Back in 2012, two Colorado-based entrepreneurs Laurence Spiewak and Lance Sokol co-founded Suerte Tequila (suerte meaning luck in Spanish). Their tequila is produced in a 15,000 square-foot distillery in the highlands of Atotoniclo, Jalisco. Spiewak and Lance hired Master Distiller Pedro Hernandez Barba of Tequila Symbol to create their tequila and he uses many traditional methods. For example, the pina is slow cooked in an horno, oven, for about 56 hours. A giant stone wheel is then used to crush the baked pinas, to extract the juice, which is an ancient method known as the tahona process. Currently, Suerte makes a tequila line including Blanco, Reposado, Añejo and Extra Añejo.
Their Extra Añejo ($110-$125) is a limited edition, single barrel tequila made from 100% Blue Weber Agave. It is double distilled, aged in charred American White Oak whiskey barrels for 5 years and has an alcohol content of 40%. By law, an Extra Añejo tequila must be aged for at least three years so this tequila matures for even longer than the minimum. Each bottle is labeled with a unique batch number and each barrel is used only once. The bottle was designed by Seattle-based tattoo artist Adam Jackson. I received a media sample, which was labeled as Batch XA5914 and it also indicated it was 1/13, though I haven't been able to determine what that refers to.
What is your favorite high-end tequila?