Founded by long-time agave cultivator and distiller David Ravandi, 123 Organic Tequila is an artisan producer of certified organic tequilas made from estate-grown lowland agaves Northeast of Guadalajara in Jalisco, Mexico.
Ten-year-old, slowly ripened agaves are cooked for two days in traditional stone ovens to concentrate flavor, then double-distilled using a small-batch process. In keeping with its principles of organic production and sustainability, the distillery and agave farm minimize soil and water impacts and farm and harvest entirely without pesticides, synthetic fertilizers, or large-scale mechanical equipment. Each bottle of 123 Organic Tequila is crafted from recycled glass and labeled with recycled paper and natural soy inks.
Beyond all of these elements, though, the distillery’s philosophy shines in the liquid itself: a paradigmatic expression of pure agave flavor.
As the sun and moon meet in the sky above the agave plantation, two stealthy jaguars (miztli) roam the fields in search of their elusive prey. During their silent hunts, 123 Dos Reposado Organic Tequila rests in white oak barrels for six months before its timely release. This complex spirit reveals aromatic raw and cooked agave tempered by the warmth of oak aging with spicy notes of vanilla, anise and hint of citrus; a combination equally at home in cocktails and as a sipping tequila making it the most versatile of the 123 Organic Tequila styles.
Tasting Panel – 96 points.
NOSE: Light, agave, hint of wood, toffee.
PALATE: Salted caramel, oak, creme brulee, vanilla, anise.
FINISH: Long, mint, citrus, slightly mineral.