Jose Cuervo Reserva De La Familia 2018 Melanie Smith EditionIn 1995, to celebrate their 200-year anniversary, the family decided to share this special blend of Tequila reserve with people who truly savor an exceptional taste. Only the finest 10-12 year-old agaves are hand-selected,and only the most flavorful inner portion of the agaves heart is used to make this award-winning 100% Blue Agave Extra Aejo Tequila. It is aged for a minimum of three years in the Cuervo family's private cellar and combined with family reserves as old as 30 years.The bottle is made of brown, hand-blown glass, and is individually numbered and sealed with wax. Every year, the Cuervo family commissions a Mexican artist to design the new limited edition collectible box, making Reserva de la Familia the ultimate gift.Tracing their origins as far back as 1795, Jose Cuervo currently stands as the best-selling tequila in the world having perfected their production techniques over the course of centuries starting with Jose Mara Guadalupe de Cuervo who released its first iteration following the end of prohibition under Spains King Carlos III. Today, the brand accounts for 35.1% of all the tequilas sold worldwide as well as a third of all those sold in the United States showing that while they might not be responsible for popularizing tequila up north, they certainly satisfied Americans thirst for it.One of their more premium offerings is the Jose Cuervo Reserva De La Familia Tequila, an extra-Anejo expression launched to celebrate their 200th anniversary. Made from 100 blue Weber agaves aged between 10 and 12-years-old, the tequila begins with the agave hearts being baked in traditional ovens, crushed, fermented, and then distilled in copper stills to create a clean, clear spirit. This spirit is then left to mature for at least 3 years in a combination of American and French oak barrels to achieve a rich, smooth, and complex flavor profile before being brought to proof with pristine water and finally bottled..Best served in a snifter, each sip of this tequila greets you with a rich and enticing aroma of vanilla, fudge, roasted agave, pepper spice, citrus, and oak, paving the way for a thick and sweet palate of banana, ripe orchard fruits, orange peel, caramel, more vanilla, cloves, and oak, all tied together by a warming and racy finish of roasted apple, vanilla, oak, and spice.Long been considered as one of the best tequilas in the world, the Jose Cuervo Reserva De La Familia Tequila is a solid sipper that you would always be proud to have on your shelf. So dont wait and get yourself a bottle today and enjoy the sumptuous flavors of this well-aged tequila to your hearts content.Made from 100% blue Weber agaveAged in American and French oak barrelsBest sipped from a snifterServe in a snifter to fully appreciate the complex flavors and aromas.2018 CollectionFeaturing Art by Melanie SmithBased on her recent exhibition at the Hacienda Cuervo titled Parte o Pedazo, Smith has designed four boxes for Reserva de la Familia. All are deeply linked to Mexican themes, which include elements from the murals of iconic artist Diego Rivera, prints of agave plants, old maps of the Tequila region of Mexico, and layouts of Jose Cuervo's La Rojeiia distillery. The figures form collages that juxtapose historical references, reflect the transition from the pre-Hispanic to the modern world and from the field to the machine. Together, they form a rich, wide, and complex narrative, which underscores the position that tequila occupies in all areas of Mexican history and national symbology.Melanie Smith was born in England in 1965. Since 1989, she has lived and worked in Mexico City. In 2011, she was the artist chosen to represent the country at the Venice Biennial, where she exhibited the project "Cuadrado Rojo, Imposible Rosa." She has shown her work - individually and collectively - in museums world-wide, such as the Hammer (Los Angeles), the Art of Lima (Lima, Peru), the Tamayo (Mexico City), the MoMA (New York), and the Tate Modern (London). In addition, she has penned numerous books including, "Ciudad Espiral y Otros Placeres Vicarios" (2006) and "Fordlandia" (2014).