Look for the wooden gate deep, deep in the heart of Brooklyn. Behind it? A speakeasy. A cocktail bar. An office space. A music studio. A fulfillment center. All as one…
Casa Tanteo is Tanteo Spirits’ newly-minted HQ, a two-story historic carriage house base that stirs Gilded Age New York into golden age Mexico. Knock, enter to the wooden staircase facing the foyer to uncover a trapdoor that leads to the above: A fully stocked, wholly original working space saturated with detail.
Tiffany blue stains and ombre brown notes tiptoe across a bar table borrowed from the 19th century. Exposed brick, leather furniture and a cast-iron oven from Mexico huddle below the sprawling Tanteo bottle gallery — the perfect umber backdrop for product shots, lunch meetings and the occasional 4pm cocktail.
Naturally-occurring artwork steeps in the walls and open surfaces as odds and ends assume their positions. old books, mailboxes, radios and 8 track players (to name a few) familiarize the space, providing an unpretentious luxury with a sumptuous-yet-homey feel brought on by the tequila.
Born in Mexico, raised in New York City. The space says as much about where they’ve come from as where they’e going: Traditional methods and modern approaches… All in the name of the best tequila cocktails possible.
Casa Tanteo opens alongside the release of Tanteo Blanco Tequila, bottled at 85 proof and joining their existing line of all-natural infused expressions including Jalapeño, Chipotle and Habanero
All Tanteo Tequilas are made from fair trade, 100% Blue Weber agave, then distilled utilizing traditional cooking methods and open-air fermentation. With an emphasis on fair labor practices and supporting local women, the Tanteo Tequila distillery is credited with revitalizing the small town of Juanacatlán where it is located.
“To make our spicy infusions, we start by producing a higher proof blanco tequila. Our steadfast commitment to quality and integrity throughout the entire process hasn’t gone unnoticed – so when many friends of the distillery asked us to bottle the blanco, we knew we had to bring it stateside,” says CEO and Master Blender Neil Grosscup.
On the nose, Tanteo Blanco Tequila is floral and sweet with a hint of tropical fruits including mango, pineapple and guava. The entry is bright and zippy, revealing notes of black pepper and minerality on the palate to balance the sweetness of the agave. With a bold yet silky mouthfeel, Tanteo Blanco Tequila departs with a long and vibrant finish, offering notes of tropical fruit.
“We specifically designed Tanteo Blanco Tequila to improve a traditional margarita, with its higher proof and perfect balance of floral, sweet agave and mineral notes mixing seamlessly,” Grosscup continues.
Tanteo Blanco Tequila (SRP: $39.99) is now available in New York and California at select retailers and on-premise accounts as well as via the Tanteo Tequila website, with nationwide availability to follow in 2020.
About Tanteo Tequila:
Tanteo® Tequila is the 100% agave tequila crafted to make the perfect margarita, whether spicy or traditional. With spicy Jalapeño, smoky Chipotle, extra spicy Habanero and higher proof Blanco, Tanteo is distilled, infused, and bottled by hand in the hills of Jalisco, Mexico. The result is an award-winning artisanal product that is anything but ordinary. Tanteo was launched in January 2009 by the Tanteo Spirits Company and is available in bars, restaurants and spirits shops across the United States.