Mijenta, the award-winning, sustainable tequila from the Highlands of Jalisco, has announced the release of its most exclusive and refined expression to date, Mijenta Añejo Gran Reserva. Aged for 18 months in a series of hand-selected casks to create its unique and sophisticated flavour profile, the ultra-premium small-batch spirit launched in the United States on May 2, 2022. The first release is limited to 2,160 bottles.
The Añejo comes on the heels of Mijenta’s highly acclaimed Blanco and Reposado expressions and is produced using the award-winning Blanco as its base, before undergoing an intricate 18-month ageing process during which it matures in four different types of hand-selected casks, each of which brings a unique property to the final expression.
This ageing process creates a complex, intense and refined profile distinct from other añejo tequilas, which comes through on the nose with notes of cacao, butterscotch and tobacco. The palate is presented with a beautiful cornucopia of dried stone fruits and elegant spices, including mace, anise and saffron. Flavours of soft caramelized cooked agave expand joyfully on the tongue, along with elegant vanilla and subtle coffee notes that come from the individually selected variety of barrels.
From sourcing the best agave and hand-selecting bespoke barrels to ageing and bottling the spirit, the entire development process of the Añejo was overseen by Ana Maria Romero Mena. “We developed a unique approach to create Mijenta Añejo Gran Reserva that makes it, unlike any other aged tequila,” she said. “The process begins by allowing the tequila to mature in American white oak barrels before it is transferred to French oak barrels, which begin to develop its flavour profile and texture.”
Further ageing in acacia barrels enhances the body while adding a light herbal and citrus note before the final two months are completed in cherry oak casks – as opposed to the more traditional sherry casks – which enhances the fruity notes. Importantly, Mijenta tequila never includes additional sweeteners or flavours – its taste profile comes entirely from the agave, traditional distillation methods and time spent maturing to perfection.”
“I’m thrilled that the Blanco and Reposado have resonated with such an ardent community of tequila-lovers, and it’s incredibly exciting to share our long-anticipated Añejo,” said Co-Founder and Lead Investor Mike Dolan. “The care, artistry and innovation shine through in a way that makes this Añejo unlike anything else on the market. While each expression of our tequila is completely unique, the true soul of Mijenta is the core set of values that flow through all aspects of the company, including the tequila itself, the packaging and our commitment to the community.”
Created by Co-Founder and Director of Sustainability, Elise Som, Mijenta Añejo Gran Reserva’s packaging design is inspired by the midnight blue sky in the highlands of Arandas where the Centzon Totochtin folk story is depicted under a glowing crescent moon.
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