When it comes to alcohol, Scotland is best known for, well, its Scotch. But one Scottish company has ventured into the world of Tequila. UWA Tequila is a tequila company based in Aberdeen, Scotland, and it touts itself as the first ever Tequila aged in Scotch whisky barrels by a Scottish company. Of course, to be considered Tequila, it must be made in Mexico. So to start, the company ships Speyside single malt Scotch casks from Scotland to Tequila, Mexico, where the spirit is aged and bottled. Then it’s brought back to the U.K. and distributed. Speyside is one of the five Scotch-producing regions in Scotland. UWA Tequila is the first Tequila company to age its Tequila in single malt Scotch whiskey casks, as opposed to used American bourbon casks.
Aged for seven months in cask. The time in whisky casks gives this spirit an impressive depth. The bouquet is a mix of agave and vanilla, some red pepper, but the palate takes things down a new road. Here, Mexican chocolate, loaded with cinnamon and milky cocoa, provide a dessert-like balance that isn’t even hinted at in the Blanco expression. Bold yet easily approachable, the finish meanders toward caramel sauce, dusted just so with chilli powder. Beautiful stuff.