Wednesday, October 17, 2007
Casa Noble - This family-owned distillery has been producing tequila since 1776, making it the second-oldest in Mexico (behind Jose Cuervo, believe it or not). Made from handpicked agave that's slow-cooked in stone ovens before being triple-distilled, this añejo spends five years in French white-oak barrels. That adds a distinctive character to the quaff, but it maintains the agave presence purists love. As a side note, don't throw away the bottle in a tequila-fueled daze. The accents painted on the black porcelain are real gold.