Astral is a new 100% Blue Weber agave tequila from the lowland region of Jalisco, Mexico. Currently, only a blanco, unaged tequila is available. The distillery’s website explains how it is made, all very familiar stuff:
Our production process is steeped in tradition and features a unique milling process using a tahona, a stone wheel which crushes the juices from the agave fibers. Those crushed fibers, or bagazo, are then used in the fermentation process to make use of more of the agave plant.
It is a little unclear how the process can be both steeped in tradition as well as unique (nor how a tahona is unique), but let’s give it a try.
On the nose, Astral Blanco is a mixed bag. It offers sharp lemon citrus and agave herbaceousness, but that comes along with a light and unpleasant petrol note. Similarly, the palate introduces a solid agave character as well as green pepper, vanilla, and pepper, but the petrol element appears here as well. Also: It’s hot. The alcohol is more present than it should be in a standard proof tequila. All told, this is an acceptable tequila for making cocktails, but I don’t think it stands up to drinking neat.
80 proof. NOM 1607.
B- / $35 / astraltequila.com