I will ignore the fact that this bottle looks like a canister of kerosene. And why shouldn’t I? This utterly unique tequila (which is backed by LeBron James) is rested for six months in American oak barrels, then blended with “a touch” of Lobos 1707 extra anejo tequila before being finished in Pedro Ximénez wine barrels using a solera system method. There’s not a ton of information about how all that works — which is all wholly unique no matter what the details are — but we do know this is 100% agave, though there’s no info on where the agave was grown.
From the first nosing it’s clear this is a strange kind of beast. The pungency of agave is distinct, but the aromas it’s tempered with felt unfamiliar: cedar wood and prunes, layered with more familiar notes of black pepper, vanilla, and dark chocolate. On the palate there’s so much going on it’s a little difficult to figure out what’s happening. Creamy in texture with initial notes of cherries and Port wine, the agave kicks in in short order, with lots of pepper showing along with some green onion notes. The finish sees layers of sesame oil alongside a lingering, green herbal character. It’s altogether complex and strange — yet somehow fairly satisfying. This is a tequila to spend some time pondering and debating with friends.
Update 7/2021: Tequila Lobos responds with more information on its solera process:
Uniquely combining old and new world techniques to craft the distinctive flavor profiles of each liquid, Lobos 1707 Tequila and Mezcal utilizes 100% blue weber agave from the Los Altos de Jalisco region of Mexico. The PX barrel finish is what sets the brand apart from any other Tequila and Mezcal brand, a process that has been a tradition in Founder Diego Osorio’s family since the 16th century that creates a superior taste and quality.
Lobos 1707 tequila and mezcal are aged using the solera system, a widely used ageing process for wine, beer, vinegar, and brandy. This untraditional, disruptive and creative aging process for tequila is raising the standard for the quality of the spirit today. The solera system utilizes fractional blending in such a way that the finished product is a mixture of ages, with the average age gradually increasing as the process continues over many years. The result is a tequila with reliable style, quality and consistency over time.