The agave has been roasted, pressed, fermented and distilled – but we’re not done yet. (When we said that a lot of important details go into our top-notch tequila, we weren’t exaggerating.)
The final step is to age our Ultra Premium Extra Añejo Tequila and our Single Barrel Reposado Tequila in used American Oak Bourbon barrels. In order to qualify as an Extra Añejo tequila, it must be aged for at least three years. Our Single Barrel Reposado is aged under one year. We use barrels that were once used to make bourbon, as they give a slightly sweeter and complex profile than whiskey barrels.
Our tequila goes into these beautiful used oak barrels and is kept below the ground in an environment that experiences little to no temperature fluctuations. The Mexican rules for barreling and aging are pretty tough. Whenever a barrel is opened for any reason, it should be witnessed by an official from the CRT (Tequila Regulatory Council).
When we age the tequila, it adds the characteristic flavors of American oak: the dried fruit, caramel, vanilla, and other subtle flavors. You’ll find that the barrels don’t overpower Volans tequila – they simply complement the existing tastes and make the tequila richer, subtler and more complex.