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 Reposado is from El Bají. El Bajío is located in Jesus María municipality, around 7km east of Jesus María town at 2,170 to 2,175 meters elevation, with gentle slopes north to south. The name refers to land located in the lower part of a valley.
The agave harvested for this production was planted in 2012 & 2013 when the plants were one year old, therefore the agave was 6 & 7 years old at harvest and had an average weight of 20kgs with 27% sugar content.
Nose: Green apricot, unripe pineapple, grapefruit zest, vanilla, orange blossom, tonka bean, butterscotch, ripe peach.
Palate: Coffee, tannin, white pepper, plum, bitter almond, toffee, yellow stone fruit, crème brulee.
Finish: Soft oak, sponge cake, orange peel and red grape.