In the ever-expanding world of Tequila, each distillery is given a unique code or NOM. ArteNOM is a bit like a wine Negociant, selecting various distillations from different distilleries and bottling them under their own label, or 'seleccion.' Each number on the ArteNOM bottles represents the distillery and provenance of the Tequila.
Seleccion 1579 comes from El Pandillo distillery, located in the tiny mountain town of Jesus-Maria, Jalisco - the highest point in all of the tequila agave growing regions. There, Felipe Camarena masterfully crafts this bright, aromatic tequila from stressed hillside agave plants, slowly roasted in brick ovens and macerated intact with fibre for a pronounced agave flavour.
The agave is cooked in traditonal brick ovens, then crushed and mixed with 50% rainwater and 50% mineral-rich, deep well water. Fermentation takes place in stainless steel tanks, before double distillation in copper pot stills. The blanco is then left for 24 hours oxygenation before bottling.
Clear color. Tropical aromas of sweet passion fruit, cilantro sofrito, apricot kernel and honeydew, and grilled orange and cocoa nibs with a round, lively, fruity light body and a peppery, complex, medium-long Maria cookies with guava frosting, agave nectar and sunflower seeds, earthy hot pepper sauce, and roasted carrot and dried orange peel finish. A very tropical nose leads to an earthy palate in this complex and zesty blanco tequila.
The result is a tequila loaded with cooked agave from front to back, as well as earth, pepper, and minty aromas and flavours. It's very oily in your mouth, and a joy to drink. We're going to be drinking this baby all weekend long.'