The journey begins with the agave, carefully selected and nurtured until it reaches its prime. In reverence to tradition, these prized plants are placed within the heart of masonry ovens, where they are enveloped in warmth and infused with history. For a staggering 30 hours, they undergo a slow and deliberate cooking process, as direct steam at lower pressure envelops them, extracting every ounce of their essence. This patient approach allows for an unrushed transformation, one that reveals the true soul of the agave.
But the journey does not end there. After this prolonged cooking, a respite is granted, a 24-hour rest where flavors meld and develop, deepening the richness that awaits. Then, a carefully orchestrated 18-hour cooling period commences, ensuring that every nuance is preserved and cherished.
A dance of fermentation commences, as time becomes an ally, and nature's magic takes hold. The agave's sugars are slowly consumed by a unique yeast, a cherished secret exclusive to Casa Campo Azul. This unhurried fermentation process bestows upon the tequila its distinctive character, a symphony of flavors that unfolds with grace.
The final stage reveals a union of artistry and maturation. Within the depths of exhausted American white oak barrels, previously sanctified only by tequila, this liquid treasure slumbers. Time becomes its companion as it absorbs the remnants of its predecessors, weaving tales of flavor and complexity. Each moment spent within the confines of these barrels deepens the hue, mellows the sharpness, and imparts an unmistakable warmth that caresses the palate.
Tequila 1940 stands as a testament to the craftsmanship and reverence for tradition. It is a liquid manifestation of patience and dedication, each step in its creation carefully designed to preserve the spirit of the agave. Imbibe this elixir, and you will be transported to a world where time stands still, and the legacy of tequila unfolds in every sip.