Excellia tequilas benefit from the influences of two cultures and three regions: Los Altos in Jalisco, Mexico; Sauternes region in France; Cognac region in France. Los Altos climate produces sweet soft fruity agave. Sauternes provides delicate dried fruit and flower notes and a perfect balance between acidity and sugar. Cognac produces the fines brandy and its very specific rancio character.
Firstly the tequila is hand crafted in the highlands of Jalisco in Los Altos from 100% blue agave. The estate grown plants are cut by hand, cooked slowly in traditional brick and stone ovens, then shredded and crushed to extract the aromatic agave juice. The juice is fermented in wooden vats and twice distilled in copper stills. A unique aging process is employed where both grand cru sauternes casks and cognac barrels complete this very authentic tequila-making process. The young wood of the sauternes casks rapidly grant the tequila elegant sweet and fruity notes. The old cognac barrels subtly impart deep cognac and wood characters. Marrying these two aged tequilas creates Excellia.
With its golden straw colour, Excellia Reposado reveals a complex nose mixing honey, toasted wood, mushroom, dried lavender, jasmine and violet notes.
The nine months aging in grand cru sauternes wine casks and cognac barrels provide a round and extensive mouthfeel with rich honey, cigar-box and caramelised agave/pumpkin notes mixed with subtle rancio and orchard fruits.
The finish is long and satisfying with spicy and earthy notes.
Respecting the characteristics of tequila crafted in Los Altos, Excellia reveals stunning and innovative aromas thanks to its unique aging.
Double Gold Medal, Best Reposado Tequila - San Francisco International World Spirits Competition 2011