Casco Viejo tequila is produced by the Gran Dinastia distillery in the city of Aranda, Mexico. The brand, which already has a history of more than 80 years, has been established by the Camarena family (Casa Camarena). Tequila is made from 100% Blue Weber agave, which is 5-6 years old at the time of harvest. Agaves are matured in a brick oven and fermented for 3-4 days in open wooden tanks. After distilled twice in pot still, Reposado tequila is aged for 2-3 months in barrels made of white oak grown in Canada.
Gran Dinastia is one of the few distilleries that claims to be 100% carbon neutral. The company’s natural values are also important, it invests in sustainable agriculture and water renewal. Casco Viejo is still on sale at a very affordable price, a 70cl bottle costing just €17.99.
The nose is quite soft and pleasant. It has nuts, grass, ripe agave, milk chocolate and caramel. The taste is also soft. Slightly sweet at the beginning, but having a peppery spiciness later. The flavor has a slightly fruity note (mango?) and an oak aroma. The aftertaste is quite peppery and has a bit of jalapeno-like heat. The ethanol burn is quite soft, but the pepperiness gives the dose a kick. The agave flavor is clearly present, however, the oak maturation has nicely smoothed it out and given other aromas more space. Casco Viejo is decent tequila and can be easily recommended, especially due to its affordable price,