Tequila ArteNOM presents regional tequila selections of distinct altitude, heritage, agave cultivation, and distillation technique. These specially-curated expressions represent the unique, personal craft of their master distillers: truly making an ART of their NOM.
At 6,788 feet above sea level in the remote mountain town of Jesús María, Felipe Camarena masterfully crafts this bright, aromatic tequila from stressed hillside agave plants grown in tequila’s highest-altitude agave region. Felipe’s Destilería El Pandillo is arguably one of the most forward-thinking, innovative and sustainable distilleries in the business. After select harvesting, the agave plants are slowly roasted in brick ovens and macerated intact with their fibers for a richer, fuller flavor. Following fermentation with rainwater, Felipe slowly distills this selección in small copper pot stills and aerates the spirit prior to bottling.
Color: pure and clear with rich agave viscosity
Nose: rising pastry dough, spring rain, mint, bold roasted agave
Palate: velvety, wine-like texture with fresh chile tingle, white pepper, spearmint candies
Altitude: 6,788' / 2,069 m
Brix: 28° - 29°
The Vivanco family began cultivating highland agave during Mexico’s tumultuous post-revolutionary period of 1919-1929. In Don Feliciano Vivanco’s hometown of Arandas, Jalisco, subsequent generations of Vivancos have remained devoted to expanding the family’s agave plantations, and in 1994, the family dream of acquiring their own distillery was finally realized with the purchase of Destilería El Ranchito. With approximately 2,000 acres of estate-grown agave at their disposal, Sergio & José Manuél Vivanco have become renowned for producing rich, well-balanced tequilas. For ArteNOM Selección de 1414, the family brings back their unique and extraordinary tradition of fermenting the agave mash with field-extracted wild yeast for an unparalled display of agave terroir.
Color: very pale straw
Nose: vegetal chapparal, roasted sweet potato
Palate: salted vanilla cookie, allspice, mild chile heat
Altitude: 6,709' / 2,045 m
Brix: 27° - 28°
At the Destilería Tequileña in the eponymous town of Tequila, Jalisco, home to a range of celebrated tequilas, Master Distiller Enrique Fonseca distills agave predominantly grown in and around his highland hometown of Atotonilco el Alto. For this añejo selección, Enrique patiently ages exclusive tequila in used Cabernet Franc wine barrels from the Loire Valley of France – 60% of the tequila is aged for two years; 40% is aged for three years. The two maturations are then slowly integrated together, before laying into toasted American white oak previously used to age Tennessee rye whiskey, for a master balance of oak and agave.
Color: rich amber
Nose: butterscotch, citrus, baking spices, vanilla
Palate: toffee, walnut candy, custard, orange zest, dark chocolate
Altitude: 5,541' / 1,689 m
Brix: 26° - 27°
In the Tequila Valley town of El Arenal, Jalisco, Master Distiller Ramón Sandoval carefully distills this lower-elevation unaged tequila from USDA-certified organic agave at his Destiladora Refugio. Señor Ramon’s stalwart preference for drier, lower-sugar agave from the Tequila Valley honors a nearly-lost “old school” style of tequila. With its distinctive herbaceous flavor and peppery aromatics, this selección’s vibrant bouquet and intriguing notes of cacao really set it apart from the rest.
Color: bright, clear
Nose: fresh-cut wildgrass, green olives, warm summer fields
Palate: mint, white pepper, cacao, sage, thyme
Altitude: 4,199' / 1,280 m
Brix: 24° - 25°