Olmeca is produced in Jalisco, Mexico and it’s owned by Pernod Ricard. It was established in 1967. It got its name from the Olmec civilization, which was one of the first civilizations in south-America, existed at 1500-600 BC. Olmeca is manufactured by 7-8 years old agave pinas. After harvesting, pinas are slowly cooked in a stone oven. What makes Olmeca special is their 500 years old tahona -method, where a 2000 kg round stone is used to crush the pinas and separate the juice from them. This tahona -juice is then used to make Olmeca tequilas. After fermentation it’s distilled two times in copper still. Olmeca mixto have only 51% of the distilled agave juice, the rest is made from other sugars, mainly corn and cane sugar distillate. 50 cl bottle costs around 9€ in Estonia.
Olmeca blanco is very easy tequila, the nose and taste are both light and thin, there are plenty of fruit notes, some pepper and only a hint of agave in the background. That few agave that there is , tastes very well cooked so it feels the manufacturing process has been slow and decent. There is some sweetness in the taste, so it feels smooth and burn is also very mild. Aftertaste is short and smooth. It’s a very easily approachable tequila and suits very well for those who haven’t tried them yet.. Anyway, for cocktails Olmeca is very light and does not give so much agave taste. So it’s better to drink shots with the cliche salt and lemon combo.