Happy Halloween Eve! Let us help get your online costume parties started right with our friends at Casa Noble Tequila and their Buried Treasure Cocktail!
Whether you are dressing as a pirate or not, this craft tequila is going to be one to treasure even after the spooky season ends!
This triple distilled certified organic tequila is aged in new French oak barrels; hand selected by their 7th generation Master Tequilero to better yield the distinctive vanilla and fruit notes. The estate grown 100% Blue Weber Agave is harvested at its peak of 10-12yrs to give the consumer the best expression through their terroir.
Casa Noble’s roots can be traced as far back as the mid-1700s, as a hacienda surrounded by a vast land where only one thing was to be found: agave tequilana weber blue variety, tequila’s one and only source. Fast forward to the 1990s, when Jose “Pepe” Hermosillo decided to create a unique tequila that was committed to quality from agave tequilana weber to bottle. After a lot of hard work, he produced his first bottles in 1997 from the historic Casa Noble estate.
Agave is a Greek word meaning “Noble” or “Notable”, and that is where Casa Noble derives its name. The name “House of Agave” represents seven generations of estate tequila production.
There are the 4 main steps to making Casa Noble Tequila:
Step 1- Growing and harvesting the base material, the blue agave.
The plants are large, often more than 7 ft across when mature. During harvest the leaves are removed, only the core is used – called the piña. Ultra-premium Tequila is remarkably similar to wine, in that, where the agave is grown will affect the flavor of the finished product. Altitude, soil and topography all have a direct effect on the flavor of the agave. Casa Noble’s agave is grown on a 3,000-acre estate located near the city of Tequila in the Valley region of Jalisco. At this elevation, their estate has lower humidity and cooler nighttime temperatures than other regions in Jalisco, which translates to slower growth and higher sugar content in their agave. The resulting spirit is fruitier with more acidity. Additionally, the estate is on an incline, which makes for more fibrous agaves, yielding a tequila with character, spice and herbal notes.
Step 2- Agave processing and fermentation.
In the case of tequila, sugar is extracted by cooking or roasting the piña. At Casa Noble, roasting takes place in a traditional Horno or brick ovens over the course of 38 hours. It is a slow process that maximizes sugars in the agave. Casa Noble prefers to use this method, as it allows the sugars to fully develop resulting in a more complex and smooth tequila. After the hearts of the agave, or Piñas, are cooled, the juice is slowly extracted from the pulp using a proprietary method, which produces a sugar-water solution called mosto. Next, the sweet juice or the mosto, rests allowing time for the native yeasts in the environment to start alcoholic fermentation. Allowing native yeast fermentation to take place, rather than inoculating the juice with yeast, creates more complexity on the palate and a lasting finish.
Step 3- Distilling the fermented agave into a spirit.
At Casa Noble, distillation is done in small pot stills, as small stills maximize aromas and retain the complex flavors of the agave plant better than larger stills. Many premium Tequila houses distill their Tequila twice, but, at Casa Noble, we believe that triple distillation produces the purest, highest-quality Tequila. We distill for 12 hours, to ensure that the aromatic essence of the agave is retained.
Step 4- Aging of the Spirit.
Why age Tequila? Ageing softens a spirit; alcohol is volatile and harsh esters will evaporate. The other reason to age is to add more flavors. As the Tequila ages in a new French oak barrel, flavors such as, caramel, vanilla, oak, and baking spices are steeped from the barrels into the Tequila. Two of the three styles of Casa Noble tequila use oak: Reposado and Añejo. Their Reposado is aged for 364 days and their Anejo for 2 years.
Casa Noble is a certified organic (CCOF) World-Class Tequila. No chemical pesticides, fertilizers, or other synthetic material is used for the 10 to 12 years of life of the agave. Additionally, 100% of the solid and liquid waste is put back into the fields as compost, so their operation becomes completely sustainable.
Buried Treasure Cocktail
- 2 oz Casa Noble Crystal Tequila
- 0.75 oz orange-chamomile simple syrup (see recipe below)
- 0.5 oz lemon juice
- 0.25 oz spiced rum
- 2 dashes bitters
- Orange zest
- Tarragon sprig
- Combine all ingredients, except orange zest and tarragon, into mixing glass and stir.
- Strain into glass over ice.
- Squeeze orange zest; rub around rim and drop into glass.
- Garnish with tarragon.
How to Make the Orange-Chamomile Simple Syrup:
- 1 cup water
- 1 cup sugar
- 3 chamomile tea bags
- 1 orange tea bag
- Combine sugar and water in saucepan over medium heat, stirring occasionally until sugar dissolves and water begins to boil.
- Remove from heat; add tea bags.
- Let steep for 1 hour, then cool.
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