Casa Noble was acquired in 1990 by Jose 'Pepe' Hermosillo, the seventh generation of his family to run a tequila distillery. This boutique distillery was established in 1776 and is located in the state of Jalisco, in the city of Tequila itself, the home of the blue agave.
Casa Noble only makes 100% agave tequila from blue agave grown organically (certified USDA) on 650 hectares of their own land in the hills of Jalisco. A succulent native to Central America, it thrives in this arid climate and high altitude sites. Mature agave plants (over ten years old) are handpicked and their hard cores (piñas) are slowly steamed in a stone oven for 38 hours to convert the carbohydrate (inulin) into fermentable sugars. The soft piñas are then pressed in a gentle screw mill that presses the sweet juices out. Casa Noble uses a screw mill instead of a roller mill. The latter, while resulting in less wastage, extracts more astringent flavours. The juice is then put into stainless steel fermentation vats where ambient yeasts carry out the fermentation. After fermentation, Casa Noble distils its tequila three times, a process that ensures an extra smooth drink.
The Añejo has been aged in French oak for two years, a year more than required, to develop layers of complexity. Aged tequilas show aromas developed from their maturation in oak, such as vanilla, almond, sweet melon and honey overlaying the gentle vegetal notes from the blue agave. Aromas and flavours of toasted oak, spice, butterscotch and sweet cooked agave characters make this a delight to sniff and sip.£7.86 per 100.00ml