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Tequila 7 Leguas Blanco, Reposado & Añejo

Distilled twice through copper pot stills, these tequilas pay homage to Mexico's rebellious spirit.
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As the Mexican Revolutionary War began in 1910, José Doroteo Arango Arámbula — commonly referred to as Pancho Villa — joined the pro-democracy forces of Francisco Madero, and eventually rose through the ranks to become one of the country's most prominent generals. Between 1910 and 1914, Villa fought in nine major skirmishes, all of them successful. He was a masterful tactician — the strategies Villa leveraged during the war were studied by the United States Army — and his image was eventually immortalized with that of his favorite horse, 7 Leguas (Seven Leagues).

Today, nearly a century after his death in 1923, Don Ignacio Gonzales Vargas pays tribute to the Mexican hero with Tequila 7 Leguas. Vargas's estate, which is situated in the Jalisco region of Mexico, is home to a tiny farm that specializes in the growth and maturation of blue weber agave.

After the estate-grown agave have matured for nearly a decade, they are harvested by expert jimadors, who test each batch of agave in order to ensure that the sugar content of the piñas — the heart of the agave plant — is enough to produce a rich and flavorful tequila. Then, the piñas are slowly cooked in masonry ovens under the watchful eye of a stoker. The heat from the ovens softens the fibers of the piñas, and caramelizes their natural sugars. The cooked piñas are then crushed under the weight of a traditional stone wheel that is pulled by a mule, and the remaining agave juice is fermented in stainless steel fermentation tanks using a unique strain of yeast developed specifically for the distillation of tequila. Following fermentation, the agave wash is twice distilled through copper-pot stills.

Tequila 7 Leguas Blanco is bottled immediately after distillation, and thus has powerful notes of agave and warm pepper that lead to hints of vanilla and cinnamon. The tequila earned a score of 95 points at the Ultimate Spirits Challenge in 2014, where it was named the Best Blanco Tequila in the World.Tequila 7 Leguas Reposado is aged for eight months in bespoke, white oak barrels that were custom-designed to mature Tequila 7 Leguas. Leguas Reposado has a golden yellow hue, with an aroma of woody spices and oak. The notes of sweet agave, pepper and citrus are followed by hints of cinnamon, cedar and caramel, and lead to a savory finish. Tequila 7 Leguas Reposado earned a score of 90-95 points from Wine Enthusiast Magazine.

Tequila 7 Leguas Añejo is matured for two years in bespoke casks, and has a golden honey color. The aromas of delicate oak and cinnamon lead to notes of vanilla, citrus, caramel, toffee and chocolate on the palate, along with a sweet butterscotch finish. Tequila 7 Leguas Añejo also earned a score of 90-95 points from Wine Enthusiast Magazine. In addition, it earned a score of 95 points at the Ultimate Spirits Challenge in 2014, where it was named the Best Añejo Tequila in the World.

The roots of Tequila 7 Leguas sprouted from a struggle for freedom, and gave rise to the independent, rebellious spirit that defines the tequila. Pick up all three bottles today!

Blanco: Powerful notes of agave and warm pepper that lead to hints of vanilla and cinnamon. Reposado: Aroma of woody spices and oak. Notes of sweet agave, pepper and citrus are followed by hints of cinnamon, cedar and caramel, and lead to a savory finish. Añejo: Aroma of delicate oak and cinnamon lead to notes of vanilla, citrus, caramel, toffee and chocolate. Finishes with a touch of sweet butterscotch.

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