UWA debuts Speyside whisky cask-aged TequilasBy Nicola Carruthers
Scottish company UWA Tequila has launched what are thought to be the world’s first Tequilas aged in Speyside whisky casks.
Aberdeen-based UWA Tequila has released two super premium 100% blue weber agave Tequilas – Platinum Blanco and Reposado, an expression aged for seven months in a Speyside whisky cask.
The company also plans to launch a 14-month aged añejo to the market in spring next year.
The products are recommended mixed into premium cocktails or for sipping.
UWA will also add other products to its offering, including a cask-strength reposado and a añejo bottled at 53% abv in the near future.
The company exports Speyside whisky casks from Scotland to Tequila, Mexico, where the product is aged and bottled.
Michael Ballantyne, co-founder of UWA Tequila, said: “Scotland has some of the finest food, drink, and tourism that the world has to offer, but tequila really hasn’t been a spirit that’s been focused on, partly because of the perception it’s had of being a cheap shot chased with salt and lime. We are here to change that perception.
“Our company is based on being able to express ourselves in a fun and creative way, so for us, tequila was the perfect fit. All of our tequilas are made from 100% rare Blue Weber agave and this is our chance to not only educate people on how great agave is, but to also promote responsible drinking as we’re very much focused on educating consumers about quality and not quantity “
Ross Davidson, co-founder and COO of UWA Tequila, said: “We make the Tequila in the same way as anyone else does, but the fact we started out with an industry first using single mScotch whisky casks really does make our tequila stand out.
“Traditionally companies use American Bourbon casks for ageing tequila so we’ve taken a really innovative approach in doing something completely different to the norm.”
Bottled at 40% abv, UWA Tequila’s Platinum Blanco and Reposado are available to pre-order online and in the UK in high-end shops, bars and restaurants.