Fuenteseca Tequila has long held a revered place in the tequila world with aficionados seeking out the extra extra aged spirit. Here at Sip Tequila, we love to go that extra extra so naturally, it was one of our first choices in building out our tequila store selections. We carry the Fuenteseca Cosecha Blanco 2013 as well as the Fuenteseca 8 year Extra Añejo and the Fuenteseca Reserva Extra Añejo 21 year. Let’s take a look at what makes Fuenteseca Tequila such a special brand.
Extra añejo tequilas in the Fuenteseca line start at a minimum of 7 years and reach all the way up to 21 years. Given that blue weber agave takes 8-10 years to mature to be used to make tequila, these expressions can take nearly 30 years to produce! Enrique Fonseca began experimenting with aging extra añejo tequilas back in the early 2000’s and not only varies the time the tequila rest, but the types of barrels and altitudes in which they rest. From the traditional American and French oak barrels to used bourbon casks, or wine barrels (Compoveda tequila, also available in our store is rested in red wine barrels too!), Enrique has created some of the most unique aged tequilas available.
Most other sipping tequila producers fill their barrels and casks and they stay put for the duration of the aging but not with Fuenteseca tequila. As Enrique tests and tends to the barrels, he will sometimes move them from one location or elevation to another to achieve the tequila aging speed and profile he is looking for. The Fuenteseca Reserva Extra Añejo 21 year, for example, was aged in Canadian rye whiskey barrels for 10 years on a dry, earthen-floor in Atotonilco before being moved to a higher, cooler climate in a different town for an additional 11 years.
The tequila world is full of wonderful stories and explorations like Fuenteseca’s. Check back soon for more insider scoops and information. Salud!