“Don’t only practice your art, but force your way into its secrets, for it and knowledge can raise men to the divine.”–Ludwig van Beethoven
In music, an octave is the difference in sound between the first and eighth note on a musical scale.
In astrology, the planets Uranus, Neptune and Pluto are commonly considered the higher octaves of Mercury, Venus, and Mars, which are closer to the sun.
After savoring Tears of Llorona, the word octave comes to mind–something eight times greater than its tequila origin.
In this snippet, Germán González, distiller of T1 Tequila Uno and Tears of Llorana, explains the secret barrel blends that result in this masterpiece.
The Allure of Scotch
Here, Germán reveals the secret of a legendary Mexican rum and ultimately, the confirmation of why he favors using scotch whisky barrels for Tears of Llorona.
Why The Name?
In the following excerpt, Germán describes why he named his finest expression of tequila, Tears of Llorana.
The Higher Things
In this final cut, Germán González discusses the real reason he creates such fine tequilas, reaffirms the lessons he has learned in life, and imparts his belief in higher ideals. In the process, we learn what really makes him tick.
How do you describe Tears of Llorona? How do you depict what you have no benchmark for? How do you relate something that is at once incomparable and incomprehensible, yet, strangely familiar, like déjà vu?
Perhaps the closest touchstone is given when deconstructing or reverse engineering Tears of Llorona.
For this first batch, Tears of Llorona is barreled in used sherry, scotch whisky and brandy barrels, achieving a spirit that does not betray its agave and tequila roots.
Instead, cradling the agave notes is a heady spiciness that continues to whisper to your senses the longer you swirl it in your glass.
Notes of bitter chocolate, sherry, leather, tobacco and coffee, along with hints of scotch and memories of the finest cognac or brandy culminate in a finish that resembles “a warm scarf on a cold day.”
While other extra añejos attempt to masquerade as something remotely similar to (or anything but) tequila, it is evident that Germán González has created Tears of Llorona to be Tequila’s higher octave.
Deliberately distilled to be lingered over, this gem is, as its website states, “an opus.” A symphony composed and conducted by a true Master.
A symphony that can raise you–and your senses–to the divine.
Read the full story of Germán González and T1 Tequila Uno here.