Ocho is the first single estate tequila, designed to showcase the agave plant’s ability to convey differing flavours from the land. Each vintage is harvested from diverse fields around the Mexican state of Jalisco. The brainchild of Tomas Estes and Carlos Camarena, two much loved and celebrated tequila experts.
Understanding the all-important terroir in grapes, Carlos and Tomas looked to their highland agaves and realised that these incredible plants could carry their heritage just as well as any vineyard. Producing a softer, rounded spirit described as floral, fruity and feminine, their plants were perfect to show the world the taste of Mexican earth.
What’s with the name, you ask? Ocho (eight in English) hold an important place within the brand for a multitude of reasons. A few of these are that it takes an average of eight years for agaves to ripen before harvest, eight kilograms of agave to make one litre of Ocho Tequila, and it took eight different samples for Estes and Camarena to find the perfect recipe.
The Current Ocho Blanco from is from La Coruña. La Coruña makes reference to a province in Spain, supposedly the origin of the Gutierrez family, one of whom married Ms. Carmen Lucia Camarena, younger sister of Don Felipe Camarena Orozco. At the moment of harvesting, the agaves were reaching 6 years old. The average sugar content was 31.2%, while the average weight of the piñas was only 15.7kgs due to the amount of rocks below the agaves (which makes it difficult for the rooting system to go deep) and the shadow of the trees on its E-W sides.
Nose: Cooked agave, honey, fermenting agave juice, plum eau de vie, smoked meat and hints of chamomile.
Palate: Honey sweetness, radish vegetal notes, strong minerality, cacao nibs, green olive, grapefruit zest with undertones of strawberry and red fruits. Finish: Long and spicy, with herbal notes developing and fading to a chocolate-led end.
Finish: Bell pepper and peppery olive oil.