Using aged tequilas from their private reserves, the Beckman family—the owners of the Cuervo brand, whose tequila-making heritage spans more than 250 years and encompasses 11 generations—created the first 1800 Milenio in 2000, to celebrate the new millennium. The brand has now introduced a second limited-edition extra añejo that exhibits even more complexity, thanks to the use of both American and French oak barrels. After aging 4.5 years in ex-bourbon barrels, the tequila is finished for up to six additional months in ex-Cognac barrels.
“There is such a character in the Cognac finishing, it goes exquisitely with my many French-inspired dishes,” says chef Ludo Lefebvre, of the award-winning Los Angeles restaurant Trois Mec, who helped launch the 1800 Milenio Second Edition. “It is a sipping tequila, with flavors of vanilla, caramel, pepper, and cinnamon, almost like a Cognac.” (www.1800tequila.com)