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Siembra Valles Ancestral is a project conceived of a love of history and a desire to know tequila from its roots, celebrating its true identity and a curiosity of what the past once tasted like. With agave untouched by machine, the Ancestral boasts the complexity of nature's flavors and the skills of tequilero ancestry. It begins its journey through time in the pristine blue agave fields nurtured by the Rosales family's team of expert cultivators, jimadores, and a lowland terroir. The fruitful plants can credit their rich flavors to a pesticide-free land and rich volcanic soils in the valleys of Arenal in the ranches of Tepezapote and Mesa Del Charco.
The geographic terroir provides mineral, peppery, citrus characteristics to this expression. Using an ancient agave-roasting technique that has been lost in the tequila industry for about 100 years, reminiscent of a pit used for mezcal, the piñas are cooked over wood and lava rocks. The agave is then broken down with wooden mallets, an extraction method that has been around for at least 300 years, pre-dating the Tahona method. The first distillation takes place in a traditional copper pot alembic. The second, however, is transferred to a Filipino-style alembic made from pine wood, a completely untouched method in the industry. While copper preserves flavor and transfers heat efficiently in distillation faster and more efficiently, pine preserves flavor and also adds flavors of wood. The result is a blanco unlike any other
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