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Excellia Tequila Reposado

Excellia Tequila Reposado is 100% Agave and rests for 9 months in Grand Cru Sauternes wine casks and cognac barrels. Excellia Reposado respects the characteristics of a tequila from “Los Altos”, and reveals stunning and innovative aromas thanks to its unique aging.

Excellia is the fruit of the meeting of two visionary men:
Jean-Sébastien Robicquet, founder of EWG Spirits & Wine, groundbreaking brand creator and producer (G'Vine gin and esprit de June liqueur) and Carlos Camarena, precursor and award-winning tequila master-distiller (Tapatio and El Tesoro tequilas).

Sharing the same common values, the two men respect the traditions, know-hows and the culture they’re coming from while implementing their innovative vision to the spirit industry.

Excellia™ benefits from the influence of three different regions and two cultures:
Los altos (Jalisco, Mexico)
A hot and dry climate followed by a heavy rainy season and the rich red clay soil rich in minerals of the highlands generate sweet, soft and fruity Agaves.

Sauternes region (France)
A micro-climate with foggy mornings, sunny afternoons by the river and botrytis create the Grand Cru of dessert wine with delicate notes of dried fruits and flowers and a perfect balance between acidity and sugar.

Cognac region (France)
A lot of sun with the right amount of rain, mild temperatures all year long thanks to the ocean's influence and the region's chalky soil contribute to the finest brandy and its so specific rancio character.

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This is an unusual tequila in several different ways. First and foremost, it is a blend. Not a blend of different tequilas, but a blend of the same tequila rested in two different types of barrels. Well, actually, the barrels themselves are probably the same, but they are used to age two different products: grand cru sauternes and cognac. When the tequila has been aged for the proper length of time, the mixing experts get to work and combine product from the two different barrels - to reach the taste they are looking for. The result, according to my palate, is fairly spectacular. This rep is aged for nine months - that's a fairly long time for a rep. The barrel influence is evident but tricky to detect because the two are mixed together. Also, the color is a very light gold which is surprising considering how long it has reposed. In a tasting glass, there are thin legs and slight pearling.
On the nose, there is a mild sweet odor with plenty of agave. Dare I say the nose is "sexy" with floral overtones and earthy undercurrents. The flavor is more complex than the nose - with spices, citrus, caramel and some wood. The alcohol burn is minimal and slacks off to almost nothing in subsequent sips - or if you prefer you can call it the finish or pedigree. If you drink a challenge tasting of 3 ounces - you will find virtually no alcohol by the final sips. It is super smooth. On the first sip, the mouth feel is light with only a medium coat to the tongue, teeth and palate. Later, in the final stages, there is virtually no increase to the coating. Sip a little sangrita and it cuts through any lingering after taste. That's a good thing if you are hoping to do additional tastings.
This is a tequila to sit back and enjoy over a long evening of diversified small plates or simply - neat. Either way you should find it very satisfying. In the pocketbook, the price is reasonable - not excessive for such a high class spirit. The bottle presentation is not memorable, but understated. So, it is not trying to say, "Hey, look at me, I'm different from everybody else." Instead, it's reputation will come from word of mouth or simply trying it on your own. The stopper is pretty cool, however. You need to try this one, but don't be surprised if the bottle does not last long. Plus, considering this is a co-operative effort between Carlos Camarena and another spirit-industry executive - you might expect this tequila to only be around for a few years at most. Everything is a evolution - move on to the next.
Overall rating 
 
95
Aroma-Nose 
 
94
Initial Taste 
 
93
Body 
 
94
Finish 
 
96
Enjoyability 
 
96
Price 
 
95
Presentation 
 
92
Reviewed by dasypus October 24, 2013
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Excellia Reposado Tequila

This is an unusual tequila in several different ways. First and foremost, it is a blend. Not a blend of different tequilas, but a blend of the same tequila rested in two different types of barrels. Well, actually, the barrels themselves are probably the same, but they are used to age two different products: grand cru sauternes and cognac. When the tequila has been aged for the proper length of time, the mixing experts get to work and combine product from the two different barrels - to reach the taste they are looking for. The result, according to my palate, is fairly spectacular. This rep is aged for nine months - that's a fairly long time for a rep. The barrel influence is evident but tricky to detect because the two are mixed together. Also, the color is a very light gold which is surprising considering how long it has reposed. In a tasting glass, there are thin legs and slight pearling.
On the nose, there is a mild sweet odor with plenty of agave. Dare I say the nose is "sexy" with floral overtones and earthy undercurrents. The flavor is more complex than the nose - with spices, citrus, caramel and some wood. The alcohol burn is minimal and slacks off to almost nothing in subsequent sips - or if you prefer you can call it the finish or pedigree. If you drink a challenge tasting of 3 ounces - you will find virtually no alcohol by the final sips. It is super smooth. On the first sip, the mouth feel is light with only a medium coat to the tongue, teeth and palate. Later, in the final stages, there is virtually no increase to the coating. Sip a little sangrita and it cuts through any lingering after taste. That's a good thing if you are hoping to do additional tastings.
This is a tequila to sit back and enjoy over a long evening of diversified small plates or simply - neat. Either way you should find it very satisfying. In the pocketbook, the price is reasonable - not excessive for such a high class spirit. The bottle presentation is not memorable, but understated. So, it is not trying to say, "Hey, look at me, I'm different from everybody else." Instead, it's reputation will come from word of mouth or simply trying it on your own. The stopper is pretty cool, however. You need to try this one, but don't be surprised if the bottle does not last long. Plus, considering this is a co-operative effort between Carlos Camarena and another spirit-industry executive - you might expect this tequila to only be around for a few years at most. Everything is a evolution - move on to the next.

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