Wine Enthusiast 96
"This Tequila is aged for two years in oak barrels previously used for Brandy/Cognac production. The aging shows in the bewitching scent of toffee and sarsaparilla, and deep flavors of caramel, amaretto, Tootsie Rolls, honey and espresso. Weird and special."
" Located in the highlands of Jalisco, Riazul has the best conditions to produce their tequilas. The land is known for its high mineral content and microclimate which guarantees top of the line agave nectar, resulting in a richer, fuller spirit. Sweet aromas of cinnamon, spicy pineapple, and rich banana cake lead to a smooth, medium bodied spirit with vibrant flavors of caramel, agave, almond, vanilla, and spice. This balanced, complex tequila is truly unique and is best enjoyed neat in order to experience the full range of flavors. " ~ Distillery notes
Riazul Founder Iñaki Orozco standing among the agave
Two hundred years ago, the highlands of Jalisco, Mexico served as a key battlefront in the Mexican War of Independence. During that struggle, Maria Higinia Gomez served as a high counselor to the Mexican rebel leaders. For her service, she was granted 10,000 acres of land -- most of which she gave away to revolutionaries who fought for Mexico's freedom. The remaining 620 acres was handed down from generation to generation and virtually untouched until Riazul's founder, Iñaki Orozco, inherited the land in the late 1990s.