Review: Tequila Ocho Plata Single Estate 2008 and 2009

Review: Tequila Ocho Plata Single Estate 2008 and 2009


Vintage tequila? You betcha. Tequila Ocho produces tequilas in individually numbered bottles and dated to the vintage of the agave harvest from the estate in question. It’s said to be the first single-estate tequila to be released in the U.S. — bringing to the tequila world what has worked (and worked well) for wine.

We got a look at both the 2008 (on shelves now) and 2009 (arriving in time for Cinco de Mayo) vintages, side by side. Comments follow. Both are 80 proof silver tequilas. Typical bottle price is about $70 — hefty for a silver — but you can find it for as little as $55 if you shop around and get lucky.

Both are 80 proof.

Tequila Ocho Plata 2008, Rancho Carrizal Estate – A very mild and creamy plata from mile-high fields, extremely smooth, with a muted agave character balanced by some interesting vanilla, banana, and tropical notes. Very sweet for a blanco, leaves you with a little mint surprise at the finish. 11,000 bottles produced. A-

Tequila Ocho Plata 2009, Rancho Las Pomez Estate – Amazingly different than the 2008 in just about every way. Also from a mountainous area over a mile in elevation, this is a much racier, hot-blooded tequila. It comes on strong with a big slug of agave, considerably less sweetness, and a good dose of black pepper and roasted peppers. I like the 2008 considerably more, but this plata isn’t without its charms. B+ 

Tequila Ocho Plata 2008, Rancho Carrizal Estate




Christopher Null is the founder and editor in chief of Drinkhacker. A veteran writer and journalist, he also operates Null Media, a bespoke content creation company.


  1. Todd Jackson on April 11, 2009 at 12:55 am

    Vintage tequila :-) That is a new one on me! I like the sound of the 2008 with those tropical notes and mint end. I am intrigued..

  2. joseph on August 15, 2010 at 7:24 pm

    This is the best tequila I have ever had!

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