last week, Maestro Dobell Unveiled its newest tequila, the Maestro Dobel 50 Silver Oak Edition, an extra-fine añejo finished in vintage cabernet sauvignon barrels. Silver oak vaults in Napa Valley. Although the pandemic halted the original project, the release remains timely: This premium tequila came out just in time to honor Silver Oak’s 50th anniversary.
“We’ve been partying this whole year, so in many ways this event is the culmination of that year and a huge milestone,” David R. Duncan, CEO of Silver Oak, said at the launch event for the Dobel 50 Silver Oak Edition. “The relationship between wine and tequila is not an ordinary one, but American oak makes a natural vessel for exploring how these two amazing liquids can influence each other.”
Very limited edition
With only 9,500 bottles produced (using about 100 barrels), the Dobel 50 Silver Oak Edition is a sparkling amber color that shimmers from gold to orange in the light that’s refracted through a drinking glass or beaker-like decanter. The latter pays homage to how tequila was made many years ago, storing it in beaker-shaped vats while determining the final flavor profile.
On the palate, Maestro Dobel founder Juan Dobel describes the liquid as rich, flavorful, and complex. It mentions an eloquent balance of brightness, from flavors like tangerine and roundness from fig leaves. Aromas include warm caramel and vanilla – from American oak barrels that have aged tequila for at least seven years. To finish it off, the tequila spends six months in Silver Oak Cabernet Sauvignon casks. These barrels are responsible for the subtle red fruit characteristics of tequila. Plus, they enhance the smooth agave notes.
Duncan says at the Operation Speed website. Silver Oak barrels are also unique in that the winery was the first in the world to own and operate an American Oak barrel.
Experimentation with innovation
This innovation was attractive to Double, who shared that he liked to experiment. He uses different barrels and distinct styles to “see how they affect tequila.”
In fact, Maestro Dobel was the creator of the world’s first Cristalino. It’s the tequila that the company ages and filters to remove the tan you get from prolonged contact with wood. Then, Dobel tried ex-Eastern European wine barrels for Dobel’s 50th birthday, which he said “they loved.” This motivated the project to make “each release created at Dobel 50 uniquely reflects an unexpected profile in tequila, with finishes inspired by the year they’re honoring.”
Dobell also emphasized how Silver Oak’s shared values of “family heritage, tradition and product innovation” drive collaboration. “Growing up making tequila, you inherit a respect for agave and the land that nourishes it,” says Dobel. “Maestro Dobel was created according to these principles by a family of true tequila lovers, and we are committed to creating outstanding products. The partnership with Silver Oak is truly a special one because of the number of core values we share.”
A limited edition tequila is available for purchase nationwide at an SRP of $1,100.
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