A Taste of Old Mexico

For years, the oldest official tequila classification was añejo, which defined tequila that had been barrel-aged for 12 to 35 months. And yet many of Mexico’s maestros tequileros—master tequiladistillerskept a select number of private barrels aging far longer than the maximum amount of time designated for añejo. Consequently, in March 2006 the Consejo Regulador del Tequila (the governmental agency that regulates tequila production) established a new Norma Oficial Mexicana category called Extra Añejo, for tequilas aged in oak barrels for three years or longer.

No doubt Don Cenobio Sauza, who founded Casa Sauza tequila in 1873, was one of those maestros tequileros who kept superaged barrels of tequila for his personal use. Now, more than a century later and on the third generation in the business,<Including Don Cenobio.> the Sauza family has introduced Casa Sauza XA, Edición Limitada ($150), an ultrapremium, limited-edition extra añejo that has been aged for over three years in new toasted-oak barrels. The result is an enticingly floral bouquet and a corresponding flavor of vanilla-misted jasmine, with subtle agave characteristics. This makes Casa Sauza XA perfect for enjoying over ice, blending in above-average margaritas, or serving neat at room temperature alongside desserts such as tiramisu or crème brûlée. Each of the distinctive leather-strapped, powder-flask-shaped bottles is individually numbered, and of the 12,000 produced, 1,800 have been reserved for the United States. (www.casasauza.com)

The limited-edition distillation pays tribute to the Norse god Odin…
The spirit distinguishes itself by employing Japanese ingredients and techniques…
Photo by Jeff Elkins
The cigar combines an Ecuadoran wrapper with Honduran and Dominican filler tobaccos…
A special barrel of Scarecrow Cabernet Sauvignon stunned the wine world when it sold for $260,000...
Only 250 cases of the Montecristo Grupo de Maestros Private Batch will be released…
Worldwide talents are leaving their marks at a Provençal winery.
FREE PREVIEW: The Masseto 2011 Toscana is among Robb Report’s 2015 Best of the Best selections…
FREE PREVIEW: The Mortlach 25 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky​ is among Robb Report’s 2015 Best...
The special release contains a blend of Cognacs aged for up to 35 years…
The 23-year-old scotch won a Best in Show award at the 2015 San Francisco World Spirits Competition…