruit), White Pepper Flavor: Cooked agave, Earthy, Agave sweetness, spicy cinnamon, Citrus Finish: Short with that spicy cinnamon carrying through.
Aroma: vegetal, floral (jasmine/gardenia), slightly muted, not highly aromatic but still interesting Flavor: slight viscosity on the entry, hints of agave, slight pepper, mineral notes, subtle citrus notes, celery, pear Finish: short finish, subtle
Perfectly clear in the glass. Some beads left after the tears have fallen. Nose: pleasant cooked and raw agave reminding me of a bright green, if colors could have an aroma. A bit of citrus zest with some baking spices. Palate: nice light, but viscous mouthfeel with cooked agave the dominant flavor. Some pepper, sweetness, and a clean ethanol burn on a short-medium finish. Impressed and delighted!
Raw agave, fresh greens. Light nose. Cinnamon, cooked agave some anise.
BATCH 2: nose is memorable - lime and brine with a little bit of interesting sour funkiness. Very approachable taste of stone fruit, anise, white pepper. A lot of sweetness but not fake. Finish is fairly short, by pleasant. A SOLID blanco that I like 3 points better than batch 1.
A little light on spice, and overall flavors. Pleasant and easy drinking blanco.
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What a fantastic trail this blanco leaves you! Buttery charged smooth texture with a smidge of vanilla and york peppermint patty. Love this one