KAH Tequila A Celebration Of Life
OK, so you've got an award winning authentic premium tequila made from 100% blue agave and are wondering what kind of bottle to put it in. Do you go for a bottle with a little sombrero hat for a lid? No, that's a bit naff isn't it! How about chucking it into a slinky bottle with curves in all the right places, that's what everyone else is doing? Tequila in a piece of modern art, that's not very authentic is it! OK, so we're looking for something a little more cultural are we.... how about Dia de los Muertos? The Day Of The Dead? Winner! The nucleus of the idea behind Kah Tequila
stems from the ancient (3000+ years old!) celebration known as The Day of the Dead, where the living gather together to remember and celebrate those who have departed the mortal coil. The holiday is observed throughout all of South America and similar traditions are undertaken in Asia, Africa and Europe. It is seen as an especially important tradition in Mexico and is celebrated on October 30th and the 1st and 2nd of November.
Although the rituals involved differ between countries, they mostly involve the construction of a shrine to the dead (ofrendas) where families pray and leave the deceased their favourite food and drink, possessions and flowers. Sugar skulls, called calavera’s, are used during the ceremonies and represent death and rebirth. It is common practice for the living to eat these skulls, in effect eating their own death; this shows that they are not afraid of their eventual demise as they believe that death is just the beginning of a new life. Historians believe that the celebrations evolved from an ancient Aztec festival honouring the Queen of the Underworld, Mictecacihuatl.
Each of the 5 individual Kah Tequila bottles are inspired by the various cultures that observe this fascinating holiday. Each bottle is forged from artisan materials and is hand painted and individually numbered, meaning that no two bottles are quite the same. The tequila itself is extremely highly rated and comes in Blanco, Reposado, Anejo and Extra Anejo varieties. The word 'Kah' means 'Life' and these very collectable products aim to embody the very essence of life itself; this is shown through the captivating skull bottles decorated with traditional Latin motifs and the 100% blue agave that the tequila is made from.
Kah Tequila Blanco
This amazing tequila was awarded 96/100 by the Spirits Institute, the highest score ever given to a Blanco as well as winning a Gold Medal at the Spirits of Mexico Tasting Competition. The liquid itself is initially sweet but is quickly followed with a peppery spice. This particular skull represents a particularly macabre Bolivian tradition where they keep the actual skulls of their loved ones and bring them out on November the 8th of each year. After taking the skull to the cemetery hey then proceed to feed the skull and give it cigarettes and tequila. They believe that this act immortalises the dead who in turn help to protect the living from evil spirits.
Kah Reposado Tequila
This smooth 55% ABV tequila is powerful and viscous. It's aged in French limousine casks where it acquires subtle hints of vanilla and caramel that complement the intense agave flavour. It won a bronze medal at the Spirits of Mexico Tasting Competition. This devilish bottle takes its cues from the Peruvian celebrations of Dia de los Muertos, where people perform a dance to Satan wearing long, dangling upturned crucifixes; it is their belief that Satan leads this dance Himself! They do this to honour the Devil and even pour tequila on the ground as an offering to appease him and keep themselves safe. They do this because of the large number of mines in the area and ancient Incan beliefs dictate that those who work underground are especially susceptible to his powers.
Kah Tequila Anejo
Along with the powerful agave flavours you will be assaulted by chocolate, tobacco and coffee flavours that have been carefully developed whilst the tequila aged in American Oak casks. This is another medal winner, taking a Gold as well as the Best In Category Award. The bottle is inspired by the Nicaraguans who, whilst still following the standard traditions of shrine building and gift giving, also take things a step further. Rather than going home after the graveside celebrations, many people stay and sleep in the graveyard, believing that this act re-enforces the emotional connection between them and their departed.
Kah Tequila Extra Anejo
This extra old tequila has been matured for 4 and a half years in American Oak. There is a light smokiness present that is accentuated by gorgeous lashings of vanilla, spice and honey. Of course, the series trademark peppery notes are still distinguishable through the lovely woody flavour. The bottle is covered in hundreds of sparkling crystals representing the splendour that Mayan royalty were entombed with during the performing of their ancient burial rituals.