Astral is a brand new 100% Blue Weber agave tequila from the lowland area of Jalisco, Mexico. Presently, solely a blanco, unaged tequila is out there. The distillery’s web site explains how it’s made, all very acquainted stuff:
Our manufacturing course of is steeped in custom and encompasses a distinctive milling course of utilizing a tahona, a stone wheel which crushes the juices from the agave fibers. These crushed fibers, or bagazo, are then used within the fermentation course of to utilize extra of the agave plant.
It’s a little unclear how the method may be each steeped in custom in addition to distinctive (nor how a tahona is exclusive), however let’s give it a attempt.
On the nostril, Astral Blanco is a blended bag. It gives sharp lemon citrus and agave herbaceousness, however that comes together with a light-weight and unsightly petrol notice. Equally, the palate introduces a strong agave character in addition to inexperienced pepper, vanilla, and pepper, however the petrol component seems right here as nicely. Additionally: It’s sizzling. The alcohol is extra current than it needs to be in a normal proof tequila. All advised, that is a suitable tequila for making cocktails, however I don’t suppose it stands as much as consuming neat.
80 proof. NOM 1607.
B- / $35 / astraltequila.com