123 Tequila Friday, June 18, 5-7 at Wine Republic* Hosted by Michael Bouchard When tequilero David Ravandi envisioned 123 Organic Tequila, he was inspired to design a brand specifically with wine enthusiasts in mind. The delicate floral aromas and complex mineral flavors found in 123 Organic Tequila are the result of artisanal, small-batch distillation and estate hand bottling.
From pristine agave plantations to iconic bottles that are hand-blown from recycled glass and labeled with recycled paper and soy inks, sustainability is the hallmark of this exceptional brand. Explore the connection between tequila’s cultural heritage and the pure expression of terroir that is found in 123 Organic Tequila. 123 Organic Tequila begins its journey to your glass as sweet juice pressed from the roasted heart of the Blue Agave. Like pulque, the sacred ceremonial drink of the Aztecs, this sweet mosto is fermented and then transformed by the careful art of distillation into the purest 100% Blue Agave tequila. Grown on the same ancient volcanic soils that once sustained the Aztecs, the agave plantations that flourish on our hacienda near the town of Tequila have been sustainably cultivated for centuries and from these pristine estate fields comes the expressive character of 123 Organic Tequila (Uno Dos Tres). *A few wines opened too! 123 Tequila Uno Blanco This unaged “mother spirit” tequila boasts clean, powerful aromas of fresh agave and lemon peel, black pepper, and minerals. Silky smooth, it finishes long with a mildly sweet kick. Simple, organic cocktails or relaxed sipping best expresses this Blanco tequila’s quality and purity.
123 Tequila Dos Reposado Aged for six months in white oak barrels, 123 Organic Tequila Reposado (Dos) gains a pale color that hints at its complexity and versatility. A subtle agave scent greets the nose, but quickly gives way to flavors of salted caramel, crème brûlée, and toffee. These flavors deepen as they approach a minty, anise finish.
123 Tequila Tres Anejo This rich, aged tequila was originally created for Ravandi’s personal collection, and in 2014, he released 1,000 bottles. Since then, it has become a limited, annual release of only 2,500 bottles. Derived from higher-elevation agave and aged for 40 months in new French Limousin oak barrels, this “little devil” of a tequila boasts a rich, creamy body that greets the nose with vanilla and black pepper scents. Flavors of vanilla, spices, and roasted agave then settle in before a tart, citrusy, long-lasting finish hints at the tequila’s complexity and easy-drinking nature.
123 Tequila Craneo Mezcal Classically structured on the nose, the mezcal offers a sweet barbecue smoke character with hints of citrus. The palate is also mostly traditional, though with quite a light and silky body. Notes of orange and grapefruit peel, green banana, and spun sugar punctuate the modestly sweet smokiness, palate shows a progression and evolution of the aromas with a long enjoyable finish.