clase azul extra anejo  

When tequila distiller Arturo Lomeli made his first tequila offering in 1997, the bottle had a sombrero and a handlebar mustache on it. And it was terrible! This, according to Arturo himself, who said he was sorely disappointed in the product he made. So he went back to the drawing board. What grew from that disappointment was one of the earliest and best examples in the category of Premium Tequila.

Clase Azul has since grown to become one of the most respected names in the tequila industry. It starts with 100% Weber Blue Agave plants grown in the Los Altos (Highlands) region of Jalisco. Highland agave plants grow in a very mineral rich, volcanic soil and take longer to mature while they are treated to rain and cold weather. The result is a very nuanced flavor, delicate and more pleasant to sip and savor. And that’s what Clase Azul is – delicate, nuanced, and worthy of savoring.

Then in 2007, Arturo once again sought to do something new and different.  So he introduced an Ultra Premium Tequila like no other – Clase Azul Ultra Anejo.

Where do I start?

I suppose it should be with the tequila itself, aged over three years in hand selected, heavily charred, Sherry Oak Casks. The aging process brings out all those flavors that a Highlands Agave has delicately layered within it. Notes of cinnamon, almond, vanilla, plus fruits and a rich, earthy balance.

But if the tequila is a work of art, wait until you hear about the bottle. This is a hand-crafted, ceramic bottle, made locally in Mexico by artisans taking 40 days each to make. Once fired and glazed, the decanter is then adorned with a hand made silver medallion, then painted (again by hand) with platinum paint, and affixed with a 24 karat gold label and topped with a pewter cap. The whole thing is then housed in a wooden case that is….you guessed it, hand-made.

To top it all off, only 100 of these bottles are released every year. Fifty of them are exported to the United States and the remainder stay and are sold in Mexico.

Tasting this fine tequila is an experience every connoisseur should have at least once in their lifetime. Luckily, the Adobe Cantina y Tequileria at La Posta de Mesilla happens to have a bottle, so finding a supply won’t be a problem. With the holiday season fast approaching, treat yourself or someone you love to something truly incredible, Clase Azul Ultra Anejo! Salud!